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Evangelische Hochschule für Soziale Arbeit Dresden
Dresden, Germany


University description (as per official university website)

The profile of our institution of higher education is characterized by its vivid practical orientation. We deal with the reality of social jobs and everyday life of the people to interactively develop the theory and practice of social work. This approach is essentially focussed at a contemporary profile of social work to benefit the people as well as at promoting the competences of each individual social worker. Teaching, research and further training are our mainstays against this background.

The joint efforts to combine practical research, interdisciplinary theoretical discussion, reflected methods training and ethic discourse have proven successful in the field of tension between contemporary social work science and Christian tradition. Theology is thus an integral part of all our courses of study. Interested students can take a final exam in social education and theology at the end of their studies. This confirms his/her special qualification in social work within the Diakonisches Werk, the welfare and social service agency of the Evangelical Church in Germany, and within the environment of the churches themselves.

Our institution presently offers a full-time social work course and an on-the-job-course in this field as well as a care science on-the-job-course. Students enrolled for a social management on-the-job-course for the first time in the winter semester of 2005/2006. As of the summer semester our institution will offer another on-the-job-course: pre-school and nursery education (Bachelor of Arts).

All our courses aim at enabling the students to act consciously, responsibly and resolutely in their professional environment. The advantages of such a relatively small educational institution as ours are brought to bear through learning in small groups and personal contact between teachers and students.

History of the institution

After the collapse of the German Democratic Republic and the reunification of the evangelical churches in Germany a new concept of training in social work in general and within the Diakonie in particular had to be drawn up. In the course of this process the "Evangelische Hochschule für Soziale Arbeit Dresden" was set up as a foundation in 1991. Challenged by increasing social problems in the East-German federal Lands, the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Saxony, the "Das Rauhe Haus" foundation in Hamburg, the Diakonisches Werk of the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Saxony and the Evangelisch-Lutherische Diakonenhaus Moritzburg participated in this foundation along with the State Ministry of Science and Art of the Free State of Saxony. The refoundation was also supported by the Evangelische Hochschule der Diakonenanstalt des Rauhen Hauses, the Diakonisches Werk of the Evangelical Church in Germany, the North-Elbion Evangelical-Lutheran Church, the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Hanover, the Evangelische Darlehensgenossenschaft Kiel, the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and the Körber foundation.

For the past 15 years our institution of higher education has been pursuing the aim of meeting the current social challenges by ensuring a qualified basic, advanced and further training of specialists in social work, nursing care science and pre-school and nursery education in cooperation with the churches of the federal Lands and the Diakonische Werke of the church province of Saxony, the Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Thuringia, the Evangelical Church of Silesian Upper Lusatia and the Evangelical Church in Germany. Our institution is jointly financed by the Free State of Saxony and the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Saxony.

All degrees are recognized by the state. Right from the beginning of its development our institution has taken a lively interest in questions of social work in Eastern Europe. Based on the extension of our activities towards Europe within the scope of the ERASMUS program over the last years, our institution wants to act as a bridge to enable and intensify a transfer of information, structures and models of social work between East and West European universities and other institutions of higher education and their individual schools.
We also maintain a close cooperation with deacon training colleges of the former Association of Churches of the GDR such as the deacon training in Martinshof Rothenburg/Neiße which is a forerunner of our institution.

Courses of study in general

All courses of study at the ehs Dresden are characterized by the combination of practical research, interdisciplinary theoretical discussion, reflected methods training and ethic discourse. The training aims at enabling the students to act consciously, responsibly and resolutely in their professional environment. Special knowledge, faculty of perception and criticism, communicative competence and social sensitivity are essential elements of training.

Learning in small groups and personal contact between teachers and students as well as dealing with Christian traditions are characteristic for the ehs Dresden. These two features both have a key function for us in developing a reflective faculty and methodical skills in our students as the cornerstones of a training that prepares competent, practice-conscious and motivated students for their future jobs.

Course of social work (full-time)
Social work is professional help for individuals, groups or the community if they cannot meet the challenges of everyday life with the available means. The students thus acquire an ample theoretical and practical knowledge in all areas of social work. The ehs Dresden not only imparts sound theoretical knowledge but also has a good look at the everyday life of the affected persons and provides a critical insight into the reality of social professions. Our institution offers interdisciplinary and research-oriented training that also relies on vivid practical application.

The full-time Diplom course of social work is currently being redesigned as a Bachelor course followed by a consecutive Master course. Every year the Evangelische Hochschule für Soziale Arbeit Dresden (FH) accepts an additional number of five students from Central and Eastern Europe to the full-time course in the winter semester.

This course of study qualifies the participants for jobs in all fields of social work: from the increasing field of geriatric care and diverse responsibilities in child and youth welfare through to demanding counselling – this course is a perfect preparation for you to become active as a recognized specialist in social work. The course is modularised. You will deal with the basics and various special tasks of social work in 23 thematic and organisational units. Each module connects elements from different scientific disciplines and is both problem and practice-oriented. After the successful completion of each module you will be able to act independently in this field.

The modules form five large units:
Professional and personal competence
Method and action competence
Socio-pedagogical reflective competence
Management and responsibility knowledge
Practical research / planning competence

Begin of course: winter semester
Standard period of study: 6 semesters
Practical stage: during theoretical study in the fourth semester
Bachelor thesis: during theoretical study in the sixth semester
Degree: Bachelor of Arts: Social work (FH)
In addition to your certificate you receive a Diploma Supplement which shows your personal foci of study.

