Social Education is a very wide profession, and so, the path you choose will prepare you for a more specific future job, but the general/obligatory courses make possible to still having options in other fields of our profession.
In my case, I studied in the University of Castilla la Mancha, in their Center in Talavera de la Reina, where they made a big effort to have the best teachers in every field and so, made it a center for the development of the professions taught there (Therapist, social work, social education and speech pathology therapist).
The obligatory/general courses that I took are the following:
- Sociocultural promoting programs
- Sociology and Antrophology
- Educational theory and contemporary institutions
- Diagnosis and evaluation in social education
- Adult education
- Developmental psichology
- Social Pedagoy
- Social psychology and psychology of organizations.
- Didactic means
- Sociology of Education
- History of Social Education in Spain
- Gerontological pedagogy
- Practical Training (1,5 months)
- Didactic: curriculum development
- Organization of educational institutions
- Interculturality and education
- Social protection systems and social services
- Permanent (Continuing education)
In my case, I chose the "non-adaptation, marginalization, etc." path, and so, my specific courses were:
- Analysis of social in adaptation
- Penitenciary Education
- Drugs and Education
- Social Rights of foreigners, refugees and stateless
- Educational intervention in fundamental problems of non-adaptation
- Prevention, reeducation and reinsertion of marginalized persons
- Socioeducative action in the family environment. The family educator.
Hope this gives you an approach to who we are and what we can do!
Social educators are social agents. Persons that go into the society and are able of analyzing problems, needs, etc. and later on, can seat with the person/group and write down an individual project, and accompany them in their path to make their goals real.
We do not focus on the person, but on the problem he/she/they have. For example, we do not work with a "yonki" but with a person that have an addiction problem, and so, we work on his addiction, because this is his/her obstacle to be a fully participant into the society.
Our aim is to increase social capital, to work with citizens on their rights and responsibilities within the society that they live in.
Later on, you could read more about us! keep your fingers ready to click! :)