Social Education and Counselling

Degree programme specification

The aim of the Social Education and Counselling Bachelor’s study programme is to prepare future graduates to work directly with clients as well as to undertake follow-up Master’s studies in the same study programme or in related programmes. The specificity of this programme is that the graduate is able to use basic principles of counselling in direct pedagogical or social work, is aware of the limits of his/her expertise while being able to cooperate effectively with other professionals.

Attainment of this goal is facilitated by the structure of the study plan. In the course of the study, students gain a broad theoretical background, i.e. knowledge of pedagogy, psychology, sociology, social work and social policy. An integral part of the programme is methodological preparation, which aims to cultivate analytical and critical thinking and to teach students to orient themselves in the findings of various types of research studies in the humanities. Students acquire this set of knowledge and skills through compulsory courses, which can be deepened or expanded by enrolling in selective courses. The composition of selective courses guarantees that each student gains a specific range of professional skills or competencies according to their preferences. A wide range of selective courses together with other mechanisms (e.g., creating an individual plan of practice, choosing the topic of the minor paper and then of the Bachelor’s thesis according to the student’s preferences, the possibility of partial participation in the projects of the Department of Educational Sciences) create the conditions for gradual building of a professional profile of each student.

Faculty Faculty of Arts
Type of study bachelor's
Mode full-time
Standard length of studies 3 years
Language of instruction czech
Results of entrance exams from previous years here

Work experience

Students are required to undertake an internship (the title of the course is Practical training) in a total of 240 hours (90–100 hours internship in the selected facility, 140–150 hours of working on the assignments and their reflection). Internship in a selected facility is continuous and lasts for at least 3 weeks; students choose the facility on their own. It is possible to enrol for the internship in the fourth or sixth semester of study (spring), with the possibility to plan its completion for the extended examination period.

In addition to the compulsory internship, students can at any time in the course of the study enrol for the selective course Practice (individual plan). This internship (120 hours) is based on an individual plan that is prepared with each student prior to starting in the facility, based on the student’s professional interest. Students select the institution for the internship according to their preferences.

The Department of Educational Sciences of the Faculty of Arts has established long-term collaboration with numerous institutions where students can do the internship.

Graduate destination

The study programme will allow graduates to find jobs in the state administration and self-government, in the offices and organizations falling under the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, the Ministry of Interior or the Ministry of Justice. Graduates have excellent chances to find employment in the non-profit sector, specifically in organizations that integrate pedagogical, social and counselling work within the range of social services they provide according to the needs of client target groups.

Study options

Single-subject studies

Combined studies

Further studies

Graduates of the Bachelor’s study programme Social Education and Counselling may continue in Master’s studies in the same programme, or Andragogy study programme, or the Education study programme directly at the Department of Educational Sciences of the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University.

When the admission conditions have been met, graduates may continue to pursue a Master’s degree study in the same or related fields not only at MU but also at other universities.

Further information

Study information is published on the website of the Department of Educational Sciences of the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University http://pedagogika.phil.muni.cz/

Up-to-date and more detailed information on each course is published in https://elf.phil.muni.cz/elf3/

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