CHILDREN’S RIGHT AND CHILD PROTECTION (ECTS: 5)
The aim of this course is to increase knowledge of learners about the definition of child exploitation and neglect, their detection, the ways of noticing them and helping the oppressed children, and politics on childhood within comparative understandings. It helps students to gain skills to work with oppressed children and their families. At the completion of training, the students will be able to have a broad understanding of the background, status and content of the Convention on the Rights of Children. It will familiarize students with its key principles: their universality, indivisibility and interdependence.
GENERAL PSYCHOLOGY (ECTS: 5)
This course is designed to increase students’ knowledge on basics and current perspectives of psychology as a discipline to make learners’ gain awareness of themselves and others, and to support professional qualification them. Specifically this course aims to develop learners’ knowledge and understanding of a child’s psychology and why it matters so much to understand development and learning in childhood. At the end of this course students will start to see situations from children’s side and be able to help them better in terms of their psychological and behavioral problems. By the end of the course students should be able to accomplish the following learning objectives:
- Understand the importance of healthy psychological development in childhood
- Gain knowledge about common psychological problems in childhood, their possible reasons and solutions
- Develop confidence to work with children about their psychological needs and problems
INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY (ECTS: 5)
This course is designed to introduce learners a range of basic sociological principles. Thus at the end of the course, students will be able to develop their own sociological perspective. This course will inform about the origins of sociology as a discipline and it will introduce major sociological theories and methods of research. Students of the course will also explore such topics as sex and gender, class, deviance, and racism to build conceptualize the sociological conditions they meet in their daily life. As students move through the course, they will gain a sociological understanding to assess and criticize the current situations not only in their country but also in the world and they will have a sense of sociology to benefit in their professional life.
BASIC PRINCIPLES OF NUTRITION (ECTS: 5)
This course aims the increase knowledge of students with a wide range of information about nutrition from the importance of adequate and balanced diet, learning nutrients and food groups and it will make students be able to prepare menus that can provide the nutrition in the various age periods and exceptions, and to come to the level that can be taught.
THEORIES OF DEVELOPMENT (ECTS: 5)
This course provides an analysis of development during childhood period. With the major theories and theorists of physical, social, emotional, cognitive, sensory, sexual, moral and language development areas, the learner will understand the development of a child. In this course, different methods of observing children will make students’ notice the combination of theory and practice (e.g. child observation) and it will help students increase their professional skills.
DEVELOPING PLAY AND PLAY MATERIALS (ECTS: 5)
This course is designed to increase learners’ understanding of play in childhood and its effect in later life. It also provides practicing on adult-child game and different game examples as well as teaching on how to use play in early childhood program. In an addition to importance and development of play for early year-children, this course is also designed to promote the learner’s knowledge to use their professional practices about the characteristics of instructional and play materials used in the world and Turkey and also it aims to support the skills of learners’ in designing and developing instructional materials (Puppets, Puzzles, Building Blocks, Vehicles etc.) for early years.
FIRST AID (ECTS: 5)
Students learn to improve the physical, mental and emotional health of children and their families/primary careers.
By the end of the course students should be able to accomplish the following learning objectives:
- Explaining the affecting factors of maternal and child health
- Know common child disease and treatment
- Know the psychological and emotional needs of sick children
- Know the Turkish health policy
Determining the First Aid necessary situation Practice the Main Steps of First Aid
CURRICULUM IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION (ECTS: 6)
This course is concerned with the nature of the early childhood education curriculum, developmentally appropriate practices and play-based learning environment for young learners. It also examines the role of adults in supporting and extending learning for early year-children with the partnership of parents and community. The course is designed to improve knowledge of learners about international practices in early childhood education and early pioneers of early childhood practices as well as current practices and legislated early childhood curriculum. In this context, it aims to make learners gain an international perspective and a critical understanding on early years’ practices and increase abilities of learners in planning and scheduling early years’ curriculum providing developmentally appropriateness and play-based environment.
TEACHING MATHEMATICS IN EARLY CHILDHOOD (ECTS: 5)
This course is designed to promote learners’ confidence to develop competency in supporting the development of children’s understanding of mathematics / numeracy skills in the early years. In the course, it is aimed to make learners focus on the unique characteristics of mathematical thinking and view mathematics as a creative field and problem solving activity which is relevant to everyday life. Thus, It aims to encourage learners build their own understanding of math teaching on child development theories. At the end of the course, learners gain knowledge in identifying a wide range of context within mathematical activity takes place and creative thinking in planning activities and materials to promote early years’ mathematical thinking.
CHILDREN WITH SPEACIAL NEEDS (ECTS: 8)
The aim of this lecture is to focus on the characteristics of the children with special needs (autism, down syndrome, specific learning difficulties etc.) and their education. The relationship of theory and practice will be analyzed and the problematic nature of the study of education will be examined throughout the course.
METHODS OF TEACHING (ECTS: 5)
This course aims to examine teaching methods with the relationship between development, learning and teaching. It also provides special teaching methods in early childhood education and their practicing.By the end of the course students should be able to accomplish the following learning objectives:
- Understand the relationship between development, learning and teaching
- Apply the learning theories into practice
- Apply the teaching process correctly
- Learn special teaching methods in early childhood
WORKING WITH FAMILIES (ECTS: 4)
This course aims to increase knowledge and experience for learners to work with families and community. At the completion of training, the students will be able to use the strategies and the techniques for effective family training and involvement as well as using effective communication methods to work with families and other social factors of children’s life. The students will also have a broader knowledge about the family-school collaboration theories.
DRAMA IN EDUCATION (ECTS: 4)
The aim of this lecture is to focus on drama and child. It enables the learner to develop an analytical and evaluative approach to drama activities as a co-operative process. The relationship of theory and practice is analysed and the problematic nature of the study of education examined.
GRADUATION PROJECT (ECTS: 6)
This course is designed for students to combine their theoretical knowledge gained throughout their education in the program and their practical experience to work with and/or study on children on a specialized subject related with the field. In this course, the students agree on a specific subject to work with an advisor and they develop a thesis dissertation composed of literature review about that subject. In an addition to study on current literature about the subject, it is also eligible for students to combine their theoretical research with a practical observation, a field research or developing an application and practicing it in real life conditions. At the end of the course, the students should
submit a final dissertation or report about their study to the program and present their study verbally to an academic commission consists of academic staff of the program.
PRACTICUM (ECTS: 8)
This course aims to increase students experience and familiarity to work with children and other professionals in the field. Thus, the student should complete a 30-days practicum in a public or private early childhood education or special education institution in the country. Before practicum student must complete First Grade Courses, in other words, 1st and 2nd Semester Courses are prerequisite for practicum. In that practicum student are responsible to observe daily practices of the relevant institution and report her/his daily observation in a detailed way. That observation may consist of the behaviors and characteristics of observed children as well as the structure, educational philosophy, and daily schedule of the institution. It is also important for students to observer the role and responsibilities of the professionals in the field. It is not a required for students to work directly with the children during their practicum, but if it is appropriate for the institution’s perspective and if the student eager to work with the children, it is also eligible to perform their own activities during their practicum.