Introduction

 

Teacher Training Faculty
 
History
 
Teacher training  has a long tradition in Nyíregyháza, details about its history can be read in the short historical overview of teacher training.


The Teacher Training College of Nyíregyháza  was founded in 1962. The main profile of the teacher training college (from 1972 named Bessenyei György Teacher Training College), was training primary school teachers  until the integration in 2000.
 
After the integration of two colleges the teacher training was divided into two separate faculties within the College of Nyíregyháza. In order to  highlight the controlled organization and  supervised practice orientation of the teacher training (primary school teacher – and middle-school teacher training), and in order to prepare the students more efficiently, the College Council  decided to established the Teacher Training Faculty in 2005, which integrates the Teacher's Training Institute,  (Department of Educational Studies, Department of Psychology and Methodological and Practical training Group), and the Social Pedagogy Institute.
The decision concerning the faculty has expanded significantly the  prospects of the unit, and started such  organizational changes which has led to the accreditation and to formal registration of a new college faculty, the Teacher Training Faculty in 2007.

 
The Teacher Training Faculty has in view  to implement the competency-based teacher training. The trainings are rationally organized and their content is based on the acknowledgement of the principle that the teacher training  is the result of  cooperation and common performance of more professional units (departments, methodology units, trainer and base schools, local and rural schools, public schools). The new faculty integrates those training tasks and experts who are responsible for teacher training, as far as their educational and research activities are concerned.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Units of the Teacher Training Faculty
 
Institute of Primary School Teacher Training
As major managers, the Institute of Primary School Teacher Training coordinates the training of students with primary school teacher major . They teach the would-be primary school-teachers the following subjects: Hungarian language , natural sciences, mathematics and computing, singing and music, psychology and pedagogy. The teachers work in professional sub-units. Apart from the above mentioned subjects, the other subject areas are lectured by various general and technical departments of the college, considering the level of knowledge adequate for primary school-teachers teaching 1-6. graders. The students can choose from the following fields of studies (specialization): Hungarian language and literature, physical education and sport, music, visual education and foreign language.

 
 
 
Institute of Middle School Teacher Training
The Institute comprises of three departments: the Department of Education Studies, the Department of Psychology, and Methodology and the Practical Training Group as a new unit. The Specialization of Education Studies is operating a BA course in Pedagogy . The newly formed group is responsible for training tasks in methodology and for courses training teachers, which currently has drawn to a close, and prepares the teaching of the methodology module within the frame of the Master training.
 
 
 
Department of Social Pedagogy
 
 
 
The social pedagogy basic training is designed to organize and operate the pedagogy major. The training profile is highly versatile and highly practice-oriented, it requires particular educational organization and research orientation based on field work. The majority of the attending students come from Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén and Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg county. Thus, this major educate future professionals in social-pedagogy primarily for these two counties where there are many families and young people struggling with economic and social difficulties.
 
 
 
 
 
The practical training
 
Each major of the Faculty requires intensive practice. Training opportunities are favorable. The college has two training schools, along with other institutions providing opportunities for visiting lessons and teaching practices. The practice for students studying in primary school teacher and teacher majors is ensured at various practice schools in the county who sign a contract with the College in order to become a practice venue.
There are suitable practice institutions available for the social pedagogy BA-level training as well. The students practice at the social service institutes, child welfare and child protection institutions and schools of Nyíregyháza, partly in cooperation with the methodological centers of the region and with the regional social service system.
The faculty, besides the training tasks, is involved in research activity as well. (The basic and applied research fields are outlined in the list of publication of the faculty members).
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