Educational Science (M.A.)

The most important facts at a glance:

 

Degree:

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Standard period of studies:

4 Semester

Start:

winter and summer semester

Admission restrictions:

restricted

Application:

You find information on the application procedure for international students here.

Deadlines: Winter semester: April 1 - May 15

Summer semester: October 1 - November 15

Required Bachelor's degree:

Educational Science (B.A.)

Homepage:

Department of Educational Science

Faculty:

Faculty 02: Social Sciences, Media, and Sports

Accreditation:

The accreditation of study programmes for Bachelor and Master Degrees constitutes as a precondition for the granting of state approval.

Subject Matter

In the Master’s program in Educational Science, students have the opportunity to study their chosen focus area in more detail. The main focus areas include:

  1. “Lifelong Learning and Media Education”: This focus area responds to the challenges of a knowledge-based society with regard to educational policy, as well as on skills potential and learning processes over the entire lifespan, both inside and outside of educational institutions. This requires professional teachers to act in new ways, especially in the areas of educational management, educational and training counseling, media education, and teaching and learning with new media, which this focus area offers. By focusing on the development of theoretical, research-oriented and action-related skills, this area prepares students for management roles at social institutions of general, professional and media-related education.
  2. “Reconstructive Educational Research”: In this focus area, students address educational processes in a theoretical and empirical way. Key questions include how education is and can be structured in the context of familial, political and international developments. The aim is to enable students to recognize education processes in a knowledge-based society, to reflect on them from an educational science perspective and to act in a pedagogically appropriate manner.
  3. “Special Education”: This focus area will lead to better skills in handling behavioral problems and disabilities within mainstream education and special education. The guiding principle here is one of comprehensive disability support that is oriented to the course of one’s life. The goal of special education is to ensure social, cultural and economic participation for individuals with disabilities and/or mental disorders.
  4. “Social Education with a focus on Internationality/Transnationality”: This focus area will provide the disciplinary, professional and empirical foundations of social education in the context of international and transnational developments. In addition, students will acquire theoretical, research-based and practical skills for work and research in transnational/international fields of social education. The goal of the focus area is to prepare students for highly skilled work in these fields.

The first two modules from General Education form the basis for all the focus points. In these modules, students reflect on the theoretical approaches and social conditions of educational science and assume a critical stance on current debate in education. The consecutive course of study is more research-oriented and aims to strengthen students’ reflective skills. In so doing, students have the opportunity to address research approaches and methods more intensively and to perform their own research projects. The course of study is also seen as preparation for a possible doctorate.

Master entrance requirements

  • Proof of a Bachelor’s degree in Education or a related subject or an equivalent degree from a university in Germany or abroad.
  • As a rule, qualifications that conform to the following will be assumed to be equivalent:Courses of study in which at least 60 credits are acquired or a third of the courses required for a degree are completed in the subject Education. If the Bachelor’s degree certificate has not yet been awarded, the applicant must demonstrate that they have acquired 40 credits before application deadline. Admission will be granted on the proviso that a Bachelor’s degree certificate showing that the required 60 credits have been acquired is submitted during the first semester of the Master’s degree program.

    Teacher training courses (such as Bachelor of Education, State Examination for teaching)

  • It is assumed that students have sufficient active and passive knowledge of the English language to read specialist literature in English and participate in courses taught in English; this does not include submitting written course work and writing examinations in the English language. Proof is not required.
  • Proof of proficiency in the German language to the level of the “German Language Proficiency Examination for Admission to Higher Education for Foreign Applicants (DSH)” is required for applicants, who either did not obtain their university entrance qualification at a German institution or whose degree was not from a degree program taught in German.

Information

The International Office offers counselling for international students about the application process and general information.

The Student Counselling Office offers specific information on the subject (List available in German only).

The Student representatives give information from a student perspective (List available in German only).