College of Education

About the college


The College of Education strives to be the first choice provider of high quality Open and Distance Learning (ODL) education programmes in Africa and a recognised centre of excellence internationally for teaching, research and community engagement that focuses on the initial preparation of teachers and the continuous professional teacher development in:

  • Mathematics, Science, Technology, and Environmental Education
  • Early Childhood Development Education
  • Inclusive Education
  • ABET
  • Language Education
  • and other subjects designated as national priorities


The College of Education is committed to reaching out to all of humanity by providing scholarship, service, learning and continuous professional development opportunities to aspirant and serving educators, managers and policy makers, and other practitioners in education at home and abroad. 

In pursuit of its vision, the college further undertakes to provide its students, staff, and communities with a range of learning opportunities and knowledge through a variety of formal and non-formal Open and Distance Learning programmes that incorporate cutting edge learner support systems and approaches, innovative research initiatives and responsive community development interventions especially in the key focus areas identified in the college vision.

In its attempt to contribute to an education agenda for sustained development, special focus will be given to the recruitment and support of foundation phase educators through targeted marketing and communication initiatives. 

Our role and contribution

Currently the College is responsible for the initial professional education and training of close to 50% of all teachers in South Africa. The College of Education was established as a response mechanism to address the needs of learners, schools, communities, national and provincial education departments for well qualified and excellent teachers.

College Management

Prof NE Makoe

Acting Executive Dean

NS Radipere Building 6-03 Muckleneuk Campus

012 337 6183 

Prof PL Mabunda 

 Deputy Executive Dean

NS Radipere Building  Muckleneuck Campus

012 429 4478 

Prof  FD Mahlo 

 Acting Director: School of Educational Studies

 NS Radipere Building

Muckleneuck Campus

 012 429  2756 

Prof N Nkidi

Acting Director: School of Teacher Education

NS Radipere  Building 6-21 Muckleneuk Campus

012 429 4582  

Dr D Hannaway (PQM)

Manager: Tuition & Learner Support

NS Radipere Building 06-03 Muckleneuk Campus

012 429 4778 I

Prof MD Magano (Tuition & Learning matters)

Manager: Teaching and Learning, and Student Support

NS Radipere Building 06-09

Muckleneuck Campus

012 429 4115

Dr SJ Mohapi

Manager:  Centre for Continuing Education and Training

Building 10

Sunnyside Campus

012 481 2734

Prof I Setlhodi

Head: Quality Assurance and Enhancement

NS Radipere Building 6-13

Mucklenueck Campus

012 481 2878

Prof VG Gasa

Head: Office of Research and Graduate Studies

NS Radipere  Building 6-18 Muckleneuk Campus

012 429-4587

Prof I Setlhodi

Head: Quality Assurance and Enhancement

NS Radipere Building 6-13

Mucklenueck Campus

012 481 2878

Dr HJ Kriek

Manager: Teaching Practice

Building 10

Sunnyside Campus

012 429 6964

Mr M Mokoena

Manager: ODeL Acceleration Unit

Building 10

Sunnyside Campus

012 484 1032

Prof S Ngubane

Head: Institute for Open Distance Learning

Ground floor

Robert Sobukwe Building

012 337 6188

Last modified: 2022/02/04