Department of Educational Sciences is an administrational body within the Faculty of Education. It has a four-year length undergraduate degree program in Guidance and Psychological Counseling. The program consists of 138 Turkish and 240 European credit based course load. The program follows the scientific practitioner framework.
Aim: It aims to train students who may fulfill guidance and basic psychological counseling functions with young people in educational or school settings. This training has a line of coursework, the liberal arts core foundation, shared by the University in the beginning years, and a line of elective coursework from within and outside of the department.
Courses: The main course of the training consists of field specific required coursework based on three foundations:
(1) Theoretical training: Sociological and administrative basis of education, foundations of guidance and psychological counseling, lifespan development, theories of personality, maladjustment, group dynamics and consultation.
(2) Methodological training: Research methods, statistics, program development, measurement and evaluation.
(3) Applied training: Assessment in counseling, observation and interviewing techniques, and field practice. In addition, the undergraduate program has two specialized elective line of coursework; one in cultural diversity and another in community services where students take active role in social responsibility projects.
The undergraduate training has a unique peer guidance project implemented through a line of elective coursework that aims to prepare sophomore students to provide a network of assistance to English preparation and freshman students of the department under supervision.
Students are also encouraged to take part in research projects and work up to four weekly hours as student assistants.
A significant number of students go through Erasmus and other exchange programs for a semester or a year and several follow advanced degree training in international institutions mostly in western countries.
The undergraduate program of the department has another essential function for the entire Faculty of Education; providing a line of coursework as a core part of teacher training formation in education and educational psychology for all students of the faculty. In addition, it shares a double major program with Preschool Education Undergraduate Program. To increase richness of different specialties and experiences in the training, adjunct instructors with respected backgrounds are invited to join the staff.
Within the administrative body of the department, there are three master’s programs: Guidance and Psychological Counseling Program, Adult Education Program and Curriculum and Instructional Programs and a Ph D program specializing in Adult Education. Master’s level of trainings have 26 to 36 Turkish and 129-154 European credit coursework extending to two years including field work and thesis completion. The doctoral training has 24 Turkish and 141 European credit coursework. Graduates from these programs take higher level of applied positions or take up academic positions in their respective fields.
The department has a psychoeducation laboratory with auditory and visual recording systems where skill trainings that allow for observation with supervisory purposes take place. Academic staff has a wide range of research and applied community contribution interests that involve national and international professional partnership.
With the leadership of the full time faculty members, four different research and service centers were established:
(1) Student guidance and counseling center at two campuses.
(2) Educational and technology laboratory for students with special needs that extend its services the blind through digital library to the community outside of the university.
(3) Peace education center that promotes respect for all beings, social justice and dialogue in conflictual situations through seminars and research.
(4) Educational policies center that analyzes and proposes educational policies, organizes educational activities and prepares related archives.
In addition, faculty members take up various administrative and managerial roles at the university and serve as educational consultants.
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