The Department of Education Sciences in Early Childhood opened its doors to receive its first students in 1987 and has been administratively independent since 1992. Throughout these years it has been extremely active instructing educators who intend to follow careers as teachers or researchers in the area of early childhood education. In this direction it has developed:
An undergraduate (Bachelor) program which provides the basic up-to-date scientific knowledge in the areas of the pedagogy, methodology, language, psychology, sociology, philosophy, history, literature, music, theatrical education, aesthetic education, science, environmental education, mathematics, computing and foreign language learning. The duration of the undergraduate studies is four years. During the fourth year of their studies, students are given the opportunity to prepare a dissertation with the aim of being introduced to scientific research in the area of early childhood education. The undergraduate program includes a four-year Practicum Program which offers students the opportunity to develop skills and become familiar with methods of working with young children. The program also cultivates the cross-curricular thematic approach of the learning process and the effectuation of educational activity plans, creativity and practice in matters of assessment and self – assessment. This correlation of theory with actual practice has already proven successful in kindergartens, day care centers, museums, children’s libraries as well as in the sensitive area of hospital care and education of young children.
- The “Education Sciences: Innovative Pedagogical Approaches in Multicultural Environments” Post-Graduate Program that started to operate in the fall semester of the academic year 2019-20.
The “Innovative Pedagogical Approaches in Multicultural Environments” Post-Graduate Program that started to operate in the spring semester of the academic year 2013-14. It no longer accepts new enrollments.
The “Education for the Environment and Sustainability” Post-Graduate Program that started to operate in the fall semester of the academic year 2015-16. It no longer accepts new enrollments.
An Inter-Departmental Post-Graduate Program that operated from 1/1/2003 till 31/8/2008.
The above are supported by educational and research activities of the faculty and students, such as the guidance of doctorate dissertations, the organization of lectures and conferences, the participation in scientific meetings, the planning and publication of education materials and assessment testing tools, the organization of cultural/educational activities, etc. in a continuous effort of scientific presence and mutual action with local, national and European organizations that focus on early childhood education and relevant areas of research.
Short presentation of the department