The Faculty of Education is one of the two pioneer faculties of Islamic University in Uganda, the other being Faculty of Islamic Studies and Arabic Language. It started in February 1988 with a total of 40 students – 8 females and 32males.

The Faculty began with two departments – Education and Arts and Social Sciences, coordinated by Mrs. V. Mukiibi and Mr. G. Kiboma respectively. Education which consisted of three sections, that is, Foundations of Education, Curriculum and Instruction, and Educational Psychology. The Foundations section had five papers taught in first and second years: Educational Administration, Philosophy of Education, Sociology of Education, History of Education and Comparative Education. The Psychology section had two papers taught in first and second years: Educational Psychology I (Introductory Psychology) and Educational Psychology II (Human learning, Guidance and Counselling and Measurement and Evaluation). Curriculum and Instruction had General methods (taught in first year), Instructional Technology (taught in second year) and Curriculum studies (in third year). All these three were examined in third year. The Science department was introduced in 1990, coordinated by Mr. Ogwal. Thus the faculty expanded to include Education, Arts and Science sections.

In 1992, Educational Administration was made a distinct section, separate from Foundations of Education. The rationale being that more content beyond record keeping was needed in preparing aspiring administrators for the upcoming Muslim schools.

In 1995, the University management introduced the five faculty structure and subsequently, the Faculty of Education was divided into the faculties of Education, Arts and Social Sciences, and Science.The other two faculties are Islamic Studies and Arabic Language, Management Studies. At around the same time, substantive departments were created. The four sections in the Faculty of Education were elevated to departments, that is, Educational Psychology, Foundations of Education, Curriculum and Instruction, and Educational Administration and Planning, which later became Educational Management and Administration.


The vision of the faculty is to be a centre of professional excellence in teacher education for societal transformation.


In line with the mission of the University of producing morally upright graduates with international recognition, the faculty has a mission of producing all round educationists capable of contributing to national and international development whilst upholding to moral up righteousness. This is by nurturing into students values, skills, attitudes and knowledge that can enable them compete favorably in the modern technological society and ever changing work environment.


The Faculty has had a number of Deans as seen below

Name Year Deputy Dean
Ms Juliet Tembe (R.I.P) 1988-1991 -
Assoc. Prof. Muhamad Ndaula 1991 - 1995 -
Ms. Halima Wakabi Akbar 1996-1997 -
Mr. Nasser Abdul Karim 1997-1998 -
Mrs. Victoria Mukiibi M 1998-2002 Mr. Abubakar Muhammad Ndagi
Dr. Halima Wakabi Akbar 2002-2008 Mr. Abubakar Muhammad Ndagi
Mr. Abubakar Muhammad Ndagi 2008-2010 Dr. Maimuna Aminah Nimulola
Dr. Maimuna Aminah Nimulola 2010 - 2013 Mr. Kaweesi Muhamadi
Dr. Amina Hassan 2013 to date Mr. Tumwebaze Alicon auf and Mr. Kamonges Wahab Asad



Between 1988 and 2000, the faculty office was located in the current Physics department office. Then it was shifted to the current office of the Dean FASS. After then, the offices were shifted to Al-Hijj block, popularly known as the Education block. The faculty has a Dean’s office, Deputy Dean’s office both of which have reception offices. It also has a book store / mini library and an office accommodating two members of staff. There is also a faculty common room consisting of six offices and the board room. The faculty also has a computer laboratory attached to it. The computer lab and the van were acquired during the period when evening programmes were at their peak.

The National Council for Higher education in one of its tracer studies acknowledged that the Faculty of Education, Islamic University in Uganda produced the best teachers. In 2016, the Faculty started a journal called THE INTER DISCIPLINARY JOURNAL OF EDUCATION (IDJE). It is hoped that this will boost research among staff, which is minimal.

  • The major threat is competition from sister institutions.


