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Encyclopedia > Victoria University of Wellington Faculty of Education

The Faculty of Education of Victoria University of Wellington was formed from the former School of Education (of the Faculty of Humanities of Social Sciences) of the University, and the former Wellington College of Education on 1 January 2005.

The Faculty, for marketing purposes, is often referred in advertisements as the University's College of Education, rather than as a faculty of the university. The University, in internal bulletins, refers to both a faculty and college fluidly: a VicNews (http://www.vuw.ac.nz/vicnews/2005/050113.pdf) of 13 January 2004 apparently describes a 'new Faculty of Education to oversee the degrees and diplomas awarded by it, and a new College of Education, consisting of four Schools,' and later in that issue refers to a Victoria University College of Education.

Schools, Campuses and Libraries

The Faculty is made up of three 'schools'. There are also divisions such as School Support Services, which supports in-service teachers.

  • Karori Campus: The three teacher education schools' primary campus (Karori Campus) has been located on Donald Street in the suburb of Karori since 1970. The buildings were renamed in 2004 after all the principals of the College.
    • School of Early Childhood Teacher Education: Formerly part of the College and a standalone kindergarten teachers college, the school offers four qualifications -- two diplomas, one single degree and one conjoint degree (BA/BTeach).
    • School of Primary & Secondary Teacher Education: Formerly part of the College as two separate schools. The school offers three qualifications.
      • two preservice graduate teaching diplomas (primary and secondary)
      • one conjoint degree (BTeach, conjoint with a BA, BCA or BSc)
    • Te Kura Māori: Formerly part of the College. The school offers one conjoint degree (BA/BTeach).
  • Kelburn Campus: The School of Education Studies is located in Fairlie Terrace and Somerset House, at the University's Kelburn Campus.
    • School of Education Studies: Formerly the School of Education in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (FHSS). Offers the majors of Education and Gender and Women's Studies for the Bachelor of Arts; these BA degrees are, however, awarded by the FHSS. Included in the School are two 'Institutes':
      • Institute for Early Childhood Studies (Te Pūmanawa Rangahau kōhungahunga)
      • He Pārekereke (Institute for Research and Māori Development)
  • Regional Centres: the Mana Education Centre in Porirua and the Wairarapa Education Resource Centre in Masterton have facilities for in-service teachers, including provision of short papers for School Support Services.
  • Libraries
    • The Colin Bailey Education Library of the School of Education Studies is located in Somerset House on the Kelburn Campus of the University. The school's library offers books specifically useful to courses offered for its majors (though primarily Education).
    • The WJ Scott Library, named for a former principal of the College and formerly the College's library, is located in the Karori Campus of the University. It contains an extensive general collection of books, including sets of Ministry of Education children's periodicals such as School Journal.


2005 is the Faculty's 125th anniversary, the College being originally established in 1880. (The Victoria University of Wellington's predecessor, Victoria Colllege -- later Victoria University College -- opened in 1899.)

Previously, the Wellington College of Education (formerly Wellington Teachers College) was a college of education (formerly a teachers college) in Wellington, New Zealand.

The College and University had already released a joint course catalogue for that academic year in October 2004 by the time the merger was sealed.

External links

  • The Faculty's site (http://www.vuw.ac.nz/education/)
  • The University's site (http://www.vuw.ac.nz/)
  • Press releases/VicNews bulletins on the merger:
    • Merger finalised announcement (http://www.vuw.ac.nz/home/about_victoria/news_article.asp?ArticleID=1042148085)
    • First press release by the University after the merger on the new Faculty (http://www.vuw.ac.nz/home/about_victoria/news_article.asp?ArticleID=1042148325)
    • VicNews: Order-in-Council signed (http://www.vuw.ac.nz/vicnews/2004/041209.pdf) (PDF)
    • VicNews: Merger finalised (http://www.vuw.ac.nz/vicnews/2004/041118.pdf) (PDF)
    • First post-merger VicNews issue (http://www.vuw.ac.nz/vicnews/2005/050113.pdf) (PDF)
  • Possibly defunct sites:
    • Wellington College of Education site (http://www.wce.ac.nz/) (may be unavailable)
    • Victoria University of Wellington's Teacher Education Programmes site (http://www.vuw.ac.nz/vuw-wce/index.html) (may be unavailable)

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