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Special and Inclusive Education - Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Teaching Qualification


Teaching Qualification

Program structure

Special education teaching degree: Two special education specializations are combined. One in the amount of 90 credit points (LP) (in-depth study), a second in the amount of 30 credit points (qualifying study).

Currently, in Regensburg, the in-depth study of pedagogy in mental retardation (90 LP) is possible in combination with pedagogy in behavioral disorders (30 LP) or pedagogy in special education focus on learning (30 LP). The qualification study pedagogy in intellectual disability (30 LP) can currently be studied in combination with pedagogy in behavioral disorders (90 LP) or pedagogy in special education focus learning (90 LP).  

In addition, the program is supplemented by the study of educational science and the study in the subject of didactics of elementary school or didactics of a subject group of middle school. For more information, please see the lists of combination options.

Special features

The study program can be supplemented by an extension (among others German as a second language, media pedagogy).
It is recommended to complete the orientation internship before beginning the study program.
Furthermore, pedagogy with intellectual and developmental disabilities can be studied as a so-called extension subject (LPO I).


The subject deals with the education and support of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the lifespan, with the goal of the greatest possible participation and inclusion. In this context, pedagogical, didactical and psychological issues are dealt with, related to each other and networked.

Professional prospects / competencies

The course of study conveys the content requirements of the Teacher Examination Regulations (LPO I), integrates research-oriented and professional field-related courses in combination with school internships. Upon successful completion of the program, students are able to deal with special education requirements and issues in a methodical, subject-specific and application-competent manner. They have specialized knowledge and skills with regard to application and implementation in concrete pedagogical situations, including practical teaching competence. They develop a sustainable pedagogical attitude and a value-based image of man.

Internships, lab courses, practical courses

In accordance with the examination regulations for teaching I (LPO I), §§ 34, 36 and 38, the following teaching practices are to be completed:

  •  Occupational internship
  •  Orientation internship
  •  Pedagogic-didactic teaching practice
  •  Special education internship
  •  Teaching practice accompanying studies
  •  Additional teaching practice

In the qualification study (30 LP), a special education block internship must also be completed (LPO I § 102).

Disciplines involved

There are no other subjects involved in the program

Program duration / standard period of study

The length of the program depends on the progress of an individual's studies. The standard period of study, the time in which the intended program can be finished ideally is 9 semesters. The actual time taken to complete the program may vary. It is limited by the examination deadlines set out in the examination regulations.

Program scope

270 CP, 120 CP special education (90 CP intellectual and developmental disabilities, 30 CP psychosocial disabilities or vice versa), 35 + 8 CP education, 70 CP didactics of primary schools or school type "Mittelschule", 37 CP thesis, teaching practice and elective area.

Language of instruction


Program can be started

In the winter semester

What qualities do I need to have?

Interest in special education issues and fields of action, commitment to working with people with special support needs, ability to work under pressure, flexibility, high level of social skills and ability to work in a team, empathy and perseverance.

Restricted admittance

Yes, the study program is admission-restricted. Prospective students please apply at the Registrar's Office of the University of Regensburg.

Application deadline(s)

Information on enrollment deadlines and required documents can be found on the Registrar's Office homepage.

Information for international applicants

Registration dates and deadlines

Information on the dates for enrollment can be found on the homepage of the Registrar's Office.

Language skills needed

Proof of foreign language qualification in English (level B2 CEFR) is required by the time of registration for the state examination if English is not chosen as a teaching subject or as part of the didactics of elementary or middle school (LPO I § 36 or § 38).

Information regarding German language proficency for international applicants

Documents needed (to apply / register)

Information on the documents required for enrollment can be found on the homepage of the Registrar's Office.

Information on the application documents for international applicants

Contact within the faculty


Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Dworschak
E-Mail: wolfgang.dworschak@ur.de


Anna Selmayr
Sedanstr. 1, room 119
Phone 0941-943-7674
E-Mail: anna.selmayr@ur.de

Office Hours (by phone): Tuesday 9-10 am


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