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Special Needs Education with Focus on Sign Language Pedagogy and Hearing & Communication


Combined bachelor, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - This course is suitable for students who wish to enter the teaching profession. Please refer to the ‘Special Needs Education’ combined bachelor and the ‘Rehabilitation Pedagogy’ mono-bachelor’s courses, as well as to ‘Teacher training at HU’ as required.

Standard time for completing course

6 semesters

Start of study and Entry Restriction

Cf. course catalogue


Core subject only, with a second subject (67 CP*) to be selected:

(Ancient) Greek Studies, Biology, Chemistry, English Studies, French Studies, Geography, German Studies, History, Computer Science, Italian Studies, Latin Studies, Mathematics, Music** (UdK), Philosophy and Ethics, Physics, Protestant Theology, Russian Studies, Spanish Studies, Sports Sciences, Social Studies/Politics (at FU), Vocational Education and Work Studies (at TU)

*One credit point (CP) equals a workload of 30 hours.

** With artistic aptitude test of the UdK

Prerequisites for study

Knowledge of German Sign Language (DGS) is recommended (but not a mandatory requirement). Approximately 100 DGS hours of previous knowledge would be an ideal prerequisite for a successful start.

Proof of basic knowledge of DGS must be provided by means of an entrance test in order to be admitted to the basic module German Sign Language. For students who do not have sufficient basic knowledge, a preparatory course of 10 LP is offered (, No. 49/2023).

Course objectives

  • Teaching of theoretical and practical basic knowledge in special education as well as in the special education fields of hearing and communication and sign language education,
  • acquisition of basic competences in German sign language,
  • acquisition of the basics of pedagogical behaviour in special pedagogical areas,
  • acquisition of professional competencies for the critical reflection of one's own professional role, among others from a cultural studies perspective, e.g. Deaf Studies, Disability Studies and Gender Studies,
  • ability to carry out independent scientific work.

Why study Rehabilitation Sciences at HU?

The Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at Humboldt-Universität can look back at a successful tradition spanning more than 100 years. Through B.A. and M.A. courses, it provides special needs educators with basic and extra-occupational training for the teaching profession, as well as for fields adjacent to and outside of schools. In addition to these educationally oriented subjects, we also offer the Interpreting Language of Gestures degree programme. In teaching and research, we offer all special education subject areas (education of people with behavioural disabilities, education of people with learning disabilities, education of people with language/speech disabilities, education of the physically disabled, education of the mentally disabled, Education of the Blind and the Visually Impaired and Sign Language Pedagogy and Audio Pedagogy) as well as overall, connecting interdisciplinary fields (psychology, sociology etc.). The department maintains intensive, regular contact with universities in Europe and beyond. These international connections also give rise to regular trips abroad for students.

Content of studies

The best way to find detailed information about the exact course content is using the annotated university calendar. Module descriptions and the course curriculum can be found in the course and examination regulations available online at, no. 50/2023. The Course Advisory Service is also available to help you (see below "Addresses").

Core subject modules (113 CP)

Scientific and didactic part (97 LP)

Mandatory modules (87 CP)





Fundamentals of Sign Language and Audio Pedagogy

10 CP


Medical and Paedaudiological Fundamentals

 5 CP


Language and Communication

 5 CP


Language Acquisition and Language Training in a Bimodal-bilingual Context

10 CP


Basic Module German Sign Language

10 CP


Didactical Basics

 7 CP


Advanced Module German Sign Language

10 CP


Psychological, Sociological and Historical Fundamentals

10 CP


In-Depth Study of Special Education

10 CP


Learning and Support Concepts

10 CP

Mandatory elective modules (10 CP)

One of the Graduation modules has to be selected:





Graduation module in the field of Sign Language Pedagogy

10 CP


Graduation module in the field of Hearing and Communication

10 CP

Core subject Special Needs Education with Focus on Sign Language Pedagogy and Hearing & Communication with a secondary subject at the University of the Arts (103 CP)

In this special case, the core subject is reduced by 10 LP in favor of the second subject, i.e. Module 9: In-Depth Study of Special Education (10 CP) is omitted in favour of the secondary subject.

Teacher training modules (16 CP)

Educational Sciences (11 CP), Language education (5 CP), see., No. 80/2015.

Master’s degree

You can apply for the Master of Education master’s course "Sonderpädagogik mit den Fachrichtungen Gebärdensprachpädagogik / Hören & Kommunikation" for "Lehramt an integrierten Sekundarschulen und Gymnasien" at Humboldt-Universität (, Nr. 16/2019). For information on further Master's programmes please see


Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Lehrgebiet Gebärdensprach- und Audiopädagogik, Location: Ziegelstr. 4, 10117 Berlin, Entrance 4 (Inner court),
Course Advisory Service and Classification and recognition of studies and qualifications, Dr. Katharina Urbann, room 313, Tel. +49 30 2093-66795,
Service for teacher training students,
Links to job market: Careers Information Centre,

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