Pedagogical University of Kraków

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Pedagogical University of Kraków
Uniwersytet Pedagogiczny im. Komisji Edukacji Narodowej w Krakowie
Rectorprof. dr hab. Kazimierz Karolczak
Addressul. Podchorążych 2, 30-084 Kraków, Kraków, Poland

The Pedagogical University of Kraków (Polish: Uniwersytet Pedagogiczny im. Komisji Edukacji Narodowej w Krakowie, often shortened to Uniwersytet Pedagogiczny), was named after the Commission of National Education created by King Stanisław August Poniatowski. It is a public university located in Kraków, Poland.[1] It was founded soon after the conclusion of World War II, on May 11, 1946 originally as the National Higher College of Teacher Training. Its aim is the training of highly qualified teaching staff for the Polish educational system.

Pedagogical University of Kraków

The Pedagogical University is the earliest Pedagogical University in postwar Poland. It functions according to the model of integrated education combining theoretical knowledge with practical skills. The mission of the University is reinforced in scientific research and development according to the highest European standards in several dozen fields of studies. It runs first-cycle (Bachelor’s) and second-cycle (Master’s) degree programmes, as well as in the third-cycle degree studies (Ph.D.), and post-graduate study courses.


At the beginning, the Pedagogical Academy trained elementary school teachers; with the curriculum spanning over a period of 3 years. As early as in 1949, it began training secondary school teachers and was split into a new organizational structure based on departments. The academic posts were appointed, including those of the Senate, the Department Councils, the Rector, Vice-Rectors and the Deans.

In 1954 the college received the title of a Higher College. Curriculum increased to 4 years and students graduated with a Master's degree. The Polish October political transformations of 1956 resulted in the college gaining significant autonomy. For the first time the Rector was elected and not nominated. The first elected Rector was Prof. dr Wincenty Danek. Under his administration, the Higher College of Teacher Training rapidly developed and earned even more reputation. From the academic year 1958/1959 studies were extended to 5 years.

In 1959 the University received the right to offer doctorate degree programs and in 1967 the right to confer the degree of habilitated doctor.

In 1989 a period of political and social transformations resulted in the Academy receiving complete independence and self-government. On October 1, 1999, the college was renamed to the Pedagogical Academy of Cracow of the National Education Commission (Akademia Pedagogiczna im. Komisji Edukacji Narodowej w Krakowie). On October 3, 2008, the college was renamed to the Pedagogical University of Cracow of the National Education Commission (Uniwersytet Pedagogiczny im. Komisji Edukacji Narodowej w Krakowie).

Organizational structure[edit]

Faculty of Humanities[2][edit]

  • Institute of Philosophy and Sociology
  • Institute of History and Archival Studies
  • Institute of Political Science

Faculty of Philology [3][edit]

  • Institute of Polish Philology
  • Institute of Information Science
  • Institute of Neophilology

Faculty of Pedagogy [4][edit]

  • Institute of Security Education and Civic Education
  • Institute of Educational Sciences
  • Institute of Pre-School and Early School Education
  • Institute of Special Needs Education
  • Institute of Social Work
  • Chair of Psychology
  • Teacher Training Centre (university-wide unit)

Faculty of Political Science [5][edit]

  • Institute of Law, Administration and Economics
  • Institute of Political Science

Faculty of Geography and Biology [6][edit]

Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Technical Science [7][edit]

  • Institute of Mathematics
  • Institute of Physics
  • Institute of Technology
  • Institute of Computer Science

Faculty of Art [8][edit]

  • Institute of Graphic Art and Visual Design
  • Institute of Painting and Artistic Education
  • Chair of Intermedia
  • Chair of Multimedia
  • Chair of Theory of Art and Art Education


  1. ^ Uniwersytet Pedagogiczny (2012). "Introduction and organizational structure" (in Polish and English). Pedagogical University of Kraków. Retrieved December 3, 2012.
  2. ^ U.P., Wydział Humanistyczny (Faculty of Humanities) Uniwersytet Pedagogiczny, homepage.
  3. ^ U.P., Wydział Filologiczny (Faculty of Philology) Uniwersytet Pedagogiczny, homepage.
  4. ^ U.P., Wydział Pedagogiczny (Faculty of Pedagogy) Uniwersytet Pedagogiczny, homepage.
  5. ^ U.P., Wydział Politologii (Faculty of Political Science) Uniwersytet Pedagogiczny, homepage.
  6. ^ U.P., Wydział Geograficzno-Biologiczny (Faculty of Geography and Biology) Uniwersytet Pedagogiczny, homepage.
  7. ^ U.P., Wydział Matematyczno-Fizyczno-Techniczny (Faculty of Mathematics, Physics, and Technical Science) Uniwersytet Pedagogiczny, homepage.
  8. ^ U.P., Wydział Sztuki (Faculty of Art) Uniwersytet Pedagogiczny, homepage.


Coordinates: 50°4′24.46″N 19°54′31.54″E / 50.0734611°N 19.9087611°E / 50.0734611; 19.9087611