Child Development

About the Program

Type of Education

Formal Education

Qualification Awarded

Associate's Degree

Program Description

The Child Development Program has been established to meet the need for education and counseling in order to enable children to live in a healthy environment. The primary goal of the Child Development Program is to provide an educational service that focuses on lifelong learning principles, contemporary teaching methods in line with the requirements of the information age and professional life, and the acquisition of life skills. In this regard, the aim is to raise students who utilize their abilities, conduct research, contribute to the development of their country and profession, continuously update themselves by following developments in their field, have original ideas, and are problem solvers.

The Child Development Program aims to train individuals who have the necessary knowledge and skills to provide music, art, drama, gymnastics, and computer education to children in preschools, special education institutions, and playrooms in children's clinics where treatments are ongoing, creating materials (puppets, concept and subject cards, story writing) that enable children to have a pleasant time, and applying first aid rules. Thus, the Child Development Program will prepare individuals who are recognized on national and international platforms with their scientific and artistic activities, who preserve their traditional culture, and who create original and contemporary designs in line with today's needs, being creative, innovative, and having technical knowledge and skills related to their profession, for the working life.

The aim of the program is to train intermediate-level professionals who provide services to children, families, and the community in this field with an educational program that supports the development of children aged 0-18 who show normal development and have special needs.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the program is based on the entrance exam conducted by ÖSYM (Student Selection and Placement Center) score, depending on the quota, and ranking.

Access to Further Studies

Graduates of the Child Development Program may continue their education in the following undergraduate programs with the Vertical Transfer Examination (DGS).

  • Preschool Education
  • Child Development and Education Teacher Education
  • Kindergarten Teaching
  • Child Health and Development

Graduation Requirements

Students are required to complete 120 ECTS credits and achieve a minimum grade of 60 out of 100 in order to graduate.

Job Opportunities

Graduates can work in the following positions:

  • In special education and rehabilitation centers, private nurseries, and kindergartens as administrators, teachers, and teacher assistants.
  • As a master instructor in kindergartens and elementary schools affiliated with the Ministry of National Education.
  • In Mother-Child Health Centers, Inpatient Care Institutions, and Social Services Child Protection Institutions as foster mothers.
  • As designers in the Children's Publications and Toys sectors.
  • In the Prime Ministry Family Research Institution, the Administration for Disabled People, the State Planning Organization, and the Social Services and Child Protection Agency in kindergartens, Family Counseling Centers, and orphanages.
  • In the Ministry of Health, Mother-Child Health and Family Planning Centers, and hospitals.
  • In children's hospitals and hospital schools, in juvenile courts under the Ministry of Justice, and in educational homes.
  • In the preparation and execution of children and youth programs, as well as training programs on radio and television.
  • In children's theaters and children's films.

They can also work in the preparation of publications related to child development, such as children's books, magazines, and newspapers.

Profile of the Program

The education period for this programme is 2 years. The language of instruction is Turkish.

Academic Staff

  • Lecturer Esra KUZ (Department Chair)
  • Lecturer Hatice KARAKOYUN
  • Lecturer Orhan KARAKOYUN