Child Development

What is the Child Development Department? Why Should I Study in this field?

The Child Development Department addresses the development of children aged 0–18; and carries out screenings, evaluations and diagnoses in all development areas, addressing physical, social, emotional and mental issues. The education program focuses on the mental, linguistic, motor, self-care, social and emotional development processes of children, and the diagnosis, monitoring and support methods applied in such processes. Graduates serve children, families, educators and, ultimately, the community in a wide range of issues, from normally developing children to those with special needs or with acute or chronic problems. The healthy development of children is the guarantee of the future of society.

What are the characteristics that those who want to study in Child Development Department should have?

  • To understand children's behavior and imagination,
  • To enjoy spending time with children,
  • To have effective communication skills,
  • To have a patient and compassionate character.

Why should I study Child Development at Cappadocia University?

The Cappadocia University Child Development Department is known for its comprehensive theoretical course content as well as its emphasis on applied education. The Ürgüp and Nevşehir Montessori Kindergartens, which operate under the Child Development Research Center of the University, offer students the opportunity to practice while they study. Our students take “Montessori Philosophy in Pre-School” and “Montessori Education I-II” courses, and graduates receive a “Montessori Educator” Certificate, entering the profession with a deeper and richer knowledge than their peers. Our University also provides students with the opportunity to carry out projects, research and scientific studies in their fields at the Child Development Application and Research Center.

What do Graduates of the Child Development Department Do? What are the Job Opportunities?

Graduates of the Child Development Department can work in both public institutions and in the private sector. They will have the opportunity to work in institutions under the roof of the Ministry of Family and Social Policies, the Ministry of National Education, Child Protection Institutions, Guidance and Research Institutions, Public Education Centers, units under the Ministry of Health, university hospitals, and private pre-schools, nurseries and kindergartens. In addition, they can participate in postgraduate and doctorate programs in universities and become researchers/lecturers.

In Turkey, students who want to work as pre-school teachers in the nursery classes of primary schools affiliated to the Ministry of National Education or independent kindergartens after graduation can be appointed to these posts after obtaining a master's degree without a thesis, or by undergoing Pedagogical Formation Training.

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