General Characteristics of the Institute of Pedagogy


The Institute of Pedagogy at the Satellite Faculty of Social Sciences in Stalowa Wola of the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin was established in September 2004. Jolanta Żmichowska PhD, Professor of KUL, was its first Director. Since 16 february 2009 rev. prof. Andrzej Gretkowski, PhD, has been in charge of the Institute.
Currently the Institute includes 26 employees - 8 doctors and professors (including 4 full professors) 9 assistant professors - doctors, 4 assistant-doctors and 5 masters.
The structure of the Institute include 7 departments, i.e.:
Chair of Catholic Pedagogy (Chair Holder: Rev. Jan Zimny, PhD, University Professor - Vice-Dean of Faculty);
Chair of General Pedagogy (Chair Holder: prof. Nella Nyczkało, PhD);
Chair of Educative and Family Psychology (Chair Holder: Rev. prof. Marian Wolicki, PhD - Dean of Faculty);
Chair of History of Education (Chair Holder: Roman Pelczar, PhD, University Professor).
Chair of Special Pedagogy and Psychopedagogy (Chair Holder: Andrzej Gretkowski, PhD, University Professor);
Chair of Care and Educative Pedagogy and Social Work (Chair Curator: rev. Andrzej Gretkowski, PhD, University Professor - Institute Director);
Chair of Biblical Sources of Catholic Pedagogy, (Chair Curator: rev. Roman Sieroń, PhD)

Departments prepare students of Pedagogy within specialisations, as well as in General Pedagogy, General Psychology, and, also psychological and pedagogical preparation of students of other majors of the Faculty, e.g. Sociology (specialisation in Social Work)


The Institute is responsible for students' education in two levels
• Primary vocational studies - bachelor (full-time and part-time studies);
• Secondary vocational studies - master (full-time and part-time studies).

Studies at the primary level include 4 specialisations (to be selected), including two teaching specialisations,
• Early-School Pegagogy;
• Special Psychopedagogy and
• Care and Education Pedagogy;
• Resocialisation Pedagogy.

Studies at the secondary level are organised in such a way that, apart from the subjects included in the teaching standards, in order to broaden the general knowledge of Pedagogy and Psychology, the students can select two out of five suggested teaching modules. The subjects included in these module are selected so as to give the opportunity to either develop and broaden the knowledge acquired earlier in their primary specialisations, or select slightly different fields such as Early-School Pedagogy, Special Pedagogy, Care and Education Pedagogy , Resocialisation or Culture Animation.

Apart from vocational studies, the Institute is also responsible for post-graduate studies. Currently the Institute offers teacher training post-graduate studies for graduates who completed their university studies in other areas, but are trying to obtain relevant teaching qualifications. In order to meet the needs of the current educational market in our region, and having acquired the acceptance of the KUL Senate, since the beginning of the academic year 2008-2009 the Institute of Pedagogy offers post-graduate studies in Pre-School and Early-School Pedagogy.

The Institute maintains close contacts in terms of scientific work and practice with various state institutions, social and religious organisations, involved in the process of teaching, upbringing, care, socialisation, resocialisation, revalidation and social adaptation of children, young people, adults and elderly people. The co-operation contracts signed with those institutions and organisations offer the opportunity to carry out observations and research, as well as internships, and allow our students of various specialties to collect materials for their diploma thesis.

Every year the Institute prepares scientific conferences at various levels, which arouses great interest of both academic and in-service teachers, psychologists, lawyers, social workers, physicians, as well as other specialists. The subject of these conferences corresponds to the scientific research carried out by particular departments of the Institute of Pedagogy, and supports the development of the academic staff and the students.

In order to improve the vocational training of our students and develop their skills, there are various scientific clubs and interest groups for students, mainly:
• "Paidea" Students' Scientific Club (Danuta Grzesik-Witek PhD, Manager)
• Students' Scientific Club of Young Teachers (Barbara Wolny, PhD, Manager)
• "Kulisy" Students' Theatre (Krzysztof Przybycień, PhD, Manager)

The Institue staff (Rev. Prof. Marian Wolicki, PhD, Dean, Rev. J. Zimny, PhD, University Professor, Vice-Dean, Prof. Nella Nyczkało, PhD, Piotr Nowakowski, PhD., Rev. Roman Sieroń, PhD., and others) often go abroad (Ukraine, Slovakia, France, Italy, Finland etc.) to participate in international conferences and seminars, defences of doctoral or postdoctoral dissertations, to have lectures abroad, to complete foreign projects or grants.

The State Accreditation Board at the Ministry of Education and University Education, having completed in December 2005 the expert analysis of the entire process of preparing students for their profession in the field of Pedagogy at each level, specialisation and form of teaching, the process of education was successfully assessed and achieved full accreditation for the next four years.

The Institute keeps developing. Having acquired the acceptance of the KUL Senate the "Pomocna Dłoń" Psycho-Pedagogical Counseling Centre is going to start its operations for the students and their families (under the supervision of Rev. prof. Andrzej Gretkowski). We are thinking of launching new specialisations and specialties. We are delighted with our students' achievements and look forward to the future full of new ideas, creative work and numerous plans the aim of which is to educate pedagogues who can face the real challenges of the 21st century, do their professional duties at the highest level of methodology and teaching, but most of all, be good Christians, ready to pursue and propagate the truth and bring help to the fellow human being

Rev. Andrzej Gretkowski


Further information on the organisational units of the Institute to be fund on the websides.



Contact address:
ul. Ofiar Katynia 6, pok. 20
37-450 Stalowa Wola
tel. +48 15 642-25-58