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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

  • Edgewood campus tackles gender-based violence and cyber bullying

    The Edgewood Campus Community Development Association at their anti-gender-based violence and cyber bullying wall.

    [20 May, 2016] The Edgewood Campus Community Development Association (CDA) has launched an anti-gender based violence and cyber bullying campaign.

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  • Engagement Thrills for Humanities Graduate

    Mr Sanele Mhlungu proposes to Ms Nosipho Nguse.

    [18/Apr/2016] Humanities graduates and their friends and families got a little something extra during a recent Graduation ceremony.

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  • A House Full of Graduates

    Professor VitallisChikoko, Dr Rita Chikoko (Mother) and their daughters Vimbai and Nyaradzo.

    [18/Apr/2016] ‘The reason I pursued my PhD was because I wanted to inspire my children and encourage them to follow in my footsteps. It makes me feel fulfilled and so proud now knowing I have a house full of graduates!’

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  • Student Funding Office staff members graduate

    Ms Fikisiwe Mngadi and Mr Sizwe Hadebe.

    [18/Apr/2016] Dedication, hard work and patience paid off for two staff members from the College of Humanities Student Funding office, Ms Fikisiwe Mngadi and Mr Sizwe Hadebe, who graduated with a Post-graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and a Bachelor of Social Science degree respectively.

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  • Doctoral goal set 20 years ago realised

    Dr Pranitha Bharath.

    [18/Apr/2016] Primary school teacher for the past 26 years, Dr Pranitha Bharath, graduated with a PhD in Education from UKZN, saying: ‘I am happy, relieved and amazed!’

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  • Learners need to be involved in school governance, according to researcher

    Mr Vikani Msimanga.

    [18/Apr/2016] School governance and the understanding of it by learner governors were at the core of research by Mr Vikani Msimanga, Head of Department at Ephangweni Primary school in Estcourt.

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  • Masters in Education graduates salute their supervisor

    Dr Phumlani Myende with his master’s graduates.

    [18/Apr/2016] Four students, who graduated with Masters in Education degrees, paid tribute to their supervisor, Dr Phumlani Myende.

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  • Educational Leadership, Management and Policy discipline boasts record number of graduates

    Thirty-six graduates from UKZN’s Educational Leadership, Management and Policy discipline and their supervisors.

    [12/Apr/2016] The Educational Leadership, Management and Policy (ELMP) discipline has set a record by producing 36 post-graduate students – eight PhDs and 28 MEds - this year.

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  • Experiences of international post-graduate students at UKZN form subject matter for thesis

    Ms Peace Ginika Nwokedi.

    [12/Apr/2016] The experiences of international post-graduate students studying at UKZN formed the topic of a thesis by Masters in Educational Psychology cum laude graduate, Ms Peace Ginika Nwokedi.

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  • Father and Daughter Celebrate Graduation Together

    Father and daughter Visham and Vandena Budaloo.

    [12/Apr/2016] Father and daughter, Dr Visham Budaloo and Ms Vandena Budaloo, earned their degrees from UKZN. Visham graduated with a PhD in Mathematics Education and Vandena with her MBCHB degree.

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  • Graduating summa cum laude amid challenging circumstances

    Ms Jennifer Sheokarah.

    [12/Apr/2016] Ms Jennifer Sheokarah is a first generation university student, the first child in her family to obtain a degree.

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  • Humanities academics awarded Distinguished Teachers’ Award

    From left: Dr Suzanne Francis, Ms Avril Williamson, Professor Cheryl Potgieter, Professor Thabo Msibi and Professor Nobuhle Hlongwa.

    [12/Apr/2016] UKZN’s 2015 Distinguished Teachers’ Award (DTA) has been presented to two lecturers from the College of Humanities - Professor Thabo Msibi and Dr Suzanne Francis.

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  • Master’s graduate designs teacher programme

    Mr Douglas Sotsaka.

    [12/Apr/2016] Mr Douglas Sotsaka, a lecturer at the Durban University of Technology (DUT), successfully completed his Master’s in Technology Education degree (summa cum laude) in a single year and now his findings are being used to assist teachers.

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  • Mom and two daughters graduate together

    Master’s graduates all! ~ Mrs Dorah Mutula with her daughters, Barbara (left) and Katie.

    [12/Apr/2016] It was smiles and excitement all round as a mother and her two daughters received master’s degrees from UKZN.

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  • Student graduates cum laude with thesis on immigrant learners

    Mrs Sanam Isseri who graduated cum laude with a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology.

    [12/Apr/2016] A Durban teacher, Mrs Sanam Isseri, examined the school lives of high functioning immigrant learners in studies for her master’s degree.

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  • Student’s ‘total dedication’ leads to cum laude Master’s in Science Education degree

    Master’s in Science Education graduate, Mrs Furirwai Samaneka

    [12/Apr/2016] Master’s in Science Education student Mrs Furirwai Samaneka was ecstatic to graduate cum laude from UKZN.

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  • Ten Education students graduate together

    Education graduates with their supervisor, Dr Simon Bheki Khoza

    [12/Apr/2016] Ten excited education students, supervised by Dr Simon Khoza, graduated from UKZN, nine with master’s degrees and the other with a PhD.

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