Established in the mid-1960s as the Institute of Education, the School of Education engaged, in its early years, mainly in curriculum development and research activities. As part of the University's re-structuring process the School has, at different times in its history, been constituted as a Faculty of Education, an Institute of Education and a School of Education. Since 1995/1996, when The University of the West Indies (UWI) underwent its last major restructuring exercise, it was re-named the School of Education. Together with the School of Humanities, it now constitutes the Faculty of Humanities and Education. Teacher education for university certification was introduced at the School in 1973. Since then, the School has been a leader in teacher development in Trinidad and Tobago, as well as in many other countries of the region. More recently, we have begun to develop programmes for persons involved in education in other areas of professional practice as well. Thus today, our students also include secondary school librarians and health educators, as well as lecturers in tertiary level programmes, both here at UWI and at other tertiary institutions in Trinidad and Tobago.
A School of Education with an established national, regional, and international reputation for excellence in teaching, research, and professional development and for leadership in educational change and innovation in the region.
The School of Education will, through innovative research agendas and appropriate technologies, lead in the collaborative creation of indigenous knowledge and ideas that add value to the discipline, the individual and to society. We will develop a variety of programmes and activities to achieve the highest levels of professional development in national and regional education systems.