General university entrance qualification (Allgemeine Hochschulreife)
or subject-specific university entrance qualification/social branch
Enrollment period winter semester
Place of study
Start of the program
Standard length of the program
Part-time studies possible
The Bachelor’s degree program in Education is aimed at prospective students who are interested in analyzing, organizing, shaping and guiding educational processes. The degree program qualifies students for professional educational action in line with the conditions of a globalized and diversified world. It focuses on the analysis, exploration and design of educational processes based on philosophical and theoretical knowledge in the field of education and with the help of educational research methods. The ability for educational professionalism is realized with regard to three specific professional fields and skill areas: (1) educational policy and philosophy of education, (2) adult education and continuing education and (3) social pedagogy.
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The program in detail
The degree program is aimed at people with university entrance qualifications who are interested in the analysis, shaping and guidance of educational processes and who would like to qualify for pedagogical fields of employment in local, national and global contexts in a scientifically substantiated, well-founded way with a strong practical connection.
In order to deepen acquired knowledge and skills, students can choose one of the following three professional and competence fields as a specialization:
Educational policy and philosophy of education
Adult education and continuing education
In this Bachelor’s degree program, students acquire professional skills for researching educational processes, developing innovative teaching concepts and models, and designing and shaping educational processes with digital media. In addition, personal and social skills such as professional team leadership and team development as well as ethical reflection and communication of educational and socialization processes are developed further.
This enables students to qualify – both academically and practically – for professional fields in pedagogy in local, national and global contexts.
The content of the degree program’s study plan (see below) can be divided into four areas that complement each other to form a complete picture. While the first semester, in particular, will provide you with a detailed introduction to the basics (blue area), the following three semesters will focus on research methodology (green area) and the social, political and institutional aspects of education (red area). Depending on your chosen specialization in the field of professional competence, you will work towards your Bachelor's thesis in the fifth and sixth semesters, which will reflect your specific knowledge and your first own scientific research questions.
In accordance with the framework curriculum of the German Educational Research Association (DGfE), the first four semesters (basic phase) impart basic knowledge of educational science as well as general methodological and ethical-reflective skills. In the fifth and sixth semesters (profiling phase), the program offers in-depth studies and research as well as job-related profiling opportunities for students from all different professional and competence fields (PCFs).
In the profiling phase, the focus is not primarily on internal logics of the disciplines from which the course content is derived, but rather on the qualification objectives and career opportunities of the students in the corresponding fields ("output orientation").
Students can complete the program in full-time or part-time.
The content of the degree program can be divided into four areas that complement each other to form a complete picture:
In the first semester, you will gain broad general insights into basic knowledge of education and educational science. The introduction to pedagogical action, to the theories of education and upbringing or diversity education also provide an overview (organized by different chairs) to support students in choosing a specialization in the course of their later studies at graduate level.
In the following semesters, students will deepen their knowledge in the areas of research methodology and practical internships. The application and (ranges of) criticism of theoretical knowledge are tested, experienced and investigated in differentiated pedagogical fields of action, institutions and organizations by means of methodically reflected observation and analysis of the individually chosen fields of work and action.
Social, political and institutional aspects of education
Another special feature of the degree program is offered through the approach of social, political and institutional aspects of education (marked in red in the structure chart). The questions of how ethical and religious issues can be included in the context of educational processes, which conflicts or problems can arise in this context, but also which opportunities can be opened up in the corresponding professional and competence fields, are in the main focus here.
Professional and competence fields (PCFs)
In the fifth and sixth semesters (profiling phase), the program offers in-depth studies and research as well as job-related profiling opportunities for students from all different professional and competence fields (PCFs).
In the profiling phase, the focus is not primarily on internal logics of the disciplines from which the course content is derived, but rather on the qualification objectives and career opportunities of the students in the corresponding fields ("output orientation"). Depending on your chosen specialization in the field of professional competence, you will work towards your Bachelor's thesis in the fifth and sixth semesters, which will reflect your specific knowledge and your first own scientific research questions.
The course of study also provides for implementation of student research projects that are carried out in collaboration with institutional players from practical fields in pedagogy, politics and the industry. These projects are intended to help students develop an analytical and research-based approach to specific practical problems.
This shall lead to an independent self-professionalization among students.
The three main scientific focus areas provide you with access to the research and teaching practice of several participating chairs. Staff members of the Chair of Philosophy of Education and Educational Theory, the Chair of Social Pedagogy and the Professorship of Lifelong Learning – to name but a few – are involved in the implementation and planning of this degree program, which is unique in Germany.
In contrast to comparable study offers of neighboring universities, our degree program has a strong anthropological-ethical orientation, which also takes up the role of religion and spirituality in educational and upbringing processes. An in-depth approach to value questions and the development of values as well as to global educational and development questions in the context of flight and migration are distinguishing features of the degree program and at the same time core skills for modern educational program design.
