The School was founded in 1948 in Kursumlija (as a Teacher Training School); it was moved to Krusevac in 1950, and since 1973 it has been training preschool teachers.
Since the academic year 2007/08, according to the decision of the Ministry of Education No 612-00-1209/2006-04, our school adopted the curricula in line with the Bologna Declaration and transformed itself into the Preschool Teacher Training College in Krusevac.
Preschool Teacher Training College Kruševac is located in central Serbia, in the town of Kruševac, some two-hundred kilometres from the country capital Belgrade. Although the College has 70-year old tradition in educating school and pre-school teachers, the education reform in the first decade of the 21st century introduced various challenges ahead of our institution. Thus, immediately upon the introduction of the Bologna Declaration the College became focused on building the capacities which would create the foundation for the improvement of the quality of the teaching process and, consequently, learning outcomes. Having managed to build sufficient capacities and respond to the requirements of the aforementioned reform, our goal for the upcoming period is to place emphasis on internationalisation. Namely, internationalisation constitutes a crucial precondition for increasing the quality of teaching by means of improving the knowledge, skills, competences and experience of both students and teachers alike. Likewise, internationalisation is the most authentic manner of modernising and establishing innovations in the process of education, introducing and maintaining the European dimension of higher vocational education and spreading the idea of a unique educational space intertwined with national, cultural and language differences which are seen as an advantage in cultivating tolerance, understanding and multiculturalism. Hence, the aims of the College internationalisation strategy would be as follows: to improve teaching/learning processes at the College by means of staff/student mobility, to establish, maintain and improve the co-operation between the College and related higher educational institutions abroad, thus increasing international visibility of the College and its activities, to further improve the capacities of the College necessary for increasing the overall quality and becoming more competitive among the ever growing number of related higher education institutions.
In accordance with the College education field and tradition, it is the proposal of this strategy that the College should place its focus in terms of mobility on the countries in the EU Programme Countries, both EU and non-EU ones, from the region of Eastern Europe and ex-Yugoslavia (Slovenia, Croatia, North Macedonia, Bulgaria, Rumania, Greece, etc.), Partner Countries from Region 1 and Region 14. With respect to other types of Erasmus projects (strategic partnerships, knowledge alliances, capacity building), the College places its focus on the Programme Countries in the region of Western Europe.
Regarding its target groups, the College internationalisation strategy encompasses all College employees and students. Therefore, the college wishes to focus on staff/student mobility for the purposes of increasing international dimension of the College, improving staff/students´ foreign language competences, intercultural skills, professional knowledge, sharing experiences and disseminating the European dimension of education.
As one of our main goals is to modernise our institution and raise the quality of our practice it is essential that we have closer insight into practices of those whose results at an international level cannot be disputed. The College is committed to the following priorities of the modernisation agenda:
-improving the curricula in terms of responding to the necessities of the labour market thus increasing students´ employability; by enriching the curricula with the examples of good practice provided through mobility and other co-operation projects we have a better chances of devising curricula which would enable further co-operation, lifelong learning, learning transference, better chances of connecting with and informing the labour market.
-improving the relevance and quality of higher vocational education – it is essential that the College initiates and gradually increases the number of outgoing students who would attend studies abroad and thus improve their overall skills and knowledge, as well as to widen linguistic and cultural horizons
-linking higher vocational education and respective work fields with the aim of contributing to social and regional development
-improving the management and College services which play a significant role in realising the College goals, being the basic structures of organisation and functioning.We focus on providing quality education to our students and continuous improvement of our staff. It is our aim as well as our desire to improve our study programmes, create new ones and improve our practice by looking up to the best practice in our common European space. One of the manners of accomplishing the aforementioned is through participation in various Erasmus + projects.
The activities of higher education are realized through vocational studies based on accredited study programs for acquiring higher education.
Our study programsVocational studies are carried out by a vocational study program, which enables students to apply and develop the professional knowledge and skills necessary for inclusion in the work process.
Study programs are realized within the framework of educational-scientific fields: Social-humanistic sciences;
The school year is divided into two semesters, each of which has 15 teaching weeks.
The school implements the following study programs:
- TYPE OF STUDIES: Basic vocational studies last three years and carry a total of 180 ECTS.
- PRESCHOOL TEACHER (accreditation 2007-2012, re-accreditation 2012-2017, 2017-2024)
- TODDLER TEACHER (accreditation 2012-2017, re-accreditation 2017-2024)
- CHILDREN'S HOMES AND HALLS OF RESIDENCE TEACHER (accreditation 2012-2017, re-accreditation 2017-2024)
TYPE OF STUDIES: Specialized vocational studies last one year and carry a total of 60 ECTS.
specialist vocational educator
- WORK WITH VULNERABLE CHILDREN;
- PREPARATORY PRESCHOOL PROGRAM
TYPE OF STUDIES: Master professional studies last two years and carry a total of 120 ECTS.
- PRESCHOOL TEACHER
The School building covers the ground floor of 2.552 square meters, with classrooms and offices, a lecture hall and a library. So far in this school, over five thousand experts in the field of education (teachers and educators) have graduated.
In addition to the wide range of theoretical knowledge acquired by students during three-year studies, college has a particularly high level of cooperation with the Nata Veljković, preschool institution from Krusevac, which includes 11 kindergartens where students regularly practice and methodological exercises. In practice, students apply the learned methods and techniques of work and In addition to the wide range of theoretical knowledge acquired by students during their three-year studies, they regularly conduct practice and methodological exercises in 11 Krusevac kindergartens, which are included in working field of preschools. Given the fact that both adopted a whole range of skills and competencies, they gain a comparative advantage in hiring, since immediately after the end of the school qualified for a complete education in preschools.