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Heilpädagoge/in (Germany)

  • Generic name of profession

    Special needs care worker
  • Identification

    Name of regulated profession:
    Special needs care worker (EN)
    All regions
  • Legal information

    Legal basis for regulation

    EU Law :
    National legislation:

    Gesetze der Länder

    Useful link:


    Type of regulation :
    Protected title (without reserves of activities)


    Recognition under:
    DIRECTIVE 2005/36/EC
    Additional information :
    Recognition under Directive 2005/36/EC:
    General system of recognition - primary application
    Qualification level:
    DSE - Diploma (post-secondary education), including Annex II (ex 92/51, Annex C,D) , Art. 11 c
    Prior check of qualifications under article 7(4):
    Prior check of qualifications only for individual professionals not benefiting from automatic recognition:
  • Activities

    Description of activities:

    Heilpädagogen und -pädagoginnen erziehen, fördern und unterstützen Menschen jeden Alters, die unter erschwerten Bedingungen und mit Beeinträchtigungen leben, z.B. Kinder, Jugendliche und Erwachsene mit geistiger Behinderung, Sinnes- und Mehrfachbehinderung oder chronischen Erkrankungen sowie Kinder und Jugendliche mit emotionalen und mit Verhaltensstörungen. Durch den Einsatz entsprechender pädagogischer und therapeutischer Maßnahmen fördern sie vorhandene Fähigkeiten und beugen Behinderung und sozialer Ausgrenzung vor.


    Teachers for special needs education educate, encourage and support people of all ages who live in impaired circumstances and with disabilities. These include children, young people and young adults with mental, sensory and multiple disabilities or chronic diseases and children and young people exhibiting emotional and behavioural difficulties. They deploy appropriate educational and treatment measures to support existing abilities and to prevent disability and social exclusion.

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