Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education may have had a name change or two over the years, but it’s never stopped striving to produce the highest quality graduates, undertake research that makes a difference and implement high quality professional learning and development. We are renowned for our innovative approaches to both education and educational research, and this is a testament to the quality of our staff and students. The high quality of the work produced by those in our School, whether staff or students, have enabled us to strongly influence education policy, research, and developments nationally and internationally.
I continue to be deeply impressed by our team. We push boundaries and continue to strengthen our teaching and research partnerships with schools and stakeholders to produce quality graduates in areas such as teaching, education, Māori education, leadership, human development and counsellor education. There are few institutions that can boast strengths in diverse areas of educational research and learning that span early childhood, to science, environmental and math, to fine arts, performance and humanities, to adult education. Yet, all of these are present and areas of strength at Waikato. And with our campuses in Hamilton and Tauranga, we are even more equipped to meet the needs of those we are privileged to work with.
Waikato was the first teachers’ training college to merge with a university. That was in 1991, and we have had many innovative firsts since that date, including early childhood qualifications and teacher education online programmes. We have created an environment that lets us be at the cutting edge, and Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education will continue to be part of ongoing educational developments through the three interconnected disciplines of teaching, research and professional learning.
Whether you are a prospective or current student, staff member or researcher – thank you for choosing to be part of our community at Te Kura Toi Tangata School of Education. We welcome you to our collective journey.
Professor Don A. Klinger
Division of Education
University of Waikato