The International Student Program at the Gordon Academic College of Education
Gordon Academic College is a leading academic institution in Israel and worldwide, specializing in training school and kindergarten teachers. The college offers a Bachelor’s degree in Education (B.Ed.) and a Teaching Certificate approved by The Council for Higher Education. The college offers interesting curricula that combine academic and practical training, use of state-of-the-art technologies, and diverse teaching methods in innovative teaching environments. Gordon’s experienced academic lecturers are there to personally assist and support the students throughout their studies. The Bachelor’s degree is offered as a double major degree, with the exception of the English program and the Early Childhood Education program.
The unique international program that Gordon College has opened for foreign students offers the following:
Duration of Studies
The Bachelor’s degree studies last three years.
$11,000 per year + one registration payment of $250.
1. Bank transfer - with added transfer fees (in both Israeli currency and foreign currency).
2. Standing order - from an Israeli bank alone.
3. Foreign credit card - with added tourist fees up to 2.25% of the transaction amount.
4. Israeli credit card.
For more information about the payment methods, see the tuition terms and conditions.
The English Language and Literature Program (single major)
The English program trains teachers that incorporate linguistic fluency in their English teaching, understanding of the structure of the English language, culture and literature, innovative pedagogical knowledge, and proficiency in using current technology when teaching a foreign language. The aim is to train teachers to be able to adapt to the rapid changes of contemporary society. Beyond teaching language, the program strives to train graduates to be leaders in education and language instruction. Students in the program are exposed to teaching methods in a heterogeneous class and we place special emphasis on theoretical knowledge and practical work with learning-disabled pupils.
The selection of academic courses include: Children’s English literature; Creative drama; Psycholinguistics; Learning to read and write in a foreign language; Didactic assessment in English; Teaching in a heterogeneous classroom; and integrating technologies in English teaching.
The Mathematics Program (Grades 1-6)
The mathematics program trains teachers to be able to develop pupils’ mathematical thinking skills by employing unique and challenging teaching methods, developing research and inquiry skills, reasoning and justification, understanding the connection between mathematical concepts and applications in day-to-day life, integrating technologies in math teaching, and more.
During their studies, the students fall in love with mathematics as a result of the independent, group, and guided learning processes that they experience in the program. The graduates eventually pass this love on to their pupils as well.
The selection of academic courses include: From numbers to mathematical operations; Mathematical thinking games; Misconceptions in mathematics; Euclidian geometry; Intuitive approach to teaching geometry; From numbers to variables; Functions and graphs; Problem-solving models; A history of mathematics; Mathematical structures; Mathematics in day-to-day life.
The Science Program (Grades 1-6):
The science teaching program is designed for future elementary school science teachers. The program curriculum is based on an approach that combines the different science disciplines, technology, society, and the environment. The program includes a variety of science courses that cover basic concepts, principles, phenomena and processes, with an emphasis on teaching in school and the relevance to day-to-day life and our environment. The program teaches current information on scientific topics in a hands-on manner, while developing scientific thinking skills. Graduates of the program will be equipped with a variety of the latest teaching methods according to the elementary school curriculum. The theoretical studies in the science program are incorporated in the practical work, the labs, and in fostering scientific and research skills. The program also includes online courses and instructional tours.
The aims of the program:
- To teach scientific concepts, principles, phenomena, and processes.
- To develop scientific research skills combined with innovative technologies.
- To foster curiosity and critical thinking and to encourage independent learning.
- To shape our graduates as educators of the future generation and to take responsibility in various science-related social disciplines, such as public health, sustainability, and environmental protection.
The selection of academic courses include Chemistry; The human body; Plant structure and function; Science and technology; Nature and environment; Cell biology; Electricity and magnetism; Ecology and the environment; Astronomy; Zoology and human sexuality.
The Social-Community Education Program (Informal Education Program):
The Social-Community Education program (informal education) was created out of a real grassroots need to train educators to understand the modern child or teen’s complex world and to pave the way to his heart and help him become a happy and fulfilled person. The program faculty is comprised of top-notch academics as well as social-educational entrepreneurs with a wealth of experience and knowledge of social-community education. The program teaches the graduate a wide range of skills, such as:
- Practical tools to lead processes, projects, initiatives, and programs that will benefit the social-community reality in the school and the community.
- Innovative teaching methods such as group facilitation, gamification, workshops, ODT, role playing, theater, and more.
- Guest lectures, meetings with informal education trailblazers, tours and introduction to leading local authority leaders.
The selection of academic courses include: Alternative pedagogies in education; Children and youth at risk; Teenagers and behavioral problems - from prevention to intervention; Educational and therapeutic intervention approaches in working with youth; Psycho-educational coping with violence and transgression among youth; The education worker as a social-community leader; Developing and evaluating social-community education programs; Interpersonal communication in team work; Entrepreneurship and innovation; Educational management skills; Round table fundamentals; and more.
The Early Childhood Education Program (single major)
This program is designed to train kindergarten teachers and to equip them with extensive knowledge in early childhood development, learning and education, from birth to the age of 6. The training focuses on nurturing educators with an educational-humanist worldview that manifests in social-ethical values in their work. This approach centers around educational endeavors that focus on the children’s needs, and aims to develop the ability to create appropriate learning opportunities in an environment that promotes growth.
The selection of academic courses include: Developmental psychology; Educational psychology; The philosophy of education; Children’s language development; Introduction to literature and children's literature; Science for early childhood; Primary concepts in mathematics; Arts and skills; Instructional tours of kindergartens; Family and parenting; Developing and fostering learning skills; Literacy; Children at risk; Analysis of teaching situations; Mediation in early childhood; Documentation and assessment; Curricula for early childhood and three disciplines: Science, Humanities, and the Arts.
The Special Education Program (Ages 6-21)
The Special Education program was designed to train teachers-educators to work with various special needs populations, including developmental cognitive disability, P.D.D., learning disability, cerebral palsy, behavioral disorders, emotional disorders, and hearing impairment. The Special Education program teaches students the academic knowledge and teaching methods that are suited to the classroom and also to small groups as well as one-on-one work with pupils with learning disabilities such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia.
The selection of academic courses include: Introduction to Special Education; Special needs populations; Film as an educational-therapeutic tool; Puppet theater as an educational-therapeutic tool; Bibliotherapy; Psychopathology; Normal speech and language development; Speech and language impairments; and more.
Telephone meetings will be scheduled in advance and a link to the registration form will be sent by e-mail after the consultation call.If there is no answer from a representative please leave a voice message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.