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Early Childhood Education

Bachelor of Arts / Full-Time & Part-Time

Are you interested in questions of early childhood, the world in which children and families live, and their integration into social structures? Would you like to explore these issues from the perspective of educational science, Waldorf education and other progressive pedagogical concepts, as well as psychology, sociology, philosophy and anthropology? Do you enjoy self-development, learning in a familiar atmosphere and broadening your own perspectives?

Then study early childhood education at Alanus University.

The Bachelor's programme focuses on elementary and early childhood education in theory and practice. It qualifies students for pedagogical careers in the care and education of children up to age 10, with and without special learning needs.

The programme is offered as a full-time and a part-time course. The latter is aimed at people with training as a state-certified early childhood educator or an equivalent qualification. 

The course is divided into five study areas that combine theory with practical experience.

The programme totals 180 credit points 

  • Studium Generale (18 credits full-time / 10 credits part-time)
  • Fundamentals of Science (38 credits full-time & part-time) education, psychology, sociology, anthropology, law and business administration
  • Profile Development (43 credits full-time / 51 credits part-time) Waldorf education, art and aesthetics, diagnosis, research, consulting, inclusion, transition, professionalisation
  • Selected fields of education (20 credits full-time & part-time) play and sociability, movement and health, language and interculturality, nature and environment
  • Early Childhood Education in Practice (50 credits full-time & part-time) applying the principles of early childhood education through practical experience
  • Bachelor’s Thesis (11 credits full-time & part-time)

The module handbook is available under Downloads.

The crediting of previous training courses to the degree programme is possible individually or within the scope of existing cooperation agreements.

The programme in early childhood education is offered as a full-time or a part-time course:

Full-Time Course

In addition to the ongoing lectures, seminars and exercises during the semester, the course is characterised by an extensive amount of practical experience. These phases are divided into an introductory internship and three intensive 7-week internships on the topics of observation and documentation, didactics and methodology, and practical research.

Part-Time Course

In order to facilitate in-service study, the part-time course is divided into self-study phases and intensive attendance phases, which are easy to plan and manage. These include 3 intensive weeks of attendance (Friday evening - Friday) and 10 weekend seminars (Friday evening – Saturday) per year. You are welcome to ask for the attendance phase schedule at the secretary's office.  

Admission requirements for the Bachelor's programme in early childhood education include:

Full-Time Course 

  • General or subject-specific university entrance qualification (Abitur) or
  • Advanced technical college entrance qualification (with successful completion of the university entrance exam) or
  • Completed vocational training and at least 3 years of career experience in a related field (if applicable with successfully completed university entrance exam)

Part-Time Course

In addition to the requirements listed above:

  • Completion of teacher training at a state-approved vocational school or college, or
  • An equivalent level of education

Foreign applicants require proof of sufficient German language skills, both written and spoken. Please find out your level through a language placement test. 

Successful completion of the programme results in the academic title Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) as well as state-recognised certification as an early childhood educator in accordance with the Social Occupations Recognition Act NRW.

The programme qualifies and prepares students for the following fields of work, among others:

Early Childhood Education and Care

  • In early intervention centres
  • In kindergartens (Kita)
  • In childcare at open all-day schools (OGS)
  • In family advice centres and institutes
  • In child and youth welfare services

Management (after several years of career experience)

  • Of kindergartens
  • Of childcare at open all-day schools 
  • Of family advice centres
  • In child and youth welfare services

Education, Counselling and Research

  • Positions in counselling centres and in advisory services
  • Instructor in family and adult education
  • Academic research at higher education institutes

The professional profile of early childhood educator was formulated by the "Studiengangstag Pädagogik der Kindheit" (Day of Study in Early Childhood Education), an umbrella association of early childhood education courses in Germany.

Master’s Programmes in Education

Alanus University of Applied Sciences offers several advanced degree courses for those who would like to continue their education. These include Master's degree programmes in education with the following focuses: Educational Research (if you are interested in working in childhood research), Waldorf Education/Schools and Teaching (if you are interested in working as a subject-specialised teacher at a technical school, vocational college or Waldorf Teacher Training seminar), as well as the Master's degree course in Curative Education (if you are interested in development, research and management in curative education and social therapy).

