Social Education and Counselling

Bachelor's degree in full-time form. The language of instruction is Czech.

The programme can be studied as a single subject or in combination with another programme.

What will you learn?

The aim of the Social Education and Counselling Bachelor’s study programme is to prepare graduates for direct pedagogical, counseling and social work with clients. The graduate can use pedagogical and counseling procedures when working with children, teenagers, adults, and seniors with various socio-pedagogical needs (e.g., clients with disabilities, socially disadvantaged, socially excluded, addicted, neglected by their family, unable to care for their family member, etc.).

Attainment of this goal is facilitated by the structure of the study plan. In the course of the study, students gain a broad theoretical background, i.e. knowledge of pedagogy, psychology, sociology, social work and social policy. An integral part of the programme is methodological preparation, which aims to cultivate analytical and critical thinking and to teach students to orient themselves in the findings of various types of research studies in the humanities. Students acquire this set of knowledge and skills through compulsory courses, which can be deepened or expanded by enrolling in selective courses. The composition of selective courses guarantees that each student gains a specific range of professional skills or competencies according to their preferences. A wide range of selective courses together with other mechanisms (e.g., creating an individual plan of practice, choosing the topic of the minor paper and then of the Bachelor’s thesis according to the student’s preferences, the possibility of partial participation in the projects of the Department of Educational Sciences) create the conditions for gradual building of a professional profile of each student. The effort is a connection of experience - theory - research.

Practical training

Students are required to undertake an internship (the title of the course is Practical training) in a total of 240 hours (90–100 hours internship in the selected facility, 140–150 hours of working on the assignments and their reflection). Internship in a selected facility is continuous and lasts for at least 3 weeks; students choose the facility on their own. It is possible to enrol for the internship in the fourth or sixth semester of study (spring), with the possibility to plan its completion for the extended examination period.

In addition to the compulsory internship, students can at any time in the course of the study enrol for the selective course Practice (individual plan). This internship (120 hours) is based on an individual plan that is prepared with each student prior to starting in the facility, based on the student’s professional interest. Students select the institution for the internship according to their preferences.

The Department of Educational Sciences of the Faculty of Arts has established long-term collaboration with numerous institutions where students can do the internship.

Further information

Study information is published on the website of the Department of Educational Sciences of the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University

Up-to-date and more detailed information on each course is published in

Career opportunities

The study programme will allow graduates to find jobs in the state administration and self-government, in the offices and organizations falling under the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, the Ministry of Interior or the Ministry of Justice. Graduates have excellent chances to find employment in the non-profit sector, specifically in organizations that integrate pedagogical, social and counselling work within the range of social services they provide according to the needs of client target groups.

Admission requirements

This programme is taught in Czech.

The criteria for admission for studies are the results of the Learning Potential Test (TSP). Applicants may also be admitted based on other criteria, see Admission without the Entrance Examination. The Faculty of Arts of Masaryk University disregards the results of SCIO National Comparative Examinations.

You can file your e-applications for studies from 1 November to 28 February.
The date and time of the examination will be stated in the electronic invitation for the examination, which will be uploaded to your e-application. The faculty will not be sending paper invitations. Applicants applying for the major study plan and minor study plan in a combined study must comply with the conditions for admission into both plans.

Learning Potential Test (TSP)

This test is only in Czech. For up-to-date information, click here

Field of Study Examination

For admission for studies of this degree programme, you do not need to take the Field of Study Examination.

Admission without the entrance examination

You may be exempt from the entrance examination based on participation in a national round of Students’ Professional Activities (SOČ) in the fields of Pedagogy, Psychology and Leisure Time Issues and Philosophy, Political studies, and other humanities. You cannot be exempted from taking the entrance examination based on secondary school results.
Please upload the officially certified documents directly to your e-application in the section Application for the Exemption from the Entrance Examination no later than 28 February.

Criteria for evaluation

Limit for TSP percentile for successfully passing the entrance examination: 50

Minimum score and numbers of accepted applicants in past years

Study options

Single-subject studies

Students have a pre-defined list of required courses, which are supplemented with selective and elective courses. The student pays full attention to the single field of study chosen.

Combined studies

In this type of studies, the students focus on the main degree programme (120 credits) supplemented with another, minor, programme (60 credits). The student enrols in the degree programme in which he/she majors. Both the programmes are stated in the university diploma. You will find possible combinations on the websites of individual degree programmes.​ An exception is programmes preparing students for teaching professions, where both fields of study are equal and the thesis may be written in any of them.

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Arts

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Economics and Administration

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Informatics

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Social Studies

Social Education and Counselling as a minor degree programme

Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Arts
Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Economics and Administration
Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Informatics
Combinations with programmes from Faculty of Social Studies

Courses – curriculum examples

An example of your study plan:

Single-subject studies

Combined studies

Follow-up studies

Graduates of the Bachelor’s study programme Social Education and Counselling may continue in Master’s studies in the same programme, or Andragogy study programme, or the Education study programme directly at the Department of Educational Sciences of the Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University.

When the admission conditions have been met, graduates may continue to pursue a Master’s degree study in the same or related fields not only at MU but also at other universities.

Study information

Provided by Faculty of Arts
Type of studies Bachelor's
Mode full-time Yes
combined No
distance No
Study options single-subject studies Yes
single-subject studies with specialization No
major/minor studies Yes
Standard length of studies 3 years
Language of instruction Czech

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doc. PhDr. Petr Hlaďo, Ph.D.



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