The Pedagogical University of Cracow was established on 11 May, 1946 as the National Higher Teacher Training College, and it commenced educational activities on 25 October of the same year.

Initially, it prepared primary school teachers. The training cycle lasted three years and ended with the exit examination. From the academic year 1949/1950, the College also trained secondary school teachers, and worked within the framework of the new organizational structure based on teaching departments. At the same time, internal academic institutions and positions were established: senate, faculty councils, president, vice-presidents and deans.

In 1954, the College was granted the status of a higher education institution, where the studies lasted four years, and the graduates received full university qualifications and a master's degree. As a result of the political changes of 1956, the University gained significant autonomy, and for the first time the Rector (i.e. President), who had previously been appointed, was elected. This was Professor Wincenty Danek, Ph.D. Under his leadership the development of the National Higher Teacher Training College soon gained prestige as a University in the educational environment due to the fact that it prepared highly qualified teachers. In the academic year 1958/1959, the study cycle was extended to 5 years.

In 1959, the University was granted the right to grant doctoral degrees, and in 1967 the right to conduct Doctorus Habilitatus courses. In 1973, the National Higher Teacher Training College was named after The Commission of National Education of the late XVIII Century. The year 1989 began a period of political and social transformations, confronting the academic environment with new challenges, involving the development of a model of education and functioning in conditions of complete independence and self-government.

On October 1, 1999, the College was transformed into the Pedagogical University of Cracow (Akademia Pedagogiczna im. Komisji Edukacji Narodowej w Krakowie) by parliamentary statute.

On 20 November, 2008, the School transformed its legal status into that of a university, and consequently changed its name to the Pedagogical University of Cracow (Uniwersytet Pedagogiczny im. Komisji Edukacji Narodowej w Krakowie).

 

Calendar of Important Dates

1946 – establishment of the National Higher Teacher Training College
1954 – the status of a higher education institution granted
1973 – named after the Commission of National Education
1999 – change of name to the Pedagogical University of Cracow (Akademia Pedagogiczna im. Komisji Edukacji Narodowej w Krakowie)
2008 – change of name to the Pedagogical University of Cracow (Uniwersytet Pedagogiczny im. Komisji Edukacji Narodowej w Krakowie)

 

Calendar of Important Holidays

14 October – the Day of The Commission of National Education (anniversary of the establishment of the Commission of National Education – 14 October, 1773)
11 May – University Day (the anniversary of the inception of the Committee of the National Higher Teacher Training College – 11 May, 1946)