The University has a system of centers which deals with development and improvement of the system of additional and life-long education:
- The Center of Additional and Vocational Education;
- The Center of Languages and Cultures;
- The Center of Psychological, Pedagogical and Social Help to Children and Adults «Nadezhda».
Training programs offered by the University are designed for wide range of participants: from pupils to specialists.
The Center of Languages and Cultures work is based on the belief that qualitative linguistic education can and must be available to a wide range of people. This Center combines traditional activities and new tendencies such as group lessons and individual education.
In the Center of Psychological, Pedagogical and Social Help to Children and Adults «Nadezhda» you can get not only consultations from experienced pedagogues and psychologists but also practical help in a large specter of questions: solving problems connected with pupils’ studies, questions of adaptation and child’s readiness to study at school, healthy life-style culture formation, professional growth training and many others. The center has specialists working on individual author’s programs: developing, correctional and rehabilitating.
The University’s activity aimed at the development of the system of search and support of gifted children includes not only preparatory courses and creative laboratories, but also Leo Tolstoy TSPU Lyceum, which has been functioning for more than 15 years, and the system of university classes. Within the framework of implementation of additional education programs (elective courses) the University creates ways of pupils teaching, which correspond to their individual needs and provide the principal of continuity “school-university”, development of children’s general and special talents. The lyceum’s curriculum is defined not only by the specialization of education but also by the senior pupils’ needs to develop their cognitive abilities.
The Center of Additional and Vocational Education was established in the University in 2006.
The center deals with the development and implementation of the policy of life-long additional vocational education, which
provides unification and coordination of faculties’ and university services’ activity to improve qualification and widen the network of additional vocational educational services.
To fulfill all the above mentioned tasks the center has worked out the following programs:
- Additional vocational education programs of professional retraining;
- Programs of refresher courses;
- Additional educational programs.
The main features of additional educational programs:
1) competences approach and modular principal of programs’ structure;
2) education with modern technical equipment;
3) practically-oriented approach;
4) the usage of e-learning technologies in the educational process;
5) interactive forms of teaching.
Such features allow to enlarge the range of potential participants of the courses, adjust various programs to individual specialists taking into account their particularities and the basic level of their education.
The university implements more than 70 programs of supplementary education.
More than 700 participants attend courses of supplementary education programs annually.
The range of additional vocational education programs is quite large. In 2011 the programs within the framework of 4 integrated category groups were worked out and implemented. The groups are as follows: physical and mathematical sciences, humanities, social sciences, education and pedagogics.
Additional vocational education programs
The purpose of refresher courses is to renew theoretic knowledge and practical skills of the specialists due to increasing requirements for the qualification level and the need to master new methods of professional task-solving.
Refresher courses participants are pedagogical staff of regional educational institutions; scientific and pedagogical staff; engineering and technical staff; social work specialists: youth outreach; state civil workers etc.
For the last two years the university has been a participant of the regional event «The development of e-learning for handicapped children» which has been carried out within the framework of the national project «Education» from 2009 to 2014.
The aim of refresher courses «Organization of e-learning for handicapped children» is training of educational institution personnel so that they are able to use modern informational and communicative technologies to teach children with special educational needs. 180 teachers of regional schools attended the courses in the period from 2010 to 2011.
Educational environment at student’s home is crucial for a good result during the e-learning course. More than 150 parents of children with special educational needs got an opportunity to find out about advantages and basics of e-learning in Leo Tolstoy TSPU.
Our University has worked out a lot of refresher courses for different categories of participants within the framework of ‘The National Educational Institutions’ Integration into The World Informational Space Based on Interactive and Electronic Technologies’ Development’ project. These courses were given a certificate at the creativity contest of academic projects, innovative solutions and Higher Vocational Education Programs. This contest was arranged within the framework of the 9th all-Russian Forum ‘Educational Environment 2010’.
The University is a member of the Interstate Association of Postgraduate Education.
University’s modern material and technical base, sufficient intellectual resources, gathered positive experience allow it to compete successfully in the educational services market in the field of additional vocational education. The university offers the following professional retraining programs:
«Translation and cross-cultural communication»;
«Documentation studies and support of Human Resources department»;
«Experimental psychology: individual consulting and diagnostics(diagnosis)»
«Environmental Chemical Analysis».