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” 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).
Degree programme leaflet
Facts and Figures - at a glance
|Degree awarded||Bachelor of Arts|
|Faculty||Social Work, Health Care 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|
Application and Admission
- Please submit your application for this degree programme via the Hochschulstart.de portal.
- Information on the admission requirements and application procedure can be found on the pages which describe the application process for our Bachelor’s programmes.
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)
- Head a group, deputise for managers, manage child daycare facilities
- Tasks relating to conceptual development and pedagogical aspects of after-school activities in all-day schools, social work in schools
- Parent education and advisory services
- Planning and pedagogical policy tasks
- Training measures in daycare facilities
- Pedagogical 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.
Competence profile of graduates
The study workshop is primarily a place where training/education is provided for students on the “Early Childhood Education” programme. It is where you will acquire competences you need to assist children to learn the educational basics. You become familiar with didactic materials, learn to critically assess them, try them out together with children and develop their concept further.
The study workshop is also a point of contact for educational specialists. Nursery and primary school teachers can borrow experimentation boxes free of charge and use them with the children on a day-to-day basis for a period of time.
The work with groups of children is usually integrated into the students’ projects, which comprise not only the testing of the existing materials but also the further development of the study workshop concept and the corresponding materials. Groups of children from day nurseries (KiTa) and primary schools can visit the study workshop by prior arrangement without necessarily being involved in the teaching.
The study workshop provides on-site components (which can only be used in the workshop itself) and components which it lends out.
- Backpacks for scientific investigations in the open air
- Experimentation boxes on mathematical, technical and scientific topics
chemistry mathematics biology technology physics
- Boxes from the Colour, Light and Shade project
- Boxes from the workshop on exploring writing
History of the study workshop
The concept for the study workshop was developed and implemented by Prof. Dr. Lore Miedaner and 30 students from the “Social Work” programme in a two-semester project in 2006/2007.
Head of the study workshop
Prof. Dr. Axel Jansa
Tel.: +49 (0)711 397 - 4596
Organisation and lending desk
Lea Gawaz, one of our student assistants, is available to assist you with all organisational issues relating to the study workshop (borrowing, visits with children etc.).
Location of the study workshop: Esslingen University of Applied Sciences, Esslingen Hilltop Campus, Building 2, Room F 2.010