Socio-educational assistant (two-year course with MSA)


Educational objectives and content

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

The timetable includes the following areas

Subject-related learning areas

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
  • Religion /Philosophy

Compulsory elective area

with in-depth topics from the learning fields

Practical periods in daycare centres

During the training, practical periods amounting to 660 hours must be completed. The practical periods are carried out in lower and upper schools in a 10-week internship.

Duration and completion

The training comprises two school years. Upon graduation, students acquire the authorization to use the professional title

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

Additional certificate:

By participating in four hours of additional lessons in mathematics and the advanced technical college entrance examination in mathematics and English, the advanced technical college entrance qualification can be acquired.

Further information on the duration and completion of the training can be found in the following video:

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
  • Information on internships: Type and duration
  • For foreign degrees: Proof of German language skills level B2
  • After confirmation: An extended police clearance certificate (not older than 3 months)

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