Bachelor's degree in Education and Training - Social Pedagogy Curriculum

Study Programme Course L-19 - Social Pedagogy Curriculum

The Bachelor's degree in Science of Education and Training - Social Pedagogy Curriculum - at Niccolò Cusano University aims at offering new knowledge and skills in social, educational and pedagogical fields. The degree in Education and Training is available online and, through additional services, on campus.

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Bachelor's degree in Science of Education and Training - Social Pedagogy Curriculum - course overview
The Bachelor's degree in Educational and Training is designed to train socio-pedagogical professional figures able to take on specific roles:

  • in the field of educational services for children from 0 to 3 years, extra curricular activities, services for including and preventing of disadvantaged situation and early school leaving;
  • in socio-educational services for the development of individuals and local communities, namely: services for parenting and the family; equal opportunities; the promotion of wellbeing and health; educational, recreational, artistic-expressive and leisure activities for individuals of all ages; including the elderly; services for the integration of immigrants and refugees and for intercultural training; services for the re-education and re-socialisation of prisoners and support services for minors placed under criminal measures or in criminal cases;
  • services for the prevention and rehabilitation of individual cognitive-functional processes, the promotion of physical, mental and social well-being activities, as well as support to the inclusion in situations of different abilities.

Finally, due to the modules and subjects of the psychological aerea tackled, bachelor's graduates in Education and Training are able, within healthcare and social services, to collaborate and support the assessments of states of psychological distress and to follow up at a pedagogical level with the implementation of specific training interventions.
The course, in particular, envisages two different educationals paths:

  • Social Pedagogy, aimed at developing knowledge and skills in planning, implementing, managing and evaluating the educational and training activities of public and private services, as well as the tertiary sector; preventing disadvantaged situations and social exclusion for individuals, families and particular categories of individuals (minors, adolescents, elderly, drug addicts, disabled individuals, immigrants);
  • Cognitive-Functional Education targeted at developing knowledge, skills and competences for the assessment of cognitive and functional abilities, as well as of disabled young people, individuals of all ages, sedentary, hyper-active and individuals suffering from chronic pathologies. Specifically, modules and subjects are planned so as to develop necessary knowledge and operational strategies to carry out solutions both in conditions of psychosocial distress (in their various connotations) and in prevention and recovery, of physical and cognitive functions, improving the relative deficits that affect the psychosocial rehabilitation path.

The two programmes offer an initial training, which provides to students the basic theoretical knowledge and operational skills in the pedagogical and methodological-didactic sciences. Furthermore, this specific preparation is complemented by the acquisition of adequate knowledge and skills in sociological and psychological disciplines, with a prevalence of theoretical, epistemological and methodological knowledge of educational problems in their different dimensions.

On the basis of the acquired skills, graduates in Education and Training are able to carry out professional activities in public and private structures, educational institutions, companies and the tertiary sector. Pursuant to the law of 14 January 2013 n. 4, socio-pedagogical educators are included in the field of the professions not organised in orders or colleges.

Online degree
The online degree in Education and Training is designed for those who are unable to attend traditional education programmes due to distance or professional commitments. Through the Unicusano online degree, classes will adapt to your schedule. Lectures and assignments can be watched and completed at whatever time it is most convenient for students, while exams can be taken at the nearest local exam centre. Due to the quality of our teaching and the broad number of authorised exam centres spread across Italy, Unicusano is today the best choice for students willing to pursue an online degree in Education and Training.

Job profile. Social pedagogic instructor
Graduates in Education and Training (Social Pedagogy Curriculum) are able to operate in complete professional autonomy in three main professional areas and contexts, namely:

  • educational and formal training services involving planning and managing educational and cultural activities in direct contact with children, in particular in facilities dealing with marginalised subjects or infants, adolescents, elderly individuals suffering from cognitive-functional deficits;
  • education and social-educational animation supporting other professionals such as doctors, sociologists, psychologists, teachers, social workers;
  • the diagnosis and redefinition of educational and training paths, as well as the contribution to solving problems concerning the quality of the community life (conflict, cooperation, communication, effects of educational needs, etc.).

