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Special and Inclusive Education - Psychosocial 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 list of combination options.

Special features

The study of educational science of psychosocial disabilities can be supplemented by extensions according to LPO I (§ 92) (among others, counseling teacher, psychology with a focus on school psychology). Furthermore, it can be studied as an extension subject according to LPO I (§ 101) in the courses of study for teaching at elementary schools (§ 35), teaching at middle schools (§ 37), teaching at secondary schools (§ 39), teaching at grammar schools (§ 60).
It is recommended to complete the orientation internship before starting the study program.


The study of educational science of psychosocial disabilities focuses on the participation-oriented education of children and adolescents with special consideration of psychosocial impairment. On the basis of psychoanalytic approaches, a deeper understanding of observable behavior in the context of school is pursued, both from a disciplinary and professionalization perspective. The study of educational science of psychosocial disabilities follows the concept of casuistic teacher education through case work and self-reflection.

Professional prospects / competencies

The study program imparts the content required by the Lehramtsprüfungsordnung (LPO I). It integrates research-based and professionalization-related teaching and enables reflected internship experiences. Upon completion of the program, students are able to methodically and systematically reflect on emotional-social problems in their specific complexity on the basis of psychodynamic approaches with a focus on subjective meaningfulness and intersubjective impact. They have a transdisciplinary frame of reference regarding the analysis and understanding of ambivalent relational experiences in pedagogical situations and are able to recognize, discuss and reduce participation barriers in the context of psychosocial disabilities. Their acquired knowledge lays the foundation of systematically observing and diagnosing, systematically planning, designing and reflecting on relationship, education, and teaching processes. They have developed a professional habitus and a professional ethos.

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 psychosocial disabilities and 30 CP intellectual and developmental disabilities or learning difficulties, or 30 CP psychosocial disabilities and 90 CP intellectual and developmental disabilities or learning difficulties), 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

Only in the winter semester

What qualities do I need to have?

Interest in special and inclusive education issues, qualitative research, and a psychoanalytic approach to emotional experience and behavior as well as to education; ability and motivation to mentalize, to engage in case work and self-reflection, and to intentionally foster conducive relationships with emotionally and socially impaired children and adolescents and their relatives.

Restricted admittance

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 Registrars 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. Bernhard Rauh
E-Mail: bernhard.rauh@ur.de


Dr. Philipp Abelein
Sedanstr. 1, room 116
Phone 0941-9437671
E-Mail: philipp.abelein@ur.de


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