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Department of Educational Sciences and Psychology

Teaching profession at vocational colleges (LABG) Subject social pedagogy

In addition to a subject-specific and methodological introduction to social pedagogy, the degree program in Social Pedagogy for Teachers at Vocational Colleges provides students with an insight into the historical and systematic foundations of social pedagogy. In addition, students are introduced to methods and competencies in the fields of social pedagogy. Thematic focal points are the basics of early childhood education and the basics of youth welfare. Theories and research approaches as well as concepts of social pedagogy are also discussed. Within the framework of subject didactic courses, the teaching of methodical as well as didactic principles of teaching, with regard to social pedagogical topics, is also the content of this course of study.

Qualification goal The study of social pedagogy qualifies graduates for the teaching profession at vocational colleges. The Bachelor's degree is an academic qualification with which students can leave the university and take up a professional activity in the field of social work. The possible subsequent master's program explicitly prepares students for teaching at vocational colleges and technical schools. Successful completion of the program qualifies students for the 18-month teacher training program (Referendariat) and for subsequent employment as a teacher in the school service. Possible future fields of activity include the entire area of the public vocational school system (vocational school, vocational college, higher vocational college, technical college, vocational high school and technical college).

Start of studies

Admissionrequirements The general university entrance qualification or a comparable qualification is required for admission to the BA Berufskolleg teaching profession. The vocational subject Social Pedagogy is an admission-restricted subject which is subject to a local NC. Therefore, an application for this subject is necessary. The Bachelor's program always starts in the winter semester, the change, respectively the start of the Master's program can take place in the summer as well as in the winter semester. There is an application deadline for the Bachelor's program. All important dates and deadlines concerning application and enrollment can be found here:

Study structure and module handbooks

Currently, the study program Social Pedagogy (teaching profession at vocational colleges) at the Institute for Social Pedagogy, Adult Education and Early Childhood Education (ISEP) is studied according to the following study regulations:

  • Teaching profession according to LABG 2009 (as of WS 2011/12)
  • Teacher training according to LABG 2016 (Current study regulations since winter semester 2016/17)
  • Teaching profession according to LABG 2022 (as of WS 2022/23)

Module handbooks & study plans Module handbooks Bachelor/ Master

Important note: The module manuals, study plans and examination regulations are sometimes different. Therefore, always make sure to access the information that is appropriate for your study program.

Examination regulations

General examination regulations for the bachelor's degree in teaching The general examination regulations for the bachelor's degree in teaching can be found here:

Subject-specific regulations - Examination regulations for social pedagogy as a teaching subject at the BK

Practical activities

The 52-week specialized internship, also called specialized practical activity, is aimed at all students of the teaching profession for the vocational college and is mandatory. Its aim is to give students an insight into the fields of work of the pupils they will later teach and thus to link theoretical knowledge acquired during their studies with practical experience. Regardless of the examination regulations (LPO, Bachelor's/Master's model test, Bachelor's/Master's LABG 2009), practical training must generally be completed if there is no relevant vocational training. There is also the possibility of completing specialized practical activities within the framework of internships abroad. The recognition of the total number of completed internships is finally carried out by the State Examination Office.

Leaflet with all important information Here you will find all important information on the recognition of the specialized practical activities within the framework of the teaching profession at vocational colleges (LABG 2009/ 2016/ 2022):

Contact persons/ Contact and advic

Consultation hours for specialized internships
Please inform our student assistant Dominik Orlowsky about your concerns by e-mail. If necessary, an individual phone appointment for consultation can be arranged. Please send your documents for the crediting of the specialized practical activity scanned in PDF format bundled in one mail to: orga.sozialpaedagogik.fk12tu-dortmundde. We will then take care of your request and get back to you.

Landesprüfungsamt für Lehrämter an Schulen
The final recognition of the 52 weeks is done by the Landesprüfungsamt. In addition, the staff of the Essen branch office will be happy to answer your questions and provide advice on practical training as part of a teacher training program for the vocational college according to LABG 2009/ 2016/ 2022 or the preparation of a certificate of proof (§ 5(6) Lehramtszugangsverordnung).

Contact persons:

Student Representation Here you can find the page of the AStA and the Student Council for Social Pedagogy:

CONTACT Prof. Dr. Uwe Uhlendorff Professor of Social Pedagogy, focus on didactics of social pedagogy Tel.: 0231 755-7102;  Send e-mail

Suzana Ružić Administration and Finances Tel.: 0231 755-5584; Send e-mail