Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Rehabilitation Pedagogy


Mono-bachelor, Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Please see the ‘Bachelor’s and Master’s courses’ FAQ and, if you wish to enter the teaching profession, the ‘Special Needs Education’ and ‘Special Needs Education with Focus on Sign Language Pedagogy and Hearing & Communication’ combined bachelor’s courses.

Standard time for completing course

6 semesters

Start of study and Entry Restriction

Cf. course catalogue

Course structure

Core subject: 180 credit points (CP)1

1 One credit point (CP) is calculated to equal an average workload of 25 to max. 30 hours for preparation, follow-up and attendance at classes.

Course objectives

Students should acquire solid, broad and differentiated knowledge of the following key working areas of extracurricular rehabilitation:

  • Early childhood education, rehabilitation for children and young people;
  • occupational rehabilitation and educational work in inpatient and outpatient medical and psychosocial rehabilitation for those with chronic illnesses and disabilities, in prevention and health promotion, and in geriatric rehabilitation;
  • educational work in the traditional fields of inpatient, partially inpatient and outpatient help for the disabled;
  • educational work and integration promotion in inter-cultural working areas.

Students learn the most important forms of disability and clinical pictures, taking into account their medical and psychosocial conditionalities over the entire course of life, and investigate the corresponding disabilities and their individual and social consequences, as well as social barriers preventing participation, integration and self-determination in society.

Students gain the fundamental skills to make rehabilitation education decisions in the fields of rehabilitation diagnosis, promotion planning and rehabilitation planning, as well as selected decision-making skills in the field of rehabilitation- pedagogical intervention.

Students know the rehabilitation system, including its legal basis, and are thus able to classify and assess rehabilitation education activities in the interplay between everyday social life, client needs and institutional general conditions.

Students are entrusted with educational science perspectives and theoretical and ethical basic concepts of special education (e.g. self-determination, participation, empowerment, assistance, diversity, disability studies etc.), and can transfer them to practical professional problems.

Students gain a solid research methodology tool set, which they can use to assess and critically evaluate the results of current international rehabilitation science research and their importance for practice-related issues, as well as to undertake smaller practice-related investigations.

Why study Rehabilitation Pedagogy at Humboldt-Universität?

Alongside Cologne and Dortmund, the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin offers comprehensive training in special education for the extracurricular rehabilitation sector, from early support to occupational integration to supporting chronically ill, disabled and elderly people.

The Department of Rehabilitation Sciences can look back at a long and successful tradition of research and training of special educators, and also offers all disciplines of education for the disabled. It offers students a wide range of choices, both in the breadth of the subject and for specialisation.

As students, you should be excited about and committed to working with disabled and ill individuals, have excellent communication skills and be interested in interdisciplinary scientific work.

Content of studies

The best place to find information about course content is the annotated university calendar. You’ll find module descriptions, the course curriculum and other details in the course and examination regulations, available online at, no. 36/2014.

Mono-bachelor's course (180 CP)

Mandatory subjects (130 CP)

Module 1: Introductory phase (10 CP)
Module 2: Introduction to the Rehabilitation Pedagogy subject areas and to cross-section disciplines (5 CP)
Module 3: Fundamentals of Medicine (5 CP)
Module 4: Psychological Fundamentals of Rehabilitation (10 CP)
Module 5: Psychodiagnostic and Intervention (10 CP)
Module 6: Sociological Fundamentals of Rehabilitation (10 CP)
Module 7: Education Studies (5 CP)
Module 8: Rehabilitation Pedagogy (10 CP)
Module 9: Rehabilitation System (10 CP)
Module 10: Research Methods (10 CP)
Module 11: Law (5 CP)
Module 12: Counselling (5 CP)
Module 13: Professionalisation and practical experience (20 CP)
Module 17: Bachelor’s thesis (15 CP)

Mandatory elective modules (30 CP)

Module 14: In-depth-module Rehabilitation Pedagogy subject area I (10 CP)
Module 15: In-depth-module Rehabilitation Pedagogy subject area II (10 CP)
Module 16: Support and securing of social participation (10 CP)

The Mandatory elective modules are mostly provided by the following Rehabilitation Pedagogy subject areas:

- Pedagogy for language and communication impairments
- Pedagogy with learning Impairments
- Pedagogy for psychosocial disorders
- Pedagogy for visual impairments
- Pedagogy for impairments in physical-motor development
- Pedagogy for mental disabilities
- Sign language and Audio Pedagogy.

Besides, courses in General Rehabilitation Pedagogy, Sociology of Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation Psychology and Rehabilitation Technology are also offered.

Mandatory interdisciplinary elective area (20 CP)

Free choice of modules of the relevant programs offered by other subjects or central departments of HU.

General elective courses offered for students coming from other courses of studies

Module 4: Psychological Fundamentals of Rehabilitation (10 CP)
Module 6: Sociological Fundamentals of Rehabilitation (10 CP)
Module 8: Rehabilitation Pedagogy (10 CP)

Master’s degree

You can apply for the master’s course Rehabilitation Education at Humboldt-Universität. For further master’s courses, see the ‘Course catalogue’.

Important addresses

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences: Georgenstraße 36, 10117 Berlin,
Course Advisory Service and Classification and recognition of studies and qualifications: Dr. Josef Hofmann,, phone +49 (030) 2093-66742
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