Faculty of Education & School Development

Message from the Dean

Welcome to the challenging, yet rewarding world of being an educator. 

I trust that you (as a student) will enjoy the journey with your lecturers. 

Being an educator means one has to play the role of a researcher, a pastor, a designer of learning material, a subject specialist and a lifelong learner.

You are joining higher education during the time when South Africans are calling for African renaissance and transformation in higher education curricula (Higgs, 2016). 

We, therefore, urge you to join hands with all the South Africans to promote recognition of indigenous knowledge, African cultures and values without undermining the importance and value of other people and their cultures. 

We advocate that you observe the values of our institution and the faculty which are associated with Walter Sisulu (after whom the institution is named).

These are the values that shape our identity. 

We, therefore, welcome you to the Faculty and look forward to helping you to become an outstanding educator as you are destined to be.


WSU Legacy

Walter Sisulu University was founded on 1 July 2005 through the merger of the University of Transkei (Unitra), Eastern Cape Technikon and Border Technikon. 

Apart from Education, Humanities and Social Sciences that these three institutions contributed to the merger, the University of Transkei also brought along the basic sciences, while the Eastern Cape and Border Technikon brought along the engineering sciences and technology. 

The merged comprehensive higher education institution has positioned itself as a developmental university with the need to increase efficiency and service delivery of its programmes across all campuses.

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Faculty Governance Structure

The programmes and qualifications offered in the Faculty are managed by the Dean. The Departments are managed by Heads of Departments (HoD). 

They are in charge of courses and modules together with the learning and teaching activities. 

They see to it that the quality of total service rendered in the departments is maintained to the highest level. 

For each stream in the Komani campus, the Faculty of Education Sciences and School Development (FESD) is programme coordinators and student representatives – per programme (recognised by the SRC) to whom students may liaise with or relay any relevant queries or concerns.


Faculty Academic Focus

The academic focus of the Faculty is to offer teacher education programmes that identify and respond to the needs of the education system, communities and academic world. 

The Faculty ensures its graduates are innovative and highly competent in their fields of specialisation. 

Dr T Mpiti

Faculty Dean (Acting)