Childhood Education, Bachelor of Arts

Dual studies @ IU International University of Applied Sciences 

In the dual study program in childhood education at Germany's largest university, you systematically engage with topics such as social history, social law, and inclusion. Additionally, you can choose to specialize in managing social institutions, working with families, or educational work with children. Over 7 semesters of regular study time, theory and practice alternate regularly, for example on a weekly basis. And the tuition fees? Your practical partner covers them!

At a Glance

University IU International University of Applied Sciences, UAS based in Erfurt
Field of Study Social SciencesChildhood Education
Degree Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Duration 7 Semesters
ECTS 180 Credit Points
Language of Instruction German
Course contents Introduction to Childhood Education, Pedagogy, Introduction to Scientific Work, Concepts and Fields of Pedagogy, Reflective Practice in Childhood Pedagogy I, Inclusion in Childhood Pedagogy, Social History, Philosophy, Ethics, Psychological and Neurobiological Foundations, Methodological Competences in Childhood Pedagogy, Reflective Practice in Childhood Pedagogy II, Sociology, Social Law, Early Childhood Development, Didactics of Childhood Pedagogy, Reflective Practice in Childhood Pedagogy III, Educational and Developmental Areas and their Didactics, Migration and Integration, Quality Management in Childhood Pedagogy, Parental Involvement, Reflective Practice in Childhood Pedagogy IV, Special Needs in Childhood and Adolescence, Poverty in Childhood and Adolescence, Child Protection Seminar, Statistics, Reflective Practice in Childhood Pedagogy V, Empirical Research Methods, Supervision, Intervision, Coaching, Deepening Educational Work with Children: Educational Areas and their Didactics I, Deepening Educational Work with Children: Educational Areas and their Didactics II, Deepening Work with Families: Family Science, Deepening Work with Families: Methods of Working with Families, Deepening Leading and Managing Social Institutions: Seminar: Personnel Management in Social Institutions, Deepening Leading and Managing Social Institutions: Personnel Management in Social Institutions, Reflective Practice in Childhood Pedagogy VI, Health Promotion and Prevention in Childhood Pedagogy, Non-Profit Management, Deepening Educational Work with Children: After-School Care and All-Day Schools, Deepening Educational Work with Children: Programs, Concepts and Practices of Childhood Pedagogy, Deepening Work with Families: Deepening Social Law, Deepening Work with Families: Case Management, Deepening Leading and Managing Social Institutions: Organizational Development in the Social Field, Deepening Leading and Managing Social Institutions: Labor, Personnel, and Contract Law in Social Institutions, Bachelor's Thesis
Electives Managing and leading social institutions, working with families, educational work with children
Location Aachen, Augsburg, Berlin, Bielefeld, Bochum, Bonn, Brunswick, Bremen, Chemnitz, Dortmund, Dresden, Duisburg, Dusseldorf, Erfurt, Essen, Frankfurt, Freiburg, Hamburg, Hanover, Karlsruhe, Kassel, Cologne, Kiel, Leipzig, Luebeck, Magdeburg, Mainz, Mannheim, Munich, Muenster, Nuremberg, Potsdam, Ravensburg, Regensburg, Rostock, Stuttgart, Ulm, Wuppertal, Wuerzburg or Virtual Campus
Enrollment quarterly (start dates may vary by location)
More Info https://www.iu-dualesstudium.de
  • dual study program without tuition fees at Germany's largest university
  • no numerus clausus, no admission restrictions
  • over 15,000 practical partners in over 30 cities from Berlin to Munich
  • interesting specializations, such as in educational work with children
  • study also possible at the virtual campus
  • study start possible quarterly multiple times a year

These are the requirements for the Bachelor in Childhood Education

With your Bachelor's degree in Child Pedagogy, you can work, for example, in the field of education and upbringing of children or in the context of leading and managing facilities.

You can be admitted to the dual study program at the IU International University if you present either a high school diploma (general university entrance qualification), a technical college entrance qualification, or a subject-specific university entrance qualification.

In addition, you can study childhood education without a high school diploma. For the dual study program without a high school diploma, you need to have completed an advanced training course, such as a state-certified business administrator, or have a master craftsman's certificate. Alternatively, you have completed a vocational training and have worked full-time for at least 3 years after this training.

