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Bachelor programme

Degree Profile

Begin of study
winter semester
6 semester
Academic degree
Bachelor of Arts (B. A.)
full time
Faculty of Education
Tuition fee
semester contribution only
Admission restriction
no restricted admission
Dual-subject Bachelor
major subject
Teaching language
School subject
German, Maths
Teacher relevance
Primary schools, Secondary schools, Special schools

Course Details

In the main course of study in Special Needs Pedagogy you will acquire knowledge of:

  • Educational Science,
  • Social science,
  • Psychology.

The course of study enables you to gain a deeper understanding of disability and disadvantage. The focus is on individual, social and societal conditions.

This also includes the acquisition of essential knowledge in basic German or mathematics. The course of study familiarises you with central issues and working methods of special education and integration pedagogy.

Extract from the modules:
  • Fundamentals of special needs and inclusion education
  • Heterogeneity, integration and inclusion
  • Psychological foundations of special needs and inclusion education
  • Socio-educational and sociological analyses

Job & Career Perspectives

Our graduates are active in these professional fields:

  • in teaching and support in an inclusive school system at primary, secondary or special schools, support centres, primary or regular schools (if a Master's degree in remedial education has been completed),
  • in the extracurricular inclusive education sector (if a Master's degree in special and inclusive education has been obtained)

Special Needs Pedagogy in Detail

Structure of the study programme

The bachelor's degree programme at the University of Erfurt comprises a major and a minor subject (two-subject bachelor's degree) as well as the fundamental course of study. It aims to impart specialist content and occupational field orientation as well as interdisciplinary skills. The standard period of study is six semesters.

Orientation Phase (First Year)

  • special educational needs
  • special educational fields
    • Pedagogy for people with intellectual disabilities
    • Pedagogy for people with learning disabilities
    • Pedagogy for people with disorders in social and emotional behaviour
  • Foundation in general education subject (German or mathematics)

Qualification Phase (Second/Third Year)

  • at least two special educational fields
  • Bachelor thesis: on an educational science topic, on a basic subject or on special needs education


The major and minor subjects differ in terms of the content and scope of the course. In the major subject a Bachelor thesis is written.

Examinations regulations Special Education and Inclusive Pedagogy 2021 (pdf)

Possible combinations

At the University of Erfurt, you will study a major and a minor subject (two-subject bachelor) in the bachelor's programme. You may have to observe combination rules.

Combination rule:

  • Special Needs Pedagogy can be combined with all fields of study except Education Science.

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Study abroad

Study abroad

A semester abroad in an English speaking country is strongly recommended. The International Office will be happy to assist you in organizing your stay abroad.

Study abroad


Internships during studies

  • Interdisciplinary Internship for Vocational Field

Further internships for students with the professional goal of becoming teachers:

  • two school type-related school internships in the Bachelor's programme

Study teaching profession

Information about study teaching profession

Teacher training takes place in the Bachelor-Master study system. The degree is equivalent to the 1st state examination. Following the Master's programme, you will complete the preparatory service, which concludes with the 2nd state examination.
teaching profession at the University of Erfurt

Relevance for teacher training

If you follow a master's degree programme in teaching, you will acquire the teaching qualification for the subject German or Maths at the following schools:

  • Special Needs Pedagogy

Studying to become a teacher for special needs pedagogy

  • Combination of the major Special Needs Pedagogy with the minor subject German Studies, Englisch and American Studies or Maths

Download Flyer "Studying to become a teacher for Special Needs Pedagogy" (in German)

Studying to become a teacher for Special Needs Pedagogy

Admissions qualification

Studying with Abitur

  • general qualification for university entrance or the subject-related higher education entrance qualification or a comparable previous education

General information on the admission requirements (study without Abitur):

Language requirements

Language requirements

  • German: Upon application, international applicants must prove German language skills at level B1.

Language Centre

The Language Centre (Sprachenzentrum) offers around 140 language courses per semester in 16 modern and ancient (foreign) languages. It supports you in acquiring and deepening your language skills.

International applicants

International applicants whose native language is not German must provide proof of sufficient German language skills (level B1) upon application.

Information on required German language skills and the German language test for university admission (DSH):

Language and Admission Requirements 

Admission limitation (without nc)

Without admission limitation (without NC)

At present, no admission limitation (without numerus clausus) is expected.

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Numerous information and advisory services offer you the opportunity to see the study and living conditions in Erfurt for yourself at the open day. Get to know the green campus and the beautiful old town centre on guided tours. Information on the programme: Open Day

Discovery Days

The discovery days at the University of Erfurt mean experiencing "studying up close". Within a week (on as many days as you like) you can attend selected courses (lectures or seminars) and get a taste of campus life. Information and programme: Discovery Days

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The major subject in Special Needs Pedagogy is admission-free (without NC).

Application for the two-subject bachelor:

If you are combining Special Needs Pedagogy with an admission-free minor programme (without NC), you can enrol directly from May 1 to September 15.

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If you are combining Special Needs Pedagogy with a admission-restricted minor programme (with NC), please apply from May 1 to July 15 via the following link.

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Consulting & Service

Student advisory service

Student advice Bacherlor Förderpädagogik
(Faculty of Education)
Mitarbeitergebäude 2 / Room 111a
Office hours
wednesday 10-11 a.m.
A-week: without registration
B-week: with registration by email or on appointment
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