Special Education enables people with disabilities and special needs to participate in our society in a meaningful way. 

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Bachelor's in Special Education: actively and responsibly shaping the world in which we live.

Do you want to actively support and specifically assist people with chronic diseases, emotional-behavioural disorders, or physical and mental impairments? As a student of the Bachelor's Degree Programme in Special Education at IU, you will learn to shape social structures in the spirit of inclusion. You will acquire subject-specific methods of action and social science skills in a practice-oriented way. These skills will provide you with all the tools to excel in important management positions in social and health care as a state-approved Special Education teacher. 

The IU Bachelor's Degree Programme in Special Education prepares you innovatively and practically for the social and health care sector. In addition to Special Education content, you will also gain a transdisciplinary insight into selected specialist areas such as Psychology, Medicine, and Neurobiology. You will be able to further develop your expertise in selected areas such as entrepreneurship, nursing and hospital management, or the management of social institutions. This will enable you to gain a holistic understanding of the concerns of your future clients and help people with disabilities participate in society.  

Information on accreditation and state approval can be found on the sub-page of the degree program.

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Why you should study at IU

By studying at IU International University, you can expect up to 20% more salary in your future career.
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Your studies in Special Education are opening a whole new range of opportunities for you and your career. Be ready to make an impact and to work in an industry as diverse as your learned skills. 

Special education teacher for children and adolescents

As a special education teacher for children and adolescents, you understand the emotional world of children and develop ideas and concepts to promote their best possible development. You ensure a high quality of life for your clients, even under difficult circumstances, for example when they are clinically depressed. You sort out the child and the family’s living environment. In addition, you can deal with drifting and angry adolescents using professional treatment concepts. It is your responsibility to understand adolescent anger in a special educational context and be able to respond to this anger calmly and with authenticity.   

Special Educator in working with senior citizens

Working with seniors is an exciting area for special education teachers. You work in the outpatient and inpatient sector and ensure that your clients are involved in their environment. In addition to a high level of empathy, special education for seniors requires solid and comprehensive specialist knowledge. This is crucial because your clients are often confronted with fears and challenges, and suicidal thoughts continue to be a taboo topic amongst this group. You know how to act respectfully and in a way that makes the best use of available resources. Giving the people a sense that they have an important place within our society during the final or penultimate phase of their lives and discovering these worlds together is one of the most important things you can do in this profession. 

Special Educator in hospitals

The day-to-day work as a special education teacher in a hospital makes this an exciting profession. Patients and families need to be supported in stressful situations. Having the skills to effectively communicate with parents of ill children is especially useful. Relatives often feel helpless and at the mercy of others. As a special education teacher in a hospital, you can support them in finding their place, giving meaning to their actions, and focusing on a realistic goal. You play an important role as part of an interdisciplinary team, supporting work with your consulting and treatment concepts. 

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Distance learning

For maximum flexibility and maximum success - study 100% online 

  • Ideal for graduating with maximum flexibility: study when, where and how you want.  
  • 100% online study - no compulsory attendance and optionally full or part-time 
  • Take exams online or locally if you wish    
  • Maximum support from tutors, professors and study coaches 
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Part-time studies

Flexibility and clear structures - cleverly combined 

  • Perfect to take your career to the next level: Study while working  
  • Possible at 14 locations as well as at the virtual campus  
  • Mix of flexible online modules and regular classes  
  • Choose your own pace in online studies and deepen your knowledge with the help of experienced professors on campus 

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