Teacher Development Studies

Back row: Prof Michael Samuel, Prof Anja Philipp, Prof Labby Ramrathan, Prof Carol Bertram, Prof Kathleen Pithouse- Morgan Front row: Prof Daisy Pillay, Dr Jacqui Naidoo, Dr Bongiwe Zulu
Back row: Prof Michael Samuel, Prof Anja Philipp, Prof Labby Ramrathan, Prof Carol Bertram, Prof Kathleen Pithouse- Morgan Front row: Prof Daisy Pillay, Dr Jacqui Naidoo, Dr Bongiwe Zulu

About Teacher Development Studies

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, TVET colleges, community colleges 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 (core module for all Hons students)
Students also select one elective module from modules offered by other disciplines on the campus. Th B.Ed Hons is offered both full time and part time at Edgewood, and part time only at the Pietermaritzburg campus. Masters in Education (MEd) Students may register for either a coursework or a full dissertation masters programme. 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) Students may register for a PhD on both the Pietermaritzburg and Edgewood campuses. Selection is dependent on academic achievement and the availability of an appropriate supervisor. Cohort support 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
Applications for all programme is done through the relevant administrative office at Edgewood or Pietermaritzburg.  https://soe.ukzn.ac.za/enquiries/