Atatürk Education Faculty is a teacher-training institution that offers programmes in the areas of pre-school, primary and secondary school teacher-training. The Faculty is home to ten academic divisions. These divisions contain a total of twenty-two departments. Each department awards its own diploma, and each offers its own distinct academic programme. During the 2009-2010, academic year, the teaching faculty numbered 220 in total, comprising 27professors, 19 associate professors, 60 assistant professors, 53 lecturers and 61 research assistants. The Faculty has a total of 7,955 students of whom 6,950 are first education students and 1,005 are second education students.
Together with the restructuring of the Faculty that occurred in 1998, which included undergraduate and non-thesis masters level programmes, two separate stages of education and teaching started to be offered by the Faculty. The length of the courses offered by the Division of Secondary School Social Studies and the Division of Secondary School Science and Mathematics Education was increased to 5 years in duration (3.5+1.5). The programmes offered by these departments are offered in unison with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. According to this system, students receive an education of 3.5 years in the first stage. This stage occurs in the Faculty of Sciences and Arts where students take subject-specific courses related to their particular field of study. During the second stage, students undergo a teacher-training practicum and receive further theoretical and applied training as part of a non-thesis MA programme. The other programmes offered by the Faculty are all 4 year long undergraduate programmes. In conjunction with the restructuring of the Faculty, considerable importance was attached to ensuring co-operation and partnership between the Faculty and schools in the community as a way of ensuring that the programmes offered by the Faculty are not overly-theoretical in nature. Parallel to this process, the amount of time dedicated to student participation in teaching experience and practicums has been increased.
Atatürk Education Faculty is Turkey’s longest-established teacher-training institution. The Faculty is located on Marmara University’s Göztepe Campus which is situated on the Asian side of Istanbul.