History

Welcome to the web page of the Faculty of Pedagogical Education!

Since February 2015 a new faculty – the Faculty of Pedagogical Education – has been functioning at the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv. Its foundation has become the result of the long-standing formation of pedagogical training academic traditions of the University of Lviv graduates.

The origin of pedagogical education at the University of Lviv dates back to the beginning of the 19th century. In 1812 a course in pedagogics appeared in the academic curricula of the Theological (as a compulsory one) and Philosophical Faculties. The first professor of pedagogics was W. Voigt, later pedagogics and other psychological and pedagogical subjects (practical pedagogics, pedagogical training, pedagogical psychology, the fundamentals of didactics and others) were taught by I. Frederovych, Y. Yaryna, I. Pollak, H. Yakhymovych, F. Kostek, Y. Delkevych, I. Bartoshevskyi, Ye. Cherkavskyi, A. Danysh, B. Mankovskyi, K. Sosnytskyi, B. Sukhodolskyi, K. Tvardovskyi and others.

At the beginning of the 20th century the Pedagogical Seminary (1907), the Department of the History of Education and School Education (1923), the Department of Pedagogics (1933), the Department of Psychology (1934) were founded at the university.

In the 1944-1991s the Department of Pedagogics and Psychology, general for the whole university, was in operation, the teaching staff provided the university students of pedagogical specialities with the psychological and pedagogical training necessary for their pedagogical activity. In 1991 the department was divided into separate departments – the Department of Pedagogics (in the 2006-2018s – the Department of General and Social Pedagogics, since 2018 – the Department of General Pedagogics and the Pedagogics of Higher School) and the Department of Psychology.

In 1999 the Teacher Training College became the structural subdivision of the University of Lviv. For many decades during different historical periods (being a Teacher Training Seminary for Women, a Pedagogical Lyceum, a Pedagogical School) it was the leading teacher training professional institution providing the teaching personnel for the preschool, primary school and secondary school education.

In June 2012, upon hearing and discussing the report on the academic, methodological, scientific and educational work of the Teacher Training College, with the purpose of further development of the three-cycle system of higher pedagogical education, the Academic Council of the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv took a decision to start the preparation for setting up the corresponding faculty on its basis.

The implementation of a number of organizational and structural measures in the 2012-2014s (the transference of the license for running bachelor’s degree programs in Primary Education, Preschool Education, Special Education and Social Pedagogics to the Philological Faculty, the foundation of the Department of Primary and Special Education within the structure of the given faculty, its later division into the Department of Primary and Preschool Education and the Department of Special Pedagogics and Inclusion, the organization of diverse academic, methodological, scientific and educational work etc.) provided the institutional preconditions for the foundation of a separate faculty. The decision to set up the Faculty of Pedagogical Education was taken at the meeting of the Academic Council of the university on January 28, 2015. Z.P. Leniv, the candidate of pedagogical sciences, was appointed as acting dean. In March 2016 Associate Professor D.D. Hertsiuk was competitively elected as the dean of the faculty.

Nowadays there are three departments in the structure of the faculty – the Department of Primary and Preschool Education (headed by Professor N.I. Machynska), the Department of Special Education and Social Work (headed by Professor K.O. Ostrovska), the Department of General Pedagogics and the Pedagogics of Higher School (headed by Professor O.V. Kvas). The faculty departments run bachelor’s and master’s full-time and part-time academic programs in Preschool Education, Primary Education and Special Education, and also a bachelor’s full-time academic program in Social Work. There is also a doctorate’s academic program in Professional Education (specialty 0-15).

The Faculty of Pedagogical Education is strengthening itself as a powerful scientific and methodological center of pedagogical education within the structure of the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv.

Sincerely,

Dmytro Hertsiuk, the dean of the Faculty of Pedagogical Education