Applications can be submitted at any time. Please use the application form under Downloads. Selection is based on a review of the application documents submitted and on a personal admission interview.

The course is divided into five study areas that combine theory with practical experience.

The programme totals 180 credit points 

  • Studium Generale (18 credits full-time / 10 credits part-time)
  • Fundamentals of Science (38 credits full-time & part-time) education, psychology, sociology, anthropology, law and business administration
  • Profile Development (43 credits full-time / 51 credits part-time) Waldorf education, art and aesthetics, diagnosis, research, consulting, inclusion, transition, professionalisation
  • Selected fields of education (20 credits full-time & part-time) play and sociability, movement and health, language and interculturality, nature and environment
  • Early Childhood Education in Practice (50 credits full-time & part-time) applying the principles of early childhood education through practical experience
  • Bachelor’s Thesis (11 credits full-time & part-time)

The module handbook is available under Downloads.

The crediting of previous training courses to the degree programme is possible individually or within the scope of existing cooperation agreements.

The programme in early childhood education is offered as a full-time or a part-time course:

Full-Time Course

In addition to the ongoing lectures, seminars and exercises during the semester, the course is characterised by an extensive amount of practical experience. These phases are divided into an introductory internship and three intensive 7-week internships on the topics of observation and documentation, didactics and methodology, and practical research.

Part-Time Course

In order to facilitate in-service study, the part-time course is divided into self-study phases and intensive attendance phases, which are easy to plan and manage. These include 3 intensive weeks of attendance (Friday evening - Friday) and 10 weekend seminars (Friday evening – Saturday) per year. You are welcome to ask for the attendance phase schedule at the secretary's office.  

Admission requirements for the Bachelor's programme in early childhood education include:

Full-Time Course 

  • General or subject-specific university entrance qualification (Abitur) or
  • Advanced technical college entrance qualification (with successful completion of the university entrance exam) or
  • Completed vocational training and at least 3 years of career experience in a related field (if applicable with successfully completed university entrance exam)

Part-Time Course

In addition to the requirements listed above:

  • Completion of teacher training at a state-approved vocational school or college, or
  • An equivalent level of education

Foreign applicants require proof of sufficient German language skills, both written and spoken. Please find out your level through a language placement test. 

Successful completion of the programme results in the academic title Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) as well as state-recognised certification as an early childhood educator in accordance with the Social Occupations Recognition Act NRW.

The programme qualifies and prepares students for the following fields of work, among others:

Early Childhood Education and Care

  • In early intervention centres
  • In kindergartens (Kita)
  • In childcare at open all-day schools (OGS)
  • In family advice centres and institutes
  • In child and youth welfare services

Management (after several years of career experience)

  • Of kindergartens
  • Of childcare at open all-day schools 
  • Of family advice centres
  • In child and youth welfare services

Education, Counselling and Research

  • Positions in counselling centres and in advisory services
  • Instructor in family and adult education
  • Academic research at higher education institutes

The professional profile of early childhood educator was formulated by the "Studiengangstag Pädagogik der Kindheit" (Day of Study in Early Childhood Education), an umbrella association of early childhood education courses in Germany.

Master’s Programmes in Education

Alanus University of Applied Sciences offers several advanced degree courses for those who would like to continue their education. These include Master's degree programmes in education with the following focuses: Educational Research (if you are interested in working in childhood research), Waldorf Education/Schools and Teaching (if you are interested in working as a subject-specialised teacher at a technical school, vocational college or Waldorf Teacher Training seminar), as well as the Master's degree course in Curative Education (if you are interested in development, research and management in curative education and social therapy).

Applications can be submitted at any time. Please use the application form under Downloads. Selection is based on a review of the application documents submitted and on a personal admission interview.

The most important thing at a glance

Course Duration

6 semesters (full-time)
5 semesters (part-time)

Course Starts

Early September (full-time)
Early March (part-time)

Degree

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) & state-recognised certification as an early childhood educator

Information Events

On full-time course
On part-time course

Related Master’s Programmes 

M.A. Adult Education & M.A. Educational Research (focus early childhood education) and M.A. Curative Education

Tuition Fees

341 euros/month (full-time)
241 euros/month (part-time)

Financial Support

More details available under Funding.

Contact and Guidance

Department of Education
Institute for Early Childhood Education
Telephone + 49 2222 93211501

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