In addition, graduates can collaborate with other professionals, such as psychologist and neuropsychiatrist, to carry out educational interventions aimed at supporting family relationships. Also, graduates are capable of developing networks of support and help in situations of disability, developing effective interventions of psychoeducational support, health promotion, modification of risky behavior, social inclusion and improvement of the quality of the community life (conflict, cooperation, communication, effects of educational needs, etc.).

Acquired competences
Graduates in Education and Training acquire the necessary skills and knowledge to carry out:

  1. analysis of socio-health working situations, in order to design safe, efficient and coherent learning environments to the needs of individuals and groups;
  2. design and implementation of educational interventions to improve learning activities, especially in relation to educational and training phenomena and processes;
  3. planfication, management and coordination of orientative, selective, training and change interventions implemented with regard to individuals, groups and communities;
  4. design, management and coordination of analysis and evaluation research on social and technological changes;
  5. consultancy and cooperation activities with operators of other disciplinary training involved in human intervention projects.

Career opportunities
Graduates in Education and Training (Social Pedagogy Curriculum) can find employment in positions which require managing activities as educator and socio-educational animator. They are capable of interpreting and responding effectively to the needs of psycho-physical and cultural growth of the youngest (in nurseries, children communities and all the new forms of supplementary services for children and support for parenting). In particular, child educators working in supplementary and recreational services are able to manage educational services for early children, participate in managing and coordinating educational services, as well as in designing and carrying out educational activities in various sectors for early childhood.

Further career opportunities involve: local structures dealing with the prevention and reduction of social disadvantage related to different age groups (such as juvenile delinquency, drug addiction, physical and mental disorders in elder age); public and private institutions dealing with problems related to gender differences and equal opportunities; public and private structures operating in the field of intercultural mediation processes; local recreational and cultural facilities.

The Bachelor's degree in Science of Education and Training prepares students to the following careers (ISTAT DATA):

  1. Teachers in vocational training - (3.4.2.2.0);
  2. Technicians of reintegration and social integration - (3.4.5.2.0).

Entry requirements
In order to be eligible for the Bachelor's degree in Education and Training (Social Pedagogy Curriculum), students are required to possess basic and transversal skills and knowledge, such as reading comprehension, logical-linguistic and logical-mathematical skills. The knowledge of general culture, Italian language, English language, and basic computer skills are also required. In particular, the knowledge and skills required for access to the course are:

  • basic knowledge of psycho-pedagogical and scientific disciplines, their methods and their main thematic, lexical and historical development groups;
  • strong inclination to study and internship experience;
  • Information Technology (I.T);
  • relational and social skills.

A non-binding test verifies students' preparation and possession of the above-mentioned skills:

  1. logical-mathematical;
  2. physical and biological;
  3. anthropological and epistemological.

If the test is unsuccessful, students will be assigned with additional learning requirements (or OFA, from the Italian equivalent), which must be filled within the academic year by attending specific formative programmes. As far as the English version of the degree course is concerned, at least the B1 level is also required, which will be verified through a English language test.

Applications
To be eligible to the Bachelor's degree in Education and Training, students are required to possess a high school diploma or international equivalent in accordance with the Ministerial Decree of the 22nd October 2004, n. 270 - art. 6 and the Ministerial Decree of 25th November 2005.
A good level of Italian language is required, as well as knowledge of general culture, so as to allow the approach to the specific disciplinary terminology and the development of critical thinking, problem solving, attitude to teamwork, spirit of initiative, adaptation and flexibility.
Such requirements are displayed on the web site of the University and are evaluated according to the didactic regulation of the degree course of Science of education and training.

In particular, an online entrance test is targeted at verifying students' preparation, according to the procedures and modalities set out in the Academic Didactic Regulation, which also defines the specific details and evaluation modalities of the test. If the test is unsuccessful, students are assigned with additional learning requirements (or OFA, from the Italian equivalent) which have to be filled by attending bridge classes within the first academic year, as set out by the above-mentioned Academic Didactic Regulation.

Educational aims and course plan outline
The course in Education and Training is aimed at developing skills and propaedeutic capabilities which allow graduates to manage educational activities, solicit interests, foster group socialisation, interaction and conduction of micro-communities for children, adolescents and youths, as well as adult and elderly.

