Korea National University of Education

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Korea National University of Education
Knue seal.png
Motto Love, Confidence, and Patience
Type National
Established 1984 (33 years ago)
President Hee-chan Lew
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 5,630
Undergraduates 2,393
Postgraduates 3,237
Location Cheongju, South Korea
Campus Suburban
191 acres (77 ha)
Colors      Skyblue
Nickname Kyowondae (교원대·教員大)
Mascot Oriental stork Knue stork.png
Affiliations ICUE
Website www.knue.ac.kr
The Logotype of KNUE
Korea National University of Education
Revised Romanization Hanguk Gyowon Daehakgyo
McCune–Reischauer Han'guk Kyowon Taehakkyo
Main campus in Cheongju, South Korea.

Korea National University of Education (Acronym: KNUE; Korean: 한국교원대학교, Hanguk Kyowon Daehakgyo, colloquially Kyowondae) is a South Korean national university which specializes in teacher training and educational research. It comprises four colleges and three graduate schools. The student body consists of about 2,400 undergraduate and 3,300 graduate students. The university is widely regarded as the top South Korean university in the field of education.[1]


The university's mascot, an oriental stork, symbolizes the institution's mission for teacher training, and its participation in Korea's ecosystem restoration program.

As the most prestigious national institution for teacher training and educational research, the university collectively prepares kindergarten, primary school, and secondary school teachers. It also provides continuous teacher education and conducts comprehensive educational research.

Pre-service education[edit]

The university conducts pre-teacher training in undergraduate course. It offer dual majors regardless of kindergarten, primary, or secondary education. Also, it trains professional teachers in graduate schools.

In-service education[edit]

The university runs the Center for In-service Education which provides reeducation and professional training for current teachers. It enhances the professionality of the Staff Development Programs. The university develops the capability of teachers to solve problems on the school-site.

Educational research[edit]

It explores educational theories and problems in school education and develops new educational theories, materials and policies. The university also makes a feedback of research results from school educators.



Admissions to the university is highly selective because the students are regarded as pre-service teachers. All applicants are required to get a letter of recommendation from each local educational superintendent and pass the entry interviews. Students are admitted by major instead of into a general freshman pool.


The university offers scholarships to all undergraduate students. They are exempted from admission fee and all tuition fees by presidential decree and can stay in the university dormitory for free for two years. These are fully covered through government funding.[2]

Academic structure[edit]

Four colleges of the university offer 24 undergraduate degree programs. For master and doctoral programs there are three graduate schools with 50 programs from four fields of studies.[3]


  1. ^ "Characteristics". Korea National University of Education. Retrieved 2016-04-03. 
  2. ^ "Scholarships". Korea National University of Education. Retrieved 2016-04-03. 
  3. ^ "School". Korea National University of Education. Retrieved 2016-04-03. 

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Coordinates: 36°36′32″N 127°21′38″E / 36.608983°N 127.360640°E / 36.608983; 127.360640