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Information: The Social and Community Education program


The Social and Community Education program

Bridges for the development of the self: personal-professional-social


Head of the program: Prof. Zehavit Gross


Master's degree in management and development of non-formal education systems combined with studies in social and community education.

Non-formal education is based on the premise that education is not limited to formal learning within the school, and that the extension of the term "education" can serve as a lever for social and community processes and for real change in the world. Students specializing in the management and development of non-formal education systems experience the development of an alternative concept of the concept of education and refinement and the deepening of practical skills required to initiate, promote, manage and carry out educational work in this spirit.

There is a growing recognition of the invaluable contribution of non-formal education to cognitive and non-cognitive abilities. With this, there is a rise in the professionalization of persons involved in social and community education, which has accelerated in recent years. Previously, training for work with youth in public extracurricular educational institutions (such as in local authorities, youth homes, and community centers) took place in national and regional structures within the Society and Youth Administration. These training processes provided employees with "certified instructor" and "senior instructor" certificates. The certificate holders received a training permit from the Society and Youth Administration, and the terms of wages were determined accordingly and anchored in collective wage agreements with the Local Authority Union. There was a need to raise the level of professionalization, and as a result, these courses were discontinued and academic programs were opened instead. In the Ariav report [1], the term "education worker certification" appears as a binding certificate that will be acknowledged by anyone who completes studies in social and community education (non-formal education).


Aim of the program

The Social and Community Education program is first and foremost an academic program. Non-formal education is substantial in undertaking and scarce in research. The purpose of the new program is to bridge the theoretical aspects of management of non-formal education systems with the real needs that arise in the field. The program emphasizes the practical aspect of training, namely the inclusion of pragmatic workshops and tours alongside the framework of theoretical studies. All these together lead to the development of a personal, professional, and social identity for the program participants. The curriculum has three main components: a. Management, b. Youth, c. Community. This specialization is part of the master's degree with a focus on Leadership, Organizational Development and Policy in Education.

The program is intended to train senior staff for management, concentration, and training in a variety of key positions in the Ministry of Education, community centers, youth movements, non-profit organizations, and youth departments. The certificate and license meet the tender conditions for positions such as Director of Youth Department, Community Center Director, Youth Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator, Youth Leadership Coordinator, and Social/Community Coordinator.

The program can be combined with master's degree studies so that redundancy between courses can be avoided and participation in an expanded academic program can be made possible. Lecturers that teach in the program are one of the best found in the academic faculty at Bar-Ilan University and guest speakers who experts in their fields.


More information can be found in this presentation (Hebrew)


Last Updated Date : 14/07/2019