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The Faculty of Education is one of seventeen faculties associated under the umbrella of the Charles University in Prague. Its primary goal is to train teachers and other pedagogical personnel for all types of schools and school systems, at various levels of study (Bachelors and Masters) and forms. While five other faculties within the Charles University are also officially qualified to train teachers, what makes the Faculty of Education unique is the span and complexity of its educational focus. The Faculty provides university-level pre- and in-service teacher education in the following fields: Humanities, Social Sciences, Art Education, Physical Education, Mathematics and Natural Sciences.

The Faculty is currently training approximately 4200 students in both BA and MA study programmes, plus nearly 10 000 students taught within a wide range of combined forms of study programmes, mainly as a part of professional teacher development.

The Faculty is also opened to tuition-paying foreign students who can enrol to programmes taught in English. The Faculty participates in the international Erasmus Mundus programme aimed at facilitating student and teacher mobility.

BA and MA study programmes

In 2006, the faculty adopted the ECTS credit system which is acknowledged in all EU countries and thereby allows for easier student mobility within the EU.

The student of the Faculty of Education typically studies a combination of two subjects.

Bachelor study programmes

The 3-year BA study programme aims to give the students substantial knowledge in the two chosen subjects, yet it does not constitute a teaching degree – the BA graduates are not officially qualified to teach. That is why the structure of compulsory and elective courses offered within programme is tailored in a way that builds up the professional expertise in the chosen subjects rather than the educational skills and teaching competences of the students. The BA syllabus consequently includes only a few courses in pedagogical and psychological disciplines. However, the syllabus also includes a compulsory motivational teaching practice which should help the students decide whether they want to continue in the follow-up MA study to earn a teaching degree.

Master study programmes

The graduates of the 2-year follow-up MA programme will have acquired substantial expertise in the professional area covered by the two core subjects of their choice and, in addition to this, they will also have developed their pedagogical, psychological and didactic competences, crucial for any teaching profession. Thus, apart from compulsory and elective courses which seek to solidify the students’ professional expertise, the MA syllabus also includes specifically tailored didactic courses and a fully-fledged student teaching practice, all of which are integrated in an organic and interconnected system. The graduate of the follow-up MA study is fully qualified to teach at higher primary and secondary schools.

History

The Faculty of Education at the Charles University in Prague was founded in November 1946, based upon one of the first presidential decrees to be passed after the re-establishment of the independent state of Czechoslovakia, and also upon the newly adopted law which sought to establish education faculties at all universities of that day. This was the culmination of lasting efforts to ensure substantial university education for teachers at all levels, both primary and secondary. The Faculty of Education at the Charles University was officially opened on November 15, 1946 in the Prague Rudolfinum (The House of Artists), and the festive launch was attended by the Czech president, Dr. Edvard Beneš.

However, the 1953 school reform succeeded in dismantling all Czech faculties of education. The newly established institution for training the teachers of general subjects was called The Pedagogical University – The Higher School of Pedagogy.

Yet another reform of the Czech educational system (carried out in 1959) gave birth to Pedagogical institutes in Prague and Brandýs nad Labem which were designed to train primary teachers, while future secondary school teachers were supposed to study their core subjects at various university faculties, as had been the case before 1946. The Czech faculties of education were not re-established until 1964. It is worth mentioning that secondary school teachers of art, music and physical education were initially trained at other respective Charles University faculties while alsoattending some pedagogical and psychological courses at the Faculty of Education.

The mid-1970s saw the unification and merging of the training networks of primary and secondary school teachers and the extension of the respective length of study up to 5 years. Those were rather unhappy times, as many departments were dismantled or appended to various other University faculties.

Over the 50 years of the Faculty’s existence, a number of noteworthy experts in various fields have taught in its ranks, such as Cyril Bouda, V. Hrabal, J. Charvát, Otakar Chlup, L. Kopeckij, J. Plavec, V. Tardy and F. Vodička, to mention just a few.

Programs taught in:
English
Czech

This school also offers:

MA

Charles University Faculty of Education

The study program "Training Teachers of Education at Higher Secondary Schools and Colleges" is designed as a single field master study program following the bachelor stud ... [+]

The study program "Training Teachers of Education at Higher Secondary Schools and Colleges" is designed as a single field master study program following the bachelor study of education. The focus is on teaching disciplines, reflexive teaching practice, and above all on rigorous theoretical and methodological subjects.

