Department

The School of Education in Florina is constituted by two Departments: the Department of Primary Education and the Department of Early Childhood Education.

The Department of Primary Education was founded by the Presidential Decree 544/1989 and started to function as part of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki from the academic year 1990-91.

The Department of Early Childhood Education was founded together with the Pedagogical School of Florina, under Presidential Decree 99/1993.

Educational and professional goals

According to article 2 of the Presidential Decree No. 544/1989, the article 5 of the Presidential Decree No. 99/1993 and within the framework of the University’s mission (article 1 of Law 1268/1982) the two Departments have as mission:

  • to cultivate and promote the Sciences of Education by academic and applied teaching and research.
  • to supply their graduates with the necessary theoretical and practical education for their scientific and professional careers and development.
  • to contribute to the upgrading of standards and to the fulfilment of the educational needs in current pedagogical matters.
  • to contribute to the confrontation and solution of pedagogical problems.

The two Departments also contribute to the fulfilment of the need for continuous education and life-long learning.  Graduates of the Department of Early Childhood Education can work as educators in kindergartens.

The undergraduate programme of the Department of Early Childhood Education has been designed to ascertain:

  • the academic training of the graduates in order to confront critically their pedagogic and teaching work and to be able to proceed in autonomous research aimed at the production of new knowledge (kindergarten teacher-scientist) and
  • their theoretical and practical education, in order to fulfil successfully and responsibly their pedagogic and teaching work (kindergarten teacher -professional).

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