The degree programme in Social Work: Lifelong Education is aimed at educators or child care workers and is designed for those already in employment.

The demands of educational work have become significantly more stringent across all areas of education. Challenges such as those posed by migration, inclusion, and education “from the very start” lead to a growing need for highly qualified teaching staff. This includes dealing competently with the social environment of children and young people, their families, the school, and other partners, as well as professional management and quality assurance within their own institution. The degree programme addresses all of these requirements by taking existing qualifications and the knowledge gained on the job and further developing them on an academic basis in close connection with their professional practice.

Upon graduation, “state accreditation (in German) as a social education worker” is confirmed in the diploma.


Bachelor of Arts
Program duration
8 Semester
Admission restrictions
Numerus Clausus
Minimum GPAs for the previous semester (in German)
Subject distribution
Special features
  • Part-time degree programme for educators or child care professionals
  • Recognition of the first two semesters due to having obtained a degree from a Technical Academy for Social Education
  • Special “lifelong” focus

    Unlike many other degree programmes for educators or child care professionals, the Lifelong Education part-time degree programme does not just specialize in early childhood education. Depending on the chosen specialization, we also focus on children aged 6 and above, young people, and adults.

    There are three main considerations for this concept:
    1. Educational work is always shared work throughout the entire life of a person, covering their upbringing and their educational development. Working with children therefore also involves working with parents and guardians. And it is not only where particular challenges, such as migration or disability, are present that it is necessary to react to the counseling and educational needs of the participating adults.
    2. The professional field of educators has become extremely varied and covers early education, nurseries, youth work, the provision of residential support to children and young persons, and special education. We aim to meet requirements across this entire range.
    3. The decision to pursue a part-time degree programme for professionals also means that students are taking a conscious step towards improving their own educational development. Alongside an interest in underpinning the qualifications used in their day-to-day work and establishing the formal basis for the next steps in their career, students may also commence a degree programme in the hope of switching to a different field of work. By focusing on lifelong education, the degree programme offers students the opportunity to gain credentials in early education and in other educational disciplines. Rather than focusing on just one area of education, our degree programme allows for a great deal of flexibility when selecting specializations, which introduces a diverse range of professional experiences and interests and goes on to provide a wide array of career options.
Interesting numbers and statistics

The part-time degree programme “Social Work: Lifelong Education” has been available since the winter semester of 2010/2011.

Testimonials: This is how our students rate the degree programme on StudyCheck (in German)

Admission semester
Winter semester
Beginning in the summer semester is only possible for transfer students starting at a higher semester (application period: 15 Nov - 15 Jan)
Application period
For the winter semester: 02.05.2024 to 15.07.2024
Social Sciences
Prospective degree programs
Social Work (M.A.)
Counseling and Coaching (M.A.)

More information

Detailed information about the curriculum of this programme is available in German. Switch the language toggle in the upper right corner.

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This is what you need if you have decided to apply for the bachelor’s degree programme in Social Work: Lifelong Education:

Formal requirements

  • Successful completion of training as a state-recognized educator at a Technical Academy for Social Education
  • Consultation certificate for individuals with vocational qualifications but no Abitur. This requires attendance at a consultation appointment.
    Consultation is via Zoom; you will receive the link by email. Please send an email to sw-sekretariatatth-nuernbergPunktde to make a consultation appointment.

Overview of all recognized language certificates (pdf in German)

  • Required language certificates:

    Instruction in this degree programme is conducted in German. Applicants who are native speakers of a language other than German, who do not have bachelor’s degree from a German educational institution, and who have not completed German-language vocational or professional training at secondary school must provide one of the following certificates as documentation of their German proficiency:

    • German language examination for the university admission of foreign applicants (DSH-Stufe 2)

    • TestDaF (“Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache” with an above-average score (minimally level 4 in all four examination components)
    • Telc German C1 University (“Telc Deutsch C1 Hochschule”)

Personal characteristics and skills

  • Interest in personal development in the field
  • Interest in scientific studies
  • Enjoyment of discussion
  • Ability to work under pressure

Common stumbling blocks

Since Social Work: Lifelong Education is a part-time course for professionals, this means a high workload between studies, professional life and private life. Your part-time occupation in an educational field of work should therefore not exceed 25 - 30 working hours.

Are you unsure whether Social Work: Lifelong Education is the right degree programme for you? Nuremberg Tech offers you a range of services to help you find out exactly that.

Inside view from students

Testimonials at (in German)

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