Rankings and assessments
KU students and alumni have voted for their University to be Germany's most popular university in the 2021 ranking of the online portal StudyCheck. The ranking was based on over 40,000 evaluations for more than 500 higher education institutions and universities. 98 percent of students questioned for the ranking would recommend studying at the KU to others.
"There is no better praise for a university than almost 100 percent of students and alumni agreeing: I can only recommend studying at the KU! That is why we are very pleased with the ranking’s outcome, because it expresses the high level of satisfaction of our students," says KU President Prof. Dr. Gabriele Gien.
The flexible design of the study plan allows students to spend a stay abroad during their studies. All modules – especially those from the PCFs "Educational Policy and Philosophy of Education", "Adult and Continuing Education" and "Social Pedagogy" – can be taken in whole or in part in the context of equivalent courses at the Erasmus partner universities of the Faculty of Philosophy and Education, such as the University of Oulu, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University of Warsaw, University of Sofia, and many more.
Students are encouraged to complete the student research projects in the fifth semester of studies at an international and/or intercultural educational institution. This corresponds to the degree program’s strong focus on global issues of interculturality and worldwide migration and their relevance for educational work and policy.
The KU maintains a partnership network with around 300 universities worldwide. The KU International Office supports students in the planning phase and provides information on different financing possibilities for stays abroad.
In contrast to many other degree programs, this program includes two internships at different stages during the course of studies.
In preparation for your internships, the lecturers of the respective professional and competence fields offer 2-hour seminars in the second and fourth semester to impart formal requirements and job-specific knowledge both in general and in view of specific professional fields. The selected supervising lecturers (PCF-oriented) will accompany and advise you before, during and after the internship phase with regard to all aspects that are relevant in the context of the module. In this context, ‘in view of specific professional fields’ means that you can choose from the specializations mentioned above within the framework of these internships. This means that the supervision, reflection and analysis of the chosen practical specialization is supported by lecturers from the respective areas of specialization and approached together with you.
A wide range of professional opportunities arise from the degree program that go beyond the classic fields of pedagogy and often receive less attention in society. Some examples are listed here.
Educational counseling, school counseling
Education management and administration
Educational policy in political organizations with educational departments such as political parties, unions, foundations, NGOs and interest groups
International and global education projects: among other things within the framework of the worldwide education and development work of the Catholic Church and relevant governmental and non-governmental organizations.
Institutions for adult education and continuing education, e.g. adult education centers, night schools, specialist professional academies, academies for political education etc.
Organizations and institutions in the field of work with children and adolescents, families and the elderly; organizations for integration support and service for the disabled as well as institutions in the area of preventive health care and work in the context of individual and social problem situations
Organizational and human resource development in the public and private sector
Professional fields involving initiation, organization and promotion of civic engagement
Self-employed work: conceptualization and management of diverse educational offers in extra-curricular education and in the field of adult education, training and continuing education, coaching and organizational development, philosophical practice and counseling and advice.
What students say about the program
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Cristoforo Calabró, 2nd semester
"What I particularly like about the degree programs is the variety of modules and the opportunity for personal development.”
Hannah Sandner, 2nd semester
"I think it's great that practical phases were integrated into our degree program. In the second, fourth and fifth semester, we get the opportunity to look into different professional fields.”
Miriam Webert, 2nd semester
"I particularly like the friendly atmosphere at the KU in Eichstätt. The lecturers know their students and there's always time for questions and individual advice."
Short distances on campus at the KU save time and avoid stress. The KU is a campus University with modern facilities. The buildings on campus are located close to the Eichstätt old town. Although the University and its campus has grown, it is still characterized by short distances: In Eichstätt, everything can be reached within ten minutes’ walking distance. On campus, green spaces such as the Hofgarten are the perfect places to relax. The garden of the Kapuzinerkloster is also used by different student initiatives for their projects. The canteen is located at the heart of the Eichstätt campus and has a sun deck and cafeteria that leave nothing to be desired.
What sets the KU apart
Studying at the KU is more than just acquiring specialist knowledge. We broaden our horizons together and take on responsibility in and beyond the individual degree programs. The KU has a particular focus on topics such as personal development, sustainability, social skills and social commitment.
It offers its students the possibility to study and work in a welcoming atmosphere and benefit from outstanding support and comprehensive service offers, a well-stocked library, a broad range of sports and leisure activities and a large global network of approx. 300 partner universities. Our team at the International Office helps you to plan your semester abroad and the KU Career Service provides comprehensive advice and support for embarking on your professional career.
Eichstätt and the surrounding Altmühltal natural park are not only a popular destination for culture enthusiasts and nature lovers, but also for cyclists, climbers, canoeists and fossil collectors. Located between Munich and Nuremberg, the city impresses with its Baroque setting and southern flair combined with modern and prizewinning architecture as well as a broad variety of cultural offerings and leisure activities.
The Baroque park at the heart of the campus and the nearby banks of the Altmühltal river are the KU’s “green living room”. Another big advantage: all University facilities are just a short walk away from each other.
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