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Social Work and Health

BA Early Childhood Education

Bachelor’s Study Programme Early Childhood Education (BA)

General Information on the Study Programme

The Bachelor’s study programme for “Early Childhood Education” at the HAWK Hildesheim qualifies graduates for professional work with children and families. The students receive scientifically founded, practically oriented training with an aesthetic focus on all the areas of education. This course of studies co-operates closely with institutions of early childhood education in Hildesheim and the surrounding region. The model day nursery operated by the HAWK supports young parents by giving them more time for their studies.

Study Contents and Study Focus

This course of studies is based on a modular system. It is oriented towards academic standards and has been divided into five different areas: Basic Principles, How an Educator Works, Psychology and Health, Academic Research and Professional Orientation. Students learn professional competence within the contexts of research, theory and practical application.

Study Goals and Occupational Fields

Students are trained to work in occupational fields relating to early childhood education that focus on educating, caring for and raising children, along with working together with families and other involved persons.

Study Duration and Final Degree

The official duration of the study programme is six semesters, whereby students can be given credit for two semesters based on the prior completion of a course at a vocational institute for Social Pedagogy. The academic degree earned is a “Bachelor of Arts” (BA). The study programme can also be completed on a part-time basis.

Entrance and Admission Prerequisites

Students must provide proof of a general qualification for college/university entrance or qualifications that are equivalent. As a further prerequisite prior to beginning their studies, students must have completed an eight-week practical training period in social pedagogy under professional supervision in an institution caring for children up to a maximum of ten years old. This does not include any nursing, voluntary or au-pair activities. A four-semester advanced course is offered to state-approved educators from co-operating vocational schools and to educators with work experience, who must prove their eligibility in a classification test before two semesters can be credited to them.