Bachelor of Arts; tuition language: German

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In dealing with pedagogical questions, educators are confronted with contradictions, such as the fact that while maturity is the goal of pedagogical efforts, it is an open-ended project and is only produced by subjects.

The Bachelor of Arts degree programme in Pädagogik uses tensions as an opportunity to develop social constitutional conditions, theories and cognitive methods of education using central basic categories of educational science and to transfer them to specific problems within the discipline. Through an introduction to research processes in the human sciences in the context of basic educational categories and methodological approaches, students are encouraged to make well-founded critical judgements and to classify scientific findings in social contexts. Pedagogy thus always implies an examination of (vocational) education theory and pedagogical practice as well as their interaction. The ability to assess relevant bodies of knowledge and the (self-)reflection of professional ethical attitudes are essential goals of the study programme.

The study programme is divided into a basic and an extended area, in which a methodical and systematic introduction to the subject takes place. This also includes a 400-hour internship (15 CP) in an educational practice field and a freely selectable compulsory elective area (24 CP). In the profile area, students get to know the research foci of the institute and are thus introduced to their own research work/thesis.

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Institute for General and Vocational Pedagogy

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Semesters 6
Language German . Please be aware that scientific literature is be read and edited in English or other foreign languages.
Start of studies Winter semester
Internship Mandatory career-oriented internship
Admission requirements Applying with international qualifications:
Language requirements, required documents
Application Application deadlines and online application
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Minimum requirements by the end of the second semester
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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 Technical University of 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.

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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 Technical University of 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.

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