The first 18 years of our lives are considered the childhood period. Especially, 0-16 ages which we call early childhood or preschool period underlies all types of development such as cognitive, social-emotional, motor development and personality development. Great emphasis should be put on education environment and programs which are designed according to the needs and developmental characteristics of the children. The results of the research conducted in that field indicate the influence of this period to further periods in terms of both individual and social stakes. The learning environment provided for children with qualified educators in early childhood can turn out a worth of investment for the future of a country. Istanbul Okan University Elementary Education Department adapts that view and provides qualified lecturers who reveal themselves by successful studies in their own fields. By the now, Elementary Education Department produces the educators of the future through Early Education Program and we carry out works and studies to found primary school teaching and elementary mathematics education programs.
Okan College which exists within the structure of Istanbul Okan University is supported by our faculty and by Elementary Education Department in accord with 21st Century educational approaches. Through the partnership between Istanbul Okan University and Okan College, Okan College’s students are receiving knowledge and skills in productive learning environments. Our students are better prepared for their teaching positions by participating in teaching internships in an actual classroom environment at Okan College.
The main objective of this department is to cultivate teachers who like their profession, have the qualities of educator, develop their knowledge and skills, spend their time efficiently and have the ability to communicate effectively.
The department provides a multi-disciplinary study for the students through partnership with the other faculties and departments in the university.