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BA Early Childhood Education

Eine Frau und ein Kind spielen mit Tierfiguren

In the degree program BA Early Childhood Education (BABEK) you will be qualified for the pedagogical work with children aged 0 to 12 years and the cooperation with families. In doing so, you will deal with concepts of childhood education and theories of developmental psychology, through which you will acquire comprehensive knowledge about the educational and developmental processes of children. You will be able to apply and reflect on this knowledge in the internships accompanying your studies in daycare centers, after-school care centers or family centers. This close connection between theory and practice enables you to gain in-depth insights into the upbringing and education of children and, with the acquisition of the bachelor degree, also state recognition as a childhood educator.

Degree:
Bachelor of Arts
Type:
Full time
Course language:
German
Standard study period:
6 semesters; incl. practice days and weeks totaling 840 hours
Start of study:
Winter semester
Application deadline:
25.05. – 15.07. (admission restricted)
Admission requirements:
General university entrance qualification/technical college entrance qualification/equivalently recognized prior vocational training
Credits:
180 ECTS credits
Module Manuals & Regulations
The Study

BABEK – Familiar learning atmosphere with high practical relevance

In the bachelor's degree program Early Childhood Education (BABEK), students and teachers share the goal of accompanying children in their development in the best possible way. The organization and structure of the program allow for a trusting and personal relationship between students and teachers. The degree program with six full-time semesters focuses on joint learning and research in seminars, on a familiar learning atmosphere and a high practical relevance. Thus, weekly practical days and internships lasting several weeks enable students to directly apply and reflect on theoretical knowledge. During the practical phases, students are often offered jobs in day care centers, after-school care centers or family centers.

Einblick in den BABEK-Studienalltag

Special emphasis is placed in the BABEK program on the examination of modern psychoanalytical concepts, which will help you to understand and interpret the developmental processes of children. During your studies, you will also acquire competencies in the educational areas of art, language, natural sciences, and health and movement. Further content includes a basic understanding of the social and legal framework of education in childhood as well as competencies in the areas of leadership and management. Continuous practical phases and opportunities for reflection also promote the development of a research-based approach.

What the BABEK degree program offers you

The degree program Early Childhood Educatiob supports you in deepening your interest in working with children (0 - 12 years) and helps you to act in a professionally justified pedagogical way. Among other things, you will learn systematic observation procedures, methods of conducting conversations, and how to deal sensitively with children and adults. By working in educational institutions during your studies and involving families, you will also expand your communication skills.

Study topics such as art, movement, language or natural sciences allow you to expand your creative and research activities. Psychoanalytic concentrations offer periods of biography work and self-reflection that you can apply well to future counseling activities. In addition, campus life gives you many opportunities for your own projects, e.g. in the campus garden, in the student-run casino, or in projects with daycare centers in the vicinity of the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam. A team of pedagogues will also support you in questions regarding the compatibility of studies and family, e. g. through flexible childcare.

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The colleagues of the Student Counselling Service provide information to prospective students, first-year students, parents, teachers and students on all general questions concerning the study program. If you have specific questions or concerns about the degree program, please contact the Student Counselling Service for the BA Early Childhood Education.

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Degree program Teaching language Start of study Application deadline
BA Early Childhood Education German Winter semester
25.05. – 15.07. (admission restricted)
BA Social Work German Winter semester
25.05. – 15.07. (NC degree program
BA Social Work (BASA-online) | Part-Time Distance Learning Study Programme German Summer semester
15.12. – 15.01. (admission restricted)
BA Social Work | Dual-Digital German Winter semester
15.06. – 15.07. (admission free)
MA Childhood Studies and Children's Rights English Winter semester
01.02. – 15.05.
MA Early Childhood Studies German Winter semester
15.06. – 15.08. (NC free).
MA Social Management German Summer semester
12/15 - 03/31 in even calendar years (NC-free).
MA Social Work with a Focus on the Family German Winter semester
25.05. – 22.06. (NC degree program)
Career Prospects

Career Prospects

The close integration of theory and practice enables a direct transfer of knowledge and the inclusion of everyday professional life from the first semester on. State recognition as a childhood educator is possible, as is a subsequent master's degree. Learn more about the professional profile of childhood educators.

