Study centres throughout South Africa and Namibia make it possible for in-service teachers to achieve the following qualifications:

Please Note

NPDE

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE NPDE PROGRAMME IS BEING TERMINATED IN DECEMBER 2019.

This programme is in the phasing out process for the past four years, and no students will be allowed to complete their NPDE qualification in 2020, whatever the circumstances. Therefore please use the 2018 Tutorial Notes below.

 

BEDHONS NQF LEVEL 7

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE BEDHONS NQF LEVEL 7 PROGRAMME IS BEING TERMINATED IN DECEMBER 2019.

This programme is in the phasing out process for the past four years, and no students will be allowed to complete their BEdHons qualification in 2020, whatever the circumstances. Therefore please use the 2018 Tutorial Notes below.

 

 

Support Documentation

 

The Advanced Certificate in Teaching(ACT)

Overview

The Advanced Certificate in Teaching is intended to acknowledge specialised academic or professional studies in education. The Department of Basic Education and the Department of Higher Education and Training realised that many teachers need more subject knowledge or want to change their direction or specialisation and/or teach a new subject or phase. The ACT is a new qualification that can fulfil that role. The ACT is primarily vocationally oriented, and the aim with the qualification is that teachers strengthen their subject knowledge or prepare themselves to teach a new subject. The ACT qualification will be based on the four school phases: Foundation Phase, Intermediate Phase, Senior Phase and Further Education and Training Phase.  The UODL at the NWU will in 2018 present the Advanced Certificate in Foundation Phase Teaching (ACT FP), the Advanced Certificate in Intermediate Phase Teaching (ACT IP), and the Advanced Certificate in Senior Phase Teaching (ACT SP).

Admission

To register for the ACT, a student should have at least one three year teaching qualification carrying 360 credits from an accredited higher education institution; i.e. the student has to be a professional teacher.  ABET qualifications do not provide access to the ACT since they are not school based. There is no requirement pertaining to experience.  It is the only qualification that students who have completed the NPDE can enrol for in order to further their studies up to honours or masters level. However, students with a completed ACE, BEd, PGCE or even BEdHons may also enrol, should they want to change their focus or sharpen their skills. It is a one year qualification which is presented over two years via distance education.

From the ACT, students may articulate to the Advanced Diploma in Education (NQF 7), from where they can continue either to the Postgraduate Diploma in Education or the BEdHons, both NQF 8.

 

The Advanced Certificate in Foundation Phase Teaching (ACFPT)

Information

SAQA 96436


This programme will equip teachers to teach in grades R, 1, 2, and 3. They do three generic modules (Foundations of Education, Information and Communication Technology and a Practice Teaching component) and six content-based modules which are CAPS based.

 

The Advanced Certificate in Intermediate Phase Teaching (ACIPT)

Information

SAQA 97199

This programme will equip teachers to teach grades 4, 5 and 6. They do three generic modules (Foundations of Education, Information and Communication Technology,  a Practice Teaching component) and three fundamental modules (two modules in English First Additional Language and one module Elementary Mathematics.) Students select two specializations from Life Skills, Mathematics, Science and Technology and Social Science.

 

The Advanced Certificate in Senior Phase Teaching (ACP ST) 

Information

SAQA 99572

This programme equips teachers to teach from grade 7 to grade 9, i.e. the final phase of the General Education and Training band. Students do the three generic modules: Foundations of Education, Information and Communication Technology, and a Practice Teaching component. They then select ONE specialization from Economic and Management Sciences, English Home Language, Life Skills, Mathematics, Natural Science, Social Science or Technology. 
Students pursuing the ACT are expected to complete the module in Work-integrated Learning (WIL). If they are practising teachers, the assessment will take place in their current school, by an approved mentor.  If they are not in a teaching position, they have to spend three weeks at a partner school of the NWU in order to complete the WIL.
The ACT is delivered only via open distance learning.  Students may register twice a year: to commence in January or in July.  All study materials are included in the price of the programme and delivered to students by courier.  Students are not expected to have internet access. The study material is available in hard copy (paper-based), and interactive whiteboard classes are presented.  These lessons can be attended at one of the many student support centres where computers with internet access are available, or may be downloaded from here

The medium of instruction is English and study material is available in English, but students may do their work in Afrikaans or answer examination papers in Afrikaans.

 

The Advanced Diploma in Education (ADE)

Overview

SAQA ID: 94859

Field: Special Needs Education

  • For retraining, teachers who want to specialize in a new teaching subject.
  • For upgrading, teachers with a professional qualification, who did not specialize in the phase but have experience teaching in the phase.
  • For upgrading, teachers who want to strengthen their field of specialization subject and/or phase. 

