B.Ed Study Departments

English Department

English is considered essential for anyone wishing to integrate into the reality of today's "global village". Each student must acquire the skills to adequately prepare the next generation for the future: such as international communication, computer skills, film viewing and interpersonal dialogue.

Our challenge is to train creative teachers who will expand their pupil's horizons by encouraging them to use English outside the classroom. The department trains teachers to teach English in all classes. It equips them with a high level of spoken and written English, knowledge of literature and linguistics, and theoretical and practical skills for language teaching. The objective is to improve skills, variously and experientially, with considerable exposure to creative teaching methods, by participation in cultural, professional and educational events, expanding horizons and aspiring for excellence in teaching.

Adult Education Department

Learning is man's life-long endeavor, whether in formal learning centers or by life experience. The courses in this department are designed to train the students to teach adults, and consequently specialize not only in education but also in understanding the thought processes, learning methods and experience of the mature student. The studies incorporate research and theory in adult education with in depth knowledge of family and community life, migration and culture. The adult education department is a unique specialization both in the college and the country.

The course is built modularly. One can broaden the compulsory adult education course with the course in teaching Hebrew as a second language . This option is crucial to the work of a teacher whose profession is education alongside his specialization such as teaching Hebrew, mathematics or Bible studies etc.

Graduates of the program are equipped with concepts, knowledge, tools and skills that will help them suit their teaching to the adult learner, aged 17-50, for basic learning frameworks, the high school certificate, ulpanim (intensive Hebrew classes for new immigrants), the prison educational system and more. The program also trains teachers for immigrant children and children from low education families with poor Hebrew language skills.

The course is recommended for training academics for teaching, especially those who have graduated from the humanities and social sciences and wish to teach in elementary schools but are looking for an additional challenge – adult education. It is also recommended for academics who want to be Hebrew teachers abroad. The department recognizes relevant previous studies and also offers distance education courses and personal instruction for academics who have switched to teaching.

History and Jewish Philosophy Department

The department's aim is to inculcate knowledge in general history, Jewish history, Jewish thought throughout the generations and study and teaching methods in these fields. The learning focuses on both primary sources and research literature. Inclusion of these three disciplines under one roof ensures the student the comprehensive knowledge and complete world view especially necessary for educators.

The department is interested in nurturing an historian and educator who treasures knowledge, Jewish and humanistic values and both Jewish and general culture. The department consists of a number of relevant topic centers especially suited to the complexities of life in an Israeli context, the modern Jewish world, western civilization and post-modernism.

Study in these centers entitles the student to an accompanying certificate to the B.Ed. degree.

Non-Formal Education Department

The non-formal education department aims to train students with an educational and social intervention vision to manage educational projects in the community. The studies are designed to develop the students' entrepreneurial and leadership skills to instill innovation and change in educational and social spheres in the community.

The curriculum combines non-formal education courses with secondary school formal education courses.

The department offers its students the following options:

A. Social-Communal Education – The studies focus on social values education as it exists in schools and the community and is intended to provide the students with professional tools and skills to manage social-educational programs in the community and school. Graduates of the discipline integrate into social-educational work in community centers, youth groups, non-profit organizations and youth and culture departments at local authorities.

B. Youth Development – The studies focus on care for at-risk and disadvantaged youth. Graduates of the discipline integrate as educational-treatment staff in youth villages, in boarding schools, in youth development departments and a variety of other community youth care centers.

The Hebrew Language Department

The department trains students to teach Hebrew language and grammar in accordance with the syllabus requirements of their specialization (preschool, elementary or junior high).

The department's courses equip the students with knowledge of the various branches of Hebrew language research in all its periods. The students are introduced to modern linguistic analysis, acquire insight into the processes of written and spoken language development and develop style awareness of writing in different types and registers.

The program is intended for students interested in specializing in Hebrew language, graduates who wish to retrain as Hebrew language teachers and qualified teachers who want to extend their qualifications to teach Hebrew language.

In addition to its regular B.Ed. and teacher certification studies the department also offers an editing program.

The Science Department

The science department offers students a modern foundation in science and the environment, tools for critical scientific thinking, methods for nurturing curiosity in natural phenomena and experiential teaching skills which take the pupils' needs into account.

Students In the science department can choose between specialization in teaching sciences in the elementary, special education or junior high tracks (biology-chemistry and a secondary specialization in elementary education in the " Environment, Society and Health - Education for Sustainability" unit).

The studies include:

Basic and elective courses on a variety of scientific disciplines with emphasis on biology and the environment.

Practicum and special didactic instruction in science teaching in regular and special education classes.

Personal guidance for all students throughout their science teaching practice and until completion of teacher training.

Help in obtaining scholarships for students who meet the Education Ministry's criteria.

The Bible Department

The Bible is a central component of the Jewish people's cultural and historical heritage and the basis of Jewish identity. Like a mosaic it is comprised of various differing elements – literature, poetry, law, prophecy and wisdom.

The department aims at creating a meaningful encounter between learner and text and to provide tools and skills for independent study of the Bible and commentaries, connecting biblical questions with contemporary social issues.

Courses are offered in a variety of alternative and artistic learning methods, allowing for new and fascinating applications of teaching material, including interdisciplinary workshops in drama, science, art and archaeology.

In order to strengthen the students' link with the world of the Bible members of the department also participate in three annual seminars that include trips to museums and historical sites, encounters with researchers and writers, and attendance at theatrical productions on biblical topics.

The Literature and Children's Literature Department

The literature department offers study programs for students planning to teach in elementary or high school, special education or preschool institutions and formal or informal educational settings, as well as for all who love the study of literature.

The interdisciplinary department of literature and children's literature is offering dual studies in both disciplines for the first time. A guiding belief in the power of literature to promote humanism and pluralism provides the basis for the department's ideological platform and aims as expressed through the content of its courses:

• Deepening the link between literature and life, rendering literature relevant to the lives of student teachers, for those studying literature now and for the teachers and propagators of literature in the future.

• Enriching the students' inner world, formulating humanistic awareness and identity, fostering involvement and sensitivity in contemporary social issues.

• Recognizing literature as art with comprehension of its various genres: prose, poetry and drama; and understanding the fabric of its structural principles.

• Acquiring analytical skills for interpreting, evaluating and teaching literature, poetry and drama written for both adults and children.

The Mathematics and Physics Department

The mathematics and physics department trains teachers of mathematics, mathematics and physics, or mathematics combined with another subject in a dual track program.

The mathematics specialty provides its participants with a theoretical basis and practical tools for integration into the education system as teachers in its various sectors.

The aim of the specialty is to supply future teachers with an awareness of pupils' difficulties and ways of thinking, to provide tools to overcome these difficulties and to prepare students for continuation of their studies towards a master's degree in mathematics education.

The training offers specialization in mathematics and physics teaching for high school, mathematics teaching in elementary and special education, and certification in mathematics and physics teaching for academic graduates.

The studies combine formal mathematics courses with didactic courses. The nature of the mathematic and didactic courses changes according to the track (elementary or high school). All tracks afford in-depth study options in the field of learning difficulties in mathematics.