Beit Berl College (BBC)



Beit Berl College (www.beitberl.ac.il) was founded in the late 1940s as an educational institution aimed at developing young leadership for the Israeli Labor Movement and at promoting the educational needs of Israeli society in general. The College is named after Berl Katzenlson, a prominent thinker and socialist leader from the early 1920s to his death in 1944.

The College's major period of development took place in the 1980s and 1990s, when it was accredited as an academic institution in the fields of education and teacher training. At the same time some smaller schools were annexed to the College, notably the Center for the Preparation of Academics for Teaching, the Arab Academic Institute for Education and the Midrasha – School of Art. These institutions – all leading in their specific fields – became an integral part of Beit Berl College, thus making it into a multicultural institution with a large student body and broad range of academic and professional programs.
Even though Beit Berl College was granted academic status only in teacher education, it always regarded itself as a multidisciplinary institution. Consequently it developed numerous courses in social studies, as well as in the humanities and the arts. Today the College is in the midst of an extensive strategic structural reform which will transform it into an updated academic institution emphasizing practical social knowledge and skills in a broad range of fields for an academic degree or a professional certificate.
Compared with other Israeli institutions of higher learning, Beit Berl College is unique in its multicultural atmosphere. The College Campus is located on the boundary between the so-called "Triangle" region with its Arab villages and towns and the Sharon region with its Jewish towns and rural settlements. Both Jews and Arabs study together at the College in an atmosphere of equality and mutual respect.
Academic and professional studies at the College are organized in three major faculties:
• The Faculty of Education, incorporating knowledge and specialization in the fields of education and teacher training and their professional development.
• The Faculty of Social and Cultural Studies includes disciplinary studies in the social sciences and humanities.
• The Faculty of Arts, incorporating studies in all fields of fine arts, cinema and design, including art education.
The College's programs include teacher training departments from kindergarten to high school, as well as studies in non-formal education and youth care. In addition there are several programs of study in the arts and professional training courses for public administrators and civil servants. The College thus caters to both younger and older populations and is very proud of the broad range of academic and professional programs it offers.
There are approximately 10,000 students on campus: about 4,000 study towards bachelor and master's degrees in education, about 1,000 academics study towards a teacher's certificate; approximately 5,000 students study a range of programs for professional development in education, the arts, and more.