About the Faculty
The Faculty of Education is committed to the discovery and dissemination of knowledge about teaching and learning. We promote the view that to be a professional educator is to continue to question, to reflect, to seek knowledge, and to be open to change.
In 1942, we became the first Faculty of Education in Canada. We were quaint, with only one degree program, 12 courses and 3 full-time professors. Today, however, we are one of the largest faculties in Canada with 9 undergraduate degree programs and a wide array of graduate degrees. With four teaching departments and one school, we employ over 125 full time professors, 64 support staff and 130 full and part-time sessional instructors and educate more than 3,400 undergraduate students and 800 graduate students.
Our graduates are leading the way. More than 60 per cent of the elementary and secondary school teachers in Alberta are U of A graduates, 33 have become presidents of universities or colleges and over 25% of the current Deans of Education in Canada are alumni of this Faculty.
Scholarship, research and teaching
As a focus of excellence in scholarship, research and teaching, the Faculty is consistently ranked among the top three Faculties of Education in Canada and is considered one of the finest in North America. Our researchers provide ground breaking contributions and national/global leadership in many areas. With 14 Rutherford Undergraduate Teaching Awards, our Faculty instructors embody excellence in teaching.
Areas of Expertise
The Faculty has expertise in a variety of areas including curriculum and pedagogy, multi-modal literacies, policy development, educational measurement, the educational needs of multicultural and Aboriginal populations, and the appropriate integration of technology with scholarship and teaching.