Topic: The History

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Formerly known as Hamilton Teachers’ College, the institution’s first student intake was in 1960. Since its formation the teacher education provider has educated thousands of pre-service teachers in early childhood, primary, secondary and Māori medium teaching.

A milestone will be reached next year as The School of Education celebrates 50 years of teacher education.

Formerly known as Hamilton Teachers’ College, the institution’s first student intake was in 1960.  Since its formation the teacher education provider has educated thousands of pre-service teachers in early childhood, primary, secondary and Māori medium teaching. An average first-year student teacher intake is now about 940.

Over the years the institution has experienced several significant changes.
Originally located in Melville the Teachers’ College moved to its current Hillcrest site in 1964. Later the adjacent university buildings were built nearby and in 1987 Te Kohinga Marama Marae.

Despite the close proximity of the university, the college maintained its unique individuality as a stand-alone institution. In 1991, relationships with the university were further strengthened when the college merged with the university to become New Zealand’s first fully professional School of Education.

Educating future professionals to excel has been the goal of the institution since its establishment. This success is evident today in the achievements and reputations of graduates and staff. They are respected nationally and internationally for their teaching and research expertise, with the School currently rating number one* in the country for educational research outputs. (*Current Performance Based Research Fund when colleges of education and university scores are combined.)

This strong research culture is encouraged through avenues such as the Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research (WMIER), which was established on the School of Education site in 2002. WMIER undertakes, supports and disseminates research relating to the broad field of education.

In addition to fostering research, being a leading innovator is also a focus of the School. During the last decade a variety of new teacher education programmes have been introduced. These include three and four year teaching degrees, online and Māori medium programmes and a one-year Graduate Diploma of Teaching for graduates.

In addition to its teacher education the School of Education provides study to doctorate level in a diverse range of subjects. Some of these areas include counsellor education, education, Māori education, educational leadership, human development, special education and sport and leisure studies.Although the 50th year celebrations begin in 2010, the formal celebrations will be held in November 2010. Throughout 2010 there will also be a series of symposia, which will be advertised on the School of Education website and on the University of Waikato online events calendar.

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