These are the study contents in the dual study program Childhood Education

This Bachelor's degree at IU comprises approximately 48 modules that you will take and complete over 7 semesters of standard study time. Each module is worth 5-10 credits (ECTS) and concludes with an examination performance such as a term paper or an exam. In total, you will earn 180 credits from module to module and from semester to semester.

The typical study schedule for the full-time program in Childhood Education looks as follows:

  • Semester 1: Introduction to Childhood Education, Pedagogy, Introduction to Scientific Work, Concepts and Fields of Work in Pedagogy, Reflective Practice in Childhood Education I
  • Semester 2: Inclusion in Childhood Education, Social History, Philosophy, Ethics, Psychological, and Neurobiological Fundamentals, Methodological Competencies in  Childhood Education, Reflective Practice in Childhood Education II
  • Semester 3: Sociology, Social Law, Early Childhood Development, Didactics of  Childhood Education, Reflective Practice in Childhood Education III
  • Semester 4: Educational and Pedagogical Areas and Their Didactics, Migration and Integration, Quality Management in Childhood Education, Parental Involvement, Reflective Practice in Childhood Education IV
  • Semester 5: Special Needs in Childhood and Youth, Poverty in Childhood and Youth, Child Protection Seminar, Statistics, Reflective Practice in Childhood Education V
  • Semester 6: Empirical Research Methods, Supervision, Intervision, Coaching, Specialization Education Work with Children: Education Areas and Their Didactics I, Specialization Education Work with Children: Education Areas and Their Didactics II, Specialization Work with Families: Family Science, Specialization Work with Families: Family Work Methods, Specialization Leading and Managing Social Institutions: Seminar: Personnel Management in Social Institutions, Specialization Leading and Managing Social Institutions: Personnel Management in Social Institutions, Reflective Practice in  Childhood Education VI
  • Semester 7: Health Promotion and Prevention in Childhood Education, Non-Profit Management, Specialization Education Work with Children: After-School Care and All-Day School, Specialization Education Work with Children: Programs, Concepts, and Working Methods of Childhood Education, Specialization Work with Families: Advanced Social Law, Specialization Work with Families: Case Management, Specialization Leading and Managing Social Institutions: Organizational Development in the Social Field, Specialization Leading and Managing Social Institutions: Labor, Personnel, and Contract Law in Social Institutions, Bachelor Thesis

What sets the Bachelor's degree program in Childhood Education at IU apart is the numerous opportunities to specialize in elective areas according to your own interests and professional fields.

As a specialization, you choose one of these modules: Leading and Managing Social Institutions, Working with Families, Education Work with Children.

How to Find Your Practical Partner in the Dual Study Program

Upon request, you can attend a free application training with IU International University.

Having the right practical partner is crucial for a successful dual study program in Childhood Education. With a network of over 15,000 practical partners nationwide, IU International University will assist you in finding a suitable practical partner.

Here's how you can find your practical partner for the dual study program in Childhood Education with IU:

  1. You apply online on the IU website. With your application, you upload your documents such as a resume and your latest transcript.
  2. You participate in an online information session via the IU application portal. During the session, the study advisory team will explain everything about the dual study program, admission, and finding a practical partner.
  3. Upon request, you can complete a free applicant training to prepare you for applications in potential companies.
  4. The study advisory team will assist you in finding the right practical partner. The university will either match you with a company from its extensive network or reach out to your preferred company.

Cities Offering the Childhood Education Program

With over 35 campuses throughout Germany, IU International University covers dual study programs in all fields across the country.

The university currently offers the dual study program in Childhood Education in more than 20 cities, including Berlin, Bielefeld, Dortmund, Dresden, Duisburg, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Freiburg, Hamburg, and Munich.

On campus, you will attend lectures and seminars. In the lounge area, you can engage with your peers. Depending on the city, you may also have access to the canteens, cafeterias, and libraries of other universities—for instance, at the Berlin location.

Learning Childhood Education at IU's Virtual Campus

At the Virtual Campus, you learn digitally and with maximum flexibility in small study groups.

If there is no IU campus nearby or if you prefer flexible and digital learning, you can enroll at IU's Virtual Campus.

At the Virtual Campus, you can attend your Childhood Education classes, for example, through regular video conferences with your peers and instructors.

Using IU's myCampus learning platform, you will have access to study materials and the virtual library. With the IU LearnApp, you can, for instance, study your materials digitally on a tablet.

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