Early Childhood Education, B.A. - with government recognition

In recent years, professional training for early childhood teachers in Germany has become increasingly academic, creating the need for new state-certified undergraduate degrees such as Early Childhood Education B.A. with government recognition at Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences. This degree programme is designed in particular to impart the extensive range of theoretical and practical skills needed for pedagogical work with children aged 0 to 14 years. This expertise enables students to adopt nuanced pedagogical approaches based on children’s specific needs, fostering and guiding each child’s individual development with expertise, empathy and sensitivity.

Moreover, graduates are trained to read and reflect on pedagogical situations on the basis of education theories and philosophies in order to develop recommended courses of action, particularly for parents and education organisations. To that end, methods and theories from pedagogy, the humanities, social science and psychology are core pillars of this degree programme.

Practically-oriented instruction, group discussions and video analysis sessions in the KLEX Tutorial Workshop, and a continuous emphasis on developing analytical and communication skills combine to create a degree programme that prepares and qualifies graduates for promising careers in a growing market, or for a master’s degree track at a university in Germany or elsewhere in Europe.

Course Structure

The degree programme has seven semesters of full-time study, during which time students become well-versed in pedagogical theories and methods needed to analyse children’s behaviour and stages of development in early childhood education contexts.

Over the first three semesters, students acquire a solid theoretical foundation upon which the later semesters are built. From here, students consolidate and deepen this foundation in the fourth and fifth semesters, particularly in practice-oriented semester projects where students can apply their theoretical skills to real situations. Bridging the gap between theory and practice is particularly important for the development of students’ interdisciplinary and interpersonal skills. These two semesters also include elective requirements, which allow students to define their degree’s specialisation.

The sixth semester is reserved for an internship. The seventh and final semester is dedicated to the bachelor’s thesis. Practical relevance plays an important role here as well, and students can benefit in particular from the numerous collaborative agreements we maintain with institutions in the field of early childhood education. Essential skills for composing a thesis are also taught in workshops during this semester. The degree programme concludes in this semester with a scientific colloquium where students discuss and defend the findings of their thesis.

Graduates will acquire not only the Bachelor Degree but also the governmental recognition as "Kindheitspädagoginnen" and "Kindheitspädagogen".

Study part-time

Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences also offers a part-time study option for working professionals in Germany. Contact our study advisors for more information: KP-FGO@hochschule-rhein-waal.de

Career fields

Graduates are qualified to foster and accompany the mental and social development of children thanks to their range of well-founded practical skills and knowledge of underlying pedagogical theories. Graduates can expertly apply both scientific and pedagogical methods in practical situations encountered in early childhood education. This versatility results in a broad range of potential career fields:

  • Early childhood education institutions such as day care facilities, kindergartens and schools;
  • Institutions focused on pedagogy or education policy such as family centres;
  • Childcare facilities focused on school holidays;
  • Political consulting;
  • Associations and charity organisations dedicated to early childhood education;
  • Municipal youth services and education departments in the public sector.

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Current information about the application process can be found on the page Application and Admission.

Contact address for your questions related to the application process, the programm requirements and the enrolment:

Contact information for your questions related to the organization of the degree programme, the course guidance and the counselling service:

Head of Degree Programme:

Professor Dr Helmut Prior
Early Childhood Education and Preventative Education

Practice Coordinator:

Frau Vanessa Heeks



Place of study

Campus Kleve

Start date

Winter semester



Duration of study

7 semesters of full-time study

Study model

Vollzeit oder berufsbegleitend

Degree awarded

Bachelor of Arts


Mandatory 8-week preparatory internship/work placement. This must be completed no later than the 4th semester enrolment deadline.

Restricted admission


Graduates will acquire not only the Bachelor Degree but also the governmental recognition as "Kindheitspädagoginnen" and "Kindheitspädagogen".


When to Apply

Information on the application process can be found under Application and Admission.

International students must apply online via uni-assist.

Our undergraduate programmes start only in the winter semester. Applications are accepted generally between May and July of each year.


Regulations for the study programme

Examination regualtion Early Childhood Education, B.A. - with government recognition (only available in german language)

Regulations for Recognition of a PreparatoryInternship Early Childhood Education, B.A.(only available in german language)


Team Kindheitspädagogik, B.A.

Prof. Dr. Helmut Prior
Prof. Dr. Heike Weinbach
Prof. Dr. Marjan Alemzadeh
Prof. Dr. Corinna Tietze
Dr. Thomas Swiderek
Dr. Barbara Darr
Vanessa Heeks
Annerose Moras