The aim of the Pre-School Education Master's Program is to provide students with the ability to conduct independent research, to interpret scientific events with a broad and deep perspective, and to determine the necessary steps to reach new inferences. In addition to that, the program aims to raise young researchers and faculty members who can comprehend all the concepts and methods of educational science, have the ability to interpret real life experiences in a scientific and rational way, have a say in their own field of study, contribute to national and international projects, and transfer their knowledge to the scientific world through publications such as papers, articles and books. The Pre-School Education Master's program aims to increase the quality of pre-school education on a national and international basis, by providing an opportunity for our young people who aim for an academic career to evaluate and develop their knowledge and skills efficiently.

Application and admission requirements for the Istanbul Kultur University Pre-School Education Master's Program are presented under the title of APPLICATION AND REGISTRATION.


Medium of the Pre-School Education Master’s Program is Turkish.


4 semesters


Program courses are held between 18:00 and 21:00 on weekdays.


  • There is an obligation of 30 ECTS per semester in the first two semesters of the program.
  • In order to graduate, students have to prepare "Master's Thesis" and "Seminar" in addition to the normal course load.
  • It is necessary to enter ALES within the last five years and to get a minimum score of 55 from any score group.
  • YDS/e-YDS/YÖKDİL or foreign language exams accepted as equivalent by YÖK or having taken the Foreign Language Entrance Exam given by IKU Foreign Languages Department are required.
  • Undergraduate GPA must be at least 2.00.
  • There will be no interviews or written exams. Instead, the candidates are (1) Community service studies (includes documents of works done in foundations, associations, municipalities, NGOs and various government institutions) and (2) Scientific studies (book / book chapter / article / congress conference participation or presentation / seminar participation) / scientific research project participation, support or writing / training course certificates) will be evaluated on the file containing the documents they have submitted.
  • A scientific preparation program will be applied for candidates who have undergraduate degrees, other than pre-school education and child development.


Applications to the program are made twice a year, in the Fall and Spring semesters.


In the Pre-School Education Master's Program with Thesis, thesis studies are carried out in the following areas.

  • History and Theoretical Foundations of Early Childhood Education
  • Gender Studies in Early Childhood
  • Sustainable Development in Early Childhood Education
  • Family Studies in Early Childhood
  • Current Issues in Early Childhood Education
  • Technology Literacy in Early Childhood Education

Pre-school education in our country has shown a great growth in terms of quality and quantity, especially in the last 10 years, considering the increasing number of students and teachers, the number of schools opened, and the number of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs opened in universities. Recent studies focus on the quality and sustainability of preschool education.

The aim of The Pre-School Education Master's Program is to support their professional development by providing them with specialized knowledge and to help them gain research skills. During the program, candidates work on theoretical issues in the field of pre-school education and their field applications.
The Pre-School Education Master's Program aims to provide young researchers with the skills to design, conduct and conclude quantitative and qualitative research within the ethical boundaries of the field of preschool teaching. The program also aims to bring to the attention of students the theoretical foundations that will form the basis for these researches and recent current issues and discussions such as gender, sustainability, family studies, special education, technology literacy, and guidance.

Students graduating from the master's program are expected to engage in active educational or research activities and develop sufficient motivation for further postgraduate studies in this field. In addition, graduates of the program can contribute to pre-service and in-service teacher education programs in the field or work as lecturers in related departments of universities.

The main purpose of the Istanbul Kültür University Graduate Education Institute Pre-School Education Master's Program with Thesis is to train researchers who have acquired research skills, who can scientifically and analytically evaluate current issues related to preschool education in our country and around the world, who can solve problems and produce solutions.

In our country and in the world, the value given to early childhood and the quality of education given in this period are gaining importance. Developing countries, especially those aiming for economic and social growth, shape their policies on the health and education of young children. Social policies try to create healthy upbringing conditions for children, taking into account the primary benefit of the child from a humanitarian point of view, and taking into account the protection, nutrition, health, social activities and play opportunities of children. In addition, considering the fact that the most important capital of a country in economic terms is human, social policies should be shaped on the consideration of children's health and well-being.

The courses in the Pre-School Master's Program with Thesis are designed to improve researchers' ability to obtain information, question and produce solutions in different subjects of pre-school education. In this respect, our program is similar to the master's programs carried out in developed countries. In addition, our program aims to support our students' ability to conduct independent research on how qualitative and quantitative methods can be applied in the field of preschool education.

Assoc. Prof. Gökçe KURT
Head of Basic Education Department


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  • To graduate from Preschool Teaching, Child Development, Psychology, Psychological Counseling and Guidance, Special Education 4-year undergraduate programs.
  • To have taken ALES within the last five years and to have received a minimum score of 55 from the Verbal EA score group.
  • YDS/e-YDS/YÖKDİL or foreign language exams accepted as equivalent by YÖK or having taken the Foreign Language Entrance Exam given by IKU Foreign Languages Department are required.


Candidates at the time of application,

  • Copy of Diploma or Temporary Graduation Certificate,
  • Copy of transcript,
  • Photocopy of ALES Certificate,
  • OSYM Foreign language exam document photocopy,
  • Military Service Certificate (For male candidates),
  • 2 Passport Photographs
  • Identity Card Copy
  • CV
  • Community service and scientific work file

During the final registration,

  • Certified copy of Diploma or Temporary Graduation Certificate,
  • Certified copy of transcript,
  • ALES Certificate, (Receiving the printout at the Institute)
  • OSYM Foreign Language Certificate, (Receiving the printout at the Institute)
  • Original Military Status Document (For male candidates),
  • 6 Passport Photographs
  • The first installment of the Tuition Fee,
Head of the Program 
Assoc. Prof. Gökçe Kurt
  0212 498 41 11