The study program is characterized both by the emphasis on the acquisition of non-specific professional competence, e.g. through the analysis and comprehension of specialized texts, as well as by focusing specifically on anthropological perspectives. Basic pedagogical disciplines are complemented by subjects from several fields, including physical, cultural, social and philosophical anthropology. Pedagogical disciplines are introduced into integral anthropological contexts in order to emphasize the main objective of the professional educational work, which is the sensitive cultivation of human beings with respect to their abilities and limitations – the cultivation that takes into account the widest possible interrelations of the human existence.... [-]

Czech Republic Prague
October 2019
English
Full-time
2 years
Campus
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Charles University Faculty of Education

The core expertise taught within the MA study builds on the preceding BA study program, and consists of a set of symbiotically interconnected linguistic, literary and did ... [+]

English Language

The core expertise taught within the MA study builds on the preceding BA study program, and consists of a set of symbiotically interconnected linguistic, literary and didactic disciplines designed to give the graduate substantial knowledge in all these, in correspondence to the MA level.

Music

The aim is to educate a school-leaver who is able to teach music at all kinds and grades of schools. The study is tied with preceding bachelor study, concentrated on gaining special musical knowledge and abilities. Master study degree focuses on collaboration with pedagogical and psychological subjects and with praxis at basic and high schools to development of musical pedagogical skills. The subjects take account of the pedagogical orientation of master degree.... [-]

Czech Republic Prague
October 2019
English
Full-time
2 years
Campus
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Master

Charles University Faculty of Education

The goal of the study is to provide graduates with complete master education which will prepare them for the profession of a mathematics teacher at the lower and upper se ... [+]

The goal of the study is to provide graduates with complete master education which will prepare them for the profession of a mathematics teacher at the lower and upper secondary schools of all types. The study is based on the balance of cognitive, didactic and pedagogic-psychological parts of teacher education. An emphasis is put on the use of didactic innovations in the teaching of mathematics with regard to the up-to-date didactic conceptions. The graduates will be prepared for the construction of school educational programs with the focus on the integration of various areas of mathematics (arithmetic, algebra, geometry, statistics, financial mathematics, etc.) and various educational fields. The graduates will acquire a sufficient amount of knowledge and skills to work in a differentiated way with pupils talented for mathematics.... [-]

Czech Republic Prague
October 2019
English
Full-time
2 years
Campus
Online & Campus Combined
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Charles University Faculty of Education

The aim is to educate a school-leaver who is able to become a conductor of different kinds and level of choirs (children, girls, half-mixed of youth, women, mixed and als ... [+]

Music

The aim is to educate a school-leaver who is able to teach music at all kinds and grades of schools. The study is tied with preceding bachelor study, concentrated on gaining special musical knowledge and abilities. Master study degree focuses on collaboration with pedagogical and psychological subjects and with praxis at basic and high schools to development of musical pedagogical skills. The subjects take account of the pedagogical orientation of master degree.

Choir

The aim is to educate a school-leaver who is able to become a conductor of different kinds and level of choirs (children, girls, half-mixed of youth, women, mixed and also men). The study is tied with preceding bachelor study, concentrated on gaining special musical knowledge and abilities. Master study degree focuses on collaboration with pedagogical and psychological subjects and with praxis in different choirs to the development of musical pedagogical skills. The subjects take account of the pedagogical orientation of master degree.... [-]

Czech Republic Prague
October 2019
English
Full-time
2 years
Campus
Read more in English
Charles University Faculty of Education

The core expertise taught within the MA study builds on the preceding BA study programme, and consists of a set of symbiotically interconnected linguistic, literary and d ... [+]

Music

The aim is to educate a school-leaver who is able to teach music at all kinds and grades of schools. The study is tied with preceding bachelor study, concentrated on gaining special musical knowledge and abilities. Master study degree focuses on collaboration with pedagogical and psychological subjects and with praxis at basic and high schools to development of musical pedagogical skills. The subjects take account of the pedagogical orientation of master degree.

See the study plan on http://studium.pedf.cuni.cz/karolinka/

Instrument

The aim is to educate a school-leaver who is able to teach instrument playing (piano or violin) at different kinds of music schools. The study is tied with preceding bachelor study, concentrated on gaining special musical knowledge and abilities. Master study degree focuses on collaboration with pedagogical and psychological subjects and with praxis at basic and high schools to development of musical pedagogical skills. The subjects take account of the pedagogical orientation of master degree.... [-]

Czech Republic Prague
October 2019
English
Full-time
2 years
Campus
Read more in English

Charles University in Prague

Location address
Pedagogická fakulta UK v Praze
Street: Magdalény Rettigové 4

Prague, Prague, 116 39 CZ