Bachelor’s Degree in Social Education

The necessary tool for educational and social needs
Bachelor’s Degree in Social Education

Program to become an agent of social change

The Bachelor's Degree in Social Education allows you to devote yourself to a profession that actively promotes the improvement of social reality, together with the construction of a more just and caring world, through a great diversity of skills and socio-educational strategies.

It is a practical education with real experiences and exchanges with professionals to help minors, young people, women, immigrants, disadvantaged groups or those at risk of social exclusion, as described in the White Paper on Pedagogy and Social Education, which includes the fundamental bases in the training of this group of professionals.

With the Bachelor's Degree in Social Education, the student will learn to design socio-educational intervention actions and mediation strategies. Likewise, the student will play different types of roles within the framework of the policies of prevention, protection, insertion and promotion of citizenship, in a context of interdisciplinary networking.
The current panorama needs professionals who act as social educators, supporting those people at risk of social exclusion, who are especially vulnerable, people who do not have a voice in our society, but need resources and tools be integrated into society, to return and have an opportunity for personal and social development to which we all have a right.

Reducing the risk of poverty and social exclusion is one of the social integration objectives established in the European Union's growth strategy. Considering the current social, economic and educational context and global challenges, Social Education acquires an important social relevance in responding to these objectives. Likewise, Social Education favors the cohesion and social inclusion of people with different profiles who will require personalized and sustained support during their learning process (OCED, 2016), which requires collaborative work from different professionals involved in socio-educational intervention processes.

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Along the same lines, the social interest of the degree is linked to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda. The goals pursued by the work of social education professionals and their fields of action connect directly with some of these objectives. The purpose of the SDGs is to intervene in the different contexts that work with Education, emphasizing the need to make efforts from education to achieve the full development of human rights, peace, the responsible exercise of citizenship, gender equality, sustainable development and health. In this sense, Social Education can be a facilitating agent of equality, non-discrimination, coexistence and the elimination of conflicts. Although Social Education is related, to a greater or lesser extent, to the 17 objectives (SDG1 "No Poverty", SDG2 "Zero Hunger", SDG 3 "Good health and Well-being", SDG4 "Quality Education", SDG5 "Gender Equality", SDG 10" Reducing Inequality", SDG16 " Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions" and SDG17 "Partnerships for the Goals"), it is worth highlighting, due to its special link with Social Education, Objective 4, aimed at achieving quality, inclusive and equitable education, and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all, and goals 10 and 5, related to the elimination of inequalities due to gender, ethnicity or disability, among others, and goal 16, which seeks peaceful and inclusive societies.

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Ranking Forbes - Top 5 Spanish Universities Ranking Forbes University 2021

High score teaching and internacionalization QS Stars Ranking

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High score employability & inclusiveness QS Stars Ranking

"1st" Spanish University in Teaching uRanking

Among the 6 best Private Universities CyD Foundation

3rd Spanish private University in transparency CyT Foundation

The Bachelor's Degree in Social Education is taught at the renovated facilities of the Madrid-Princesa Campus, in the center of Madrid, very close to Puerta del Sol and close to museums, galleries, institutions and transport.


Student profile: People with great interest in educational and social issues, with a critical mind and committed to principles such as equality and social justice. In addition, students with the ability for observation, analysis and synthesis, with skill for teamwork and working in multidisciplinary environments, as well as initiative and creativity.

Official Degree:Bachelor’s Degree in Social Education

Learning Center:School of Language and Education

Branch of Knowledge:Education

Languages:Spanish and English

Total Credits 240 credits.

Academic year it was implemented: 2022 - 2023

Teaching Type: Classromm attendance / Online

Places offered: - Classromm attendance: 45
- Online: 200

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Ethical and pedagogical commitment to the profession and society


All our degrees and curricula have been prepared in accordance with the new guidelines set by current legislation, having already been verified by the National Agency for Quality Assessment.
The student must take 240 credits

First year 60 ECTS

  • First Semester 60 ECTS
  • 6 ECTS | Education in its historical and international context
  • 6 ECTS | Social psychology
  • 6 ECTS | English I
  • 6 ECTS | Oral and written communication
  • 6 ECTS | Professional competences I

  • Second Semester 30 ECTS
  • 6 ECTS | Fundamentals of Socio-educational intervention and professional Ethics
  • 6 ECTS | Development I: Childhood
  • 6 ECTS | Personality and Individual Differences
  • 4 ECTS | Group psychology
  • 4 ECTS | Socio-educational Intervention Models
  • 4 ECTS | Planning and Management of Socio-educational Programs

Second year 60 ECTS

  • First Semester 30 ECTS
  • 6 ECTS | Social Pedagogy
  • 6 ECTS | Social Education: Political and legislative framework
  • 6 ECTS | English II
  • 6 ECTS | ICT for education
  • 6 ECTS | Didactics: Analysis and planning of educational practice

