The Faculty of Education was established in 1984, replacing the former School of Education. It has assumed an important role in educational research and professional training in the region and internationally, and has contributed significantly to education policy and development in Hong Kong. The Faculty is a major teacher-education institution, has strong expertise in policy analysis and curriculum development, and was the first institution in Hong Kong to train speech therapists and audiologists for the local community.

The Faculty has more than 100 full-time academic staff drawn from all over the world. In addition to performing teaching duties, academic staff are engaged in an extensive range of research, which provides a focus for supervision of research degrees. Members of the Faculty lead both local and international projects. Many of them sit on advisory committees contributing to the formulation of policies related to Hong Kong's education.