“What happens at the beginning is what counts” and “We need the best for the youngest”: these statements taken from Swedish education policy are the guiding principles of the “Early Childhood Education” programme at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences. Their aim is to enhance the quality of the education and learning provided in facilities for children from 0 to 10 years of age in accordance with societal, educational and social policy.
The programme qualifies its graduates to work with children from 0-10 years of age and their families. They acquire the skills necessary for the conceptual development, implementation, evaluation and further development of the education, learning and supervision of children in institutions on the basis of scientific principles.
The programme is characterised by its social-educational orientation and its overarching perspective of being sensitive to diversity. The diversity competences required are gained through the study of interdisciplinary subjects. Their content is based on categories of social disparity and they aim to develop this field further from the perspective of inclusion.
This full-time degree course awards 210 Credits (workload 750 hrs per semester).
On successful completion of the programme, graduates are awarded the degree of Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Early Childhood Education. On graduation, you acquire the right to use the professional title “Staatlich anerkannte Kindheitspädagogin” or “Staatlich anerkannter Kindheitspädagoge” (state-certified early childhood teacher).