In-depth studies are offered in these seven projects:
Social work with migrants and intercultural competence
Breaking out from the community of the left-outs
Youth work
Social work in church institutions
Education in social work – Social work in education
Social work with families

Admission requirements
Qualification for admission to higher education
Abitur (school leaving certificate giving right of entry to higher education), entrance qualification for studies at Fachhochschulen or a similar qualification; you can take an examination at the ehs Dresden by which you can gain the qualification for studying here.
Preliminary practical of at least 6 months: e.g. social or ecological year, au pair, community service, practicals during professional training and any kind of job
Experience in the social field

This institution of higher education has its own admission regulations and a special admission procedure. All together a maximum of 50 places are available.
Application deadline is April 15 of each year.

For all application documents please refer our Study counselling, phone: 0351 46902-15,

more... (in German)

Course of social work (on-the-job)
The social work on-the-job-course aims at social workers and/or social education workers who already have a job. It is tailored to the needs of field workers who want to update their skills. The students acquire ample theoretical and practical knowledge in all areas of social work at our institution.

Supervision and practical guidance are integral parts of our courses. The curriculum is interdisciplinary and research-oriented. The on-the job Diplom course of social work is currently being redesigned as a Bachelor course followed by a consecutive Master course.
more... (in German)

Course of care science / care management (on-the-job course)
This course qualifies the participants for managerial and executive positions in out-patient and in-patient sections of health care. Competent management is the decisive factor of success of modern enterprises. Our coaching seminars therefore concentrate largely on developing and integrating the participants' managerial and social competence. The students acquire interdisciplinary technical competence.

This course also focuses on vivid practical application. Both professional experience and care concepts developed at our institution are used in the training. The students have the opportunity to participate in practical care research projects. The on-the job Diplom course of care science is currently being redesigned as a Bachelor course followed by a consecutive Master course.
more....(in German)

Master course of social management (on-the-job course)
Management qualification is becoming increasingly important in the social sector. The traditional administration is gradually developing into a customer-focused service provider. The key qualification for handling this transition successfully lies in the field of tension between socio-pedagogical and managerial knowledge. The master students acquire a scientifically and methodically sound specialist qualification at our institution. Our coaching seminars develop their personal, managerial and social skills.

This course is a technically sound, innovative and conscientious approach to preparing students for managerial and executive functions in public institutions, in voluntary welfare systems and private-sector organisations.
About this course in English as pdf-document
more... (in German)

Course of pre-school and nursery education (on-the-job-course)
The ehs Dresden furnishes its students with professional, educational and teaching competence for children' day care centres that is based on scientific findings. The course is based on the latest reform-pedagogical constructivist educational skills. The curriculum revolves around the current state of scientific discourse. The course has a consequent interdisciplinary, research-oriented and practical focus.

We know the conditions for a qualifying on-the-job-course in connection with simultaneous direct responsibility for practical work and take this into consideration when planning the content and time of the course. Students will be enrolled in this course of study for the first time in the summer semester 2006.
more... (in German)

Master of business administration in social management (on-the-job-course)
Management qualifications are becoming increasingly important in the social sector. Social work institutions are currently undergoing the same radical changes as the administrations of public and charitable social services.

The key qualifications for handling this transition successfully lie in the field of tension between socio-pedagogical and managerial knowledge. The rising pressure of cost and competition calls for increasing competence in business administration and key qualifications from the managing staff. In addition to ensuring scientific and methodical qualification, this course aims at developing a personality-related reflective competence.

Aims of studies
This postgraduate course provides special management qualifications for the social sector. The graduates are then able to take on managerial and executive functions in public institutions, voluntary welfare systems and private-sector organisations in an innovative and responsible way on the basis of their sound knowledge. This course is intended to grant access to higher-grade administrative service classes in the civil service based on the civil service career regulations.

Contents and course of studies
The Master program is divided into integratively structured modules in accordance with international standards. The Master modules allow interdisciplinary qualification.
The modules link the orientation, explanation, analysing and action knowledge of the following disciplines in a practice-related way:
Social work
Business administration
Applied social management
Social policy and law
The modules are offered by professors of the institutions of higher education that are involved in this joint course.
Standard period of study
1st to 4th semester
Distance learning studies and units of study with compulsory attendance
5th semester
Writing of the Master thesis
The contents of the distance learning courses are provided in internet seminars and special course materials. 12 days per semester are scheduled for the units with compulsory attendance. These lessons are usually held in Dresden. This form of study is tailored to the special needs and possibilities of working students. The seminar language is German.
Master of Business Administration in Social Management
1st to 4th semester: 1,900 euros per semester including registration fees and the costs for all distance learning course materials (70 documents).
5th semester: contributions to student services only

Admission requirements include that the applicant
has a first degree of academic education (Bachelor, Diplom)
can prove professional activity in social work after graduation at the beginning of the course.

Application deadline:
before August 15,
Each course starts in the winter semester.
The admission to this course is confirmed to the applicant before August 31. The student must register and pay the study fees by September 30.

Application documents
Application for admission to the course of study
Personal data sheet with photo
Certified copy of a degree certificate granted by an institution of higher education
Proof of the required professional activity (e.g. copies of certificates of employment)
Formal obligation to pay 1,900 euros per semester for a period of four semesters
Statement of readiness to conclude a respective training contract
This master course is offered by the Evangelische Hochschule für Soziale Arbeit Dresden.
18 institutions from all over Germany that formed the Distance Learning Association helped develop the joint course of study and the distance learning course materials.

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