Bar Ilan's School of Education offers Certification Studies for teachers. The objective of this program is to train teachers both theoretically and practically, so they can teach in middle schools and high schools.
Teacher training studies are conducted in parallel to Bachelor's degrees studies in any one of the teaching subjects of post-primary schools.
· Students may join the teacher training program in their areas of specialization that are taught in post-primary schools, only in their third year of studies at Bar-Ilan (in exceptional cases – in the second year).
· The appropriate grade in the subjects of specialization: a 75 average.
· Personal suitability to teaching (as determined in an interview).
· Fulfillment of the requirements detailed for the specialization track, coordinated between the teacher training program and the departments (obligatory courses, complementary studies, etc.).
· Graduates of other universities, extensions and colleges will only be accepted after receiving their Bachelor's degree, and after determination of the complementary studies required in each case, by the head of the study program and in coordination with the head of the teaching track in the area of specialization.
· The teacher training study program is based on two stages, with stage 1 being a prerequisite for stage 2. The program is planned for a two study year period – during the students' third and fourth year at the University.
· Students may complete their teacher training in one year only if they meet the necessary requirements, and with special permission from the head of the study program and the head of the teacher training track.
The studies include courses and workshops in the following subjects: Theory of teaching, educational psychology studies stage 1, acquiring the fundamentals and a practical workshop for resolving problems in the classroom stage 2, teaching in the subject of specialization – methods, use of teaching aids and small-scale training in teaching, exams and evaluations, and integrating computers into the classroom studies. Additionally, students study unique courses required for teaching in their areas of specialization and expanding relevant knowledge. Also, the student undergoes practical training in two stages – training in teaching in stage 1 and practical work in stage 2.
The subjects in which one can specialize for a teaching certificate are indicated below:
· Jewish Art – in a major or minor track
· English – in English or Linguistics, only in an expanded or major track
· Life Sciences – only when studied as an expanded track
· History – in a major or minor track
· Chemistry – in a major or minor track
· Language and Expression – in a major or minor track
· Social Sciences – studies at a scope of a major subject in the following departments: Sociology, Political Science, Economics, the integrated macro micro course of study, Psychology and Criminology (complementary studies will be determined with the head of the study track).
· Mathematics – in a major or expanded track
· Literature – in a major or minor track
· Hebrew – only when Literature and Language are studied
· Arabic – only when studied in a major track (at the scope of a minor track – only when this is the student's mother tongue and with prior approval of the course of study)
· Oral Law – in a major or minor track
· Bible – in a major or minor track
· Communications – only when Political Science and Communication are studied.