Faculty of Health Sciences

Student Handbook

Child Development




  • Turkish is used as the language of instruction.
  • The student receives the credential of “Child Development Specialist” upon graduation.
  • The department’s educational program lasts for four years, and 240 ECTS in total must be completed.
  • 25% of the curriculum’s courses are electives, and 75% are compulsory.
  • Internship opportunities are offered to students in a variety of settings, including hospitals, special education facilities, municipalities, non-governmental organizations, educational institutions, Child Development Monitoring Unit, and RAM.
  • It is critical that students receive education that emphasizes research in line with the department’s educational goals. This is why students are urged to showcase their project writing, applications, and capstone projects at student congresses by consulting with TUBITAK student project writing, to publish them with their consultants, and support is offered. Additionally, they are offered the chance to participate as scholars in the department’s projects.
  • In order to apply their knowledge and skills within the context of applicable courses and have experiences that benefit society, particularly children and families, students may get assistance from children’s libraries and local governments.


Renewal of Registration and Consulting:

  • At the start of each fall and spring semester, students must renew their registration within the time frames outlined in the academic calendar.
  • The Department Head assigns an adviser faculty member to each semester/class, who must approve any registration renewals.
  • The advisor assists the students in choosing courses.
  • The adviser meets with the students during weekly academic consultation hours and updates them on the law, the subject matter of the courses, and their academic standing.


Attendance Requirement:

  • The university determines the attendance requirements, and the overall length of instruction in that semester must be at least 70% for theoretical courses and 80% for applied courses (laboratory courses).
  • The course instructor tracks each student’s attendance and enters it into OBS.
  • The absence of students who represent the university or Turkey at a national or international level in meetings, sports, the arts, and similar activities is not taken into consideration with the Rectorate’s agreement.
  • The requirement to attend the courses within the dates given in the health report is not necessary, provided that the student confirms the health issues with the health institution report that will make it impossible to attend the courses.
  • When the practice course and theory course are combined (“Children and Science,” “Art and Creativity,” “Theatre,” “Anatomy,” etc.), students who receive a failing grade in the practice course are also regarded to have failed the theory course entirely.

Success Criteria:

  • A course will be considered passed when a student receives an overall grade of AA, BA, BB, CB, or CC.
  • A student is considered to have achieved the course conditionally if they get one of the letter grades DC or DD for it. For a student to be considered successful upon graduation, their grade point average (GPA) must be at least 2.00.


Course Load and Taking Upper Semester’s Courses:

  • Course load is the sum of all ECTS credits for all of the courses a student is enrolled in at any given time.
  • The regular course load for a student is 30 ECTS credits per semester.
  • Students participating in first-year undergraduate and associate degree programs are limited to taking no more than 30 ECTS of coursework per semester.
  • Students with a GPA of at least 1.85 who take FF, FD, NA, I, U in the same period of the previous year and take the courses they failed and the courses they received DC and DD grades can take courses up to 36 ECTS per semester if the advisor finds it appropriate as of the third semester and the courses that are required to attend do not overlap.
  • Students who are required to take courses from semesters other than the current semester can take 6 extra ECTS courses regardless of the number of courses or one course regardless of the ECTS, providing the courses are available.
  • Associate and undergraduate students who have been exempted and adapted for external, undergraduate transfer, and similar reasons may take a maximum of 36 ECTS courses per semester from courses opened in the semester, as long as they are predominantly from prior semesters.
  • Students who have successfully completed four semesters of associate degree or eight semesters of undergraduate education and have a GPA of 2.00 or higher may take courses with DC and DD grades with the advisor’s approval in order to increase their grade point average, provided that the maximum workload does not exceed 36 ECTS. These students’ most recent grade is deemed valid.
  • A maximum of three courses from the university’s or another higher education institution’s summer school, totaling 18 ECTS, may be taken.
  • Upper semester/successful students may take courses from one upper semester/year of the present year with the approval of their advisors.


In order for a student to take lessons from the upper semester;

  • Having completed all of the required credit courses prior to the application deadline,
  • The GPA should be at least 3.50 out of 4.00 at the time of application,
  • Courses should not overlap.
  • Students having these credentials can begin taking courses as early as the third semester and up to a maximum of 6 ECTS.


Compulsory Course Repeat:

  • Students must first retake the courses they failed with grades FF, FD, NA, I, W, U (NA: Absent, I: Missing Grade, W: Withdrawn, U: Failed) in the previous academic year’s end-of-semester exams before the beginning of the semester. Students having a GPA less than 1.85 must first complete the courses for which they received DC and DD grades the previous semester.
  • If for any reason they were unable to enroll in the courses from the same semester of the previous academic year, they must enroll in these third priority courses at the start of the semester, as long as their load does not exceed 36 ECTS.
  • The student must participate in the assessment and evaluation activities throughout the year and continue the application, laboratory, workshop, and other course-related studies if they have not already missed class in the courses they have taken from previous semesters.


Make-up Exams:

  • Make-up exams are assessment procedures for students who are unable to participate in the midterm exam and whose excuses are approved by the department/program board’s decision on the make-up petition filed to the dean’s/directorate authority.
  • The procedure to be followed for students who are unable to participate in midterm exams or equivalent studies owing to a valid reason is set by the relevant instructor.


