Department of Social Pedagogy


Social training courses in the majority of the Hungarian higher education – excluding  Bárczi Gusztáv Special Education Teacher Training College and the Social Organizer and the Sociology (social policy) training of the Eötvös Lóránd University, Institute of Sociology-  operate since 1989. After the change of the regime, the transformed social-political system required significantly better prepared professionals in social siences. This demand has created the social basic trainings (BA) at college and university level. The college training operated social pedagogy and social worker majors, at  university level and trained certified social workers and certified social politicians.

At the predecessor institution of the College of Nyíregyháza, at the Bessenyei György Teacher Training College, the social pedagogy training  started in 1994. First, at the Department of Education and from the January 1st, 2009 at the Department of Social Pedagogy.

The majority of students come from Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén and Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg county. Thus, experts are trained mainly for these two counties – with economic, social and welfare problems.

Philosophy of the training:

The quality of people is going through major changes in a two-way direction.   Positive features: openness to the world, healthy hunger for information, lifelong learning resulting from internal urge and solidarity. In addition to positive features there are undoubted weaknesses: the lack of solidarity and empathy, apathy, dependence,  new  social illnesses, mental health problems and the deteriorating quality of institutional and family education.
With the launch of the major, we wish to undertake and develop the training of experts with faith and conviction concerning professions supporting the care for body and soul and to  improve the quality of man. The aim is to achieve stable, expendable knowledge, the development of  skills, effective techniques, individual creativity and collective cooperation.

The  program of the social pedagogy major is  appropriate to ensure adequate professional knowledge and competencies. Considering the lifelong learning approach, we lay emphasis on the following competencies:
- Ability to process scientific knowledge (orientation, independent information gathering, critical interpretation), self-learning ability

- Situation awareness, problems awareness , inventiveness,

- Working together with a professional lead,

- Attitudes: acceptance of the benefits, the importance and the values ​​related to the chosen activity.
With the initial modules we wish to convey the common, scientific theoretical core (knowledge, education) of the specializations, preparing, orienting the students’  inquiries.  Our intention is to help students with practical courses to get enjoyable experiences about the values of this field of study.
The core modules serve initial preparation. The experiences acquired during the exercises wish to strengthen professional interests, motivations and aspirations, which are particularly important in the training program.
During the social pedagogue training the previously established relationships  allow access to a wide range of social areas and strengthen the  professional socialization of the students.
Core competences of a our graduates:
Those with basic degree will know:
- The knowledge bases related to society, society- and social policy, social work relations, on the other hand, psychological, legal, administrative, medical, educational systems needed for social assistance;
- Methods and most important sources to acquire knowledge for social assistance;

- The various social and community problems, unexpected needs, threatening factors

Graduates will be suitable for:
- collecting and organizing information and experience about society, the users of social activity, target groups and their environment;
- the use of IT tools;
- understanding and interpretation of texts, analysis, visual signs, tables, data sets, charts necessary to learn social work activities.

They are able to:
- apply the acquired knowledge and principles about society, psychology, legal, administrative, and health issues, mainly in the fields of social services, child welfare and child protection;
- identify regularities of the society’s work, able to perform systematic analysis, detection, analysis and handling of the causes and consequences of negative social situations ;
- identify and interpret the reasons creating unfavorable social situations, requirements and relationships;
- the socialization of children and young people, comprehensive analysis of the characteristics of personality development;
- development of legal- and interest enforcement capability of individuals, families, groups, communities;
- work at services for child and youth protection, social care, special needs, disabled, disadvantaged children and youth support services, in the vice and foster parent networks, childcare centers, family support services, child welfare services, in minority institutions, colleges, youth and children leisure and recreation programs, institution systems for the disabled and educational facilities, childcare institutions, crime prevention and enforcement institutions;
- support professionally disadvantaged children, young people and groups, their families, and teachers with the  advanced tools of education, training, leisure pedagogy, social pedagogy, social work, and plan, design and analyse their processes;
- use effectively the management and prevention methods, techniques needed to deal with  social activities.
The faculty graduates have cooperative, interpersonal skills, communication skills, quality awareness in relation to social work, ability of evaluation and self-evaluation, personal responsibility when carrying out the duties of an agent or consultant, adaptability, ability to personal decision-making and teamwork, professional and inter-professional co-operation, foreign language skills, a commitment to professional ethics and professional identity.
The pedagogue performing social-educational and social care tasks:
- Main Methods: care within the walls (partial or full co-existence during the implementation of organizing the work, lifestyle, life organization and management, special development, education, training and preparation, situational education, adventure pedagogy and recreation programs);
and outside the walls (individual and / or micro-group organization, management, programs, club management).
- Main working areas: educational institutions (kindergartens, schools, special schools, secondary schools and residential child and youth institutions, etc), child protection - child welfare institutions, organizations, institutions of social welfare system.
- Main activity: recognition of learning problem and  the research of its causes, treatment, family care (eg. generally weak student, student with year repetition, unmotivated students, part skill deficient children, etc), day-care work, organizing leisure and recreation programs, recognition of socialization deficits, treatment, activities at health care, nursing home, etc.
- The prevention and development emphasises the assisting process.
- Special features are displayed in the methods of support related to age groups.