Possible occupational areas

  • Pedagogical work in institutions of (early) childhood education such as crèches, kindergartens, after-school care centers, all-day schools
  • Cooperation in counseling centers and family centers
  • Work in institutions for early help
  • Institutions for assisted living for parents with young children
  • Collaboration in practice reform projects
  • Public relations and networking in the community
  • Political education work

State recognition as a childhood educator

After obtaining the BA degree, you can apply for state recognition as a childhood educator. The basis for state recognition is the Brandenburg Social Professions Act. On the pages of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the State of Brandenburg and the State Office for Social Affairs and Supply of the State of Brandenburg you will find all important information.
The fact sheet of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the State of Brandenburg summarizes the documents to be submitted for state recognition as a childhood educator.

State regulations for social professions

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Weitere Studiengänge
Degree program Teaching language Start of study Application deadline
BA Early Childhood Education German Winter semester
25.05. – 15.07. (admission restricted)
BA Social Work German Winter semester
25.05. – 15.07. (NC degree program
BA Social Work (BASA-online) | Part-Time Distance Learning Study Programme German Summer semester
15.12. – 15.01. (admission restricted)
BA Social Work | Dual-Digital German Winter semester
15.06. – 15.07. (admission free)
MA Childhood Studies and Children's Rights English Winter semester
01.02. – 15.05.
MA Early Childhood Studies German Winter semester
15.06. – 15.08. (NC free).
MA Social Management German Summer semester
12/15 - 03/31 in even calendar years (NC-free).
MA Social Work with a Focus on the Family German Winter semester
25.05. – 22.06. (NC degree program)
Study Contents

Course of studies

The standard period of study for the full-time degree program in Early Childhood Education (BABEK) is six semesters and concludes with a Bachelor of Arts degree. The degree program consists of compulsory modules with some electives, research-based learning in workshops, practical days and weeks in self-selected institutions, also abroad.

 

1st – 2nd semester compulsory modules, elective module, workshop module with weekly practical days
3rd – 4th semester Compulsory modules, elective modules, workshop module with internship
5th – 6th semester Compulsory modules, compulsory elective modules, workshop module with project and internship, bachelor thesis and colloquium

Study Contents

The program consists of compulsory modules, some of which are elective, research-based learning in workshops, practical days in institutions of the student's choice, internships in Germany or abroad, and concludes with the writing of a bachelor's thesis.

The module overview of the BABEK program and the overview of the curriculum contain further information on the structure and content of the degree program.

Mandatory modules

  • Methods of empirical social and educational research
  • Competencies in childhood education
  • Education and educational science
  • Developmental psychology and psychoanalytical concepts
  • Legal foundations
  • Heterogeneity in elementary education
  • Leading and guiding
  • Inclusion and Diversity
  • Bachelor thesis and colloquium

Elective modules

  • Educational aesthetics (music or theater)
  • Applied social and educational research
  • Educational area health and movement (dance or psychomotricity)
  • Development and support (psychoanalytical thinking and acting or reform and elementary school pedagogy)
  • Educational area Communication and Science (Literacy, New Media or Children's/Picture Books)
  • Flex module (elective offered by all departments of the university)

Teaching formats

In the degree program Early Childhood Education (BABEK), we work with different forms of learning so that the transfer of knowledge fits the respective topic and the students' daily study routine is varied.

  • Seminars
  • lectures
  • self-organized study groups
  • workshop seminars
  • excursions
  • practical days and longer internships
  • Cooperation projects outside the university

Workshop modules

  • Observation and documentation
  • Bonding, education and promotion
  • Project development

 

Module Manuals & Regulations

A detailed description of the study contents, study plans and descriptions of individual modules of the degree program Early Childhood Education can be found in the module handbook, in the subject-specific study and examination regulations and in the internship regulations.

