Pedagogy (Bachelor of Arts)
|Degree: Bachelor of Arts|
|Duration: 6 semesters|
|Internship: Eight-week mandatory internship (320 hours) which is to be proven before the BA Thesis. As a suitable time period for the internship, we recommend the time between terms after the 1st and 3rd semester. Completing an internship or even several internships (voluntary) throughout the programme is recommended particularly regarding professional orientation. The recognition of an already completed internship is possible under certain conditions.|
|Requirements for Admission: General university entrance degree, entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences, similar foreign diplomas; further information|
|Admission Procedure: Restrictions on Admission; procedure results (n.c. figures)|
|Part-time Studies: possible under specific conditions|
|Programme Start: winter semester|
|Application Deadline: International applicants find their application deadline here.|
|Application: Online application|
|Special Features: –|
The Bachelor of Arts programme Pedagogy is divided into a mandatory subject area and an elective subject area.
The Mandatory Subject Area is divided into a fundamental subject area, an extended subject area, and a profile area.
- The fundamental subject area comprises introductions to general pedagogy as well as to vocational pedagogy and an introduction to the fundamental techniques and methods of Aacademic work and research. This is supplemented by a mandatory occupational orientation internship as well as the module “Orientation in Optional Field”.
- The extended subject area addresses Educational Systems, Theories and Concepts.
- Apart from specialising studies of General Pedagogy, the profile area addresses e.g. Theories and Procedures of General Education and Theories of Vocational Education.
The diversified Elective Subject Area provides the possibility of cross-subject specialisations or emphases.
Advice for Prospective B.A Students
The studies of Pedagogy or Educational studies address fundamental questions of formation and education. Pedagogues are confronted with contradiction such as the fact that education is the goal of pedagogic efforts but cannot be established externally. Education occurs in dealing with one’s surroundings, with fellow human beings and with oneself. In order to be able to perceive the complexity of these human relations to the material and social world, to society and to oneself, Pedagogy also uses findings from different neighbouring sciences such as sociology, psychology or philosophy apart from its own theories and research. Students of Pedagogy should have an interest in human beings and in complex problems regarding societal contexts.
Related Degree Programmes
General Information: With the Bachelor of Arts, the students will acquire their first professional qualification. However, the Master of Arts is considered the standard qualification at TU Darmstadt. For this reason, it is recommended that students complete a Master’s degree.|
Please note that admission to the Master’s Degree programme may also depend on additional requirements. This particularly applies to non-consecutive courses of study (meaning with a Bachelor’s degree in a different area of focus or field of study than the desired Master’s degree programme) and to applicants of other universities. If you have any questions, please contact the respective departmental advisor’s office.
|Educational Studies – Education in Processes of Global Technologicalisation (M.A.) (Bildungswissenschaften: Bildung in globalen Technisierungsprozessen, M.A.)|
After completing the study programme, the students have different career possibilities. Oftentimes, experiences the students have already collected within internships and corresponding references play an important role as they enable the students to show a specific technical profile.
Possible fields of activities for pedagogues include non-formal education and formation, e.g. adult education (at community colleges), parties/associations, youth care institutions, etc. Other fields of activity can be found in personnel development, at schools within the framework of full-time schools and within vocational preparatory measures for youths. Pedagogues may also find employment in consulting (e.g. education counseling, marriage counseling, counseling centers, for example provided by administrative offices). In principle, working in education research or at a university depending on aptitude and interest is possible, as well.
Information on career paths of pedagogues who graduated from the TU Darmstadt is provided annually in a series of lectures called EX-PÄDs im Beruf.
It is important to start early in the degree programme to gain practical work experience in relevant organisations. This way students can promote themselves as competent professionals in practice and make important professional contacts. The likelihood of finding a good position is definitely heightened if the student is flexible when it comes to commuting or even moving abroad. Good English language skills are particularly important when it comes to the international job market. The Institute for General Pedagogy and Vocational Pedagogy furthermore recommends to complete a Master’s degree programme subsequent to the Bachelor’s degree programme as this opens up more potential occupational fields.
TU Darmstadt's offer of Job Shadowing is a quick and simple method of career orientation by accompanying professionally experienced TU Darmstadt alumni for one day.
Further information about career opportunities on the German job market may be found on the following websites:
BV-Päd. – Professional Association of Pedagogues (Berufsverband der Erziehungswissenschaftlerinnen und Erziehungswissenschaftler e.V.)
BDDP – Professional Association of German Certified Pedagogues (Berufsverband Deutscher Diplom-Pädagogen und Diplom-Pädagoginnen e.V.)
Professional Association for Counseling, Education & Psychotherapy (Berufsverband für Beratung, Pädagogik und Psychotherapie e.V.)
Assocation of Pedagogy Teachers (Verband der Pädagogiklehrer und Pädagogiklehrerinnen e.V.)