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The Pre-School Teacher Education

“I want to be a Pre-school Teacher because …”

I love people, especially children in the 0-6 age group. I am respectful to myself and my surroundings; I am a creative, tolerant, patient and self-confident individual. By studying in this Department I am aiming to boost my level of general culture, improve my foreign language skills, and develop an efficient use of technology, to be able to understand children better and to contribute to their development.

Content of Education

The Pre-school Teacher Training Department instructs students on how to strengthen the early development of a child’s creativity, its communication skills and healthy human development including its acquisition of necessary information.

The Course, in its early years, focuses on the child’s development of knowledge and skills before adding familiarity with the sector and the profession. Modules, like research skills, community service practices and general knowledge, are included as well as the implementation of teaching practice courses and internships provide within pre-school facilities.

“What are my career opportunities?”

Students who graduate from the Pre-school Teacher Training Department may find careers in private or public educational institutions – nursery, day care, pre-school and kindergarten, etc. Graduates may become involved in teaching or management or may operate a private kindergarten. They may work on materials and software needed in pre-school education institutions in both written and visual media required in special education. They can study for a postgraduate degree in their respective fields in order to work on the academic staff in universities. Once they start in their profession and provide the necessary conditions they can become inspectors and monitors in pre-school educational institutions.

Pre-school Teaching in Brief

This Department uses student centred contemporary teaching methods and techniques involving problem-based, mutual learning with practical approaches to teaching. In order that students have knowledge of all the theories, concepts and facts in their fields that will help them in their future careers involving child care including the educational responsibility the Department educates its students to be active, productive and creative individuals. The Pre-school department provides training at undergraduate level in the Turkish language.

Research and Applications

National and international conferences, symposia and meetings are held within the various sub-fields of education in cooperation with the social units in the Department of Pre-school Teacher Education. Department faculty members, within the framework of the European Union Leonardo da Vinci programmes, are engaged as a partner in a project of intercultural pre-school education in Germany, Sweden, Holland and Finland written up in ‘Pehlivan, A and Kargı, E. (2010-12) EU Education and Culture Life Long Learning Programme Leonardo da Vinci – Transfer of Innovation Intercultural Education by Means of Partners working with ECVET transfer (IMPACT)’.

Department faculty members are involved in research projects carried out under the auspices of the TRNC National Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports. Yıldızlar, M., Kargı, E.,Bozcan, E. (2011) have written a report ‘Students age 5 who attend TRNC pre-schools concept skills and school readiness of the examination levels’; TRNC National Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports.

The Department cooperates with institutions and organisations in community service projects within the scope of: Art Education, Construction of Educational Tools, Community Service Practices, Mathematics Education, Children’s Mental Health, and Scientific Research Projects in Social Services, the SOS Children’s Village Association, the Special Education Foundation, the Children’s Cancer Foundation, and the Foundation of Physical Disability. For the development of creativity studies a stage performance of ‘Carnival of the Animals is in Cyprus’ that used mythological figure from Homer’s ‘The Odyssey’ was achieved. Projects were conducted resulting in students’ presentations of original exhibitions of pre-school educational tools, images of children in the Cypriot media and pre-school educational research. All projects are undertaken with the collaboration of institutions and organisations in the TRNC to fulfil the function of contributing to society.

In the future the Department intends to publish all projects in institutional and applied research carried out by our students. In this way the scientific work shows our aspirations and perseverance. We create a democratic and collaborative learning environment in order to educate students to be aware of their social responsibilities, productivity, creativity and who express their thoughts freely. National and international pre-school educational publications are available in our university library.

Comments in Brief:

It is very important that an arts education is given to children from their pre-school period onwards as the child’s early encounter with artistic stimuli promotes an accurate perception of life. For this reason we aim to train our students in this Department in order that they graduate with an understanding of the responsibility of art.
Dr. Ferda Öztürk, Lecturer
It is known that, when taking into account the entire life of human beings, some periods are much more critical such as the pre-school years from nought to six years that are the first in the formation of personality, shape, basic knowledge, skills, habits and development. For the child care and education service the most important persons in the Pre-school Education are the mother and the pre-school teacher. The Pre-school Education Course is a four-year undergraduate course that prepares teacher candidates to their highly valued profession through theoretical and practical courses.
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tanju Gurkan, Lecturer
There is a very high chance that if the development of a child’s physical health and personality development do not change they will develop in the same direction. Gained knowledge of cognitive processes in childhood will shape the beliefs and values of an individual. Therefore, the importance of pre-school education is undeniable. I am very happy as I study pre-school education in Cyprus International University and I believe that I will be an expert teacher in every respect
Gizem Dal, Student, Department of Pre-school Teacher Training
In terms of social responsibility for children the pre-school educational institutions are the safest environments providing respect, love, sharing and division of labour. Seventy percent of a child’s mental, emotional, social and physical development occurs between the ages of nought and six. Therefore, pre-school education is essential to becoming a modern society. That is what I am here for. I am extremely proud of this training as I have been well educated here. I believe that I will be good at my profession. It should not be forgotten, “The future will be with preschool education!”
Sedef Gürsoy, Student, Department of Pre-school Teacher Training

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