The Faculty of Education has earned a reputation as the first Faculty of Education to be established in Sri Lanka. The main objective of the Faculty from its inception has been to develop the capacity of teachers, educators, researchers and policy makers by equipping them with necessary knowledge skills and attitudes to serve the nation with their full potential.
The Faculty at present conducts the Bachelor of Education degree program which is offered collaboratively with the Faculty of Arts of the University of Colombo. Students for this course are selected from the Arts Faculty on the performance of their first year final examination. They study the academic subjects at the Arts Faculty and professional subjects at the Education Faculty. Students have to undergo 10 weeks of teaching practice in a school under the supervision of two lecturers of the Faculty of Education.
The Faculty offers several full time as well as part time post-graduate courses. The most popular course offered by the Faculty is Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE). It is offered in collaboration with the Ministry of Education. Ministry of Education sends graduate teachers to the Faculty to obtain their professional qualification. It is mandatory for graduate teachers to obtain this diploma at present. In addition to the general Postgraduate Diploma in Education Program, the Faculty conducts several other special PGDE courses. They are PGDE in Teaching English as a Second Language, PGDE in Drama & Theatre, PGD in Counselling and PGD in Community Development.
Furthermore, the Faculty offers three post-graduate degree courses on full time as well as part time basis. They are Master of Education, Master of Philosophy (Education), and Doctor of Philosophy (Education). Students follow these courses to undertake in-depth study related to various issues in the field of education with particular emphasis on the needs of the country.
The Faculty comprises four departments; Department of Humanities Education, Department of Educational Psychology, Department of Social Science Education and Department of Science and Technology Education. Each department contributes towards the development of a particular discipline and the efficiency of the Faculty is a collaborative effect of all four departments.