Admission

A four-year Bachelor degree, or a general first degree or diploma, plus a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, or a former Higher Diploma in Education (Postgraduate) may be presented for admission.
A former Advanced Certificate in Education (Level 6 on the former 8-level NQF) or a former Further Diploma in Education which follows a former professional teaching qualification, or a former four-year Higher Diploma in Education, may also be presented for admission into an Advanced Diploma.
In addition, a new Advanced Certificate (Level 6 on the current 10 level NQF) which followed a former Diploma in Education (including a National Professional Diploma in Education) may also be presented for admission into an Advanced Diploma.
Further specialisation in a teaching subject, offered through an Advanced Diploma at Level 7, requires cognate studies in that subject at Level 6 in the entry qualification.

Method of Delivery

Currently the mode of delivery is paper based. Classes are presented in English over the Inter Active White Boards. For each model 3 contact sessions are scheduled during a semester or 6 for a year module.
Although a computer is not a pre-requirement, it will be to your benefit, since assignments and portfolios need to be typed and you need the internet to complete assignments and portfolios.  

Important information

  • How to apply
  • Registration information: 
    Two intake per year.
    The minimum duration for the ADE specialisations is one year and the maximum duration is three years, unless stated otherwise.
  • Program leader e-mail address: 10084975@nwu.ac.za
Professionally qualified teachers, who have completed an Advanced Diploma in Education, may proceed to a cognate Bachelor of Education Honours degree, or to an Honours degree in another cognate field or to a cognate Postgraduate Diploma in Education. Accumulated credits may also may also be presented for entry into cognate Bachelor’s degree, including a Bachelor of Education degree.
 

 

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

Overview

SAQA ID:  97757

 

Programme Information

The rules for the PGCE Programme must be read together with the General Academic rules of the university (A-rules), which is available on the Internet here

 

Nature and general aims

The PGCE programme in the Faculty of Education Sciences of the North-West University prepares student teachers to become competent professional educators in a variety of educational and training careers. The overarching goal of the educational experience in this particular programme is to provide all our students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to live and work in a globally interdependent world and with the support services to help them succeed. This requires a conscious, purposeful, sustained and social-constructivist focus on the actual learning of students that may take place because of their interactions in specific study-related groups. For this reason, this academic programme also seeks to foster inclusivity and to develop a sense of personal and social responsibility and ethical conduct in and among our students by encouraging involvement in environmental affairs, as well as in community and public service. It endeavours to offer and cultivate a teaching-learning environment that is hospitable to diverse socio-conventional and linguistic interests and activities.

 

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education is focused on the initial training of teachers for teaching in the Senior and Further Education and Training Phases, thus Grades 7 to 12.

The PGCE serves as a professional capping qualification for candidates who have completed a relevant B-degree or a relevant qualification with at least 360-credits and wish to enter the teaching profession.

Students, who obtained this qualification with its focused vision on classroom practice, will be able to fulfil all the contextual roles and competencies of an effective educator.

With this certificate an educator can teach from Grades 7 to 12.

 

The programme equips and empowers prospective educators in the Senior and FET phases to:

  • Develop and demonstrate a deep knowledge and understanding of education theory and practice;
  • Integrate education theory and practice as applied competence;
  • Demonstrate and implement the subject specific pedagogical competencies of the Senior and FET educator that embrace teaching, learning and assessment in practice;
  • Develop and demonstrate knowledge, skills, attitudes and values to become responsible, independent and contributing scholars of the professional educational community in a diverse and changing national and international context; and
  • Develop and demonstrate critical, creative and reflective problem solving skills within educational and societal context.

 

The qualification consists of a minimum of 140 credits divided into a minimum of 15 modules. These modules include fundamental modules, generic modules and specialisation methodologies, as well as some additional modules.

This specialised qualification will provide the successful student with both horizontal and vertical articulation possibilities. To articulate vertically, a student can seek access to the B Ed Honours (NQF 8) or a Postgraduate Diploma in Education (NQF 8), specializing further in a cognate subject, phase or practice contained in this initial qualification. These NQF Level 8 qualifications ensure access to further postgraduate studies (Master’s & Doctoral Degrees) in cognate study areas. A horizontal articulation is also possible to the Adv Dip (Education) qualification on NQF level 7, for students who want to develop a new role to support teaching and learning, for example school librarianship, education for the deaf, etc.

 

Study Duration

The minimum duration of study is one year (four examination opportunities) and the maximum duration of study is three years (six examination opportunities)

 

Specific Objectives

Students, who obtained this qualification with its focused vision on classroom practice, will be able to fulfil all the contextual roles and competencies of an effective educator.

 

Language

The language of tuition via ODL is English. Study guides for all the modules are available in English. A student may write examinations and submit assignments in either Afrikaans or English. Contact sessions are conducted in English.

