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Degree in Social Education

This degree in social education qualifies you to work in a profession that is actively involved in improving society and building a fairer and more united world through a wide range of socio-educational skills and strategies. You will learn through real experiences and interactions with the support and guidance of professionals.


240 ECTS

4 years


Degree certificate:
University of Alcalá

What does the Degree in Social Education offer?

In today’s world, there is a significant demand for competent and qualified professionals who understand the needs of people and have the ability to develop and implement creative and effective actions for positive social change. In this degree, you will learn to use resources and tools to facilitate the social integration of people and groups affected by different types of exclusion.

By studying social education at one of the first universities to offer this degree (since 1995), you will form part of the solution, working closely with environments in need.

In addition, rather than simply solving people’s problems, you will learn the importance of providing people with the resources to progress and prosper. You will have several opportunities to work in teams with other professionals, such as social workers, teachers, and psychologists.

This degree programme also includes two internship periods for students to gain first-hand experience at centres that support children, youths, women, immigrants, disadvantaged groups, and people at risk of social exclusion.

Objectives and competences


You will learn to respond to the following challenges:

  • To understand the fundamentals of socio-educational action.
  • To design programmes and projects aiming to improve the lives of groups and individuals at risk of social exclusion.
  • To anticipate the educational needs of people from a holistic approach, considering family and sociocultural factors.
  • To know the different people, resources and networks involved in educational action.
  • To learn to plan, manage and evaluate activities and processes aimed at cultural and social promotion among citizens.
  • To develop critical skills and an ethical commitment to diagnose social problems.


  • To develop an ethical commitment in professional practice.
  • To work in teams.
  • To put acquired knowledge and contents into practice.
  • To develop creative and entrepreneurial skills.
  • To use and assess ICTs for training purposes.
  • To develop appropriate oral and writing skills.
  • To understand theoretical, historical, cultural, political, environmental, and legal references that constitute humans as protagonists in education.
  • To identify and express informed opinions about socio-educational issues to advance the profession.

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Career opportunities

Professions for Social Educators

Professions for Social Education graduates:

  • The public sector in socio-educational and social service programmes aimed at public administrations.
  • The field of work integration in companies that coordinate projects and activities, such as foundations, NGOs, associations, cooperatives, etc.
  • The private sector in companies that manage work-related, social and educational projects and activities.
  • As a freelance professional involved in creating cooperatives and associations.

Postgraduate and specialisation courses for Social Educators

After obtaining a Degree in Social Education, graduates have different options to further their training:

  • Specialised postgraduate programmes
    • Master's Degrees offer an advanced level of training based on academic and professional specialisation and research.
    • PhD studies offer graduates advance training in research. Its duration is not established based on credits. The PhD programme comprises a period of training and a period of research (thesis).
  • Taking a second degree in Infant Education, which due to the high percentage of transferable credits, can be completed in just one and a half academic years.
  • Participating in specialisation and continuing education courses.
Programme description

Degree programme

Degree in Social Education

Teaching centre

Centro Universitario Cardenal Cisneros          
Avda. Jesuitas 34
28806 Alcalá de Henares (Madrid)

Date of publication in the Spanish Official State Gazette (BOE)


Year introduced

  • 2010/11: 1st year
  • 2011/12: 1st and 2nd year
  • 2012/13: 1st, 2nd and 3rd year
  • 2013/14: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year

ECTS credits

240 ECTs

Teaching format




Area of knowledge

Social and Legal Sciences

Places available for incoming students


Teaching language


English level


Minimum number of ECTS credits

Continuance policy

Credit distribution

Subject group Credits
Basic training 60
Compulsory 150
Elective subjects from the degree programme 30
External internships 18
Final degree project 12
Total 240


Documentations and related resources

Active and constructive methodology

We use an active and constructive methodology based on the principles of student-centred learning. This active and participatory approach involves planning and developing training actions that foster independent learning.

These methodologies enable students to learn and experiment with useful tools and resources for their future teaching careers, such as:

  • Problem-Based Learning (PBL): PBL allows students to learn from real situations through analysis and joint reflection with other students, and the creation of specific actions.
  • Cooperative learning: Strong teamwork skills are valued highly by students and employers. This learning model helps students to develop basic teamwork skills, work towards common goals, solve problems, and get the most out of cooperative learning.
  • Dialogic talks: This teaching resource is based on reading books and joint reflection. It enables students to connect new and existing knowledge, discover new ideas, listen to others, and enrich their own perspectives with the opinions of others.
  • Project-based learning and interdisciplinary activities: This methodology demonstrates that knowledge is not fragmented. Students learn to recognise the connections between different courses and subjects. This comprehensive perspective of learning is extremely useful for future teachers.

Teaching staff

CUCC’s teaching staff is formed by professionals committed to teaching, research, innovative projects, and social and environmental actions. 

Meet your future professors

Our teaching and learning model is based on maintaining a close and supportive relationship with students. At CUCC, we make students the protagonists of learning to foster their critical thinking, autonomy and personal growth.

Internships in specialised centres and companies

In the 3rd and 4th years, students take internships in centres and organisations of social action to gain a better understanding of their future profession and to put into practice the knowledge and resources they have learnt in classes.

These internships give you first-hand experience in centres and institutions that work with children, youths, adults, elderly people, people with disabilities, and drug addicts. The practicum offers meaningful and valuable experiences for your personal and professional development.


CUCC holds collaboration agreements with public and private centres and institutions that implement programmes and initiatives related to the following areas: childhood, adolescence, adults, elderly people, drug addictions, disabilities and mental health, and community care programmes.

The practicum coordinators will offer guidance and support during your internship in the extensive network of centres located in the Community of Madrid and the province of Guadalajara.

