The 6-semester Bachelor’s degree in Educational Science comprises 180 ECTS credit points, divided as follows: core subject modules (120 ECTS), specialisation modules (30 ECTS), the placement module (15 ECTS) and the Bachelor’s graduation module (15 ECTS).
Students take the 4 core modules in the first academic year, by the end of which they will be able to name and explain the key concepts and fields of educational science, to understand the logic behind quantitative social research, to critically analyse educational theories and the development thereof, and to name and debate different requirements for professional practices and processes in education environments.
The advanced modules (spanning 4 semesters) build upon the knowledge and skills acquired during the core modules. Students learn how to critically discuss key concepts of the methods used by educational professionals when dealing with inequality and identity issues, and to reflect on the connections between educational institutionalisation, the role of educational professionals and the different stages of life. The students also learn how education professionals can influence and contribute to the design of educational, socio-political and legal policies. Students choose advanced modules from one of the four specialisation tracks. In these modules they learn the basics of and theory behind the practical work of educational professionals as well as the related discourse. The following specialisations are available:
- Diversity-conscious Social Education
- Rehabilitation Education
- Migration Education
- Further Education and Education Management
The 8 specialisation modules (with a student workload of 60 ECTS) are taught in all 6 semesters. From the very start of the degree programme, students learn how to critically analyse the relationship between theory and practice in educational science. Students are also required to take the Research Methods specialisation module. In this module, they learn how to collect and interpret their data and reflect upon their results in a critical and ethically responsible way.
Here, the Project phase module is also an important component. Students work on empirical research projects in small groups, and are supported and guided by lecturers and partners from the professional field. This gives students the opportunity to develop their academic and research skills, as well as learn how to devise creative solutions and practical measures supported by theory. They develop an inquisitive attitude and have the chance to put their theoretical knowledge into practice.
During the three Educational Psychology modules, students learn how to analyse and plan educational processes according to the stage of life and educational background of their client(s). They learn how to relate social experiences and behaviour in everyday life to fundamental social and sociopsychological theories and how to assess their clients’ psychological requirements so that they can develop educational measures, predict the impact of those measures and adjust them accordingly.
In the advanced modules for the various tracks, students learn how to connect basic theory to the relevant practical aspects of educational professionals’ work.