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Information on course of study: Master of Education Programme (Special Needs Education) Special Needs Education (Master of Education)
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Numbers and facts

Course of study name: Master of Education Programme (Special Needs Education) Special Needs Education (Master of Education)
Duration: 4 Semester
Academic degree: Master of Education
Language: German
Type of admission: Application/enrolment possible in the winter semester


With the four-semester Master of Education (Special Needs Education), you will continue your education to become a teacher - building on the dual-subject bachelor's degree programme. In the school-type based Master of Education programme, you will acquire extensive knowledge and experience in both educational science and school practice. You will broaden your curricular knowledge in the teaching subjects chosen.

Orientation and goals

This Masters Degree is for those to obtain a career in Special Needs Education. This degree provides opportunities to delve into two key concentration areas of special education and to implement relevant and meaningful research-based school projects. Furthermore, you will engage in practical competencies: two internships to learn about effective teaching strategies and diagnostics, an insight into the culture of a school and practise with developing lesson plans.

Course structure and content

The standard period of study for the Master of Education (Special Needs Education) is four semesters.

The master's program, which consists of 120 credit points, is divided into the following studies:

  • special needs education (42 credit points)
  • a teaching subject in accordance with the Regulations on Master's Degrees for Teachers in Lower Saxony (MasterVO-Lehr) in the current version (30 credit points)
  • educational sciences (12 credit points)
  • practical phase (12 credit points)
  • Master's thesis module (24 credit points)

Teaching and learning

During the master's degree programme you will learn how to conduct independent research with professional supervision. The modules 'Schul- und Unterrichtsforschung und ihre Forschungsmethoden' and practical teaching modules are an important part of this. In the practical phase, you will be supported by a strong network of experienced mentors from the schools.

Reasons for studying

  • Strength in education: Over 40% of students at the University of Oldenburg are studying for a teaching degree
  • Strength in research: Final papers can be integrated into research projects; special doctoral programme in teaching and learning research
  • Strength in supervision: Intensive supervision through a network of experienced mentors in the practical phase

Language skills

In order to study this course at the University of Oldenburg as a student from outside of Germany, you need an adequate knowledge of German.

German Language Proficiency
  • DSH: Deutsche Sprachprüfung für den Hochschulzugang (Level 2)
  • TestDaF: Test – Deutsch als Fremdsprache (with level 4 in all four areas)

The proof of language proficiency must be presented for the enrolment. For other proof possiblities see: Language requirements

Admission requirements

  • A bachelor's degree or a similar qualification in the subjects for which admission to the master's degree programme is applied for
  • Combination of subjects according to the current  Regulations for Master’s Degrees for teachers in Lower Saxony (Nds. MasterVO-Lehr)
  • In both subjects a total of at least 90 credit points in modules related to the teaching profession, of which at least 24 credit points per subject, of which at least 5 credit points in subject-specific didactics/teaching methodology
  • for a subject combination with geography, at least 30 credit points in each subject, of which at least 6 credit points in the didactics component and at least 24 credit points in the scientific component.
  • A minimum of 18 credits in teaching-related educational sciences
  • Successfully completed special education internship in social welfare (orientation internship) as well as a successfully completed special education school internship (internship in a school environment).

Note for external applicants (Bachelor's degree from a university other than the University of Oldenburg):

  • at least 180 credits according to the grade certificate at the time of application
  • with less than 180 credits, the sum of Bachelor's credits still missing and requirements determined may not exceed 30 credits

Application and admission

The prerequisites above apply to the application.
This is an open admissions degree course. Application is only possible in the winter semester for 1st and higher semester.
The application deadline for the winter semester is 15th August.

Only for higher semester: The application deadline for the summer semester is 15th February

Careers and areas of work

The Master of Education in Special Needs prepares students for a teaching position as a special needs educator within the school system (regular and specialized). After completing this course of study, it is both possible and necessary to enter the preparatory service (Referendariat) to be qualified to work as a special needs teacher at a government-funded school.
Graduates can also seek employment in private and religious-affiliated schools, tutoring and specialised support, or international schools.
This degree also qualifies the graduate to pursue further academic qualifications (Doctorate).

Your contact persons

  • Hillenbrand, Clemens
  • Examinations Office (FK1 and FK2)
  • Contact form for students
Fragen zum Studiengang/-fach
  • Student representatives of Teaching Degree Programme
  • Student representatives of Special Needs Education and Rehabilitation
Questions about studying
  • Hillenbrand, Clemens
  • Rieß, Bastian
  • Uphoff, Kay
  • Study and Career Counselling Service