  • Second Semester 30 ECTS
  • 6 ECTS | Development II: Adolescence and adulthood
  • 6 ECTS | Educational Guidance and Tutorial Action
  • 4 ECTS | Education for Cooperation and Social Development
  • 6 ECTS | Professional competences II
  • 4 ECTS | Socio-educational Intervention in Problems of Social Maladjustment
  • 4 ECTS | Education and Intercultural Mediation

Third year 60 ECTS

  • First Semester 30 ECTS
  • 4 ECTS | Attention to Linguistic and Cultural Diversity
  • 6 ECTS | Psychopathology
  • 4 ECTS | Statistics and data analysis in social sciences
  • 4 ECTS | Organization and Management of Public Resources and Private Management
  • 6 ECTS | Professional competences III
  • 6 ECTS | Elective 1

  • Second Semester 30 ECTS
  • 4 ECTS | Business and Organizational Psychology
  • 4 ECTS | Methodology of Sociocultural Animation
  • 10 ECTS | Professional internship I
  • 6 ECTS | Elective 2
  • 6 ECTS | Elective 3

Fourth year 60 ECTS

  • First Semester 30 ECTS
  • 6 ECTS | Innovation and Research in Social Sciences
  • 4 ECTS | Design and implementation of social education projects
  • 4 ECTS | Continuing education
  • 6 ECTS | Direction and management of Socio-educational teams
  • 4 ECTS | The educator in reception and adoption processes
  • 6 ECTS | Elective 4

  • Second Semester 30 ECTS
  • 4 ECTS | Evaluation of socio-educational programs
  • 20 ECTS | Professional internship II
  • 6 ECTS | Final Research Project

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Electives 24 ECTS

Elective subjects organized by learning pathway:

  • Path: Attention to educational diversity
  • Elective 1 | 6 ECTS | Learning Disabilities and Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • Elective 2-3 | 6 ECTS | Society, family and education
  • Elective 2-3 | 6 ECTS | Special educational needs
  • Elective 4 | 6 ECTS | Educational care for motor and sensory disabilities

  • Path: Adult education and lifelong learning
  • Elective 1 | 6 ECTS | Psychogerontology
  • Elective 2-3 | 6 ECTS | Neuropsychology
  • Elective 2-3 | 6 ECTS | Education for adults and the elderly
  • Elective 4 | 6 ECTS | Elderly care programs and services

  • Path: Sociocultural animation and management
  • Elective 1 | 6 ECTS | Cultural policies and management
  • Elective 2-3 | 6 ECTS | Design of cultural programs
  • Elective 2-3 | 6 ECTS | Sociocultural animation programs
  • Elective 4 | 6 ECTS | Cultural management and the media

  • Social-health intervention
  • Elective 1 | 6 ECTS | Models for health promotion and disease prevention
  • Elective 2-3 | 6 ECTS | Care for people in a situation of dependency
  • Elective 2-3 | 6 ECTS | Education for health
  • Elective 4 | 6 ECTS | Mental health and social education

  • Path: Cooperation for development
  • Elective 1 | 6 ECTS | International cooperation and development
  • Elective 2-3 | 6 ECTS | Awareness and Education for Development
  • Elective 2-3 | 6 ECTS | Design and evaluation of international projects
  • Elective 4 | 6 ECTS | Design and evaluation of international projects

  • Path: Socio-educational intervention with children and adolescents at risk of social exclusion
  • Elective 1 | 6 ECTS | Attention to minors in the protection system
  • Elective 2-3 | 6 ECTS | Socio-educational intervention with minors in conflict with the law
  • Elective 2-3 | 6 ECTS | Social Education and attention to addictions
  • Elective 4 | 6 ECTS | Social and labor insertion for young people

  • Path: Gender and equality
  • Elective 1 | 6 ECTS | Women, equality and social transformations
  • Elective 2-3 | 6 ECTS | Socio-educational care with women who have been victims of gender violence
  • Elective 2-3 | 6 ECTS | Socio-educational intervention from a gender perspective
  • Elective 4 | 6 ECTS | Socio-labor insertion for women at risk of social exclusion

  • Path: Other dimensions for Socio-educational Action
  • Elective 1 | 6 ECTS | Motivation and emotion
  • Elective 1 | 6 ECTS | Integration of Migrants and Refugees
  • Elective 2-3 | 6 ECTS | Methodological principles in early childhood education
  • Elective 2-3 | 6 ECTS | Language acquisition and development
  • Elective 4 | 6 ECTS | Psychomotor development
Competence Development Seminar 18 ECTS
  • 6 ECTS | Development of Professional Competences I (1st Year, 1º Semester)
  • 6 ECTS | Development of Professional Competences II (2nd Year, 2º Semester)
  • 6 ECTS | Development of Professional Competences III (3rd Year, 1º Semester)
More information on these subjects from the Nebrija Institute of Professional Competences
Professional Internships 30 ECTS

Program whose objective is to promote the practical training of students, under the continuous supervision of the Department of Professional Careers of the University, the academic department corresponding to the degree and the collaborating company or institution where the internships are carried out. Advice is given when choosing internships, and monitoring and tutoring is carried out, always taking into account each student's professional orientation.

