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Adult and Continuing Education, Extracurricular Education (B.A.)

Taught in German



Content of degree programme

The course of study encompasses the general educational sciences and the subjects extracurricular education of young learners outside the school and further education which both are concerned with areas of professional activities. Furthermore it also involves focus areas such as intercultural and comparative education and organizational development and consultation.


General Educational Science

The General Educational Science analyses and reflects on socialization, developmental and educational processes in their social and historical dimension and their systematic importance. It presents basic concepts, theories and methods for the analysis of a variety of pedagogic fields and problem areas.


Further training

In the area of Further Training the main aspects dealt with are the structuring and supporting of adult learning processes. Students are offered the possibility to acquire skills of teaching and structuring in this area of profession. On the one hand this further training is concerned with the structure and formation of the area hence an awareness of the problems of the teacher`s tasks involved. On the other hand students learn how to develop skills in designing teaching and learning situations and learning processes in the area of micro-didactic designs, the conceptualization of teaching structures, further training management and evaluation of the content and structure of it.


Extracurricular education of young learners

The extracurricular education of young learners involves the pedagogical range of action of the adolescents`living environment such as the family, free time and education. A professional form of pedagogical activity will be developed in this area in dealing with forms of youth culture and young people’s worlds in the contexts of ethnic backgrounds, risk and addiction, intercultural background and migration, violence, delinquency and social disadvantage. Embedded in this area lies a discussion of the theories and approaches of youth research, the history of the period of youth and an international comparison of youth.


Intercultural and comparative education

Intercultural Comparative Education discusses the problems of upbringing and education in multicultural societies.


Organizational development and consultation

The module organizational development and consultation deals with basic problems, e.g. communication, decision-making processes, the setting up of networks and power structures.

Classes involving further treatment of the aspects such as research methods, practical phases, expansion of subjects, are offered by other subjects and faculties of the JLU.


Study specific prerequisites

For the minor subject music education previous knowledge in musical theory is required and checked during the orientation week. If you have any questions please contact the subject advisor in charge of music education.

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Number of enrolled students

768 students are enrolled in this bachelor degree course (as of winter semester 2017/18).


since 22 August 2006

Composition of the Study Programme

Degree BA


Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Duration of studies 6 Semester 180 Credit Points (CP)

Duration of Studies

6 Semesters - 180 Credit Points (CP)

Composition of Degree Programme


Module nameNumber of ModulesCredit Points (CP)
Introduction to academic writing 1 3
General Educational Sciences - AEW 1 und AEW 2 2 12 each
Quantitative Methodology - QUANT 1 7
Qualitative Methodology - QUALI 1 7
Areas: Further Education and Education of Young Learners outside schools - WB, AJ 4 12 each
Intercultural and Comparative Education - INTER 1 12
Organisation Development and Consultation - ORGA 1 12

Professionalization - PROF

The module professionalisation involves a practical training of 16 weeks as well as accompaniment and supervision from the relevant department.

1 25
Thesis-Module 1 12
  • One minor subject with 30 CP from the minor subject list (c.f. Appendix 4)




The aim of the thesis is to give the student a clearly defined subject to work on, in accordance with scientific methods, under supervision and over a limited period.

Possible Minor Subjects

The following minor subjects (30 Credit Points) can be chosen in the Bachelor's degree programme Adult and Continuing Education, Extracurricular Education:

  • History
  • Protestant Theology
  • Catholic Theology
  • History of Art
  • Turkish Studies
  • Archaeology
  • Classical Philology / Latin
  • Classical Philology / Greek
  • Art Education
  • Music Education (can currently not be pursued in the consecutive Master's programme)
  • Sociology
  • Political Sciences
  • Philosophy (can currently not be pursued in the consecutive Master's programme)
  • Family Law (can currently not be pursued in the consecutive Master's programme)
  • Economics (can currently not be pursued in the consecutive Master's programme)
  • English Language, Literatures & Cultures
  • German Studies / Literature
  • German Studies / Linguistics
  • French Language, Cultures and Literatures
  • Spanish Language, Cultures and Literatures
  • Portuguese Language, Cultures and Literatures
  • Czech Language, Cultures and Literatures
  • Polish Language, Cultures and Literatures
  • Croatian/ Serbian Language, Cultures and Literatures
  • Russian Language, Cultures and Literatures

Please note that you might have to give proof that you fulfil the language requirements for some minor subjects already upon matriculation. For the minor subject music education previous knowledge in musical theory is required and checked. (further information can be found here).


Commencement of Studies in the Winter Semester

Commencement of studies

Only possible in the winter semester

Entrance Requirements Abitur ohne Praktikumsnachweis

Entrance requirements

  • Applicants must have an Abitur (German school leaver's examination for university entrance) or equivalent. More on this...
  • Certification of a pre-professional practical period is not required.
  • Special regulations apply to foreign applicants or those who gained their university-entrance qualifications abroad. Read more...

Language Requirements Minor Subject

Please note that you might have to give proof that you fulfil the language requirements for some minor subjects already upon matriculation.

Requirements Music

Knowledge in music theory is required for the minor subject in music education and tested in the study introduction week. Please contact the subject advisor for further details.

Application not limited only winter

Application / Enrolment

  • The study programme is not subject to admission restrictions.

  • The enrolment period for the winter semester begins at the beginning of June.

  • The end of the enrolment period is determined anew each year, please enquire in the application portal during the enrolment period.

Different rules apply in some cases for international applicants. More...


Career Options


Career Options

The professional fields and the fields of activity on which the course of studies is concentrated are wide and varied.


Further education

The further learning section involves all parts of adult learning: starting with "training on the job" or the development of leaders in professional or organizational training, further training in computer work or language learning, and also moving into the area of organization of free time and cultural-pedagogical activities. It covers business- privately- and also publicly- financed further training.


Education for the young outside the school

Education for the young outside the school involves a variety of organizations doing general area-specific cultural youth work. There is a variety of organizations and businesses active in extracurricular youth education. In project work and forms of supervision topics such as interculturality, migration, sex-specific training and social poverty and disadvantaging are dealt with. An interface  between further training and training of young people outside the school is formed by the many initiatives of the job centres to improve the job opportunities, further training and introduction to the job for young people.

The commonest forms of pedagogical activity of people working the the job, are project work, structuring of teaching and learning processes, advising, organizational development and planning. Personal relations and relations with the organizations are thus areas of competence with different degrees of importance.

Further Information

Further Information: Documents

PDF documents for the courses of study


Examination- and study regulations


Courses offered in the course catalogue

International pages

Please have a look at our International Pages for more information in English.

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Subject Advisor

Prof. Dr. Ludwig Stecher
Institut für Erziehungswissenschaft - Empirische Bildungsforschung
Philosophikum II, Haus B, Raum 112
Karl-Glöckner-Straße 21
35394 Gießen
Phone: 0641 - 99 24071
Office hours during the semester: Tuesday 09:00 - 10:00

Central Student Advisory Service
Frank Uhlmann (Dipl. Sozialw.)
Central Student Services

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