Graduated social pedagogue

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Diplom-Sozialpädagoge / in (short: Dipl.-Soz.päd. Or Dipl.-Sozialpäd.) Is an academic degree in Germany that has been awarded by German universities, technical colleges and occasionally universities . According to the Bologna Process , the universities award the internationally used titles Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Social Work.

In Switzerland, the title Dipl. Sozialpädagogin HF is awarded by higher technical schools . The title of social pedagogue FH or Bachelor of Arts , Bachelor of Science or Master of Science is awarded by universities of applied sciences in Switzerland.

Job description and activity

Social pedagogues perform teaching and support tasks in the normal living environment of complex societies. This also includes tasks for reintegration into society and for compensating for individual deficits. This also includes the development of appropriate urban infrastructures.


Academic study

In order to obtain a diploma in social pedagogy, it was necessary to study social sciences, which lasted seven to eight semesters at universities of applied sciences and nine to ten semesters at universities. In Germany, there was a tradition of so-called university social pedagogy (as a branch of educational science ) and social pedagogy at (technical) universities for social work . Since the two (socio-pedagogical) disciplines can only be inadequately differentiated from one another, university social pedagogy has also merged into the specialist field of social work since the switch to the Bachelor / Master system. At universities in Germany, a bachelor's degree usually lasts six or seven semesters (180–210 ECTS credit points ), a master’s degree usually three to four full-time semesters or four to six semesters part-time (90–120 ECTS).

The course Social / Social Work integrated respectively in sections, depending on the type of university and alignment, following disciplines and related sciences: psychology , sociology , educational science , philosophy , jurisprudence , (social) medicine , (social) economic , political science , cultural studies and denominational colleges of theology .

At universities of applied sciences in Germany, a one-semester internship had to be completed after the diploma (FH) , which after a further thesis and a colloquium at the university led to state recognition as a social pedagogue or social worker (in the social work course). In some federal states, state recognition is now automatically awarded together with the bachelor's degree after completing the degree. The professional title of social pedagogue or social worker obtained in this way is legally protected in Germany. By postgraduate degrees from West Berlin , holders of the graduation title social pedagogue (grad.) May use the diploma title Diplom-Sozialpädagoge. Persons who graduated after November 25, 1986 or were graduated afterwards must add the addition “(FH)” to the diploma degree.

At many universities of applied sciences, the formerly separate courses of study in social education and social work were combined in one course with the double degree of diploma social worker / social worker.

Further professional opportunities

The completed university degree in social work (diploma / master) leads to the possibility of training as a child and adolescent psychotherapist and thus to approbation and health insurance , according to the Psychotherapists Act (PsychThG) . Social pedagogues also have the prerequisite for training as sociotherapists according to § 37 a SGB ​​V or as addiction therapists and thus for treatment within the framework of the ordinance of the German Pension Insurance Federation for people who suffer from a dependency syndrome. The training to become an addiction therapist takes place either at independent institutes or, as a post-graduate master’s course with an MSc. Degree, at universities.


In Austria, the profession of social and vocational pedagogue is mainly taught at higher vocational schools, colleges, universities of applied sciences and universities. The training as a qualified social pedagogue is organized as a five-year secondary training or as a college (two years or - part-time - usually three years) and concludes with a professional qualification. These trainings are either publicly (free) or privately (with semester fee) and are given public rights through the Federal Ministry of Education and Women , after fulfilling state criteria . In Vienna, three private schools offer training as an extra-occupational college: Wiener ARGE für Sozialpädagogik, the Bildungsakademie and the Institut Dr. Rampitsch. At universities of applied sciences, the training ends with a Mag (FH), or after the changeover in the course of the Bologna process with a Bachelor.


Higher technical School

The training lasts three to four years. With a relevant professional qualification (e.g. specialist supervision ), it can be shortened to two to three years. The training is offered full-time and part-time.

University of Applied Sciences

The bachelor's degree takes three full-time years.

See also

Portal: Pedagogy  - Overview of Wikipedia content on pedagogy

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  1. Institutes and courses of study in social pedagogy are now partially renamed as social work, cf. z. B. University of Kassel or University of Duisburg-Essen .
  2. a b Profession: social pedagogue HF
  3. a b Profession: Social pedagogue FH (BA / BSc) Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Science (FH) in social work
  4. Archive link ( Memento from January 3, 2012 in the Internet Archive )
  5. Archived copy ( Memento from October 31, 2011 in the Internet Archive )
  6. Nevertheless, there is still a university subject of social pedagogy in the context of the faculties and departments for pedagogy / educational sciences at German universities, cf. z. B. University of Tübingen or TU Dortmund .
  7. Senate Department for Education, Science and Research, postgraduate degrees from West Berlin  ( page no longer available , search in web archives ) (PDF; 27 kB), status 2008, accessed on April 12, 2011@1@ 2Template: Toter Link /