The School of education comprising some 700 students, offers undergraduate and graduate studies. The program for graduate studies grants its students with an M.A in Educational Counselling. The undergraduate studies culminate in a B.A. in education in two tracks: Education, Society and Community; and Teaching and Learning.
The School of Education is unique in the Israeli academic landscape due to the integration between education, society and community on the one hand, and provision of professional tools needed to educate and nurture our future generations, on the other hand. Our program is based on core courses that provide a profound research-based theoretical knowledge in all aspects of education and on a myriad of up to date practical theories and techniques on the various issues that constitute the universe of contents of education and community.
In addition, we provide our students, in our dynamic campus, with a wide package of services in various areas including financial and career counselling and a center for career development. The faculty, combining academic excellence with outstanding practical experience, come from leading research, social, and educational organizations. Our school thus comprises a collaborative community of faculty and students dedicated to improving lives and expanding opportunities through the comprehensive study and effective practical experience with education.
Prof. Irit Keynan
Dean of the School of Education
Prof. Irit Keynan is a graduate of Tel Aviv University (B.A. and PhD). Prior to joining the College for Management, Irit taught at the College for Academic Studies in Or-Yehuda where she chaired the graduate program for Education, Society and Culture and the Institute for Civic Responsibility. She was a visiting scholar at the Taub Center in New York University (2009); a visiting professor at UCLA (2012), and a visiting researcher in the University of Massachusetts Lowell (2014).
Prof. Keynan has published extensively in the areas of collective memory, war trauma, victimhood, multiculturalism and social justice. She is also the author of two award winning books on the survivors of the Holocaust and on war trauma, and a co-editor of two essay collections on multiculturalism and on civil and cultural aspects of security.
In addition to her academic life, Prof. Keynan is also an active participant in the public domain. She was the founding executive director of The Rabin Center for Israel Studies and served as an advisor on social responsibility to the President of the University of Haifa entrusted, inter-alia, with fostering cooperation between the university and underprivileged local communities, including establishing the still active students’ village. She is also the initiator, founder and board member of “Kav-Mashve”, a non-governmental association for equality in employment of Arab university graduates. Currently she chairs the Israeli academic forum for civil studies, and a member in the steering committee of a new initiative for educating towards democracy. Prof. Keynan also participates in reconciliation initiatives, focusing on overcoming the psychological barriers of collective memory.
Ignorance is not a virtue. Education is vital for a flourishing society whose members cooperate to create a fair and inclusive life for all and where individuals and communities of different cultures can achieve self-fulfillment and concurrently contribute to the general good of the public. Indeed, education is the most pressing issue of our time, and research-based education, practice and policy have the power to create a more just and prosperous society.
The School of Education strives to provide its students with academic, ethical, cultural and practical foundations that will allow them to build a successful career as educators of the next generations, and develop their own cultural-ethical view as citizens of Israel and of the global world. To achieve this purpose, we also integrate into our curriculum an on-going dialog with the changing reality, thus engaging our students with the challenges the future holds.
The undergraduate program comprises a core curriculum and two tracks:
The Core curriculum is based on two pillars.
The first pillar is education in its deepest sense, probing questions such as: how does the personality of the child develop; how do children form their world perception? How do educational contents integrate with the social and cultural world in each stage of the child’s development? How do the citizens of the world adapt to the constant global changes and how can we teach them to find and voice their own unique personality?
The second pillar encompasses humanistic and democratic values in the spirit of Israel’s Declaration of Independence. It integrates the educational and cultural heritage of the local (Israel) and the universal. It is the study of a democratic ethos without which an education and, indeed, a thriving society and culture are impossible.
The Teaching and Learning track prepares students for employment in the formal education system. We focus on two areas: special education in elementary school, and education for preschool.
The Education, Society and Community track prepares students for a wide range of positions in the fields of community and society: in community and urban centers; centers for the golden age; youth centers in informal education, and in NGOs dealing with educational, societal and cultural issues. Organizations requiring these skills have been fast developing in the last few years, now consisting 15% of all Israeli employers. New and varied positions requiring these skills are thus constantly offered in a fast pace.
Upon graduation (in both tracks) undergraduate students earn a B.A. degree in Education that opens a wide-ranging set of employment opportunities as well as prospects for advanced studies in education and in the humanities and social studies. One of the doors that open up for students is to continue for the master’s degree in educational studies in our school (subject to admission requirements).
The graduate program in Educational Counselling
M.A. in Educational Counselling
The graduate program (Master Degree) in Educational Counselling trains its graduates to integrate into the educational system, equipped with the knowledge and understanding needed to cope with the complex challenges that a school counselor faces: psychological knowledge, mentoring capacities, and interpersonal skills all with multicultural and gender sensitivity and competences for tracing and helping youth at risk.