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Education (BA)

What is Education about?

Education scientists do not only work in kindergarten or schools with young people. They support learning processes in all areas of life, promoting education and development in all age groups. Education scientists are required in a variety of areas: vocational, elementary, leisure, cultural, intercultural, music and art, organisation, religious, school, social, sports, business and adult education.

In this degree programme you are provided with an introduction to education. You learn education-oriented ways of thinking and research methods and you are introduced to the foundations of education, its historical background, education subjects and occupational fields. You can address educational problems in a systematic manner and find the right solutions. In a compulsory placement you apply your theoretical knowledge in practice.

At FAU, you can specialise in organisational education or cultural education.

In organisation education, you deal with methods of supporting learning processes within organisations. Specifically, this concerns training and further development, personnel and organisation development and coaching and organisation consulting.

In cultural education, you help the young and the old access the whole diversity of art and culture, helping them to shape their living environment and participate in culture and society.

What can I do with this qualification?

You acquire skills qualifying you to work in the following areas:

Organisation education

  • education management in professional further education
  • company training and professional further education
  • personnel and organisation development in companies
  • in the general and professional adult education as a lecturer at state and private education institutions (adult education centres, training institutes)
  • research in education (with a Master's degree)

Cultural education

  • youth education in general
  • cultural education institutions (culture centres)
  • art and cultural institutions (museums)
  • associations
  • consultancies
What qualities and skills do I need?
  • an interest in education, sociology and labour market policy
  • the ability and willingness to read and write large volumes of text (good text comprehension and writing skills)
  • the ability and willingness to work with technical language and foreign words
  • openness towards English texts
  • the ability and willingness to reflect critically upon complex texts
Good reasons for choosing to study at FAU
  • Since you study education as one of two subjects in a two subject Bachelor's degree programme, you are free to specialise in the area that interests you most.
  • FAU has a UNESCO endowed Chair in cultural and aesthetic education (Prof. Liebau).
  • Organisation education is a relatively new subject in Germany. It is an exciting new research field for education scientists. The Chair headed by Prof. Göhlich which focuses on organisation education is among the first ones of its kind.
Potential challenges
  • The education degree programme does not qualify you to work as a teacher.
  • As an education scientist you won't be involved directly with social work (if you want to do that you should choose social work/social science). You will deal more with abstract and theoretical aspects.
  • The degree programme does not prepare you for working with children, for instance in kindergartens or daycare facilities.
  • You should have a basic interest in education, sociology and labour market policy.
  • A fairly small part of the degree programme is devoted to psychology.
  • You must complete a placement of at least six weeks. Further placements are recommended.
Can I study abroad?

We have collaborations with the following universities:

  • Croatia (Zadar, Sveučilište u Zadru), two places für five months
  • Poland, Krakow Uniwersytet Jagiellonski, two places for five months
  • Türkey, Istanbul Istanbul Aydin University, two places (one for a Bachelor's degree student, one for a Master's degree student) for five months

A complete list of all exchange possibilities is available at moveonnet (external).

Combinable degree programmes

Can be combined*

Archaeological Sciences (BA), English and American Studies (BA), French Studies (BA), German Language and Literature (BA), History (BA), Greek Philology (BA), Indo-European and Indo-Iranian Studies (BA), Italian Studies (BA), Japanese Studies (BA), Art History (BA), Latin Philology (BA), Medieval Latin and Neo-Latin (BA), Scandinavian Studies (BA), Business and Economics (BA), Philosophy (BA), Political Science (BA), Sociology (BA), Theatre and Media Studies (BA)

*These courses are scheduled in such a way that the subjects can usually be combined without overlapping.

Can be combined after consulting a study advisor*

Book Studies (BA), Hispanic Studies (BA), Cultural Geography (BA), Cultural History of Christianity (BA), Computational Linguistics (BA), Oriental Studies (BA), Chinese Studies (BA)

As it is not guaranteed that there will be no overlap between teaching times in this combination, you will be required to submit proof of consultation with a study advisor when enrolling. Please contact the Student Advice and Career Service (IBZ) or the Student Service Centre of the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology.

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Degree programme start date and application deadlines

Start date of degree programme: Winter Term

The FAU website provides an overview of the current application deadlines as well as information on the selection process and how to apply.

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Please note: Despite careful checks, we cannot rule out errors or omissions. For this reason, all prospective students are advised to seek detailed information from FAU's Student Advice and Career Service (IBZ) before commencing their studies.

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Degree type: Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Type of study: Two subject Bachelor's degree programme
Location: Erlangen
Standard duration of study: 6 Semester
Start date of degree programme: Winter Term
Admission: Numerus clausus
Early entrance programme: no
Part-time study: yes
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology

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