Students can also apply to take internships in a different autonomous community or country. If you are interested in doing so, please contact the practicum coordinators.

The Practicum subject of the Social Education programme is organised as follows:

Practicum subject Year Term Credits Internships in centres
Practicum I 3rd 2nd 12 ECTS
300 hours 
30 days over 15 weeks with 2 days a week (Wednesday and Friday) (50% of hours)
Practicum II 4th 2nd 18 ECTS
450 hours
65 days over 13 weeks with 5 days a week (73.2% of hours)
Total     30 ECTS
750 hours
95 days over 28 days a week (67.8% of hours)* 


*The time spent in the internship centre is taken to be 5 hours per day, regardless of the specific timetable of each centre.

Every year, CUCC publishes a list of available places through an app. This list can be viewed for several days. Then, students choose five centres in order of preference. Once the selection period has ended, the application assigns a placement to each student based on the average grade indicated in their academic transcript. Finally, a deadline will be set for students to present claims regarding their internship.

The allocation of internship placements is governed by different regional and university regulations.

  • Practicum I. This subject is taken in the 3rd year. It enables students to experience for the first time the work carried out by institutions and organisations of social action related to educational intervention. The Practicum I subject introduces students to the real contexts of the profession. You will experience and learn about different activities and procedures through observation and the guidance of social care professionals.
  • Practicum II. Practicum II is taken in the 4th year. This is a fundamental subject as it is the final stage of the training process. Students apply and test their knowledge and strategies acquired over four years in real professional contexts to prepare for their future careers. Practicum II includes three main areas: planning, direct intervention in a group with specific educational needs, and assessment of the interventions conducted, the activity of the internship centre, and the student’s internship process.
Internship centres

As CUCC is linked to the University of Alcalá (UAH), students take their internships in centres in Madrid and the province of Guadalajara.

Every year, CUCC publishes a list of available places on the virtual community, which can be viewed by students. Then, students must choose 5 centres in order of preference. Once the selection period has ended, students are assigned placements based on their preferences. If the number of applications exceeds the limit for a certain centre, placements will be assigned according to students’ average grade indicated in their academic transcript. Finally, there is a period during which students can present claims and/or specific adaptations based on the demands of the students and centres.

In addition, students can apply to take internships in centres outside the Community of Madrid or the province of Guadajalara (in other regions of Spain or abroad). If you are interested in doing so, please contact the practicum coordinators.

Internship centres according to the scope
  • Children, adolescents and youths: youth hostels, youth houses, farm school, play centres, leisure and free time centres, youth information points, environmental education centres, open centres, child and adolescent community centres, residential centres for educational action, juvenile justice centres, adoption services, child welfare services, alternative juvenile justice services, family planning centres, occupational training centres, workshops, and social integration centres
  • Adults: Adult education centres, social integration centres, occupational training centres, prisons.
  • Open prisons and alternative correctional services.
  • Homes for abused women, assisted flats for over 18s, immigrant resource and information centres.
  • Elderly people: Day centres, residential centres, assisted living flats, home help services, and leisure and free time clubs. 
  • Drug addiction: Diagnostic, guidance and follow-up centres, day centres, residential centres, and residential flats.
  • Disability and mental health: Information and guidance centres, early stimulation centres, special education centres, day centres, residential centres, residential flats.
  • Special work centres, occupational centres, and labour integration centres.
  • Community care: Primary healthcare and social services, community programmes, family programmes, environmental education, and cultural management.

Each student group is assigned one or two practicum tutors

  • Previous training sessions: Prior to the internship, students receive training from their CUCC tutor. The aim is to prepare students for their role in the internship and to facilitate reflection.
  • Simultaneous training sessions: These sessions, held during the internship, focus on analysing and reflecting on what the students have observed in their classes and suggesting improvements with their classmates and tutor.


The CUCC tutor will maintain contact with the students throughout the internship, monitoring their performance in the practicum school, as well as in the previous and simultaneous sessions.


Assessment is based on three components:

  • External assessment by the school tutor.
  • Internal assessment by the CUCC practicum tutor.
  • Self-assessment by the student.

Telephone: 91 889 12 54 Ext. 116 & 141
Location: Office 26 (Coordinator)
                    Office 12 (Practicum secretary)
Office hours: Monday to Friday: 9.00 a.m. - 2.00 p.m.

Social Educator profile

To become a social educator and dedicate yourself to one of the most rewarding professions in the world, you should have:

  • Humanist and social interests
  • The ability to communicate and listen.
  • An empathetic and respectful attitude.
  • The ability to manage social issues through cooperation, responsibility, solidarity, and sensitivity.

In addition, it is recommended to be competent in using computers, email, and internet searches.

Access routes

Official Degree Programmes can be accessed by holders of the following qualifications:

  • Secondary school certificate (LOMCE) and university entrance exam (EvAU)
  • Higher Technician Diploma (FP II).
  • Certificate from Foreign Education Systems.
  • University degrees.
  • Partial university studies.
  • Students from previous legislation (LOE, LOGSE, COU, PREU or equivalent) and the PAU university entrance exam.
  • People over the age of 25 years.
  • People over the age of 40 years (with work experience).
  • People over the age of 45 years.

Registration and enrolment procedure

To study at a private centre like CUCC, you must follow the General Admission Procedure of the Single University District of Madrid. Applicants must apply through the pre-enrolment application of the single university district of Madrid. You can list up to twelve degree programmes in order of preference at public universities and affiliated centres of the Community of Madrid.

The process involves three steps: 

  1. Pre-enrolling in the single district
  2. Consulting the admissions list
  3. Enrolling in the university where you are admitted