 

Admission

An undergraduate university degree with two recognised school subjects or a recognised qualification with a minimum of 360 credits at NQF level 6 and that includes at least two recognised school subjects.

Students must also be able to take two methodology subjects in order to obtain the qualification.

The curriculum for the qualification is structured as follows:

  • a recognised school subject at level 3 +
  • a recognised school subject at level 2 (depending on subject specific requirements).

 

In the event of a choice between methodologies for academic subjects already obtained for a prior qualification, a student must select from these the two subjects that were obtained at the highest level. In the case of Languages, the relevant language subject must be at year level 3.

 

(A recognised school subject is one included in the Department of Basic Education’s official list of school subjects.) These are recognised school subjects completed in a qualification obtained:

Examples of recognised school subjects completed in initial qualification obtained:

Languages (Afrikaans, English or Setswana), Geography, History, Mathematics, Sociology and Psychology, Human Movement Sciences, Life Sciences (Physiology, Botany, Zoology), Physical Sciences (Physics, Chemistry), Business Management, Accounting, Economics, Tourism, Information Technology, Music and Art.

 

Faculty Specific requirements

Exceptions:

  • A student who wants to take the Methodology of Mathematics must have completed Mathematics on level 2 or otherwise Mathematics on level 1 with one of the following on level 2: Statistics, Mathematical Statistics and Applied Mathematics.
  • A student who wants to take the Methodology of Life Orientation must have Psychology and one of the following subjects on degree level: Sociology, Philosophy, Political Sciences, Human Movement Science, Nutrition and Labour -and Industrial studies.  Psychology must be one of the disciplines. The student must already have a second school subject on degree level for the second methodology. Due to the high volume of Life Orientation applications, a cut-off point of 65% average for the highest subject contributing to the Life Orientation methodology is set.
  • A student who wants to take the Methodology of Languages must have completed it on level 3.
  • A student who wants to take Life Sciences as methodology need to present one of the following subjects Physiology, Zoology or Botany on level three and the other two on level 1 for admission  to the ADT. 
  • A student who wants to take Physical Sciences as methodology need to present one of Chemistry or Physics on level two and the other one at least on level 1.
  • It is compulsory for students in the Methodology of Visual Arts to have a background knowledge in music.
  • It is compulsory for students in the Methodology of Music to have a background knowledge in art.
  • A student who wants to take the Methodology of Business studies, needs to have a background knowledge of Accounting and Economics to be able to qualify for Economic Management Sciences.
  • A student who want to take the Methodology of Accounting, needs to have a background knowledge in Business Management and Economics to be able to qualify for Economic Management Sciences.
  • A student who want to take the Methodology of Economics, needs to have a background knowledge of Accounting and Business Management to be able to qualify for Economic Management Sciences.
  • A student who wants to take the Methodology of Tourism, needs to have a background knowledge of Business Management, Accounting and Economics to be able to qualify for Economic Management Sciences.
  • A student who wants to take the Methodology of Geography, needs to have a background knowledge of GIS and History to be able to qualify for Social Sciences.
  • A student who wants to take the Methodology of History, needs to have a background knowledge of Geography to be able to qualify for Social Sciences.

Method of Delivery

The North-West University provides each student with the opportunity to attend contact sessions at specific NWU venues countrywide. Lecturers are available for students for extra support. Additional student support is provided by means of Learner Management system:

E-fundi Portal

UODL Downloads 

 

What is a Learner Management System?

A Learner Management system supports communication between lecturers and students and creates a collaboration environment for students and researchers. Academic information such as subject content, discussion forums, important dates, additional resources and supplementary instruction are clearly advised on e-Fundi.

 

Registration

  • Annual registrations only (i.e. one intake only in the beginning of the year).
  • Closing date for applications: 30 September of year before year of study.
  • The duration is a minimum of one (1) year and a maximum of three (3) years to complete the study.

 

Bachelor of Education (BEd): Foundation Phase

Overview

SAQA : 96365

The focus in the BEd Foundation Phase programme is to prepare students to teach from Grades R - 3. The knowledge mix for Foundation Phase teaching includes disciplinary, pedagogical and practical learning, to enable teachers to work competently with Grades R - 3 learners. The Foundation Phase programme prepares young learners for formal learning. The focus of this grade is on learning through play, developing physical coordination; as well as developing spoken language competence and fundamental ideas that will form a basis for future development of number sense and literacy.

In addition, Foundation Phase teachers must be capable of teaching all three subjects (Language, Mathematics and Life Skills) in Grade R-3, drawing from a broad range of general knowledge, which will support and enable them to implement the South African national school curriculum. Teachers need an extensive and specialised knowledge of early childhood learning to teach reading, writing and mathematics and to develop key initial concepts and skills that lay the foundation for learning in future phases.

