Master's in


Specialist Focus on Social Action
  • Schedule
    Part-time and evening courses
  • ECTS Credits
  • Language


The study of Education examines school and out-of-school learning environments and their impact on the development of individuals and society. 

The Master’s degree in Education trains students to design innovative projects, to improve their practices and their thinking in different fields of education and training.  

Students also develop skills to conduct research in the field of education and gain the necessary foundations for a career in research. 

In general, the specialist focuses prepare students for employment in various fields of educational practice. The specialist approach is, nevertheless, firmly grounded in educational research and aims to develop skills based on a rigorous scientific approach. 

The Social Action specialist focus aims to develop skills related to new pedagogies and established practices that enable the questioning and implementation of educational practices that take into account the difficulties that schools, families and, more broadly, young people are currently facing: dropping out of school, violence, bullying, etc. 

It presents various theoretical and practical references relating to the implementation of co-education networks (school-family-community) and social intervention (e.g. mediators) to promote social and educational inclusion. 

The programme favours participatory research methods, multidisciplinary work, intervention practices, and the blending of academic, professional and experiential knowledge in order to design and/or implement pedagogical projects adapted to local institutions and realities. 

The research activities of this focus are directly linked to the various research and intervention projects on co-education and social and school inclusion, which support the work of professional partners, and which are implemented in local areas. 

Access conditions

Do you already have a higher education qualification obtained in the French Community? Use our search tool to check whether your qualification grants you admission onto this Master’s degree and, if so, under what conditions. 

Target audience

This Master’s degree is designed for those who work in the field who wish to both deepen and broaden their skills, as well as design new and innovative projects and reflect on their professional practices in specific contexts. 

Extra information

Teaching takes place in the evenings (from 5:15 p.m.) and on Saturday mornings.  Click here to visualise your future course timetable. 

Are you a graduate or about to graduate from a higher education establishment? Click here for more information on Admission Conditions. 

Pathways after the Master’s in Education 

Students with a Master’s degree in Education can register for the AESS teacher training course or for a PhD/doctoral training in Psychology and Education. 

Upon application, students may also be granted access to certain Advanced Master degree programmes, e.g. in university and higher education pedagogy, or to professional supervision in the fields of education, management, social action and health. 

The Faculty of Psychology and Education also offers a wide range of certification courses, which are detailed on the Faculty’s Continuing Education web page. 

Program and structure

The programme totals at least 120 credits which are organised in two 60-credit annual blocks. 

Block 1: 

The programme includes a set of compulsory courses common to the different fields of study, the aim of which is to enable students to acquire a vision of education that goes beyond the strict limits of the field of study they have chosen, and to prepare them for the dissertation through a specific seminar. 

The course includes a 300-hour placement and the compulsory module Social and School Pedagogy. 

It also includes elective courses specific to the Social Action specialist focus:  

  • Community Development* 
  • Co-education Practices* 

Block 2  

The course includes a dissertation and a second 300-hour placement. 

Students may also choose one of the following transversal modules: 

  • Education and Development* 
  • Language* 
  • Cognitive Technologies and Tools* 

Are you interested in this course? Click here to visualise your future course timetable. 

* Modules alternating between the Mons and Charleroi sites  

Teaching profile

The programme description defines the expected learning outcomes at the end of the cycle (Bachelor's, Master's, etc.). The programme description defines the expected learning outcomes, i.e. what the student should know, understand and be able to achieve at the end of a learning activity, a teaching unit or a study cycle (Bachelor's, Master's, etc.). Learning outcomes are defined in terms of knowledge, expertise and soft skills. 

At the end of the course, students will be able to: 

  • Analyse an educational situation by referring to theories and methodological approaches resulting from developments in education. 
  • Develop or support an educational scheme, implement and evaluate it. 
  • Communicate and exchange information in a structured manner suited to the purpose and audience. 
  • Work effectively with different stakeholders as part of a team or network of professionals. 
  • Act in an ethical and professional manner. 
  • Assess and pursue professional and personal development. 
  • Understand the scientific approach to research in the field of education. 

For more information, consult the programme description for this study cycle below (in French). 



At the end of the course, students will be able to work as community workers, language analysts, educational psychologists, family educators, educational counsellors, integration officers, youth welfare counsellors/directors, youth welfare experts, youth welfare representatives, etc. 

About this training

Human and Social Sciences
Education and Teaching

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