Department of Primary Teacher Education
The goal of this department is to do research in the field of primary school education and educate teachers to teach at this level. Primary school teachers are amongst the most numerous in the teaching profession, and have one of the most difficult roles. They teach pupils from Year 1 to Year 5, the period during which children transition into adolescence. Members of the Department provide students with teaching skills and scientific knowledge required for daily operation in this field of education. Members of the Department are actively involved in improving the quality of pedagogical work in primary school education in Slovenia.
Head of the department: igor.saksida (at) pef.uni-lj.si
Department of Preschool Education
The goal of this department is do research and provide training for student teachers in the field of preschool education. A great deal of attention is devoted to the cooperation between teachers and other professional workers in pedagogical work and research, as well as to create an appropriate atmosphere, which we are convinced is very important in order to successfully educate future teachers, who teach preschool children. Members of the department are actively involved in the development of preschool education, and improving the quality of pedagogical work in kindergartens in Slovenia.
Head of the department: darija.skubic (at) pef.uni-lj.si
Department of Biology, Chemistry and Home Economics
The Department consists of an interdisciplinary group of experts in the fields of biology, chemistry and home economics, and subject related methodologies. Members of the Department do research in many different fields of science, environmental and consumer education and they develop new teaching methods and educational materials for students and pupils. In cooperation with other departments of the Faculty of Education, the Biotechnical Faculty, the Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology, and the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering the Department organizes the following two-subject study programmes: Biology and Chemistry, Chemistry and Physics, Chemistry and Home Economics and Biology and Home Economics.
Head of the department: iztok.devetak (at) pef.uni-lj.si
Department of Physics and Technical Studies
The Department consists of an interdisciplinary group of experts in the fields of physics and technical studies, and subjects related to didactics. In cooperation with other departments of the Faculty of Education, the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, the Department of Physics and Technical Studies organizes the following two-subject study programmes (the combined subject programmes): Physics and Mathematics, Physics and Technical studies, Chemistry and Physics, and Mathematics and Technical studies. Their main educational goals are to help students in developing the link between ‘school’ topics, nature and everyday life. By using different teaching methods students build a systematic, coordinated and logical picture of the physical world. This way they promote their interest in physics, technology and the natural sciences in general.
Head of the department: slavko.kocijancic (at) pef.uni-lj.si
Department of Fine Art Education
The Department is responsible for artistic and scientific research work in different undergraduate and postgraduate study programmes at the Faculty of Education. Members of the Department provide students with teaching skills and scientific knowledge required for a daily operation in this field of education. The Department provides undergraduate and postgraduate study programmes of Art Pedagogy. It also runs the gallery at the Faculty of Education.
Head of the department: jurij.selan (at) pef.uni-lj.si
Department of Mathematics and Computing
The fundamental activity of the department is the education of pedagogical staff in mathematics and computing science. Members of the Department are also involved in research and developmental activities in the area of education. The Department offers the following two-subject study programmes: Physics and Mathematics, Mathematics and Computer Science and Mathematics and Technical Studies.
Head of the department: primoz.sparl (at) pef.uni-lj.si
Department of Social Pedagogy
Social pedagogy simultaneously covers the areas of education and social studies, and is involved in an on-going social development. It has developed a doctrine of preventive, supportive, corrective, compensatory and stimulating concepts of work with individuals and groups, who are in any way marginalised in their development or social position, underprivileged, or threatened in terms of their development or social integration. The rapid social changes in Slovenia and in the European sphere demand that all kinds of professionals who work with people, including social pedagogues, are able to transfer of theoretical knowledge into practical operation. As a practitioner, the social pedagogue is active in the various spheres of education in the broader sense of the term; in the school sphere, in the social-health, in the area of penology and in various intermediary forms of work with individuals and groups mentioned above.
Head of the department: darja.zorc-maver (at) pef.uni-lj.si
Department of Education Studies
Teachers and other professional educational workers educated at the Faculty of Education are, in their professional role, specialists in the broader area of education. It is therefore important that they are capable of building their own specialist and professional identity, enabling them to undertake quality pedagogical work with youth, to successfully communicate with pupils, co-workers, colleagues and parents, as well as with the broader environment, and facilitating a considered, research-orientated approach. This is encouraged by teachers of the Department of Education Studies and by the studies in the subject areas that the department executes: selected topics from philosophy, the sociology of education, the theory of education, pedagogical and developmental psychology, didactics and pedagogical methodology and a deepening knowledge of foreign languages.
Head of the department: tatjana.devjak (at) pef.uni-lj.si
Department of Special and Rehabilitation Pedagogy
The department is the only department in Slovenia that educates specialists for work with the following groups of people with special needs: people with disturbances in mental development, people with learning disabilities, the blind and visually impaired, the deaf and hard of hearing, people with speech and language impediments, physically impaired people, people with long term illnesses, and people with a combination of disturbances.
Head of the department: mojca.lipec (at) pef.uni-lj.si