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Bachelor program

Degree Profile

Begin of study
winter semester
Duration
6 semester
Academic degree
Bachelor of Arts (B. A.)
Structure
full time and part time
Faculty
Faculty of Education
Tuition fee
semester contribution only
Admission restriction
restricted admission
Dual-subject Bachelor
major subject
Teaching language
German
School subject
Social Studies and Science
Teacher relevance
Primary schools
ECTS
180

Course Details

The main subject in Primary and Elementary Education teaches you the pedagogical, sociological and psychological foundations of childhood. It serves to understand the teaching and learning processes of children in the transition from pre-school to primary school age as well as in primary school.

In the course of your studies you will acquire the technical foundations for children's educational and upbringing processes, child development and pedagogical values.

Primary and Elementary Education can be studied in two variants:

  • Variant "Primary School":
    You will acquire subject-specific and subject-didactical basics of school learning. The focus is on the primary school subjects German, mathematics, as well as local history and geography.
  • Variant "Pre-school and extra-curricular education":
    You will acquire the basics of primary education in the areas of language, mathematical thinking, world knowledge as well as pre-school and out-of-school media education. This prepares you for professional fields of pre-school and extracurricular education.

Career Opportunities

Our graduates are active in these professional fields:

  • in teaching at primary school (provided that a teacher-related Master's programme and preparatory service were subsequently completed),
  • in leisure and media facilities,
  • at the theater,
  • in institutions with scientific requirements such as archives, museums or publishing houses.

Primary and Elementary Education in Detail

Structure of the study program

The bachelor's degree course 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)

  • Introduction to the pedagogy of childhood: childhood and being a child / basics of empirical childhood research
  • psychological foundations of learning, teaching and child development
  • Fachwissenschaft Deutsch: Language system and language usage/basic questions of literary communication
  • Mathematics: Arithmetic and algebraic basic concepts/geometry
  • Basics of the subjects German, mathematics and subject teaching (local and general knowledge)
  • Introduction to the didactics of German and mathematics / basics of the didactics of subject teaching
  • if necessary, foundation of school garden or technical communication and technical drawing

Qualification Phase (Second/Third Year)

  • Teaching and learning in primary school
  • Didactics and Methodology of Mathematical Learning Processes in Primary School/ Consolidation of German Didactics
  • Educational worlds of children in pre-school/out-of-school contexts
  • Literary, aesthetic and written language education at pre-school age/out-of-school

Specialist knowledge for the fourth subject is acquired with the minor course.

The course of study is concluded with a Bachelor's thesis.

The variant "Primary School" and the variant "Pre- and Extracurricular Education" differ in the scope of the modules.

Two-Subject-Bachelor

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 major Primary und Elementary Education

Possible combinations

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

Combination rule:

  • Primary and elementary education can be combined with all fields of study.
  • When combining with the subject German Studies or Mathematics, you must choose between School Garden or Works for the fourth subject.
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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

Internships during studies

  • Interdisciplinary Internship for Vocational Field
  • optional: 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 program

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 program, you will complete the preparatory service, which concludes with the 2nd state examination.
study teaching at the University of Erfurt

Relevance for teacher training

If you follow a master's degree course in teaching, you will acquire the teaching qualification for the subject German, Mathematics and local knowledge and expertise at the following schools:

  • Primary schools

Studying to become a primary school teacher

  • Combination of the major subject Primary and Elementary Education with a minor relevant to the teaching profession

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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):
www.uni-erfurt.de/studium/zugangsvoraussetzungen

Language requirements

Language requirements during studies

Special language skills are not required.

Note: If you are aiming for the Master of Education Primary School, please also note the requirements for your chosen minor field of study.

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.
www.uni-erfurt.de/sprachenzentrum

International applicants

Information on required German language skills and the German language test for university admission (DSH)
Language requirements for access / DSH

Admission limitation (with nc)

Admission limitation (with NC)

Only a limited number of study places are available for the field of study Primary and Elementary Education (university internal admission restriction, numerus clausus). The number of places is determined anew for each winter semester.

The places are allocated in an admission procedure according to the following criteria:

  • Average grade of the university entrance qualification [HZB] (20% of places),
  • Supplementary university selection procedure (60% of places; the only underlying criterion: average grade of the HZB),
  • Waiting time (20% of seats).

Master Programs

After the Bachelor at the University of Erfurt

Master of Education Primary Schools

Open Day & Discovery Days

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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 program: 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 program: Discovery Days

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Application

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The main subject in Primary and Elementary Education is admission-restricted (with NC).

Application for the two-subject Bachelor's degree:

For the combination of Primary and Elementary Education with an admission-free (without NC) or admission-restricted (with NC) course of study, please apply from July 1 to August 20 via the following link.

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