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Inclusive and Elementary Education (M.A.)

Taught in German.


Master of Arts (MA)

Duration of studies

4 semesters - 120 credit points (cp)


since 18 August 2008


The Master of Arts degree course "Inclusive and Elementary Education" is a four semester long, research-oriented course of study which qualifies its graduates to work in sought-after fields of profession and research. Both the Department of School Education and the Department of Special Needs Education are responsible for this degree programme. Along with the basic area of study, which is obligatory for all students, in the Master`s course a main focus is chosen from the specialisation area. The educational Master course of study builds onto the Gießen Bachelor degree course "Early Childhood Education" (taught in German) but is also matching with other educational Bachelor degree courses. It opens opportunities in the professional area of "education applied to impairment of emotional and social development", "education and rehabilitation applied to people with mental disability", "remedial language education" and "early childhood". The Master`s course also qualifies students for a research-oriented professional career beginning in the form of studies for a doctorate.
The characteristic of this degree course is the "research studies". It allows the connection of practice and theory, of research and appliance as it is required in educational sciences at University as well as in professional areas.

Entrance requirements

For acceptance into the Master`s course Elementary and Integrative Education it is necessary to have completed the Bachelor`s course in Early Childhood Education at JLU Gießen or a Bachelor`s course (or equivalent academic qualification) in educational sciences at another university with a recognized section of the studies dealing with early childhood education, involving no less than 50 cp (credit points) or 32 weekly hours per semester with an additional amount of 14 cp on qualitative and quantitative research methods, of which 8 cp can be acquired retrospectively, parallel to the course.
Above all the following academic qualifications are accepted as equivalent: Diploma and Magister in educational sciences as well as teaching degree programmes including at least 50 cp or 32 weekly hours per semester in Early Childhood Education plus 14 cp in qualitative and quantitative research methods, of which 8 cp can be acquired retrospectively, parallel to the course.
During the application and admission procedure the board of examiners can recognize other degree courses after looking at them individually and if applicable, giving an entrance test. Up until this point the studies must include a subject profile containing an element of educational sciences with the above-mentioned noticeable requirement of an equal emphasis on early childhood education.

Application and admission

  • The degree course is not limited internally.
  • The general application deadline of JLU Gießen is July 15 for the winter semester.
  • Please note that the application period for the Master's course can be extended. This information will be published here (in German).
  • Special regulations apply to foreign applicants or those who gained their university-entrance qualifications abroad. More on this...

Commencemt of studies

Only possible in the winter semester.

Composition of degree programme

The course offers a wide range of basic aspects and a specialisation area that offers a variety of focus areas. It comprises 11 modules including the internship and thesis modules. The structure of the degree course is as follows: 

  • Basics comprising 5 modules (G1 – G5)
  • Internship module comprising 13 CP
  • Focus area comprising 2 modules (P1 – P4) in the chosen field of specialisation (10 CP each), one module from the elective area (10 CP), and one module "researching studies" (10 CP)
  • Thesis module comprising 30 CP.

The following modules have to be taken in the basic area:

  • G1: Module Including Education and Didactics (9 cp)
  • G2: Module Consulting (6 cp)
  • G3: Module Empirical Research Methods (16 cp)
  • G4: Module Growing Up Under Unfavourable Circumstances (8 cp)
  • G5: Module Leadership and Organisation (8 cp)
  • Practical Training: The chosen tasks  and areas for close observation in the first module of the selected specialisation area should be dealt with.
The following specialisation areas are freely selectable:
  • Extracurricular learning support
  • Focus on education and rehabilitation applied to people with mental disability
  • Focus on remedial language education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • The module "researching studies" offers a combination of practice and theory which is focused on single research areas. Students will participate in current research projects of the research area and will also perform their own research tasks. 
  • TH: The Master thesis (30 cp) is attached through its content and research methodology to the chosen central focus in the specialisation area. 
You can find an exhaustive module description on the study guide. 

Further information

  • The student handbook is available on the right

Subject advisor

Prof. Dr. Norbert Neuß
Institut für Schulpädagogik
Karl-Glöckner -Straße 21, building B, room 217
35394 Gießen
Phone: 0641 - 99 24120

Dr. Arno Koch
Institut für Heil- und Sonderpädagogik
Karl-Glöckner-Straße 21, building B, room 102
35394 Gießen
Phone: 0641 - 99 24156