Educator (full-time training)

Training objective and content

The vocational school specializing in social pedagogy teaches comprehensive social pedagogical skills. It qualifies students to take on independent activities and management tasks in socio-educational institutions.

Fields of work
  • Child daycare facilities in the elementary sector (e.g. elementary group, crèche)
  • After-school care and supervised elementary school
  • Facilities for people with disabilities
  • Youth social work/youth work facilities
  • Youth welfare facilities
  • School social work
  • Educational health promotion facilities (e.g. child and adolescent psychiatric clinics)
Duration and completion

The course lasts three years or two years for applicants with a qualification in a recognized training occupation relevant to the objective (e.g. social-pedagogical assistant). After passing the final examination, the professional title

Staatlich anerkannte Erzieherin / Staatlich anerkannter Erzieher

with the title

"Bachelor Professional in dem Fachbereich Sozialwesen” is awarded.

The timetable includes the following areas

Subject-related learning area

  • Learning field 1: Further develop a professional identity and professional perspective
  • Learning field 2: Shaping pedagogical relationships and working pedagogically with groups
  • Learning field 3: Perceiving and understanding living environments and diversity and promoting inclusion
  • Learning field 4: Professionally designing social pedagogical educational work in the educational areas
  • Learning field 5: Shaping educational partnerships with parents and caregivers and supporting transitions
  • Learning field 6: Develop institution and team and cooperate in networks

Interdisciplinary learning area

  • German/communication with language training
  • Science and technology
  • Economy/Politics

Compulsory elective area

Practice in child and youth work facilities

Admission requirements

The school admission requirement is a secondary school leaving certificate or an educational qualification recognized as equivalent.

If the school-leaving qualification was obtained abroad, proof of German language proficiency at level B2 according to the "Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment (CEFR)" must be submitted.

Professional admission requirements for the subject area of social pedagogy are

  1. The qualification in a recognized training occupation relevant to the objective of the desired specialization in accordance with federal or state law as well as the completion of vocational school, insofar as attendance at vocational school was compulsory during the vocational training, or
  2. Completion of a non-relevant vocational training course of a comparable training course regulated by federal or state law and relevant socio-educational practice of 150 hours or
  3. Three years of professional experience relevant to the objectives of the specialization in a recognized child and youth welfare institution or
  4. Relevant socio-educational practice amounting to 150 hours as well as the school-based part of the entrance qualification for universities of applied sciences, the subject-specific or general higher education entrance qualification; the periods of socio-educational practice are credited with beneficial voluntary services on the basis of federal laws.

The periods of professional activity or socio-educational practice to be credited may be divided into a maximum of two different periods in different practical placements, which may not have been completed more than 36 months prior to the date of application. The practical periods can only be completed in recognized child and youth welfare facilities.

Costs and funding

There are no school fees. Learning materials are provided within the framework of the applicable regulations. For some learning fields or teaching areas, costs are regularly incurred that are only partially borne by the school authority. Expenses for school trips are to be borne by the pupils. Information on possible funding can be obtained from the offices for education funding or the Investitionsbank Schleswig-Holstein.


Applications for the school year must be submitted in February of each year, namely the

  • Application for admission to the school
  • Complete curriculum vitae
  • Copies of the relevant certificates
  • Details of your last professional qualification
  • Details of professional activity: Type and duration
  • Details of the internship: Type and duration
  • An extended certificate of good conduct for submission to an authority in accordance with Section 30a BZRG (not older than 3 months) is required after acceptance of a training position
  • Documentation of sufficient protection against measles (copy of vaccination certificate or a medical certificate confirming existing immunity or a medical contraindication)
  • If applicable, proof of German language skills level B2

If the number of applications exceeds the number of school places, a selection procedure is carried out.