DR ESTER RUTORO
FACULTY OF EDUCATION AND SOCIAL SCIENCES (Cert in Education, BSC Geography and Environmental Studies, MED Educational Administration, Planning and Policy Studies, DPHIL Education, Diploma in Project Management)
Faculty of Education & Social Science
Welcome to the Reformed Church University Faculty of Education and Social Sciences. We endeavour to be a world class centre of excellence in inclusive education and social sciences for a sustainable future. The RCU Faculty of Education and Social Sciences is driven by the belief that education is the most powerful tool for holistic and sustainable socio-economic transformation. We are guided by the principles of inclusivity that ensure that all people in spite of their differences should have access to education that develops them to be the best they can be. It is in this spirit that the Faculty of Education and Social Sciences offer a wide range of study areas which motivate students to engage communities and actively contribute to the evolution of education and social sciences becoming powerful catalysts of change. This is done through teaching, research, community service and innovation for the industrialisation of Zimbabwe and the world which should promote opportunity and social justice for all.
We offer a broad range of programs which are oriented toward the promotion of an inclusive and just society in line with the motto of our university ‘creating a legacy through inclusivity’. We also offer a broad range of research initiatives that symbolize our devotion to impartiality, diversity, collaboration and community engagement. This is reflected in our teaching and research interests. Our teaching and learning approach is largely inclined towards the research based, inclusive and heritage based focus hinged on the Education 5.0 philosophy (educate, research, community serve, innovate and industrialise). The faculty offers both face to face, distance and online instruction. We are committed to the use of digital technology for a holistic approach to teaching and learning in diverse situations.
We are committed to the continuous professional development of members of the faculty. In response to the COVID 19 obstacles to face to face tuition, the faculty members underwent on line teaching and learning refresher courses hosted by the RCU library services.
BRIEF HISTORY OF THE FACULTY
In 2012, the RCU at its re-establishment embraced ‘inclusivity’ as the niche of the university. This meant that all its programmes had to be directed towards the realisation of inclusive human capital development at all levels of the socio-economic sphere of Zimbabwe and the world at large. Thus, at its re-establishment the RCU identified two programmes within the Faculty of Education and Social Sciences which were intended to be drivers of the inclusivity niche. It is in this regard that at its inception in 2012, the faculty had only two programmes: Bachelor of Education Honours in Special Need Education and the Bachelor of Education Honours in Early Childhood Development Education. In the formative stages of the University’s development, the Faculty of Education and Social Sciences published the Braille Sexual and Reproductive Health Dictionary in partnership with the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education which was a great stride in closing a gap that existed in SRH issues for people with visual impairment.
In 2018 ZIMCHE approved eight more programmes in the Faculty and more programmes are already lined up for the further enhancement of the university motto ‘leaving a legacy through inclusivity’.
WHY CHOOSE THE RCU FACULTY OF EDUCATION AND SOCIAL SCIENCES FOR YOUR STUDIES.
If you are looking for an appropriate destination where you can do your studies, we offer the space and expertise, to push the frontier of knowledge in education and social sciences for inclusion. We will help you become the best you are meant to become and realise the best of your potential. We encourage you to join us as we are an inclusive, bold, caring, goal driven and engaging community of academics focused on building a better tomorrow for everyone in a sustainable world.
Bachelor of Education Honours Degree in Inclusive Education
Bachelor of Education Honours Degree in Sports Science
Bachelor of Education Honours Degree in Foundations of English Language and Literacy
Bachelor of Education Honours Degree in Mathematics
Bachelor of Education Honours Degree in Information, Communication and Technology
Master of Education in Inclusive Education
Bachelor of Education Honours Degree in African Languages (Chishona)
Bachelor of Science in Social Work
Bachelor of Education Honours Degree in Early Childhood Development
Master of Education in Early Childhood Development
The Faculty offers qualifications for pre-service and in-service teachers in response to The Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development’s 5.0 mission (Teaching, Research, Community service, Innovation and Industrialisation). Further to that, the Faculty offers continuing teacher professional development in the form of short courses. The above programmes are offered on fulltime, block-release, evening and weekend classes. In pursuance of teaching excellence, the Faculty supports the University’s amalgam teaching and learning model, through direct tuition, research and project –based learning as well as distance learning.
The faculty has a host of support services to help and guide students in their studies
- BACHELOR OF EDUCATION HONOURS FOUNDATIONS OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERACY EDUCATION
- BACHELOR OF EDUCATION HONOURS DEGREE IN MATHEMATICS
- BACHELOR OF EDUCATION DEGREE IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY HONOURS
- BACHELOR OF EDUCATION HONOURS DEGREE IN SPORTS SCIENCE
- BACHELOR OF SCIENCE HONOURS DEGREE IN SOCIAL WORK
- BACHELOR OF EDUCATION AFRICAN LANGUAGES HONOURS DEGREE (CHISHONA)
- MASTER OF EDUCATION DEGREE IN EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT
- Master of Education Degree in Inclusive Education
Faculty research interest includes but is not limited to the following thematic areas:
- Curriculum, teaching and learning
- Education policy, leadership and development
- Social, philosophical, historical and theoretical studies
- Community engagement and social innovations
- Education innovations for inclusion
- Curriculum development for inclusion
- Teacher development for inclusion
- Inclusive Early Childhood Development Education
- Gender equity
- Community development for inclusion
- Child sensitive social issues
In 2017 the Faculty of Education and Social Sciences published the Braille Sexual and Reproductive Health Dictionary in partnership with the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education which was a great stride in closing a gap that existed in SRH issues for people with visual impairment.
Development of inclusive oriented human capital, through excellence inheritage based teaching, research, community engagement and innovation embedded in Christian values to address emerging socio-economic challenges.
To be become a preeminent centre of excellence in Inclusive human capital development through research, innovation and competence based teaching and learning for the industrialisation Zimbabwe.