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Mentally Handicapped Teaching

“I want to be a teacher of Mentally Handicapped Individuals because …”

I am aware of the needs of mentally handicapped individuals during their preschool and primary school education period in our country and in the world. I want to support these individuals’ development, their process of adaptation to the environment and their education by society. I want to make them productive members of society by saving them from being only the consumer.

Course Educational Content

The objective of the Course is to give essential knowledge to the candidate teachers so that they can be conscious of their abilities, improve their oral skills, have the aim of helping mentally handicapped individuals and have the necessary knowledge to achieve this aim. General knowledge courses are given in the first year while educational courses cover the majority of the curriculum in the following years. By concentrating on courses in the ‘field’ in their second year, candidate teachers are helped to become experts of the mentally disordered. The curriculum contains teaching practice that starts in the third year allowing students to gain a high level of knowledge and skill. Our students are prepared to teach by the use of performances of poetry, theatrical and creative drama practice that are included in the curriculum that aim to help candidate teachers to express themselves more easily and to increase their experience of the subject.

What are my career opportunities?”

Graduates of our Department are able to work as teachers or administrators in official and other mentally handicapped educational institutions as well as being able to work in social services and for child protection agencies. Our graduates are also able to work in the supervision of educational institutions for mentally handicapped children or may open private educational institutions for mentally handicapped children. They are able to work in the development of software and material used in the specialist training of the mentally handicapped both written and visual. Graduates may choose to further their education in their field by studying for a Master’s degree that allows them to become members of academic staff in private or state universities.

The Department of the Teaching of the Mentally Handicapped in Brief

The Department provides an educational environment where methods, strategies and the principles of education are used hand in hand. In this respect, students are given the opportunity to root out the problems mentally handicapped students face and provide solutions as well as applying these solutions. Students are equipped with the concepts, theories, principles and facts of the discipline and they acquire the skills needed to be responsible for the education of mentally handicapped individuals. Our goal is to educate our students in this respect and also endow them with the creativity and the curiosity in order to  graduate as productive experts in their fields.

Research and applications

The Department of the Teaching of the Mentally Handicapped cooperates with the non-governmental institutions that provide services in the field, as well as with the institutions that provide services in related fields. This allows our department to carry out work and studies with these institutions including training activities in order to boost the competence of our students. National and international research projects are undertaken that contribute to the literature in the field and provides training activities in order to strengthen the University’s community cooperation. In this context, our students actively participate in scientific research studies and take part in activities where they meet experts in the field. For example, our University carried out a joint research project with the Ministry of National Education, Youth and Sport and the Turkish Administration Council on ‘The Rehabilitation of the Risk Accepted Consensual Kink in Children and Teenagers’.

In 2011-12 a conference was held on The Duties of Municipalities in the Education of Handicapped Children and Their Rehabilitation attended by the Mayor of Gaziantep, Dr. Yılmaz Büyükşen and, from Nicosia Turkish Municipality, Mrs. Tülay Umut.


Around 12% of the current population constitute people requiring specialist education for the handicapped and around 10% of this group made up of mentally handicapped people. The education of mentally handicapped people has many similarities with general education and it also has some differences. The differences between the two types of education are that here individual educational programmes have to be prepared according to the individual’s needs and that special methods of application are required for this kind of education. Therefore teachers planning careers in this field need the necessary, specialist abilities to be able to teach handicapped children. The teaching departments which have been established inTurkeyand in the TRNC try to meet this demand.
Prof. Dr. Süleyman Eripek, Lecturer
“Some children do not speak while their peers are around or they stand still while their peers walk or run. There are some children who wonder around while their peers sit in their seats and study, they disturb their peers and are unable to concentrate. These children are able to be educated through our handicapped education programme used by specially trained teachers allowing them to acquire good habits and become good people and good producers. If a country does not educate its handicapped then it does not have an education at all. There can not be education without handicapped education or handicapped education without education.”
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Atilla Tazebay, Lecturer
Deficiency can be seen in every society irrespectively of religion, race or culture. The important thing is not to let the inabilities of the individuals with disabilities become ‘’barriers’’. The elimination of these barriers is the major challenge of us who are either students or graduates of Mentally Handicapped Teaching. We should aim to make these individuals more productive, efficient and beneficial to society by helping them to improve their strengths instead of feeling compassion and prejudice towards them. As Confucius once said "Instead of giving them fish, we should teach fishing".
Mert Avcanok, Department Student
Knowing that there are individuals present in our society who have been isolated from the outside world and have been forced to live with their families but can be educated to be able to be returned back into society. I know this and I am becoming a part of this and it provides an unexplainable meaning to my life.
Tuğba Göksu, Department Student
I chose this Department because I am aware that there are many individuals who are ignored and made outcasts from society. I am becoming a part of these individuals’ education and I feel responsible for their integration back into society and I feel responsible for the biased treatment received by these people.
Mervan Can, Department Student

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