Second Cycle Programmes
(Master's Degree)

D.1. General Information about Program


Early Childhood Education Program was established in the 1997-98 academic year as a part of Turkish Higher Education Council?s teacher education restructuring efforts.  Our program aims to train high quality early childhood teachers through its undergraduate program as well as offers master's and doctorate degrees for those who would like to further their education in the field.

Language: Although the language of instruction in our department is Turkish, courses are supported by English books and literature in order to ensure that program graduates use English effectively to increase their command of the field literature.

Duration: The duration of the master's program with thesis is four semesters, starting from the semester in which the courses related to the registered program are given, excluding the time spent in scientific preparation, regardless of whether the student registers for each semester or not, and the program is completed in a maximum of six semesters.

Maximum Duration: The student who cannot successfully complete the credit courses and seminar course included in the education plan at the end of four semesters, who does not have a GPA of at least 2.50 out of 4, who fails the thesis/art work within the maximum period or who does not take the defense exam, will be dismissed.


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D.2 Qualification Awarded


Master's Degree

D.3. Level of Qualification



D.4. Provisions for Registration



D.5. Qualification Requirements and Regulations


Students who attend the program must complete 120 ECTS credits in order to graduate. 1 ECTS credit is equal to 30 hours of work load throughout the program.

Students also must complete and successfully defend a master's thesis under the supervision of their academic advisors.

D.6. Specific Arrangements for Recognition of Prior Learning


In Turkish higher education institutions, rules and regulations for the recognition of prior formal education is governed by the Council of Higher Education's related by-laws. Limited transfer of credits may be made and a student can transfer to another program if the required conditions are met within the defined rules and regulations. Recognition of non-formal and informal education is at a very early stage and most likely will not be recognized by the Council of Higher Education.

D.7. Goals and Objectives


The two primary aims of Early Childhood Education Program are:

  1. To train early childhood educators who : can utilize the latest developments in the field; believe democratic values; are a defender of human/children rights;  value personal differences; think critically and flexibly; can express her/himself freely; are creative,  intuitive and self-reflecting; believe in life-long learning; open to international, inter-discipliner collaboration; can effectively utilize information technologies;   respectful to the social and ecological environment she/he is living in.
  2. To offer graduate programs in order to assist researchers and non-academic specialists to improve their professional knowledge and skills.

D.12. Occupational Profiles of Graduates with Examples


D.13. Access to Further Studies



D.14. Profile of the Programme


Early Childhood Education Program is a program following the national curriculum which was established according to Turkish Council of Higher Education's Turkish Higher Education Competencies Framework. Moreover, based on their academic and professional interests, students can choose between numerous electives from both the Elementary Education Department and other departments within the university.

D.15. Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading


Assessment and evaluation methods for each course is prepared by the responsible faculty member.  Detailed information about the assessment and grading requirements for a specific course can be found in that courses syllabus under the section titled Evaluation and Grading Detailed information regarding University assessment, grading and evaluation regulations can be found in Hacettepe University Institute of Educational Sciences web site at:

D.16. Graduation Requirements


In order to ensure graduation requirements, students are required to take at least 14 ECTS credits of elective courses proposed by the department with ECE code.

D.17. Education Type


1. Full Time Education

D.18. Programme Director


Prof. Dr. Berrin AKMAN

Address: Hacettepe University Faculty of Education Department of Elementary  Education Beytepe/ANKARA

Tel: 0 (312) 297-8626/145 

ECTS Coordinators:

MenekŇüe BOZ

Address: Hacettepe University Faculty of Education Department of Elementary Education Beytepe/ANKARA

Tel: 0 (312) 297-8626/119