An examination of the special education teacher training programsin Turkey and European Union member countries in terms oflanguage development and communication education

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Piştav Akmeşe P. , Kayhan H. N.

Cypriot Journal of Educational Sciences, vol.11, no.4, pp.185-194, 2016 (Refereed Journals of Other Institutions)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 11 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.18844/cjes.v11i4
  • Title of Journal : Cypriot Journal of Educational Sciences
  • Page Numbers: pp.185-194


The academic terms and the periods of the courses related to the language development and communication differs

considerably in the programs of the countries which train teachers for the special education department. The aim of this

study is to examine the contents and credits of the communication and the language development courses in Teacher

Education Programs for hearing-impaired, intellectual disability, gifted and talented multiple disabilities, visual impairment

education at the special education department. In this study in which the descriptive research method is used, the data have

been collected from the sources of Turkey and European Union member countries, called Agencies of the European Union,

Eurydice-Network on Education Systems and Policies in Europe. The courses in Special Education Teacher Training

undergraduate programs of higher education institutions of each country stated in the reports of National Education System

Descriptions have been examined to reach these data. While there are undergraduate programs for four years of study

related to each disability type in Turkey, it has been seen that the department of hearing impaired education teacher training

is the department which mainly includes the language development and communication skills courses among mentioned

programs. The countries such as Luxemburg, Sweden, Greece, Belgium, Ireland, Finland Ireland and Lithuania give common

ground courses of special education department to the preservice teachers in 6 to 7 academic terms.

Keywords: Special education, teacher training program, communication and language development education