The Department of Education is the Forth-largest department
at Ben-Gurion University. Its students constitute more than
10 percent of the university`s student body. The Department
conducts many diverse activities. In addition to teaching
and research, its members are involved in the community and
in schools in the community. They take part in
decision-making processes on educational issues, personnel
training and in-service courses, and the introduction and
evaluation of innovations. They are involved in countrywide
systems for intervention in schools, and are among the most
highly skilled people in the country in this respect.
The Department sees itself as a system that trains
personnel for educational systems, especially those in the
region. The personnel training encompasses educational
psychologists, counselors, post-primary teachers, school
principals, school administrators in formal and nonformal
education, and administrative officials in local
educational systems and in government ministries.
The Department sees itself as a system that broadens and
intensifies education and literacy among many segments of
The Department strives to be involved in academic and
educational processes in schools in the region.
The Department strives to develop new programs in
curriculum development, teaching methods, and school
organization and to apply them in the educational system.
The Department strives to help develop a
computer-communications system in the region and to
introduce high technology into the pedagogical system,
especially through in-service training, courses for new
workers, and a support system for workers in educational
Undergraduate Level - Structure of Studies: The following
options are available: 1. two-department program; 2.
major-department program for outstanding students; 3.
minor-department program; 4. general elective courses; 5.
Major-Department Program for Outstanding Students
Master`s Degree Studies: Master`s degree studies in the
Department of Education focus on four tracks: 1.
educational psychology; 2. curriculum, instruction, and
teaching; 3. educational administration, policy, and
society; 4. educational counseling.
The Teacher-Training Unit: The Unit trains students to
teach the following subjects in junior and senior high
schools: Bible, Hebrew language, Hebrew literature, history,
geography, English, social sciences (psychology/sociology),
philosophy, biology, physics, chemistry, computer science,
and mathematics. Graduates receive a teaching certificate,
which is needed to obtain a regular teaching license from
the Ministry of Education and Culture.