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European Degrees and Licenses

Germany

Pediatric Nurse (Kinderkrankenpflegerin)

During three years of training at nursing school, students learn: how to care for newborns, infants, toddlers and children up to 18 years of age; how to handle emergencies; preventative health care; caring for children with illnesses; and how to administer medication.

Childcare Provider (Kinderpflegerin)

This degree requires two to three years of training at a vocational school specializing in childcare. A mandatory curriculum provides practical experience in kindergartens or homes with newborns.

Educator (Erzieherin)

The three to five year training program includes theoretical lessons followed by a year of on-the-job training. Subjects include: psychology, pedagogy, didactics, hygiene, literature and media education, play and leisure time activities, arts, music, health and physical education (1,200 hours of practical training and 2,880 hours of theoretical training).

Occupational Therapist (Ergotherapeut)

This specialist has either three years of vocational training or 4 years of university (B.A. Degree). Occupational therapists work with children and adults who have motor disabilities. Occupational therapists use careful analysis of physical, environmental, psychosocial, mental, spiritual, political and cultural factors to identify barriers to movement (2,700 hours of theoretical and 1,700 hours of practical training).

Physical Therapist (Physiotherapeut)

After three years of vocational training, a physical therapist can train people with motor or any kind of physical disabilities. They help by working on the physical growth of the patient and are also trained to communicate with trauma patients (1,600 hours of practical training and 2,900 hours of theoretical training).

Speech- and Language Therapist (Logopäde)

After three years of vocational training, a speech therapist can work with patients of all ages, helping them to get over their speech problems (2,100 hours of practical training and 1,740 hours of theoretical training).

Health Care Provider (Heilerziehungspfleger)

This specialization has three years of training in assisting, caring, educating and helping children and adults with disabilities. They work with patients either in a hospital or home setting.

Social Pedagogue (Sozialpädagoge)

After four years, the social pedagogues have their BA degree and are able to work with children, young adults, adults or even entire families. They are referred to colloquially as “street workers” because of their work helping troubled kids get back on track and assisting families with living together.

Social Assistant (Sozialassistent)

After two years of schooling, students receive the equivalent of an Associates Degree in social assistance which is the basic degree for all social careers such as preschool/kindergarten teaching. They learn how to work, help and care for children, young adults, adults, the elderly and people with disabilities.

Austria

Diploma in Kindergarten Teaching (Kindergartenpädagoge)

This five-year degree is earned at the Academy of Kindergarten Pedagogy. It is a nationally recognized degree for those teaching in a preschool or kindergarten with children ages three to six years old, or working in a daycare with infants and toddlers.

Diploma in Educating (Sozialpädagogik)

This five-year degree is earned at the Academy of Kindergarten Pedagogy. It is a nationally recognized degree for those teaching children ages six and older.

Diploma in Pediatric and Youth Nursing (Kinder- und Jugendlichenpfelge)

This degree is earned after completing a three-year, full-time course at a nursing school. The training includes all the necessary medical and psychological training to take care of children with physical or cognitive disabilities, healthy newborn babies, and those who are handicapped or seriously ill.

Hungary

BA in Kindergarten Teaching (Óvodapedagógus)

This is a three-year course taught at a college or university concluding with a BA degree. The program includes a practical training in a childcare institution and focuses on children ages three to six years old.

BA in Infant and Toddler Teaching (Csecsemö- és Kisgyermeknevelö)

This three-year course taught at a college or university is completed with a BA degree and includes practical training in a childcare institution and focuses on children ages birth to three years old.