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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 Gregory Kamwendo

     

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

  News
  • UKZN hosts International Conference on History Education in Africa

    UKZN hosts International Conference on History Education in Africa

    [09-Feb] The History Education Programme in the School of Education together with the International Research Association for History and Social Sciences Education (IRAHSSE) hosted the International Conference on History Education in Africa which took place in Durban.

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  • Edgewood Environmental Forum show appreciation for cleaning, gardening Staff

    Edgewood Environmental Forum show appreciation for cleaning, gardening Staff

    [09-Feb] In a gesture of gratitude and appreciation towards cleaning and gardening staff on the Edgewood campus, members of the Edgewood Environmental Forum (EEF) provided them with a light meal and food parcels for their families.

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  • Education academic publishes book on Dialogue and Boundary Learning

    Education academic publishes book on Dialogue and Boundary Learning

    [04-Dec-2015] Senior Lecturer at the School of Education, Dr Peter Rule, recently published a book titled Dialogue and Boundary Learning which explores dialogue and learning in theory, practice and praxis across a spectrum of lifelong education contexts

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  • Humanities academics contribute to book on Conceptual Integration and Educational Analysis

    Humanities academics contribute to book on Conceptual Integration and Educational Analysis

    [04-Dec-2015] Five Humanities academics - Dr Carol Bertram, Dr Nadaraj Govender, Ms Fiona Jackson, Professor Suriamurthee Maistry and Professor Wayne Hugo - recently contributed to the book Conceptual Integration and Educational Analysis, also edited by Hugo and published by Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) Press.

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  • UKZN and Drake University collaborate on Service-Learning

    UKZN and Drake University collaborate on Service-Learning

    [19-Nov-2015] Dr Angela James of UKZN’s School of Education and Professor Sally Beisser of Drake University in the United States are training teacher education students to reach out to community members and organisations in need through Service-Learning.

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  • UKZN Trade School using barter-for-knowledge medium

    UKZN Trade School using barter-for-knowledge medium

    [29-Oct-2015] The first Trade School, hosted by a small group of staff and students under the aegis of the Paulo Freire project of the Centre for Adult Education in the School of Education, was held recently on the Pietermaritzburg campus.

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  • African indigenous leadership practices discussed at inaugural lecture

    African indigenous leadership practices discussed at inaugural lecture

    [15-Oct-2015] The Future Lies in our Past: Seeking to Leverage African Indigenous Leadership Practices to Re-shape Education, was the title of an inaugural lecture by Professor Vitallis Chikoko of the School of Education in the College of Humanities.

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  • Edgewood contributes to Environmental Awareness Week

    Edgewood contributes to Environmental Awareness Week

    [15-Oct] The Edgewood Environmental Forum (EEF) contributed to Environmental Awareness Week by hosting festivities and events around creating awareness about the environment and global eco-sustainability.

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  • Colloquium on Language Education in Curricula and African Languages Pedagogy

    Colloquium on Language Education in Curricula and African Languages Pedagogy

    [01-Oct-2015] The School of Education recently hosted a colloquium in Durban on Language Education in Curricula and African Languages Pedagogy.

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  • Good deed students aid lecturer

    Good deed students aid lecturer

    [01-Oct-2015] Media lecturer Dr Nicola Jones had a bright silver lining in her day recently after she lost her car keys.

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  • UKZN academics keynote speakers at Language Education Colloquium

    UKZN academics keynote speakers at Language Education Colloquium

    [01-Oct-2015] Dean and Head of the School of Education, Professor Gregory Kamwendo, and Professor Thabisile Buthelezi of the Language and Arts Cluster in the School, were keynote speakers at the Language Education in Curricula and African Languages Pedagogy Colloquium.

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  • Swazi teachers visit School of Education

    Swazi teachers visit School of Education

    [28-Sep] A delegation of 15 teachers from Swaziland recently visited UKZN to hear about academic programmes run by the School of Education

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  • UKZN hosts inaugural annual Mafika Gwala lecture

    UKZN hosts inaugural annual Mafika Gwala lecture

    [28-Sep-2015] The first annual Mafika Gwala lecture was delivered at UKZN by sociologist, writer, dramatist and civic activist Professor Ari Sitas who spoke on: Are the Children of Nonti Resilient? - Mafika Gwala and the Arts of Resistance.

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  Events
  • Open Day

    07 May 2016 Pietermaritzburg Campus College
  • Open Day

    14 May 2016 Howard College Campus College
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