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Early Childhood Education (B.A.)

General Information

General Information

“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.

Programme objectives

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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Prof. Dr. Regine Morys

Degree programme leaflet

Early Childhood Education (B.A.)

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Facts and Figures

Facts and Figures - at a glance

Degree awardedBachelor of Arts
FacultySocial Work, Education and Nursing Sciences
CampusEsslingen Hilltop Campus
Number of semesters7
Language of instructionGerman
Application PeriodsFor the winter semester: up to July 15th
Information on admission requirements

Programme places: 35 per year

Application and Admission

Application and Admission

Please submit your application for this degree programme via the 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)

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Career prospects

Career Prospects

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.

Master’s programme

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

Competence profile of programme graduates PDF (German)

Apply for winter semester 2021/22!

“Hochschulstart”, the central portal for applications, has put back the starting date for the submission of applications for Bachelor degree programmes commencing in the winter semester 2020/2021. Applications will be accepted from 1 July to 20 August 2020.

The application period for our Master degree programmes runs from 15 April to 15 July.

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Prof. Dr. paed. Regine Morys

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