ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT
Over the years, there have been a shortage of highly qualified staff in the institutions of preschool education in the western regions of Ukraine.
The initiator of the creation of a separate department, which would prepare specialists for preschool education institutions in the Carpathian region, became a doctor of pedagogical sciences, professor, academician, full member of the Academy of Pedagogical Sciences of Ukraine (at that time the dean of the pedagogical faculty of the Ivano-Frankivsk Pedagogical Institute named after V. Stefanyk) with a light memory of Myroslav Stelmakhovych, who invited to Ivano-Frankivsk Pedagogical Institute named after V. Stefanyk the Candidate of Pedagogical Sciences, Docent of the Department of Pedagogics and Psychology (Preschool) Nelly Lysenko from Rivne State Pedagogical Institute with a proposal to create and head the Department of theory and methodology of preschool education within the Pedagogical Institute managed by him. This department is still headed by Doctor of Pedagogical Sciences, Professor Nelly Lysenko.
The first set of students in the specialty “Preschool education” was held in 1990. In the territory of Western Ukraine Ivano-Frankivsk Pedagogical Institute became the second higher educational institution for the training of specialists of the definite profile.
About the prestige of the Department of theory and methodology of preschool education of the Pedagogical Institute of Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University testifies the fact that 100% of his graduates are employed, and many of them are now head relevant departments, head the dean’s offices in higher educational establishments in Chernivtsi, Rivne, Drohobych, Khmelnytskyi and other regions of Ukraine.