The School of Education was established thanks to the engagement and cooperation of PAFF, University of Warsaw, Foundation for Quality Education and Center for Citizenship Education.
The innovative curriculum, carried out in an unprecedented in Poland format of daily postgraduate studies, has been developed in cooperation with a prestigious teacher training institution – Teachers College, Columbia University.
Prior to launching its operation, the School of Education recruited staff; 13 people out of 160 applying were selected. They include experienced educators, the Ministry of Education experts and consultants, the University of Warsaw and Jagiellonian University academic teachers, as well as doctoral students and doctors.
The offer of the School of Education is addressed to graduates of studies in Polish language or mathematics. The current, pilot edition (academic year 2015/16) is participated by 22 students. The School of Education graduates will obtain the teacher license required to be entitled to work in elementary, junior high and high schools.
Students have both academic classes as well as teaching practice at schools. Teaching practice is the key part of the curriculum, and experience gained in this way is discussed on an ongoing basis. The School of Education is responsible for the quality of the teaching practice and it cooperates with a network of carefully selected, Warsaw-based schools.
The first edition of the studies is free of charge for students. Applicants also have an opportunity to take advantage of the scholarship offer prepared for them, which, among other costs, covers subsidies for accommodation in Warsaw.
The PAFF and UW School of Education plans to open the Alumni Office offering long-term support to graduates, including, wherever possible, assistance in finding employment as teachers.
The School of Education is located in the UW Center of New Technologies building in Warsaw. The Program Manager on behalf of PAFF is the Foundation for Quality Education, established for that purpose by PAFF three years ago. In November 2015, the Foundation for Quality Education and the University of Warsaw established a joint institution, the Center for Innovations and Educational Research. The Center will develop two components: research and didactic, the PAFF and UW School of Education being part of it.