Faculty of Educational Sciences

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The Faculty

Our faculty was founded in autumn 2004 during the amalgamation of the universities of Essen and Duisburg. The Dean's office, together with the offices of all the professors and other employees of the department, can be found on the Essen Campus in building S06.

Faculty Institutes

The faculty consists of the following institutes:

Working within these institutes are close to 50 professors, around 170 research assistants and a further 30 employees. Around half of the professors are women, and among the non-professorial academic staff women currently fill 50 per cent of the posts.

Faculty Research

The institutes conduct a broad range of outstanding research, both empirical as well as theoretical, systematic and historical. The close integration of theoretical principles with transfer and applied research forms a key part of the research excellence of one of the largest educational science faculties in Germany. Additionally, the faculty is currently involved in the DFG Research Group ALSTER.

Externally funded doctoral courses within the research areas of business education and social work offer junior researchers the ideal opportunity to gain a doctorate. Close to 100 doctoral students are currently enrolled in our faculty, a good half of which are women. Along with individual support for these students, the internal faculty dokForum offers comprehensive additional support in content, methodology and organisation, as well as national and international networking opportunities. 

Our faculty is heavily involved in the Interdisciplinary Centre for Educational Research (IZfB), which is aimed at the interdisciplinary collaboration of education, psychology, didactics and specialist science. Similarly, members of our faculty are active in the Interdisciplinary Centre for Integration and Migration Research (InZentIM).

Faculty Teaching

A mix of full-time staff together with a wide range of part-time, long-serving lecturers offer the following courses:

  • The pedagogic and education studies sections of the Bachelor's/Master's in teacher training
  • Bachelor's and Master's degree courses in education/adult education/further education
  • Bachelor's and Master's degree courses in social work
  • Bachelor's degree course in psychology
  • Physical education as a subject

The BA/MA education courses currently have close to 700 students, and the BA/MA social work courses have some 840. The quota of female students in these two fields of study is between 70 and 85 per cent.  Around 800 students are studying physical education, of which 40 per cent are female. In teacher training there are around 9000 students, of which 65 per cent are female (June 2010). The high graduation rate and the low dropout rate are testament to the excellent quality of teaching, particularly in the primary courses of study of education and social work. The most recent course addition is the BSc in psychology, which began in 2016.

Thank you for your interest in our faculty. If you have any questions or suggestions, our staff at the Dean's office together with the heads of the individual institutes, the course managers and all other faculty employees would be pleased to help.

Prof. Dr. Horst Bossong, Dean