Faculty History

In 1960, more than 50 years ago, the Faculty of Education was established to provide initial teacher education programmes.  We were the first institute in the Waikato to do this. Our first programme was a two-year diploma in primary school teaching. Later programmes in secondary school teaching and early childhood followed. In latter years we also provided training to youth police officers and qualifications for Māori 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 we also celebrated 50 years of teacher education with a reunion.

Today the role of the Faculty is more than just delivering initial teacher education programmes. Since its inception the Faculty of Education has introduced a diverse range of postgraduate and undergraduate programmes. Examples include the Doctor in Education for professionals, the innovative Bachelor of Teaching (Mixed Media Presentation) programme for distance online learners, programmes in Sport and Leisure and Counsellor Education.

In addition to our programmes, our strong research networks cater for the national and international educational researcher and those completing research degrees. As leaders in our field we annually attract significant research contracts that are committed to making a difference to teaching and learning. We welcome you to join us and be part of the Faculty’s history.