Created in 1972 to serve the pedagogy-related subjects of Unicamp's licentiate programs, the Faculty of Education expanded its work in educating Teaching professionals from the opening of the undergraduate program in Pedagogy (1974) and the implementation of the Master's degree (1975) and PhD in Education (1980).
In regards to graduation, the Faculty is currently responsible for the Pedagogy program and the Integrated Degree in Chemistry and Physics (shared with two other Unicamp departments), offering classes for the 21 undergraduate programs at the University and answering for the Presidency and Vice Chair of the University's Permanent Teacher Training Committee (CPFP).
Considered one of the most important programs of its kind in Latin America, its Graduate Degree in Education plays a fundamental role in the composition of higher education staff in Brazil, with an average of 800 students distributed among master's and doctorate programs in the last 10 years. With the expansion of graduate education, masters and doctors graduated by FE-Unicamp are responsible for the installation of new programs in various regions of the country.
The concern with improving teach education is also found in the graduate level. So much so that the faculty has more than one initiative in this regard. One such initiative is the Multidepartment Graduate Program in Science and Mathematics Education, and the other is the Professional Master's Degree in School Education. In 2011, the FE, together with the Unicamp Physics, Chemistry and Geosciences institutes, proposed to the university the creation of the Multidepartment Graduate Program in Science and Mathematics Education (Pecim), which aims to strengthen teacher education in the areas of Sciences, being a stricto-sensu graduate program. After being approved, the course has been executed in a cooperation regime between departments, having served 111 students so far. Another graduate program, the Professional Master's Degree in School Education, is more recent and was recognized by MEC Ordinance 259 on 02/15/2017. It is a modality at the stricto sensu graduate level of professional and continued education aimed at Basic Education professionals.
The Faculty's research work is a fundamental part of its pedagogical and political proposal since its inception, and it works as the axis of its academic production, as well as its action regarding training and organizational structure. With that in mind, its teachers are organized in Research Groups that address the most relevant topics in the field of education. Coordinating and guiding the work of undergraduate and graduate students, as well as working with researchers from the network of relationships that the department maintains with institutions from various Brazilian states and countries such as Germany, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, United States, France, Italy, Portugal and Uruguay.
Consistent with its intense research activities, in June 2013 the Congregation of the Faculty of Education approved a proposal to reformulate its Graduate Program in Education - PPGE, reorganizing it into 10 Lines. These lines are articulated and correspond with the 6 departments of the faculty, and each Line in turn brings together several Research Groups with similar interests.
In addition to teaching and research, the Faculty of Education has established a significant presence in society through Extension actions, emphasizing partnerships with public agencies and institutions, in the form of projects, agreements, contracts, courses and other modalities of interaction. The promotion of extension and specialization courses for teachers and managers of public schools has been ever present over the last decade. In the last five years, the FE has entered around 64 national and international cooperation agreements, providing an intense mobility of teachers and graduate students from the faculty among different institutions.
Most of these actions were only possible because the Faculty invested strategically over the years and developed a sophisticated distance learning infrastructure – considered a model in the application of telecommunication resources in education, which allows video conferences in teaching activities, research and events, in real time, to different remote locations and other countries. The main objective of this infrastructure is enable the expansion of the the offer of free and quality higher education courses and programs in Distance Education (EaD) and semi-presential (in-person and distance) courses for continuing education with and through Technologies, at the local, regional, state, national and international levels.
Another structure of essential importance for undergraduate and graduate research at FE is the FE Library “Prof. Joel Martins”, which has a specialized collection of 104,502 items, books (which represent most of the collection), CDs, DVDs and academic papers. About the scientific journals, there are 200 titles with current subscriptions and thousands of issues accumulated over the years – as of 2013 – accessible, mostly, by electronic means. The subjects covered by the collections are focused on pedagogy training, the integrated degree in chemistry and physics and other degrees, especially: school administration, social sciences in education, culture, children's education, education in general, philosophy of education, teacher education, history of education in Brazil, language and art in education, children's and young adult literature, general literature, educational policies, teaching practices, educational psychology, educational sociology, teaching assessment systems, educational systems, chemistry, physics and other related programs. In addition to physical collections, there are several sources of electronic data, databases, digital libraries, journals, and electronic books, all in significant quantities, often in greater numbers compared to physical collections.
The Faculty, in addition to the participation of its teaching researchers in external publications, also publishes the following journals: Proposições (three times a year), Educação Temática Digital distributed nationally and internationally, which have high level editorial committees, being classified by Capes as level A1 publications.
The department has approximately 10,000 m2 of built area, distributed in 6 buildings, with 19 Classrooms (able to accommodate 20, 30 and 60 students, all equipped with multimedia equipment), 7 Multipurpose Rooms (destined for meetings, studies, presentations), 35 Research Group Rooms, 3 Video Conferencing Rooms, an Amphitheater, a Computer Lab capable of serving 47 users, and an Internet network with a storage capacity of approximately 58 Terabytes of Data, Library and Living Area.
Thus, beyond qualifying professionals for teaching and research, the FE effectively contributes to the formulation of the national discourse on Education, proposing policies and courses and the participation of its teachers in various administrative and deliberative instances at regional and national levels.