Projects from the department

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Community and intergenerational transfer for a self-determined lifestyle in old age

Erklärgrafik des Forschungsprojekts "Co-Act"

CoAct – Co-designing Citizen Social Science for Collective Action

The EU research project "CoAct" pursues an innovative approach to participatory citizen research. The focus is on the further development of a Citizen Social Science (CSS) and its research methods. CoAct is funded by the European Commission's Horizon 2020 program under the call "SwafS-15-2018-2019 - Exploring and supporting citizen science"

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EDIT – Development of dialogical interaction and participation

EDIT is a cooperative practice research program of the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam (FHP) and the University of Potsdam (UP). In EDIT, practice development and practice research on the development of dialogical interaction and participation in early childhood education are implemented.

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Application & Enrollment

Application & Enrollment

The degree program participates in the central allocation of study places, the Dialog-Oriented Service Procedure (DoSV) via hochschulstart.de. For this, you must register at hochschulstart.de within the application deadline and then create and submit your application in the MyCampus university portal of the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam. Let us guide you step by step through the procedure and use our DoSV-Guide. Enrollment is only possible from May 25 to July 15 for the next winter semester. Applications for a higher semester are possible from 15.05. to 15.07.

An application is also possible and desired without previous professional or occupational experience!

Access requirements

To enroll in the bachelor's degree program in Early Childhood Education, you need a university entrance qualification in accordance with the Brandenburg University Act. This higher education entrance qualification includes the general higher education entrance qualification or the advanced technical college entrance qualification or a previous professional training recognized as equivalent.

Documents to be submitted

In addition to the online application, the following documents must be submitted in hard copy:

  • University entrance qualification
  • Curriculum vitae in tabular form with photo
  • if applicable, proof of professional or other previous experience relevant to the field of study
  • if applicable, university degree certificate and justification for taking up a second course of study
  • if applicable, proof of service
  • If applicable, proof(s) of hardship application or application for compensation for disadvantages.

For submission, please use the supplementary sheet "Application documents to be submitted" on the last or penultimate page of your personal checklist, which is available at the end of the online application in the MyCampus university portal. This lists all the supporting documents that you must submit in paper form based on the information you provided in the online application. In addition, the checklist contains information on the rest of the procedure.

The day of the application deadline (receipt of mail at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam) applies for the submission of the documents.

Selection procedure

Applicants who meet the admission requirements take part in the procedure for the allocation of study places.
The result of the university selection procedure is determined on the basis of the following criteria (weighting in brackets):

  • Average grade of university entrance qualification (80 %).
  • Previous professional experience or experience relevant to the professional field (20 %)

Approval

Following the university selection procedure, the study places are awarded in the dialog-oriented service procedure via hochschulstart.de. Applicants with a correspondingly high ranking receive a temporary offer of admission on hochschulstart.de, which they can actively accept. You can find more information about the coordination phase on hochschulstart.de in our DoSV guide.

After accepting the offer of admission, you will receive your notification of admission from hochschulstart.de. If you do not accept the admission offer by the deadline, the ranking list will continue to be processed and the study place will be reallocated.

Enrollment Application

The enrollment application is submitted online in the MyCampus university portal of the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam. After entering the information required for enrollment, an enrollment application is created. This application must be signed and submitted to the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam by mail together with the university entrance qualification in paper form. Please refer to the enrollment application if you need to submit additional documents. The deadline for submission is the last day of the enrollment period. The date of receipt at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam is decisive.

General information on application and enrollment procedures

There are various application procedures at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam. General information on application and enrollment procedures as well as information on part-time studies, guest auditors and second degree studies can be found on the general application pages.

General information about the application

International applicants

You would like to apply for studies from the first or a higher semester and have acquired your school leaving certificate and/or university degree abroad? Then you can have degrees and achievements obtained abroad recognized and study with us.

To the application information for internationals

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Student Counselling Service

Student Counselling Service for the BA Early Childhood Education

Dipl.-Päd. Filipe Martins Antunes

Dipl.-Päd. Filipe Martins Antunes

Akademischer Mitarbeiter im Studiengang Bildung und Erziehung in der Kindheit (B.A.)