Society and Culture / Bachelor's degree programme
Education for Early Childhood Services and Socio-Pedagogical Context

General information for the a.y. 2019-2020

Disciplinary areaSociety and Culture
Duration 3 years - 180 Credits
Admission Accesso Libero No limited access
Language Taught in Italian
Teaching method Offered through distance learning (blended course)
Regulation Main Teaching Regulations


There is a growing demand today for qualified professionals who can meet the multiple needs of education and training in an advanced society. Public and private institutions work with at-risk people in cultural projects and in early childhood care and education. To meet this need, the degree program in Education Studies was developed for the purpose of training educators who would be capable of working in different contexts (ranging from nursery school to socio-educational services), with children and adolescents, as well as with adults. It is a complete and multifaceted program which, in addition to lectures, also includes advanced seminars, and distance-learning activities supported by a continuously updated e- learning platform. The program effectively combines theory with practice, and general principles with concrete cases. Students will be introduced to local institutions, associations, companies, and NGOs, where they can complete the required 400 hours of practical training internship. In order to facilitate the participation of working students, non- resident students or persons with disabilities, the didactic of the course of study is provided through a blended modality: the traditional classroom lessons are supported by remote lesson sharing modalities, available at home.

Course content

The program consists of a basic two-year curriculum, which provides a thorough knowledge of education studies and aims at a profile designed for the planning and management of educational situations (promotion, recovery, and prevention). The content of the courses focuses on pedagogy, on educational policies, on socio-educational, historical, and cultural processes (family, society, inter-ethnic relations), and social and psychological dynamics, including people who are at-risk, marginalized, or have special needs. The program also addresses the educational theories and models of teaching and training in informal contexts for children, adolescents, and adults. At the end of the basic two-year program, students may choose from two different curricula: early childhood education and social education. Each of these programs is designed to provide specific skills and experience in each area. Internship is provided in educational agencies which have signed agreements with the Department.

Career options

The degree program produces educational professionals who are capable of working in a wide range of institutions such as nursery schools and early childhood facilities, schools and extra-school socio- educational services (including students with special needs), community centers, group homes, therapeutic facilities, socio- cultural centers, elders programs, penitentiary institutions, NGOs, museums, libraries and daycare centers. A fundamental part of the program is to make sure that students acquire the necessary training to plan, manage and evaluate educational methods based on the most accredited and innovative theories and practices. An in-depth knowledge and understanding of psychology, which is important to effectively interact with people of all ages who benefit from educational services, contributes to the analysis and understanding of relational dynamics. All curricula include training in the disciplines of history, philosophy, linguistics, literature, and law.

After the degree

The degree course in Educational Sciences allows to access directly to the two-years Master Degree Course in Pedagogical Sciences.

More information

Course Director
prof. Alberto Melloni
prof. Nicola Barbieri e dott.ssa Alessia Cadamuro (tirocinio)
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The course is managed by the Department of Education and Humanities