Certificate in Social Pedagogy in Relationship-Centered Practice

  • Certificate in Social Pedagogy in Relationship-Centred Practice
  • 10
  • 8
  • 12 Weeks
  • Blended – combination of onsite and online learning
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  • Entry Requirements
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Social pedagogy has a longstanding tradition across continental Europe and Latin America as a holistic and relationship-centred way of working in social care and educational settings with people of all ages. This module will introduce students to social pedagogy as an overarching ethical and conceptual framework for practice with individuals, groups and communities.

At a time when many educational and social professions are under increased pressure to navigate the complexities, challenges and unpredictability they encounter on a daily basis with limited resources, it is essential that practitioners develop new understandings that can enhance their ability to develop meaningful relationships, continue to learn and critically reflect, and increase their creativity and professional curiosity, so that they can make rigorous situated professional judgments.

This programme will significantly improve these abilities, whilst also enabling practitioners to focus on their own well-being and self-confidence at a time when increased expectations for professional accountability has the potential to add to the high burnout and turnover rates that takes a toll on those working under extremely challenging conditions in human services. Furthermore, given its relevance across any professional settings where relationships, learning and well-being matter, the learning from this programme will provide a wide variety of career progression.

Students who complete this Certificate will have an enhanced knowledge and understanding of the theoretical and ethical foundations of social pedagogy. Through critical reflection, students will develop a practice method is purposefully using relationship-based practice to enhance service user or educational outcomes. The programme is aimed at professionals working in care or education services and is a continuous professional development opportunity. It should be noted that this Certificate is outside the CORU mandate for approval of health and social care programmes.


Students are expected to participate in the following learning activities:
Face-to-face seminar at SETU Campus Wexford:
Sat, 13 Jan 2024 (10am-4pm)
10 weekly pre-recorded lectures (1hr) and live online seminars (2hrs) on:
Thu, 18 Jan, 2024 (6.30pm-8.30pm)
Thu, 25 Jan, 2024 (6.30pm-8.30pm)
Thu, 01 Feb, 2024 (6.30pm-8.30pm)
Thu, 08 Feb, 2024 (6.30pm-8.30pm)
Thu, 22 Feb, 2024 (6.30pm-8.30pm)
Thu, 29 Feb, 2024 (6.30pm-8.30pm)
Thu, 07 Mar, 2024 (6.30pm-8.30pm)
Thu, 14 Mar, 2024 (6.30pm-8.30pm)
Thu, 21 Mar, 2024 (6.30pm-8.30pm)
Thu, 11 Apr, 2024 (6.30pm-8.30pm)


• Theoretical and ethical premise of social pedagogy: explore the theory of relationship-centred practice, its defining principles and limitations within the context of the social pedagogy framework. How the ethical dimensions of social pedagogy fit with the wider social justice context in Ireland. identify synergies and tensions to these dimensions and context exist.
• Relationship-based practice: Relationship for social / societal participation and belonging; Identify & explore tension(s) between relationship-based social pedagogy and traditional working environments with formal, hierarchical practice and governance cultures. Explore how relationship-centred practice can be fostered with individuals, families, social groups and work networks, environments and cultures so to increase social / societal participation and sense of belonging
• Purposeful relationships: Define purposeful practice, explore opportunities for and challenges to purposeful practice. Purposefully using relationship to improve outcomes for service users/pupils; Identify and critically reflect on the possibilities of relationship-centred practice in students own professional work
• Reflective practice: Explore students' own professional purpose and values and how they express these through their Haltung (actions). Reflect on the wider purpose of social pedagogical practice to contribute to eco-social justice and the human rights agenda.

Entry Requirements

All applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Lifelong Learning reserves the right to require applicants to attend for an interview to determine their suitability for the programme



How to Apply

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Contact us

Phone: (059) 9175280
Email: lll.cw@setu.ie