Socio-educational assistant (three-year course with ESA)


Educational objectives and content

Training as a social pedagogical assistant at the vocational school III, specializing in social pedagogy, should enable you to care for, raise and educate children between the ages of 0 and 14. The social pedagogical assistant works as an additional employee alongside other social pedagogical specialists in crèches, day nurseries, kindergartens, after-school care centres, homes and facilities for children with disabilities.

Training structure

According to current knowledge:

Basic year + two-year SPA training

(upon successful completion of the base year)

Compulsory vocational schooling is completed once the basic year has been completed.

The timetable for the base year includes the following areas
  • Basics of the occupational field
  • Compulsory elective area
  • German/Communication
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Economy/Politics
  • Physical education
  • Practice
The timetable for the subsequent two-year SPA training programme includes the following areas:

Subject-related learning fields

Learning field 1: Developing professional identity and professional perspectives

Learning field 2: Understanding children in their development and their diverse living environments and developing pedagogical relationships with them

Learning field 3: Initiating, accompanying and evaluating development and educational processes

Learning field 4: Acting conceptually and cooperatively in the socio-educational area

Interdisciplinary learning areas

  • Economy/Politics
  • German/Communication
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Religion /Philosophy
  • Physical education

Compulsory elective area with in-depth topics from the learning fields

Practical periods in daycare centres

During the training, practical periods of 4 weeks in the basic year and 640 hours in the two-year SPA training must be completed in various socio-educational fields of work. The practical periods are carried out in dual form (e.g. 3 school days and 2 practical days per week) or in a block over several weeks.

Duration and completion

The training comprises three school years: 1 basic year + 2 years of SPA training. Upon graduation, students acquire the authorization to use the professional title

"Staatlich geprüfte Sozialpädagogische Assistentin"/"Staatlich geprüfter Sozialpädagogischer Assistent".

Additional certificate:

When starting with the first general school-leaving certificate or an equivalent school-leaving certificate, the intermediate school-leaving certificate is possible if:

  • The overall grade point average in the final certificate is at least 3.0 and
  • There are at least 5 years of English with a final grade of "sufficient" or a foreign language certificate in English B1.
Admission requirements
Costs and funding

There are no school fees. Learning materials are provided within the framework of the applicable regulations. Costs may be incurred for special teaching tasks, school trips, etc. Training support under the Federal Training Assistance Act (BAföG) is possible. Advice is provided by the responsible office for educational support. In the case of vocational retraining measures, advice and support is provided by the employment office.


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

  • Application for admission to the school
  • Complete curriculum vitae with educational and professional background
  • Copies of the final report card or last semester's report card
  • if applicable, details of internships: Type and duration
  • For foreign degrees: Proof of German language skills level B2
  • After confirmation: An extended police clearance certificate for submission to an authority in accordance with Section 30a para. 1 BZRG (not older than 3 months).

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