In particular, the degree provides specific knowledge and skills aimed at encouraging personal development, social maturity and autonomy of individuals and groups. The overall training intervention focuses on network strategies, both in the residential and the familiar sphere. Furthermore, it provides the necessary skills to perform tasks of management, organisation and coordination of the aforementioned services; additionally, such preparation contributes to spread person-centered intervention strategies and information on services, through a disciplinary system which integrates pedagogical, psychological, sociological, medical, legal, technical, professional fields.

As far as the curricular internship is concerned, it involves both the maturation and the progressive opening to the interpersonal relationship and the elaboration of a personal working methodology. Concretely, the study program in Education and Training -Social Pedagogy Curriculum- proposes a specific qualifying training objectives, that allows:

  • planning interventions with specific educational actions, in order to promote and encourage since childhood the development of learning, training and culture of individuals;
  • designing and planning educational interventions in developmental years, in familiar, educational and local sphere;
  • creating communicative and expressive contexts able to face, within institutional structures, disadvantaged young individuals, early school leaving, as well as minors at social risk and adults in difficulty;
  • promoting socio-educational projects aimed at preventing discomfort and reintegrating as alternatives to assistance, and particularly in relation to individuals with previous experience in health-care organisations and communities;
  • outlining and appropriately inserting, in the social structure, the most fitting socio-educational projects and cultural initiatives capable of reducing situations of disadvantagement and deviance, especially of minors; broadly speaking, such initiatives are targeted at improving the social well-being;
  • promoting environmental education projects aimed at preventing and removing health and territory risks for the population;
  • developing projects for the prevention and protection of risks in the workplace (in accordance with the Legislative Decree 262/94 and its subsequent addition);
  • designing, educational interventions aimed at adoption and family care;
  • developing a coordinated system for recepting and reducing risks of deviance in migrants and nomads, hosted inside and outside specific structures.

The Bachelor's degree in Education and Training is meant to prepare graduates able to demonstrate both theoretical and practical knowledge and skills linked to the specific sector of pedagogy, through the study of design techniques, coordination, management and evaluation of training paths, in the psychological and medical sectors, deepening the different learning and behavioral processes, and finally, in the sociological sector, examining the specific problems of societies and environment.
The learning programme is completed by a internship characterised and finalised to the direct involvement of students in typical professional activities, able to bring out the maturation and the progressive opening to the interpersonal relationship, as well as the development of a personal work methodology.
On the basis of the acquired skills, graduates are able to carry out professional activities in public and private structures, in educational institutions, in companies and in the tertiary factor.

Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge and comprehension skills
The study program in Education and Training - Social Pedagogy Curriculum- is aimed to provide sound basic theoretical and methodological background in pedagogical, social and psychological-functional disciplines. Training is organised so as to allow students to build fundamental knowledge of educational contexts, the regulatory frameworks within which the educational systems are inserted, the main theoretical and methodological tools used by the empirical and experimental research in the pedagogical, anthropological, psychological and physiological fields.
Knowing the theoretical frameworks and the necessary practices is essential to understand and enhance the inter-connection between theory and practice, as well as to raise awareness of the cultural, affective and cognitive processes involved in the social action, of individuals, groups and communities.

Finally, the knowledge is complemented by using English language, essential to be kept up-to-date and to be able to operate in intercultural contexts; studying English as second language is crucial for a conscious usage of information technology (IT) and for its critical use in selecting information and in interpreting research data.
To meet such standards of knowledge and understanding, students are required to take written or oral exams (expressed in thirties). Alternatively, or in conjunction, students are required to write short essays or solve multiple-choice test.

Ability to apply knowledge and comprehension skills
The Bachelor's degree in Education and Training provides graduates with the ability to apply the conceptual awareness acquired to concrete cases (online laboratory activities and practical training), so as to implement the interpretation and recognition of the main pedagogical issues in relation to their birth context and development. Graduates, therefore, learn how to apply such skills to master the knowledge related to the educational sciences in the conception, planning and evaluation of educational interventions related to individuals, groups and services, modulated on context-specific interventions, such as kindergartens.

In such contexts, it is possible to choose the most suitable tools, methods and techniques to pedagogical research interventions, contextualisation of educational actions within the regulatory frameworks, usage of new technologies in educational contexts, lifelong learning and research socio-psycho-pedagogical. The skills developed through research make possible to identify, develop and evaluate the most appropriate methodologies for promoting the cognitive and functional prevention and recovery of individuals, groups and communities; as well as designing and organising health services, in continuous relationship and sharing with all the interested actors.

