Kibbutzim College of Education
The history of Kibbutzim College of Education dates back to 1939, when the kibbutz movement founded a college for training preschool and school teachers based on the pedagogical views of the kibbutz movement and the approach of Professor Mendelssohn's Zoological Institute. The first director of the College was Mordechai Segal who developed the concept of "whole education", involving the strong relationship between the education system and the community and the central role of nature – flora and fauna – in the learning process. Even though the academization of teacher training has shifted its focus away from nature studies and whole education, in favor of professional emphases, these are still a part of the identity of the Kibbutzim College of Education.
In the late 1950's, the college moved to its permanent location in Ramat Aviv and established itself as one of Israel's leading colleges of education. In the late 1980's, it was accredited to award bachelor's degrees and about 15 years later, in early 2000, it opened its first master's degree programs. In the course of the last decade, Kibbutzim College has become Israel's largest college of education. Another important landmark - in 2008 - was the merging of Kibbutzim College of Education and Teacher's College of Technology, to form Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and the Arts. The expanded College operates on three campuses (Ramat Aviv, Antigonus and Kalisher), with a student body currently numbering approximately 3300 degree students and another 2200 certificate studies students.
The main campus of the college is in Ramat Aviv, in a very central location of northern Tel Aviv. The campus grounds include gardens and lawns shaded by palm trees. The wooden plazas that serve students during breaks and gatherings are bordered by a pedestrian walkway leading to the classrooms and lecture halls. The campus life includes frequent festivities, ceremonies, cultural events, plays and dance performances.
As an academic college of education, Kibbutzim College is supervised by the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Council for Higher Education. The college serves a student population from all sectors of society, with commitment to the three major spheres of life in Israel: the humanistic-universal sphere, the Jewish sphere, and the Zionist sphere.
The college offers numerous options for studies, toward various degrees and qualifications: