Early Childhood Education (B.A.)
“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” degree 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 in accordance with societal, educational and social policy.
The programme qualifies its graduates to work with children from 0-10 years and their families. They acquire the skills necessary to conceptualise, implement, evaluate and further develop 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 skills 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.
The programme has two specialisations:
- Education and care of children & education partnership with parents
- Management and social care management
This full-time degree programme awards 210 Credits (workload 750 hrs per semester).
On successful completion of the programme, graduates are awarded a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Early Childhood Education. On graduation, you are entitled to use the professional title “Staatlich anerkannte Kindheitspädagogin” or “Staatlich anerkannter Kindheitspädagoge” (state-certified early childhood teacher).
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Facts and Figures - at a glance
|Degree awarded||Bachelor of Arts|
|Faculty||Social Work, Education and Nursing Sciences|
|Campus||Esslingen Hilltop Campus|
|Number of semesters||7|
|Language of instruction||German|
|Application Periods||For the winter semester: up to July 15th|
|Information on admission requirements|
Programme places: 35 per year
Application and Admission
Please submit your application for this degree programme via the Hochschulstart.de portal.
The curriculum for the degree programme and detailed descriptions of the programme modules are contained in the Module Catalogue.Module Catalogue Early Childhood Education (B.A.) (German Version)
The job market in the Early Childhood Education sector continues to enjoy steady growth, there is a great lack of specialists in children’s day nurseries. The two specialisations in the degree programme - education and care of children or management and organisational design - offer graduates a wide range of opportunities to make the transition into employment or for career development, such as...
- leading a group, deputising for managers, managing child daycare facilities
- tasks relating to conceptualisation and didactic aspects of after-school activities in all-day schools, social work in schools
- parent education and advisory services
- planning and educational policy tasks
- training measures in daycare facilities
- educational advisory services
- further and advanced education and training.
On completion of the Bachelor’s programme, you can continue with a Master’s programme, which paves the way to a doctoral degree. At Esslingen University of Applied Sciences you can continue with the Master's degree in Applied Socio-Pedagogical Educational Research.