Faculty of Education, University of Waikato was established in 1960, more than 50 years ago to provide initial teacher education programs. They were the first institute in the Waikato to do this. Their first program was a two-year diploma in primary school teaching. Later programs in secondary school teaching and early childhood followed. In later years they also provided training to youth police officers and qualifications for Maori Medium teachers.
Originally the Faculty was called Hamilton Teachers’ Training College. In 1991 the name changed to the School of Education, after merging with the University of Waikato. The merger was a historic moment in the institute’s history, as it allowed for higher education opportunities for its students and staff. In 2010 the name changed to Faculty of Education to align with the University’s policy. In 2010 they also celebrated 50 years of teacher education with a reunion.
Today the role of the Faculty is more than just delivering initial teacher education programs. Since its inception the Faculty of Education has introduced a diverse range of postgraduate and undergraduate programs. In addition to their programs, their strong research networks cater for the national and international educational researcher and those completing research degrees. As leaders in their field they annually attract significant research contracts that are committed to making a difference to teaching and learning.
Faculty of Education is located in Tauranga Campus. Tauranga Campus is based in the beautiful Bay of Plenty region.
- Computer Facilities
- Disability Services
- Department of Arts and Language Education
- Department of Human Development and Counseling
- Department of Sport and Leisure Studies
- Department of Policy, Cultural, and Social Studies in Education
- Department of Professional Studies in Education
- Department of Math, Science and Technology Education
Faculty Centers –
- Centre for Teacher Education
- Centre for Postgraduate Studies
- Centre for Science and Technology Education Research
- Educational Leadership Centre
- National Centre of Literacy and Numeracy for Adults
Faculty Institutes –
- The Institute of Professional Learning and Development
- Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research (WMIER)
Student Life –
University student life is an enriching experience enabling them to make new friendships and develop new knowledge and skills. Students are supported through a range of services and excellent pastoral care and the size means with student’s names and not numbers. From student academic support to on-site health services, counseling and budgeting help. Their commitment is to support students through university.