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The Bachelor’s Study Programme

The way in which studies are structured at Bielefeld University allows first-year students flexibility. This means that during their course of studies, they can reconsider, and, if necessary, change their study path if they decide upon a different career. However, the later this change is made, the more likely it is that completion of studies will be delayed due to changing the course type. This is particularly true regarding the decision whether or not to become teacher. Students at the start of their studies who are not yet sure whether they would like to pursue a teaching career, but who are also keen to avoid any possible delays in completing their studies should take advantage of the many student advisory services offered by Bielefeld University. 

Study programme types at Bachelor level

The study model at Bielefeld University has seven different types of study programmes at the Bachelor level, four of which have a teacher-training option.

1-Subject and combined Bachelor

1-Fach Bachelor (6 Semester) Fach 150 Leistungspunkte Individueller Ergänzungsbereich 30 Leistungspunkte Bachelorarbeit

The first type of study programme is the so-called 1-subject Bachelor (150 credit points). Within this one subject, it is often possible to develop specialisations during the course of studies. In addition, there is the elective module area, each module has 30 credit points.

An overview of the 1-subject bachelor's degrees offered can be found here.

Kombi-Bachelor mit einem Nebenfach (6 Semester) Kernfach 90 Leistungspunkte Individueller Ergänzungsbereich 30 Leistungspunkte Nebenfach 60 Leistungspunkte Bachelorarbeit

 

This type of programme has a core subject (90 credit points) - minor subject (60 credit points) – in combination with an elective module (30 credit points).

 

Possible subject combinations for a degree with a core subject and a minor can be found here.

This type of programme has a core subject (90 credit points) - minor subject (60 credit points) – in combination with an elective module (30 credit points).

 

Possible subject combinations for a degree with a core subject and a minor can be found here.

Combined Bachelor with teacher-training option

The fourth type of study programme is a teacher-training degree for advanced secondary and comprehensive schools (‘Gymnasien’ and ‘Gesamtschulen’ – GymGe). A core subject (90 credit points) is combined with a minor subject (60 credit points) and educational sciences (30 credit points). To qualify as a teacher, students need to complete the Master of Education for advanced secondary and comprehensive schools (Gymnasien and Gesamtschulen) which follows on from this degree type.

 

This type of study programme is comparable in structure to the first combined Bachelor type (major subject-minor subject combination). Changing specifically between these two types of study programmes is possible, especially during the first few semesters. If you do wish to change, however, we strongly recommend that you contact our study advisory services. 

 

Possible subject combinations for the teaching profession at advanced secondary and comprehensive schools (‘Gymnasien’ and ‘Gesamtschule’ can be found here.

The fifth type of study programme is also teacher training-related, in this case for those wishing to teach at secondary and comprehensive schools (HRSGe).This type of programme offers the consecutive Master of Education to qualify students to teach at secondary and comprehensive schools. 

 

Students can also choose to specialise in the area of special and inclusive education, and acquire the qualification as a Teacher in Special Needs Education with the additional Master’s. However, one of the chosen subjects must be German Studies or Mathematics and the other subject must be one of the following: English Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Protestant Theology, German Studies, Mathematics, Physics or Sports Science.

 

The structure of this degree type is also based on the combined Bachelor's degree models already mentioned. It is possible to transfer between programme types, especially in the first semesters. If you wish to change, however, we strongly recommend that you seek advice beforehand from our student study advisory services. 

 

Possible subject combinations for the teaching profession at secondary and comprehensive schools (Haupt-, Real-, Sekundar- and Gesamtschulen) can be found here.

The sixth type of degree programme prepares students for a teaching position in primary schools. In addition to the mandatory subject areas of Basic Language Training (‘German’) and Basic Mathematics, the student studies one school subject/ learning area. One of these elements (a school subject or learning area) is chosen as a core subject worth 60 credit points. The other two chosen elements are each worth 40 credit points. In addition, educational science, also worth 40 credit points, is a compulsory subject. This Bachelor's degree must then be followed by a Master of Education for students to qualify to teach in this type of school.

 

Through the study of a core subject, it is also possible – with certain restrictions – to change to another type of degree programme. Students wishing to change their degree type are strongly recommended to seek advice in advance. 

 

Possible subject combinations for the teaching profession at primary school can be found here.

 

In a slightly different type of degree programme (educational science is chosen as the major subject here) in the area of primary school teaching, there is a further specialisation in special and inclusive education with the focus areas of “learning” and “emotional and social development”. This last degree type is followed with a suitable Master of Education degree for teaching in primary schools. However, in order to qualify to work in the area of special educational needs, a further (one year) course of study is added to the Master’s degree. 

 

Possible subject combinations for the teaching profession at primary schools with a focus on special and inclusive education can be found here.

 


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