  • 10 ECTS | Professional Internships I (3rd Year, 2nd Semester)
  • 20 ECTS | Professional Internships II (4th Year, 2nd Semester)
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Final Research Project 6 ECTS

This project involves the development of research tasks regarding different subjects by the student under the advice of one or several professors of the Department and, occasionally, professionals from the business world. For this, the student has the possibility to choose a project from among those offered.

Transversal Subjects Program

Through the transversal subjects you will be able to complement your education and complete your CV in a practical, collaborative and fun way.

It is a voluntary program with no added cost. Upon completion, you will be provided with a diploma.

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Diploma in English Professional Communication

Nebrija University, which is committed to languages and quality, provides the student with added value with the Diploma in English Professional Communication, which will allow him/her to achieve with confidence the competence demanded to successfully join the labor market.

It corresponds to level C1.

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Career Opportunities

There is a wide range of intervention areas associated with Social Education, which is why a specific specialization is increasingly necessary in accordance with the scope and group that is being intervened, since the action to be carried out with each requires prior knowledge, and strategies and techniques to be used to promote the personal and social well-being of the user.

Social Education, which is a recent area in relation to other disciplines, is supported by the work carried out the Official Colleges when promoting the professional figure of Social Education in those posts that require their specialization. For this reason, in the last ten years, each time a job offer is published with the profile, competences and functions belonging to Social Education professionals but with the requirement of having degrees other than Social Education, the Official Colleges started a procedure to challenge said job offer so that only people with that profile can access it.

The figure of the social education professional is regulated in the collective agreements of the Third Sector, where their competences, qualifications and functions are specified, as well as in the improved agreements that are published by the different social entities.

In the field of Public Administration, a specific professional profile fitting that of Social Education is requested for different action areas. Such is the case of common administrative procedures such as tenders and subsidies that are regulated under the Public Sector Contract Law. In this sense, taking into account the specific action and intervention service, the state and regional regulations that regulate the operation of said services will be taken into account. For example: In the case of a tender for the management of compliance with judicial measures of minors under 18 years of age in detention centers, in addition to the Juvenile Justice Law, the Decree that regulates the organization and operation of the Centers will be taken into account, which clearly specifies which is the team that must be at the disposal of the Service and the profile of each professional. The figure of the Social Education professional can be found in these teams.

Lastly, due to the fact that Social Education is in any field of action within the social field, Public Administrations have considerably increased the offer of public employment for social education professionals, either for Secondary Schools or Community Social Services, among others. In these cases, the required qualification must be to have a university degree, either an Associate's or Bachelor's Degree in Social Education. If there are indications of not complying with the requirement of specialized training, there will be no qualified professionals.

Thus, we can affirm that employability in the field of Education is wide and diverse, allowing the presence of these professionals in institutions and entities of a public and private nature, exercising their functions both with the general population and with groups that are in a situation vulnerability or at risk of social exclusion.

Employability recognized in the Rankings

Employability recognized in the Rankings

The commitment of Nebrija University to the academic requirement, training in leading companies and institutions, innovation in multidisciplinary programs and international projection, places the University in the top positions of the most important rankings.

The International Ranking QS Stars awards Nebrija University the maximum score in the quality and satisfaction of students in teaching, employability of the graduates and the internationalization of the institution.

The national rankings also recognize Nebrija University as the first Spanish university in teaching and second in employability, highlighting its performance in research, knowledge transfer and internationalization.

Development of Professional Competences

Nebrija University, in accordance with the objectives proposed in "The Nebrija Contract", directs its efforts into turning its students into valuable professionals in the labor market. To this end, the Nebrija Institute of Professional Competences (INCP) was created, which leads training in professional competences, employability, managerial skills, coaching, personal branding and any other subject related to professional, personal and social development.

The activity of the Competence Institute comprises all the university's activity segments. On the one hand, it carries out three subjects that are distributed throughout the Bachelor's Degree and that enable students to effectively manage their work, proactively develop personal and professional self-improvement processes and properly guide their first steps in the working world. In addition, the INCP incorporates coaching modules for employability in different university postgraduate programs, and designs and carries out in-company training actions tailored for different projects in companies and institutions.

The methodology of these actions, which is completely personalized and eminently practical, provides the participant with an adjusted analysis of their personal characteristics and their adaptation to the demands of the working world and the company, and offers an individualized development plan that is complemented by practical actions. through which they must learn to solve real life situations.


The International Mobility Office of Nebrija University makes a constant effort to monitor the agreements with the most prestigious universities. Students will be able to attend an annual or semester period in universities in Europe, America, Asia and Australia. This option will broaden their vision of the world, in addition to their linguistic training, and will prepare them to rigorously carry out their professional work anywhere in the world.


Madrid-Princesa Campus

The Bachelor's Degree in Social Education is taught at the renovated facilities of the Madrid-Princesa Campus, in the center of Madrid, very close to Puerta del Sol and close to museums, galleries, institutions and transport.


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