In this context, it is possible to use the appropriate intervention strategies for the inclusion of people with disabilities, knowing also how to grasp and enhance the differences and factors of originality present in each person. Furthermore, graduates learn how to manage and enhance the heterogeneous composition of groups with people with disabilities, difficulties and disadvantages, as well as prepare dispensative and compensatory interventions on a planning-programmatic and evaluative level.

To achieve such knowledge and understanding, students are required to take written or oral exams. Alternatively, or in conjunction, students are required to prepare short essays or solve multiple-choice test.

Making judgements
At the end of the degree in Education and Training, students acquired the ability to observe and evaluate educational processes in order to solve the associated problems, the ability to elaborate motivated judgments in an interdisciplinary view and in relation to situations faced, the ability to link judgments to other professional and human experiences.

Due to the preparation acquired, students develop reflexive and self-reflexive thinking, with the sufficient autonomy to behave and know how to prefigure results in terms of ethics and, in particular, professional ethics. Students acquire autonomy of judgment within all the teaching and learning activities proposed through:

  • laboratory training activities carried out closely with the contexts of educational and social services, as well as research in the fields of pedagogy and social psychology, including systematisation and evaluation of data;
  • public presentations, both individual and in group, aimed at restoring and submitting their own work;
  • defining and planning the internship path;
  • confronting with teachers and colleagues in different educational contexts.

To achieve such knowledge and understanding, students are required to take written or oral exams related to course programmes and other training activities. The final exam, the internship activity and reports on the activity carried out, make possible to verify the achievement of autonomous critical professional skills.

Communication skills
Graduates in Education and Training - Social Pedagogy Curriculum- are able to discuss and negotiate the acquired knowledge, to communicate clearly information, ideas, problems and solutions with specialised and non-specialised interlocutors, as well as to mediate and manage problematic situations at relational, organisational and community levels.

Other skills to be acquired involve interacting with other professional, by writing reports and scripts aimed at describing cases, operational protocols, and critical incidents. Additionally, students are required to acquire linguistic skills suitable for working in intercultural contexts, adequate computer skills and propension to teamwork in multidisciplinary professional contexts.

Communication skills are developed through specific educational activities proposed in the curriculum, with particular attention paid to English, information technology, and sociology of communication processes, as well as writing workshops in preparation of the final test. The development of adequate communication skills in the phases of restitution and results processing is also carried out during small group communication contexts and within internships in organisations and in local contexts. Such skills are verified through written tests (production of individual and group relationships, also multimedia) and / or oral exams (presentations, participations in guided debates), connected to the study plan and other training activities.

Learning skills
Graduates in Education and Training are able to discuss and negotiate the acquired knowledge, to communicate clearly information, ideas, problems and solutions with specialised and non-specialised interlocutors, as well as to mediate and manage problematic situations at relational, organisational and community level. The study plan, additionally, focuses on involving contact with other professionals, by drafting minutes and scripts aimed at describing cases, operational protocols, critical incidents. Graduates are also required to develop linguistic skills suitable for working in intercultural contexts, adequate computer skills and propension to teamwork in multidisciplinary professional contexts.
Communication skills are developed through specific educational activities proposed in the curriculum, as those related to English, Information Technology, sociology of communication processes, as well as the modules which require writing workshops in preparation to the final exam.
The development of adequate communication skills in the phases of restitution and results processing is also carried out in small group communication contexts and within internship activities in organisations and local contexts. Such skills are verified through written tests (production of individual and group relationships, multimedia) and / or oral activities (presentations, participations in guided debates), related to the exam programmes and other training activities.

Final exam
The final exam consists in writing a theoretical applied research dissertation which has to be defended in front a Commission nominated by the competent Academic Authority in compliance with the law.  The nature of the research is scientific and thus involves scientific, cultural and functional readings of diseases, disorders, risks, an analytical reflection on methods and strategies of intervention proposed by the scientific and operational state of the art, from a finalised educational project.

The final exam may consist either of a research on a specific topic or a research paper where some aspects of the internship experience are scientifically and critically discussed. Students are required to identify the supervisor of the degree thesis among the teachers of the subject from their study plan, with whom they have to reach an agreement on the topic of the dissertation paper. The final exam accounts for 6 credits (CFU/ECTs).