Univerzita Palackého V Olomouci
Univerzita Palackého v Olomouci (Palacký University Olomouc, PU) is one of the oldest universities in Central Europe. Drawing on 440-year tradition of higher education it is a renowned centre for teaching and research. With more than 24,000 undergraduate and graduate students at eight faculties, it provides quality education and excellent background for research in a wide range of academic disciplines.
UP belongs among top Czech research universities and hosts several internationally recognized research centers.
PU has developed comprehensive international student and staff services.The roots of the tradition of education at the University of Olomouc go back to the 18th century. That is why the Pedagogical Faculty was one of the faculties that opened immediately after the re-establishment of Palacký University after the Second World War. Over the next years there were ups and down in its development but it has always had an important position both within the region and in the European context. Now it ranks among the largest of the eight faculties of Palacký University.
The Faculty of Education strives for maintaining the tradition, versatility and modernity in the education of students for their teaching careers or other positions in education. This is done in cooperation with the other faculties of Palacký University but the priority is the development of education in the region of Olomouc and in providing qualification of graduates for positions outside the national borders. The Faculty of Education of the Palacký University in Olomouc provides university education for future teachers and other educationists destined for various types of kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, and school and after-school education facilities. It also focuses on training staff in the field of state administration and self-government. The faculty offers an established range of accredited Bachelor, Master’s and Doctoral programmes in teaching as well as related non-teaching fields, as full-time or combined forms of study.
The Department of Primary and Pre-primary Education is responsible for a five-year MA degree study programme Teaching at primary schools, provided both as full-time and part-time study. Further, it is in charge of a three-year bachelor’s degree programme Teaching in pre-school education, again in both full-time and part-time form and a follow-up master degree programme Pre-school Education, which is only a part-time programme. Within lifelong education programmes, the Department offers a variety of programmes providing qualification extension. In cooperation with the Centre for Lifelong Education at the Faculty, the Department provides so-called parallel study programmes Teaching at primary schools, and Teaching in pre-school education, and a professional programme Teaching at primary schools for teachers working in lower secondary schools and a programme Teaching in pre-school education.
Eva Smelová, Head of Department