Repeat Exam:

  • Every student who qualified for the final exam may take the repeat exam.
  • In OBS, the grade of the most recent exam taken is utilized to calculate course success.
  • Repeat exams are not available for project and laboratory courses.
  • Excuses of the students who have acquired the right to exams for the purpose of repeating and increasing their average score but do not take the exam will not be accepted.
  • While the repeat exam grade substitutes the final grade, the measurement and evaluation methods are the same as those stated in this Regulation for calculating the final grade.
  • In the raw achievement grade calculation, the repeat exam grade is utilized instead of the final grade, and the lettered achievement grade ranges must be the same as the final exam lettered achievement grade ranges.
  • The excuse of students who are eligible for a repeat exam but are unable to take it is not accepted, and there is no make-up exam for it.


Single Course Exam:

  • Students who have passed all of their courses and have a GPA of 2.00 or more but have an FF grade from one of them are given a single course exam, independent of the semester in which the course is offered or the length of their education.
  • Students who have passed all of their courses throughout their standard education time but receive an FF grade from one of them are eligible to take a single course exam.
  • The right to a single course examination must be exercised within one month of each semester-end examination period, on a date designated by the relevant board of directors.
  • Students should apply to the Registrar’s Office with a petition outlining the course to be taken in order to take the single course exam, as well as notification that they intend to use the right to take the above-mentioned exam.
  • For students to be able to pass the single course exam, they must score at least 50 out of 100. Students who fail the single course exam will be granted a single course exam right in each semester by submitting a petition for this course


Increasing Graduation Grade Exam:

  • Associate and undergraduate students who have completed all of their required courses within the standard education term and have a GPA of less than 2.00 are eligible to take the exam for the two courses they wish to take with DC and DD grades.
  • In increasing graduation grade exams, the following principles are considered:
    • For the right to increasing grade exam, students must submit to the Registrar’s Office with a petition outlining the course in which they will take the exam.
    • Students who fail increasing graduation grade exam can boost their GPA for graduation by enrolling in any DC or DD grade courses that are available the next academic year.
    • The grade attained on the increasing grade exam is reflected as the course’s final grade in the grade chart.
  • At the end of the maximum education period, the University’s procedures and principles are applied to students who have completed their course obligations by meeting the attendance requirement in order to graduate from the curriculum they are enrolled in, but who are unable to graduate due to unsuccessful courses, in accordance with Article 44 (c) of Law No. 2547.


Double Major:

  • The Double Major Application Form from the registrar’s office information system (Proliz) must be filled out in order to apply to the double major program.
  • In order for the student to apply to the double major program;
    • Being an undergraduate student of the University in accordance with the level of the program they apply to,
    • Completing successfully all credit courses in the major undergraduate diploma program up to the semester they applied,
    • The major diploma program’s GPA at the time of application should be at least 2.75 and ranked in the top 20% of the class for success.
  • If a student has a GPA that meets the requirement at the time of application but they are not in the top 20% of their class in terms of success ranking, they are still eligible to apply to the double major program as long as they have a score
  • that is equal to the base score for the double major program in the relevant year.
  • Students who have received any disciplinary punishment cannot apply to the double major program.
  • For more details, please see the “Istanbul Arel University Double Major and Minor Education and Training Programs” directive in the Instructions section on the Arel website: https://www.istanbularel.edu.tr/universite-hakkinda-yonetmelik-ve-yonergeler/



  • Matters related to double major and minor programs are determined by the Senate within the framework of the provisions of the “Regulation on the Principles of Transition Between Associate Degree and Undergraduate Degree Programs, Double Major, Minor and Inter-Institutional Credit Transfer in Higher Education Institutions”.
  • Principles and procedures regarding the students who will participate in exchange programs are determined by the Senate within the framework of the provisions of “Regulation on the Principles of Transition between Associate Degree and Undergraduate Degree Programs in Higher Education Institutions, Double Major, Minor and Inter-Institutional Credit Transfer”.
  • The University receives payment from the exchange program participants’ tuition.
  • For more details, please see the “Istanbul Arel University Double Major and Minor Education and Training Programs” directive in the Instructions section on the Arel website: https://www.istanbularel.edu.tr/universite-hakkinda-yonetmelik-ve-yonergeler/


Disciplinary Rules:

  • For every student enrolled at the T.R. Istanbul Arel University, the disciplinary procedures for the department’s students are conducted in accordance with the guidelines of the Higher Education Institutions Student Disciplinary Regulation, which was published in the Official Gazette on August 18, 2012, under the number 28388.


Work areas of our graduates;

  • Various ministries (Ministry of Family and Social Policies, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Development)
  •  Private and public hospitals, health institutions (Family Health Centers)
  •  Educational institutions
  •  Special education and rehabilitation institutions
  •  Guidance Research Centers
  •  Non-governmental organizations
  •  International organizations
  •  Universities
  •  Family counselling centres
  •  Child development centers
  •  Libraries
  •  National and international projects
  • Publishing houses

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