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The distance learning Master's degree in "Psychology of developmental and learning disorders in children"" (held in German)

Psychology of developmental and learning disorders in children

Learning and developmental disorders that result in under performance in school are a widespread problem. According to expert estimates, eight to ten percent of primary school children are affected by persistent learning difficulties that result in performance deficiencies at school. In many cases also the exceptionally gifted children fail to realize their full potential and are left behind in terms of scholastic achievement. In practice, state of the art research into causal factors and effective support and prevention measures are inadequately implemented. In light of the serious consequences of underperforming in school for future educational and professional opportunities and social participation for those affected and also because of the resulting social costs, there is a very great need for qualified specialists, who can contribute to bridging the gap between research and practice in the field of learning and developmental needs. Participants in this distance learning program acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to fill this need.

Target group

The main target group consists primarily of university graduates with a bachelor or higher degree) in psychology, educational science or related disciplines and at least one year relevant professional work experience in the field of educational assessment, diagnostics and intervention in children with learning and developmental disorders.

In exceptional cases, applicants may also be accepted who have relevant work experience but have not graduated for a university. They must have a completed vocational training with qualified results and the successful completion of an aptitude test.

The course is ideal for applicants with relevant work experience who are currently fulfilling family obligations and want to use this time for their own continuing education.

This course is held entirely in German.


The program teaches practical management skills related to the diagnosis and intervention methods for learning and developmental disabilities in children and adolescents on the basis of comprehensive, science based knowledge of causes, risks, and protective factors on both individual and contextual levels. Graduates will have acquired the knowledge to independently design and implement conditions that benefit children and adolescents and promote learning and development. The course prepares students for careers in the following areas of activity: aacountable work in the fields of diagnostics and intervention, consultant services for institutions and affected people as well as management responsibilities and scientific research in the context of learning and development services. The course culminates in a "Master of Science" (M.Sc.) degree.

According to current guidelines, this program does license you under certain conditions to bear the professional title “Psychologist”, or to start an advanced vocational training as “Psychological Psychotherapist”.
Further information here.

Schedule and organization

The standard course duration as a part-time, vocational study program, including compulsory on campus sessions, internship, and master's thesis is five terms. The course content is communicated via written course lessons, especially developed for use in distance learning. Depending on the individual's previous knowledge, approximately 15 to 20 hours per week is required to complete the coursework. Further information about the qualifications for admittance, the application process, and the apitude test can be found here.


On campus events

All participants in the "Child Psychology: Learning and Learning Disabilities" distance learning program are required to attend one or two compulsory events each term. These events are scheduled over a (long) weekend. These events broaden the course content in terms of seminars and practical training exercises. Furthermore, it offers students the chance to ask questions concerning the course materials and to discuss the practical applications of the course. Some selected modules require a written examination as part of the compulsory on campus event. The exact dates and details are published at the start of each term.


Program content

The course is divided into the basic modules, advanced modules as well as modules in the areas of practical application. The basic modules communicate contents, objectives and methods of psychological research and the relevant basic know-how in the areas of learning and development. The cognitive, emotional, and motivational determinants of learning and school performance are examined from the perspective of cognitive, developmental and educational psychology.

The subsequent advanced modules deal with comprehensive aspects of learning and developmental disorders, the foundations and methods of educational-psychological diagnostics as well as specific disorders (dyslexia dyscalculia, attention disorders) and giftedness. All advanced modules have the goal of communicating knowledge and skills in the area of evidence-based diagnostics and intervention.

Later the focus is on the practical application of the knowledge and skills acquired. The participants have to complete an internship in the area of learning and development disorders. Another emphasis is put on advanced methods of scientific work and empirical research. The final term is for the preparing and writing the master's thesis. Students are expected to participate in an online colloquium during this phase, at which time the students present their work in the form of presentations, videos, etc. and comment on the work of the other graduates.


