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Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education

Are you passionate about working with children from early infancy to the end of primary school? Are you interested in helping and supporting children through their formal and non-formal learning processes in after-school care centres, day care facilities and other child and youth welfare services?

The degree program Early Childhood Education provides you with comprehensive theoretical knowledge in areas such as pedagogy, psychology and law, as well as the didactic knowledge and skills to support children in a variety of settings.

You will develop sensitivity, empathy and the ability to reflect on your own professional actions. In addition to the courses offered at the university, you will have regular opportunities to gain your own practical experience. With the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree and state recognition as a Childhood Educator, you will have access to a wide range of occupational fields and can apply to Master's programs at universities of applied sciences and universities once you have graduated.

Program Director

Prof. Dr. Diana Ramm

+49 361 6700-3031diana.ramm@fh-erfurt.de Altonaer Straße | 3.2.21

Studying intertwined with practical experience

Practical training is also part of the degree program. In addition to some modules being accompanied by days of practical work, the supervised blocks of work experience provide a close link between theoretical content, academic research and hands-on training. In the second and fourth semesters, students spend one day a week working in the field. Between the second and third semesters, you will do an orientation work placement of several weeks and in the fifth semester a supervised work placement comprising 512 hours. Finally, the degree program finishes with a work placement in management.

What to expect in your studies

    • Introduction to Early Childhood Education
    • Sociological Basics and Socialization
    • Child Development and Early Learning
    • Professional Conduct in Early Childhood Education Institutions
    • Theory and Practice of Play
    • Education and Language
    • Learning from the world around us
    • Musical Education - Elementary Musical Education
    • Children with Special Needs
    • Educational Guidance for Children
    • Culture, Aesthetics and Media
    • Educational Conduct in Practical Situations
    • Professions and Professionalism
    • Counselling in the Context of Early Childhood Education
    • Professional Identity
    • Legal Basics
    • Organization and Management
    • Child and Youth Welfare Services
    • Institutions and Transitions
    • Diversity and Social Problems
    • Communications and Core Academic Skills
    • Early Childhood Education as a Research Discipline
    • Bachelor’s Thesis
  • The practical training consists of work placements, accompanying training sessions and reflection.

Knowledge and skills for future early childhood educators

The degree course in Early Childhood Education comprises seven regular semesters and is divided into six module areas that deal with the basics of child development, educational processes in childhood, professional conduct, social contexts as well as academic work and empirical research. Credits are assigned to the individual modules according to the students' workload. Each module concludes with a module-specific assessment such as a project, written exam, oral exam, term paper or presentation. To successfully complete the degree program, students need to earn 30 credits per semester.

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  • Title Bachelor Early Childhood Education
  • Qualification/degree Bachelor (Bachelor of Arts)
  • Duration 7 semesters
  • Mode of study full-time
  • Flexibility Open for occasional students
    Part-time studies possible
    Open to affiliate students
  • Beginning Winter semester
  • Costs -
  • Admission Restricted admissions (NC)
  • Period for application 15.05. - 15.07.
  • General Requirements Yes Show
  • Special Requirements Yes Show

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