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Welcome to the School of Education

The new School of Education in a new South Africa carries the responsibility and obligation to respond to the inequalities and injustices inherited in the local context of the new university, the province and in the country; and simultaneously it must address the global, the continent of Africa, and the margin or periphery as part of the developing world. It has to do so in all areas of its core functions of research, teaching, learning and community engagement.

It must operate within and manage the deepening tensions produced by the rapid advance of Science and Technology, which is fundamentally changing the nature and structures of communities as new informational and knowledge economies and societies emerge and the gap between the poor and the wealthy, and the north and the south widens.

The School of Education is located on two sites namely, Edgewood (Pinetown) and Pietermaritzburg. The School offers a wide range of undergraduate degrees and diplomas as well as postgraduate certificates, Honours, Masters and Doctoral studies programmes.

The vision is of an education that is accessible and relevant to the full range of learners, appropriate to both national and global contexts, that is of high quality and that contributes to lifelong learning in a South Africa characterised by social justice and sustainable economic development. The School sees itself as being a School located within an African university which is socially inclusive, contextually relevant and has as its primary function the generation of knowledge needed in the society that it serves.

The School of Education has strong national reputations for teacher education programmes, adult education, workplace learning and higher education. A wide variety of programmes are offered at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Prospective students are urged to discuss their needs with the relevant staff at two centres.

Professor Thabo Msibi


It is with great pleasure and excitement that I warmly welcome you to the website of the School of Education. Ours is the largest School in the College of Humanities at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and we are proud of our excellence in the academic trinity.

In line with the academic structure which the University of KwaZulu-Natal adopted in 2012, the School of Education is made up of the following six clusters:
  • Science and Technology Education
  • Mathematics and Computer Science Education
  • Social Sciences Education
  • Education Studies
  • Education, Development, Leadership and Management
  • Language, Arts and Media Education
We offer the following academic programmes: Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Education Honours, Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), M. Ed and PhD.  We are proud of our cohort model of PhD supervision which is well appreciated in many quarters both within and outside the University.
The cohort model of supervision is one of the factors behind our increasing postgraduate throughput rate. We have taken our cohort model of supervision to contexts beyond the borders of South Africa. For example, we are currently running M.Ed/PhD cohorts in Swaziland, Zimbabwe and Mauritius and intend to extend this facility to other countries. We also offer postdoctoral fellowships.
For a student who seeks quality academic programmes, the School of Education is the name to keep in mind. For a researcher who wants to go on a sabbatical or research leave, the School of Education is a fruitful destination. We also work in partnership and collaboration with other institutions of higher education through Memorandums of Understanding. New partners are most welcome. We invite you all to read more on our website, and please do not hesitate to link up with us on any matter of interest.
Enjoy your visit to our website. Feel at home!

Prof Gregory Kamwendo: Dean & Head of the School of Education

  • Academic at Research in Didactics of Biology Conference

    From left: At he conference in Sweden are: Clas Olander (Sweden), Anat Yarden (Israel), Dirk Jan Boerwinkel  (Netherlands), Edith Dempster (South Africa), Bill McComas (USA), Pierre Clément (France), Michael Reiss (UK) and Yeung Chung Lee (Hong Kong).

    [06 Oct, 2016] Senior Research Associate in the School of Education, Dr Edith Dempster, participated in the biennial conference of European Researchers in the Didactics of Biology (ERIDOB) held in Karlstad, Sweden.

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  • Education Student uses Innovative Teaching Strategies

    Mr Tevin Septoe (extreme left) with learners from Nilgiri Secondary School during a technology teaching practice.

    [29 Sep, 2016] Final year education student Mr Tevin Septoe used innovative practical examples to get concepts across during a technology teaching practice at Nilgiri Secondary School in the KwaNdengezi area of KwaZulu-Natal.

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  • Focus on Ilanga lase Natal newspaper at 2016 Dube memorial Lecture

    UKZN staff and guests with Professor Ntongela Masilela at the annual John Dube Lecture.

    [29 Sep, 2016] The Ilanga lase Natal (The Natal Sun) newspaper provided the focus for the 2016 John Langalibalele Dube Memorial Lecture which was delivered by renowned South African intellectual and independent scholar, Professor Ntongela Masilela.

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  • #Fallism and Decolonial Agency Discussion at UKZN

    Mr Josh Platzky Miller discussing #Fallism and decolonial agency.

    [22 Sep, 2016] The Paulo Freire project of the Centre for Adult Education in the School of Education recently hosted a seminar by a Cambridge University PhD student on #Fallism and Decolonial Agency: Thoughts on Contemporary Student-led Movements in South Africa.

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  • Education academic presents at Self-Study of Teacher Education Practices conference

    Delegates at the 11th International Conference on Self-Study of Teacher Education Practices held at Herstmonceux Castle, East Sussex, England

    [08 Sep, 2016] Senior Lecturer in the School of Education, Dr Kathleen Pithouse-Morgan recently presented two papers at the 11th International Conference on Self-Study of Teacher Education Practices held at Herstmonceux Castle, East Sussex, England.

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  • Higher Education Training & Development Centre hosts First HEFAALA Symposium

    The participants at the Higher Education Forum for Africa, Asia and Latin America (HEFAALA) symposium.

    [02 Sep, 2016] The Higher Education Training and Development (HEDT) Centre, which operates as both a discipline in the School of Education (Education Development cluster), and as Higher Education Training and Development within the Teaching and Learning Office, recently hosted its first international symposium, themed Continental Realities and International Imperatives as part of the Higher Education Forum for Africa, Asia and Latin America (HEFAALA).

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  • Novice Maths Seminar for KZN Teachers

    KZN teachers participate in Novice Maths seminar.

    [26 Aug, 2016] Two academics at the School of Education, Dr Zanele Ndlovu and Professor Sarah Bansilal, held an ASSAF and British Council-funded novice maths seminar for teachers in KZN.

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  • Youth Participation in Post-Apartheid SA Debated by Panel

    At the panel discussion were (from left) Mr Marshall Dlamini (EFF), Mr Sanele Mthembu (ANC), Mr Hlanganani Gumbi (DA) and Ms Nomzamo Nxumalo.

    [21 Jul, 2016] The School of Education, through the Community Development Association’s (CDA) Masakhane Youth Leadership Course, recently hosted a panel discussion titled: Identifying Our Issues: Youth Participation in a Post-Apartheid South Africa.

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  • School of Education hosts Masakhane Youth Leadership Course

    High School learners at the opening ceremony of the Masakhane Youth Leadership Course.

    [15 Jul, 2016] The School of Education, through the Community Development Association (CDA) – a student-run community outreach organisation, recently hosted the 15th annual Masakhane Youth Leadership Course (MYLC) for more than 200 Grade 11 learners from predominantly disadvantaged schools across KwaZulu-Natal.

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