The Faculty began with Arts Education although the pioneer students were first taught the professional component of the course before being introduced to the content of teaching subjects. The content subjects included History, Geography, English Language, Literature, Islamic Studies, Economics, and Arabic Language. The compulsory courses include Introduction to Islam and Introductory Arabic. In 1991, it was observed that the linguistic ability of education students was generally poor and it was recommended that a course on communication skills be introduced, thus making it one of the compulsory courses.

In the same year, a Postgraduate Diploma in Education programme was started whose major objective was to cater for the FISAL graduates to increase their employment opportunities. Mr. Wakhooli was in charge of coordinating the PGDE programme. School practice for the PGDEs by then was conducted for 12 consecutive weeks following the traditional format. Later on in 19… a sandwich programme (apprenticeship model) was introduced where students in the first school term i.e. the second term of University calendar would spend 4 weeks in schools for school practice and then at the end of the final examinations they would go for the second exercise. This model continued up to 2001 when the semester system was introduced.Then, a Concurrent Diploma in Education was also introduced.

Around 2000, major developments came in and the Faculty extended to Kampala where the evening programme was started. This coincided with the end of term system and beginning of semester system. The courses included Bachelor of Education (B.Ed), Diploma in Primary Education (DPE) and Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE). A year later, the B.Ed evening programme was started at Main Campus and later on DPE (2002). In the same year, distance programme (≈ 34 students) was started with a centre in Bungoma, Kenya.

The Masters inEducational Management was introduced in 1999, later followed by one in Curriculum and Instruction.

In 2011, the Faculty won a tender to teach a Postgraduate Dipoma in Educational Management and Administration (PGDEMA) in Somalia under management of African Education Trust (AET). A total of 109 Students graduated. Two years later, the Faculty was also contracted to teach B.Ed in the same country with GTEK managed by Diakonia.

In 2013, the Faculty in collaboration with the Sokoto state received 95 students for the PGDE programme. In the following year, these students together with 64 more enrolled for Masters in Education programme in four specializations: Educational Management and Administration, Instructional Technology, Educational Psychology and Counselling Psychology. Altogether, a total of 153 Students graduated from this special programme.

Diploma and Certicate Programs
  • - Certificate in Early childhood
  • - Diploma in Early childhood
  • - Diploma in Primary Education
  • - Diploma in Guidance and Counseling
  • - Concurrent Diploma in Education
Undergraduate Programmes
  • - Bachelor of Arts with Education
  • - Bachelor of Science with Education
  • - Bachelor of Education External
Post graduate Programs
  • - Post Graduate Diploma in Education.
  • - Post Graduate Diploma in Educational Management and Administration
  • - Post Graduate Diploma in Management and Teaching at Higher Education
  • - Master of Education in Educational Management and Administration.
  • - Master of Education in Curriculum Studies
  • - Master of Education in Instructional Technology
  • - Master of Education in Educational Psychology
  • - Master of Education in Counseling Psychology

The Bachelor of Arts with Education, Bachelor of Science with Education, Concurrent Diploma in Education programmes and Certificate in Early childhood are offered during Day. Bachelor of Education (BED), Diploma in Primary Education and Diploma in Early childhood are external programmes, offered mainly during teachers’ holidays. Master of Education Degree programmes, Post Graduate Diploma in Education, Post graduate Diploma in Educational Management and Administration, and Post graduate Diploma in Management and Teaching at Higher Education are offered during the weekend.


Faculty of Law has the following programs and activities in pipeline

1. The Faculty still has the desire to build a resource centre.
2. It also hopes to identify other study centers in addition to the one in Kyotera.
3. It hopes to start a library.
4. It also hopes to implement the newly approved programmes of Early Childhood Education and start the proposed Early Childhood Centre.
5. It is in the process of launching a Ph.D programme.
6. Initiate e-learning


The following are the staff members

Dean Faculty Of Education

Deputy Dean

Assistant Lecturer/HOD Educational Psychology

Assistant Lecturer/Deputy Dean FOE

Administrative Officer


Assistant Lecturer

Teaching Assistant

Teaching Assistant

Vice Rector Academic Affairs

Teaching Assistant

Assistant Lecturer