Having introduced the linear educational system the former courses cannot be launched any more, but the ongoing courses can still operate. The specialized postgraduate courses, and courses in Higher Vocational Training – which can be endorsed after successful entry in the undergraduate program are as follows: trainings for In-school practice-leading mentor teachers, Sonder pedagogy, Contemporary dance instructor, Developing (differentiating) pedagogy; Game and leisure time pedagogy; Youth support, Accounting administrator and Sport instructor programs Joint courses with the University of Physical Education (horse riding assistant, aerobic, roller blading, short track skating, volleyball, handball, basketball) all fit into the multi-level training supply of the Faculty. In handball and basketball sections we run teams belonging to the 2nd National League.
In addition to the supporting elementary school the secondary grammar school also provides excellent opportunities especially in the field of teaching foreign languages, mathematics and sports. The faculty provides its students the whole teaching cycle starting from the first class of primary school ending with the graduation. Since 2008 our sports school has been operating as a basis for national recruitment especially in short track skating, basketball and wrestling, also serves as a basis for school based sport activities as well as competitions.
HISTORIC REVIEW OF TRAININGS
Teacher training has had a traditional history at the Faculty dating back to 1917. The legal predecessor institute practiced intermediate level training till 1959, between 1959 and 1975 at advanced level, and since 1975 training has been provided at higher educational level as the title of ‘teacher training college’ was awarded to the school in 1975.
By the end of the 1980s, due to alternative pedagogic intentions, the School began a 4-year-long, value-transferring and skill-developing teacher training, with dual specializations of teacher-librarian, teacher-cultural organizer, and then teacher-social educator. After a successful pilot phase, they started to operate as individual majors as follows: andragogy, IT-librarian and social educator. All these are the undying merits of the professional community of the Faculty of that time.
NATIONAL AND REGIONAL DEMAND FOR GRADUATES
Social demand for teachers varies according to the demographic changes. Due to the comprehensiveness of the Faculty, the graduates have many accomplishments. Completing their qualification with special field in-service trainings they can easily succeed in finding jobs as successful experts in the different fields of education, public administration, in child welfare and social institutes as well as in the fields of informatics and culture. This sphere of employment is further reinforced by the three other fields of trainings such as the social acceptance of andragogy, social welfare and informatics. The Faculty can cater for the needs of the newly formed regional associations with providing them well-trained experts.
We operate educational and reactivation programs answering the needs of our region including reactivating training programs that also help to get the ethnic groups involved in higher education. The special needs of our region originate form the unique geographic situation the Faculty being attached to the capital, Pest, Jász-Nagykún, Heves and Nógrád counties involving a triple bound to the region through Szent István University.
In the field of training and developing human resources our academic programs serve the credo of Szent István University to fulfil its aims.
MAIN AREAS OF RESEARCHAND DEVELOPMENT
The scientific work of students is coordinated by the Scientific Committee of the School. Due to the collaboration of the departments involved in the many-sided training and the various scientific fields, the main topics include sociology, ethnic, problems, folklore, Hungarian and foreign linguistics as well as physical education.
Pedagogy has more important role than the others, since the working efforts are supported by modern and complex approaches of pedagogy, psychology, sociology, social-pedagogy at the Faculty and well-organized practical fields, elementary practice schools and mentor teachers. The topics concerning the social embedment of the Faculty and the examination of the cultural aspects of the region appear in PhD dissertations by the members of the departments, while the physical condition of the students and the SWOT analyses of elementary schools are being carried out simultaneously. The Virtual Regional Post-graduation Centre cooperates with seventeen Sub-regional Associations of Municipalities and education-related companies, institutions, sports associations and civil organizations.
THE STRUCTURE OF THE FACULTY
The Faculty consists of the following departments:
• Andragogy and Social Theory
• Foreign Language and Literature and Language Centre
• Information and Library Studies
• Hungarian Language and Literature and Art Education
• Natural Science and Physical Education.
More than fifty percent of the full-time lecturers possess PhD, or they are working on their PhD dissertations. Many of them are also involved in the work of PhD schools as lecturers, opponents or supervisors.
The Foreign Language and Literature Department and Language Centre mainly deals with teaching English and German languages, but in a smaller extent French, Russian, Lovary (Gipsy) and Japanese are also taught. The Faculty acts as an accredited language teaching and examination centre for foreign languages.
MAIN EVENTS OF THE FACULTY
• Szent István Summer School for Teachers
• The Week of the Hungarian Language
• Hungarian Science Day
• Exhibitions of artist teachers and teacher artists
• Pottery- and weaving camps
• Sports events (handball, basketball, ice sports)
• Public concerts of the choir of the School
• The Arab College of Education – Israel
• The College of Management – Israel
• Daffodil International University - Bangladesh
• Hochschule Fehta – Germany
• Universität Bielefeld – Germany
• I.U.F. M – Teacher Training College in Angers – France
• Florida Gulf Coast University – United States
• Touro College – United States
• The University of the Gambia
• State University of New York at Buffalo – United States
• University of Toledo – United States
INTERNATIONA STUDY PROGRAMMES