Teacher Development Studies (TDS)

Post-graduate programmes in Teacher Development Studies aims to develop students’ ability to engage with theories, debates, policies, practices and research in the field of teacher education and professional development at all sites of education, including school, FET and higher education. The programme is worthwhile for people who wish to reflect critically on their own professional learning and who have some teaching experience.

Post-graduate programmes on offer

Bachelor of Education Honours (BEd (H)), with modules in:

  • Understanding teacher education and professional development
  • Mentoring in Schools
  • Personal and Professional Identities
  • Teachers and Curriculum
  • Understanding Research (core module for all Hons students)
  • Independent research on teacher education and professional development

Masters in Education (MEd)

The coursework masters programme comprises taught four modules in the first year, followed by a coursework dissertation in your second year. Modules are taught on Saturdays and during school holidays at the Pietermaritzburg campus.

  • Conceptualising Teacher development
  • Researching Teacher Development
  • Research proposal writing
  • Research discourses and methodology

The full dissertation programme (offered at Edgewood) offers monthly cohort research support in developing your research proposal, research design, data analysis and research writing.  Research focus are wide ranging but related to school and higher education and on teaching, learning, context, policy and staff development related to education

Doctoral programmes (PhD)

A full doctoral thesis programme with six weekend cohort seminars per year is offered on the Edgewood campus. The cohort provides critical feedback and leading lectures to support students in developing your research proposal, research design, data analysis and research writing.  Research focus are wide ranging but related to school and higher education and on teaching, learning, context, policy and staff development related to education


The Teacher Development Studies discipline is staffed by academics on both the Pietermaritzburg campus, and the Edgewood campus.

PMB staff Email Edgewood staff Email
Prof Carol Bertram BertramC@ukzn.ac.za Prof Daisy Pillay pillaygv@ukzn.ac.za
Dr Jacqui Naidoo naidooj@ukzn.ac.za Prof Kathleen Pithouse-Morgan pithousemorgan@ukzn.ac.za
    Prof Anja Philipp PhilippA@ukzn.ac.za
Prof Labby Ramrathan ramrathanp@ukzn.ac.za
Prof Michael Samuel Samuelm@ukzn.ac.za

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