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
The RCU Faculty of Education and Social Sciences is driven by the belief that education is the most powerful tool of holistic and sustainable 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 work becoming powerful catalysts of change. This is done through teaching, research, community service and innovation for the industrialisation of Zimbabwe and the world. This should promote opportunity and social justice for all.
INCLUSIVITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
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.
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
TEACHING AND LEARNING
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 and online instruction. We are committed to the use of digital technology for a holistic approach for teaching and learning in diverse situations.
CONTINUOUS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
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.
COVID 10 RESPONSES
We responded to the urgency of implementing 100% online teaching imposed by the COVID 19pandemic. The following were some of the strategies being implemented by the faculty to curb spread of COVID 19 virus:
- Online student to student discussions
- Online student – lecturer discussions
- Online assignment submission
- Online marking
- Online research supervision
- Online video and audio presentations
The Faculty was instrumental in the production of Braille and Sign language COVID 19 awareness literature in response to the scarcity of information to both the Visually impaired and Hearing impaired citizens on the pandemic.
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
- Early childhood development
- 21st century literacies
- Developmental social work
- Rights based social work
To achieve excellence in research aligned to inclusivity as well as the production of socio-scientific knowledge all based on our national heritage to solve local problems.
Educational development through effective and innovative inclusivity