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Master programme

Degree Profile

Begin of study
winter semester
4 semester
Academic degree
Master of Education (MEd Fö)
full time and part time
Erfurt School of Education
Tuition fee
semester contribution only
Admission restriction
no restricted admission
Teaching language
School subject
German, English, Maths
Teacher relevance
Special schools

Course Details

On the basis of a corresponding Bachelor's degree, you will be prepared to teach two subjects (one primary school subject and one secondary school subject) and to support children and young people according to their individual circumstances and specific support needs. In addition, you will become familiar with the possibilities of inclusive school development and acquire skills in counselling and facilitating change processes.

The Master of Education in Special Education is divided into the following areas:

Special education area:

  • The students are trained in particular for teaching children with special educational needs.

Educational and training science:

  • You will acquire knowledge about the social prerequisites of school, teaching and professional teaching, about the design of teaching and learning processes as well as the development and promotion of individual educational processes.

Specialist didactic area:

  • Students will also acquire subject- and school-related knowledge and skills on processes of teaching and learning and on the theory-based planning, implementation and evaluation of teaching in the subjects resulting from their first degree. In their first general subject (basic subject), they gain access to the practical field of primary school, and in their second general subject (special subject), to the practical field of mainstream school and areas of extra-curricular educational practice.

Career Opportunities

Our graduates work in the following professional fields:

  • as professional support for people with disabilities and disadvantages in primary and regular schools as well as in special schools and support centres.

In addition, a first vocational qualification degree prepares them for the teaching qualification for two teaching subjects. The degree entitles the holder to access the preparatory service for special schools.

Peter studies the Master of Education Special Needs Pedagogy

[Translate to English:] Peter studiert Förderpädagogik

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Education for Special Needs Pedagogy in Detail

Structure of study programme

The Master's programme in Special Needs Education is designed for a study period of four semesters and can only be taken up in the winter semester. It is divided into 15 modules and an application-oriented master's thesis.

Modules from the field of social pedagogy:

  • Basics in special education
  • two modules each in two of the three special educational fields (incl. internship):
    • Pedagogy for people with intellectual disabilities
    • Pedagogy for people with learning disabilities
    • Pedagogy for people with disorders in emotional and social behaviour

Modules from the field of educational science:

  • Diagnosis, assessment and counselling (including internship)
  • Development and socialisation
  • Education system, school development and the teaching profession

Modules from the subject didactic area:

  • two modules per chosen subject incl. didactic practical training

Master's thesis:

  • application-oriented Master thesis


Didactic internships

  • a didactic internship in the selected basic subject
  • two didactic internships in the chosen major subject

more Information about didactic internships

Internships in educational science

  • Internship in the field of: Diagnosis, Assessment and Counselling
  • Internship in the field of: education, classroom management, conflict resolution

more Information about internships in educational science

Internships in special education

They choose two of the three funding priorities and complete a block internship in each of these.

  • Mental development
  • Learning
  • Emotional and social development

more information about special education internships

Admissions qualification

The prerequisite for admission to the Master's programme is the completion of a relevant Bachelor's degree programme of at least six semesters' duration, comprising 180 credit points, a final grade of 2.5 or better, and proof of

  • Special education with a basic subject (German or mathematics)
  • Main subject (German, English or mathematics)
  • 6 credit points in school practical studies:
    • 3 credit points in Prepared School Internship (VOS) and
    • 3 credit points in the vocational orientation internship (BOS)
  • 6 credit points in interdisciplinary educational science fundamentals including a block internship,
  • 3 credit points in "Speech training".

Fields of study from the bachelor's degree programme at the University of Erfurt serve as the basis for an equivalence assessment of applicants from other courses of study. The decision on the equivalence of admission requirements is made by the examination board.

Language requirements

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

Till the end of studies:

  • If the subject of teaching is a foreign language, knowledge of level C1 must be demonstrated in this language.

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 


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Apply for the winter semester from May 1 to July 15!
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Consulting & Service

Student advice and counselling

Student Counselor Master of Education (MEd)
(Erfurt School of Education)
Mitarbeitergebäude 1 / Raum 0214
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