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Old 30.09.2012, 01:41
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online MA in special ed?

I really want to get into special education.
I have a BA in education, so the start is there. However, I dont have a teaching degree.

I looked into studying Heilpädagogie here in Zurich. Just to get in I would need to get a teaching degree, perfect German and they're not sure I would be accepted with my BA (I actually minored in education, but with the courses I took I would be able to get into any education MA at my old uni. It's a little complicated, but my credits are the same as if I did major in it). They're also very particular about having perfect German writing skills, which I do not have (though I understand everything).

Anyway, it all got very complicated.
So I've been looking into other options. One is the university in Zurich, which I think has a similar policy when it comes to German.

So now I'm looking for online possibilities. I've found some in America, but they are so unbelievably expensive.
Does anyone have any recommendations? Most I've seen require you to already have a teaching degree.
Any leads whatsoever would help. I'm feeling a little lost at the moment.
Basically, if I would want to work as a Heilpädagoge here, what do I need to do?
Who should I ask? I really have no clue
Hope someone can help,
Thanks!
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Re: online MA in special ed?

I can't give you any specific advice about special education.

But I do know that to teach in the state sector here you will need C2 level German.

And I also know (from personal experience) that trying to get a foreign teaching qualification recognised can be a nightmare, particularly if you have an unusual degree (the body that grants teaching equivalencies seems to have a list that goes 'qualification x from this country equals qualification y in Switzerland'... and if your qualification is not on the list... good luck!).

So I would say if you're really serious about working in special education here, work on your German and on getting your written German up to scratch, and then do your studies here. It may take a little longer, but I think it will be much less hassle in the long run.

Have you had a look here? I don't speak German so I can't point you to the specific page, but it's a very good website for finding out about how to get into different careers, and also has information about 'unconventional' paths into certain careers, for example if you have professional experience which can be validated in place of studies...

Hope that helps.
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Re: online MA in special ed?

Thanks for the tips, it really does help.
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