North-West University Faculty of Education

North-West University Faculty of Education

Teacher Education at the North-West University has had a proud history since 1919, and the Faculty of Education is now the largest provider of contact and open distance learning in South Africa. The fact that so many teachers choose to upgrade their professional qualifications with us, and that so many prospective students apply for entry to the BEd and our other programmes says something. We think it says something about…

  1. the quality of the work done in our programmes (grounded, professional, critical and academic);
  2. the attention paid to students by our staff (dedicated, caring, professional academics and administrators);
  3. the quality of student life and development offered by the faculty itself (social, sport, integrated development and community engagement);
  4. the great reputation enjoyed by our students and graduate teachers who are commended to us by schools throughout the country.
The Faculty has done long standing research in human rights education in diversity, literacy theory practise, self-directed learning, working environments and community based research.

Fields of Study

Language Education

Psych-social Education

Professional Studies in Education

Mathematics, Science and Technology Education

Commerce and Social Studies in Education

The University has the authority to confer the following degrees, certificates and diplomas offered by the Faculty of Education:

Undergraduate qualifications

Bachelor of Education (BEd)

Postgraduate qualifications

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

Bachelor of Education Honours (BEdHons)

Master of Education (MEd)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Distance learning qualifications

Bachelor of Education Honours (BEdHons)

Bachelor of Education (BEd)

Diploma in Grade R Teaching

Advanced Diploma in Teaching (ADT)

Advanced Diploma in Education  for learners with special needs (ADE)

Advanced Certificate in Teaching (ACT)

Postgraduate Studies

This faculty aims to be a leader in postgraduate training, support and exploring new approaches to training experts in the various areas in educational leadership. We offer specialised postgraduate training programmes which will ensure that students acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, values and motivation for further studies in education. We promote, coordinate and conduct scientific research into educational problems at all levels through prescribed training programmes, and we promote students who will demonstrate the ability to critique provincial, national and international practices and trends and their implications for national development.

Honours Degree


Programme Programme code Curriculum code
Afrikaanse Taalonderwys 4EB L01  O601P
Information Technology  Education 4EJ L01  O601P
Computer Applications Technology Education  4BG L01  O601P
Curriculum Studies 4ED L01 (contact) –  4EC L01 (distance)  O603P/V
Educational Management and Leadership 4EW L01 (contact) – 4EX L01 (distance)  O605P/V/M
Educational Psychology 4EF L01  O607P
English Language Education 4EG L01  O608P
Environmental Education 4ET L01
Geography Education 4EH L01  O610P
History Education  4BF M01  O601P
Special Needs Education 4EQ L01 (contact) – 4ES L01 (distance) O618P/V/M
Life Orientation 4EU L01 (contact) – 4EV L01 (distance)  O618P/V/M
Life Sciences Education 4EK L01  O612P
Mathematics Education 4EM L01 (contact) – 4EL L01 (distance)  O614P
Physical Education 4EN L01  O614P
Physical Science Education 4EP L01  O615P
Technology Education 4ER L01  O617P



Master of Education (MEd)


Programme Programme code Curriculum code
Education Law 4CG N01
Educational Psychology 4CH N01
International and Comparative Education 4CJ N01 O801P
Mathematics Education 4CK N01 O801P
Special needs Education 4CL N01 O801P
Philosophy of Education 4CM N01 O801P
Movement Education 4CN N01 O801P
Computer Science Education 403 131 O812P
Educational Management and Leadership  4CB N01  O801M
Mathematics/Science Education 403 114  O814M



Philosophiae Doctor (PhD)


Programme Programme code Curriculum code
Natural Sciences Education 4CA R10 O901P
Education Management
4CA R06 O901P/M
Education Law 4CA R05 O901P
Educational Psychology 4CA R07 O901P
Comparative Education 4CA R01 O901P
Mathematics Education 4CA R09 O901P
Special Needs Education
4CA R14 O901P
Philosophy of Education 4CA R11 O901P
Physical Education 4CA R12 O901P
Computer Science Education
4CA R02 O901P
Curriculum Studies
4CA R03 O901P/M

These programmes are accredited at the Higher Education Qualification Council (HEQC) of Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) in South Africa. We offer different research areas covered by scholars in their research projects/foci or specialization with highly qualified supervisors and promoters. Research is executed within the research foci of the Faculty, research projects either part of South African or international funded projects.

  • Our post-graduate degrees can be obtained on a full-time or part-time basis.
    • MEd studies can be obtained in a minimum duration of one year or a maximum duration of three years.
    • PhD-studies can be obtained in a minimum duration of two year or a maximum duration of four years.
  • There are two modes of submission for PhD research only:
    • A research thesis;
    • Research articles on an approved research topic to fulfil the requirements of a PhD-degree (see requirements).

In order to make the programme in post-graduate studies accessible without restrain on high quality of research an approved Research Support Programme is offered. Students are monitored and equipped during their first year of enrolment by scholars in the Faculty in order to be successful in submitting approved proposals in their field of research. One of the advantages of application for a post-graduate study is the availability of the part-time and full-time post-graduate bursaries funded by the NWU and Faculty

Contact Us


Physical address:

Block A, Room G32 (Ground floor)
Mafikeng Campus

Postal address:

Private Bag X2046, Internal box 575
Mafikeng Campus
North-West University

Contact number:

+27 (0)18 389 2214/2191



Physical address:

Building C4
Potchefstroom Campus

Postal Address:

Private Bag X6001
Potchefstroom campus
North-west University

Contact number:

Tel: +27 (0)18 299-1766



Physical address:

Building 8, Hendrick Van Eck Boulevard
Vaal Triangle Campus

Postal address:

PO Box 1174, Internal box 125
Vaal Triangle Campus
North-West University

Contact number:

+27 (0) 16 910 3111