The Faculty of Education was established in the autumn of 1946 as Masaryk University’s fifth faculty. The faculty’s mission has remained unchanged through the years: it aims to educate and train teachers for kindergarten, primary school, lower secondary school, and – in certain fields – upper secondary school. Apart from teacher training programmes, the faculty also offers studies in special and social education. The faculty’s activities also include lifelong learning: a range of programmes and short-term courses are specifically tailored to respond to teachers’ needs.
Research and development at the faculty includes primarily educational and pedagogical areas, most importantly general pedagogy, subject didactics, special education, health and lifestyle training, aspects of social pathology and multicultural education.
Specialists from various departments participate in research in a range of scientific disciplines, either as members of faculty research teams or in collaboration with other universities or research institutes. The faculty is also involved in close cooperation with ministerial institutes and other institutions, e.g. the Refugee Facility Administration of the Ministry of Interior, Museum of Romany Culture in Brno, Lužánky Leisure Time Centre, Ecological Institute Veronica and the Brno House of Arts. Collaboration with foreign institutions likewise forms an integral part of research in many scientific fields.
Graduates of the Faculty of Education will find application primarily in education as well as in social and healthcare services. Graduates of Bachelor’s degree programmes will be qualified for work as assistant teachers at primary schools, kindergarten teachers or instructors in leisure time centres, as well as for work in social and educational services for citizens of all ages and social groups or for special educational activities in specialized facilities, kindergarten and other educational institutions. Graduates of Master’s degree programmes obtain qualification for teaching at primary and secondary schools and schools for students with special educational needs in areas corresponding to their chosen field of study. In addition to finding application in the educational system and various educational facilities, graduates of the Faculty of Education also seek employment in social and health services. While doctoral degree programme graduates find application in education and special education as well as in educational research, particularly as university scholars, many also turn to the government and private sectors.
Facts and figures
- A total of 5,759 students are enrolled at the faculty: 3,567 in Bachelor’s degree programmes, 2,029 in Master’s degree programmes and 163 in doctoral degree programmes (as of 31 October 2014).
- The faculty consists of 23 departments and employs a total of 371 academic and non-academic workers including 14 professors and 56 associate professors.
- Instruction is provided by a total of 513 teaching staff including 259 MU employees, 78 students and 176 external faculty members.
- A total of 9,970 applicants for studies were registered in 2014; 3,282 were subsequently accepted.
- A total of 134 disabled students are enrolled at the faculty (2011/2012 academic year).
- The number of outgoing students stands at 73, the number of incoming students from abroad is 1 (2011/2012 academic year).
- A total of 1,529 students graduated from the faculty in 2014: 856 from Bachelor’s programmes, 649 from Master’s programmes and 24 from doctoral programmes.
- Faculty graduates are extremely successful on the job market (see Graduate employment record).
- Since 1947, a total of 40,069 students have graduated from the faculty.