Talpiot High Education College
Talpiot College is an academic teacher training institute. The College was established as a source of educational leadership for the Religious Zionist community in Israel. Its founders believed that teacher training is a national challenge, a credo that still guides the College's policy. Talpiot aims to train educators whose values are grounded in Jewish roots, but at the same time are open to others, and aware of the changes taking place in our globalized world. The use of innovative teaching methods and technologies for the 21st century is central to the College’s mission, along with the goal of fostering critical thinking, intellectual curiosity and leadership among its students. The teaching staff at the College is involved in various research studies in education, society and in their own fields of expertise. The academic administration in the College applies quality control mechanisms, and encourages the teaching staff to be actively involved in academic research.
Talpiot offers an undergraduate degree (B.Ed.) in five target-age-based tracks, and a graduate degree (M.Ed) in three different tracks.
The B.Ed program is divided into the following tracks: Early Childhood, Elementary Education, Junior and Senior High School, Multi-age in the Arts and Multi- Age in Special Education. Students choose to gain expertise in one or two of the following academic areas: Mathematics, English, Sciences, Judaism, the Arts, Literature, and Education for Children with Special Needs.
The M.Ed program is divided into the following tracks: Early Childhood, Learning Disabilities, and English as an International Language.
A new curriculum was recently submitted in Mathematics for the Junior and Senior High School Levels. The program includes 60 hours of specialization and 20 hours of mathematics education.
Among the various Ministry of Education-sponsored special initiatives in which the College is involved are: "Academia–Classroom", in which Third-Year students co-teach in schools three days a week; Teaching Training for Native English Speakers; and Hammamot for novice teachers. The College also takes part in the national effort to establish and implement a core-curriculum program in ultra-Orthodox schools, and it has initiated academic programs for teachers from this sector. The location of the College in the midst of a low socio-economic neighborhood provides our students with opportunities to engage in communal, educational, and social involvement as part of their professional training.
In the past five years the College has developed a program for in-service teachers, especially those in their first year of teaching, currently involving some 600 students, 300 of whom are novices. The program empowers the novice teachers by promoting close cooperation between the administration and staff of their schools and Talpiot's lecturers. The College's Research Authority is engaged in evaluating this program.