socio-educational specialists: state recognition

Service Description

State recognition of social pedagogical professional qualifications is carried out by the educational institution in accordance with the Thuringian Law on State Recognition of Social Pedagogical Professions (Thuringian Social Professions Recognition Act - ThürSozAnerkG), at which the degree is awarded For successfully completed courses of study at a state or state-recognized Thuringian university or degrees from Thuringian technical schools of social work, as well as for certificates of training and qualification in social pedagogy completed before 1996, Department 33 of the Thuringian Ministry of Social Affairs, Family and Health is responsible.
Degrees of nationals of member states of the European Union as well as nationals of third countries are also recognized in accordance with the ThürSozAnerkG by Department 550 of the Thuringian State Administration Office.

The following social pedagogical professional qualifications are recognized by the state:

1. successful completion of a bachelor's degree program that corresponds to the "Qualification Framework for Social Work" adopted by the Departmental Council for Social Work on December 4, 2008 and was completed at a state or state-recognized university in Thuringia or the Eisenach and Gera Universities of Cooperative Education as:

  • state-recognized social pedagogue (Sozialpädagogin/-Sozialpädagoge),
  • state-approved social worker,
  • state-approved social pedagogue/social worker,
  • state-approved social pedagogue/social worker.

2. successful graduation from a state or state-recognized university in Thuringia or from the Eisenach and Gera Universities of Cooperative Education in a bachelor's degree program that corresponds to the "Common Orientation Framework for Education and Upbringing in Childhood" adopted by the Conference of Youth and Family Ministers on December 14, 2010, as:

  • state-recognized childhood educator
  • state-recognized childhood educator

3. the successful completion of the training course :

  • Educator,
  • Family care worker,
  • social work specialist,
  • curative educator,
  • curative teacher,
  • curative educator

at a state or state-recognized Thuringian technical school.

Requirements for state recognition of certificates of training and qualification in social pedagogy completed before 1996:

  • successful participation in the advanced training course for social pedagogues at the Erfurt / Mühlhausen College of Education in 1991 and 1992
    or
  • presentation of a certificate issued by the Thuringian Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs before the Thuringian Social Professions Recognition Act came into force, entitling the holder to use the occupational title "social worker
    or
  • Presentation of a certificate issued by the Thuringian Ministry of Education and Cultural Affairs for a postgraduate degree in social work.

Education and qualification certificates of nationals of member states of the European Union and nationals of third countries are recognized.
The prerequisite is the successful completion of vocational training in the country of origin, which entitles the holder to work in a comparable social pedagogical field of activity there.
Persons whose professional qualifications are recognized must have the language skills required to perform their professional activities in the Free State of Thuringia.
Recognized qualifications:


  • state-recognized social pedagogue (Sozialpädagogin / Sozialpädagoge),
  • state-recognized social worker,
  • state-recognized social pedagogue/social worker,
  • state-recognized social pedagogue/social worker,
  • state-approved educator,
  • state-approved family nurse practitioner,
  • state-approved social work specialist,
  • state-approved curative educator,
  • state-recognized curative educator,
  • state-approved curative educator.

Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Thüringen (Linie6PLus)

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