Authors & modules

The degree course includes the following modules:

Modul Lehrbriefe, Titel Autoren/innen
VM01 Einführungsmodul: Methodologie empirischen Arbeitens und Grundlagen der Deskriptiv- und Inferenzstatistik Dr. Kirstin Bergström
BM01 Grundlagenmodul: Inhalte, Ziele, Methoden psychologischer Forschung Dr. Kirstin Bergström

Lernen und Schulleistung: Kognitive und biopsychologische Grundlagen apl. Prof. Dr. Maria Klatte
Prof. Dr. Kristian Folta-Schoofs
BM03 Lernen und Schulleistung: Sozial-emotionale und motivationale Grundlagen Prof. em. Dr. Helmut Lukesch
Dipl.-Psych. Kathrin Emmerdinger
BM04 Lernen und Schulleistung: Entwicklungspsychologische Grundlagen apl. Prof. Dr. Maria Klatte
AM01_01 Pädagogisch-psychologische Diagnostik Prof. em. Dr. Karl Josef Klauer
apl. Prof. Dr. Maria Klatte
Prof. Dr. Thomas Lachmann
AM01_02 Lern- und Entwicklungsauffälligkeiten - übergreifende Aspekte Dr. Stefanie Kraft
AM01_03 Richtungen und Wirkmechanismen lerntherapeutischer Verfahren Prof. em. Dr. Jürgen Kriz
AM01_04 Kommunikation und Beratung Dipl.-Psych. Dagmar Kumbier
AM02_01 LRS/Legasthenie: Grundlagen - Diagnose - Prävention - Behandlung Prof. Dr. Claudia Steinbrink
Prof. Dr. Thomas Lachmann
AM02_02 Dyskalkulie: Grundlagen - Diagnose - Prävention - Behandlung Prof. Dr. Karin Landerl
AM02_03 Aufmerksamkeitsstörungen: Grundlagen - Diagnose - Prävention - Behandlung Prof. em. Dr. Gerhard Lauth
Prof. Dr. Morena Lauth-Lebens
Alexander Prölß
AM02_04 Hochbegabung: Grundlagen - Diagnose - Förderung Prof. Dr. Miriam Vock
Prof. Dr. Franzis Preckel
AM03_01 Vertiefung wissenschaftliches Arbeiten und Forschungsmethoden Dipl.-Psych. Jan Spilski
AM03_02 Praktikum mit Arbeitsauftrag und Hausarbeit  
AM03_03 Rahmenbedingungen der Lern- und Entwicklungsförderung Dipl. Psych Natalia Bundschuh
Dipl.  Psych. Manuela Schmidt
Julia Pohrisch M.Sc.


Sample texts

Sample texts from selected modules in PDF format:



Over the course of the program, you will be required to turn in a performance record in the form of submitted assignments and written examinations as well as term paper. The distance learning program concludes with submission of a master's thesis.The successful program conclusion and granting of the academic degree "Master of Science" (M.Sc.) is certified by the following documents:

  • Diploma from TU Kaiserslautern
  • Degree certificate for the academic degree "Master of Science"(M.Sc.)
  • Diploma supplement (DS) in English



The study fees for this distance learning program at TU Kaiserslautern is currently 1,490 Euro per term, plus a social fee of 102 Euro per term. This payment does not include travel, accommodation and meal expenses. A one-time payment of an examination fee in the amount of 500 Euro is required at registration for the master's thesis. Starting from the third semester over the regular study time of five semsters, a reduced fee of 30% of the semester fee is levied.The fee is for the master's thesis is not affected. The study fees are not subject to the German value added tax and are tax deductible.


Financial Aid

Funding support is available from the government by means of individual tax incentives. Depending on your individual tax bracket and employment situation, you can claim the costs as professional or special expenses. Discuss this with your local tax office or tax advisor. In some circumstances, the Federal and state governments promote continuing professional education with so called training and education checks. Information about this is provided online, for example, at: www.bildungspraemie.info.

Frequently, employers participate in sharing the costs of additional skills qualification measures for their employees. You may also consider the low interest education loans offered by the federal and state governments as well as many banks, like the KfW Development Bank. Unfortunately, financial support based on Book III of the German Social Code (SBG III) or the Federal Training and Education Assistance Act (BAföG) is not possible.



The distance learning program "Psychology of developmental learning disorders in children" has been accredited for awarding the academic degree "Master of Science". The agency responsible for managing the accreditation process is AQAS (www.aqas.de).



You can apply for the "Psychology of developmental learning disorders in children" distance learning degree from mid-May to mid-July of every year. You can find further information and details to your application here. The course will start in the beginning of October.