Foundation Phase teachers must be skilled in identifying and addressing barriers to learning in the early years of schooling, as well as in curriculum differentiation for multiple learning levels within a grade.

The purpose of the Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase Teaching (BEd FP Teaching) is to prepare beginner teachers to teach from Grades R - 3. In order to ensure well-rounded education for beginner teachers, the Foundation Phase programme is developed around a conceptual framework that focuses on social change and leadership, based on professional and disciplinary knowledge, and Practical and Service Learning. Twelve critical components guide the conceptual framework, namely: Social Change; Leadership; Practical Learning (e.g., Work Integrated Learning (WIL), Virtual Learning Experiences, etc.); Service Learning; Professional (e.g., pedagogical content knowledge) and Disciplinary Knowledge Bases (Language, Mathematics and Life Skills); Reflective and Analytic Thought; Collaboration; Communication; Professional Dispositions; Professional Learning; and Diversity and Technological Proficiency, specifically Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge.

These twelve critical components will enable beginner Foundation Phase teachers to comply with the minimum competencies and collective roles of beginner teachers, as specified in the Minimum Requirements for Teacher Education Qualifications document.

Please remember the following:

The BEd Foundation Phase programme students of the North-West University who are completing their studies via the UODL are required to complete a total of 24 weeks’ practicum at a school (in Grades R – 3 classrooms) for Work Integrated Learning. Students must complete the 24 weeks’ practicum over a minimum period of four years and a maximum period of eight years, a minimum of three continuous weeks per semester

Worked Integrated Learning (WIL)

WIL is compulsory for ALL BEd students who are registered in the Faculty of Education. The number of weeks (see below) is the students’ responsibility and must be successfully completed before the BEd Foundation Phase degree can be awarded. The total number of weeks for BEd is 24 weeks.

Admission

(APS-score: The results obtained in four Designated Subjects and two NSC subjects are used in the computation of the APS-score. The results obtained in Life Orientation are excluded. The APS-score is 24. Students may be required to write an admission exam.

Language requirement: A pass at level 4 (50-59 %) in the language of instruction on both the Home and First Additional Language level.

Specific requirements

  • Basic computer literacy.
  • Access to internet.
  • It is compulsory to attend all contact sessions.
  • It is compulsory to obtain the necessary technology such as a computer and/or tablet and mobile phone that meet the minimum specifications of the NWU namely: WiFi-enabled, one of the operating systems Windows, Android or Apple, 3G enabled (preferable) and 32 Gig (preferable).

Calculating the APS score

  • The results of 6 subjects are used to determine the APS-score (24+ for BEd Foundation Phase Training programme)
  • The achievement obtained in Life Orientation (LO) will not be rated in computing the APS-score. An achievement level of 5 or higher in LO will be regarded as a recommendation for admission in borderline cases and admission to certain programmes.
  • A student who achieves one APS scale points less than required for a specific study course, may at the discretion of the Senate be admitted conditionally to a particular field of study. Such a student must prove by successful completion of a Senate-approved admission examination, registered with the Matriculation Board that he/she has the ability to be admitted to university studies.
  • A student who obtains Discretionary Exemption may be admitted to certain study programmes on certain conditions.

Method of Delivery

Structuring of curriculum:
  • Structure your curriculum over the minimum period of four years. The maximum period to complete the qualification is eight years.
  • Do not attempt more than nine modules per semester (examination session) - remember that you should spend at least six months working through a module.
  • Most curricula do not consist of more than 30 modules, which implies that you will be able to complete the curriculum in four years (eight examination opportunities).
  • If, after eight years, you still have to complete some modules, your studies will be terminated.
Language of instruction:
The language of tuition via ODL is English. Contact sessions will be conducted in English.
Study guides for all the modules (with the exception of Languages) are only available in English. You may write examinations and submit assignments in either Afrikaans or English.
Please note that where a module is chosen for Language of Learning and Teaching (LoLT), you must write examinations and submit assignments in that specific language.
 
Study material and study guides
  • Study material (e.g. text books) will be delivered either by postal or courier services to the address you have indicated for the delivery of study material.
  • Please note that you must indicate a physical or work address to which the study material may be delivered via courier.
  • Study material sent via postal services must be collected from the post office within seven working days, or it will be returned to the NWU. You will be liable for the cost of postage.
  • Study guides will be available on e-Fundi.
  • This programme is supported by the e-Fundi learner management system. All your study guides will be downloaded on this platform. You will be able to communicate with your lecturer and peers and submit your assignments on this platform.
  • When you sign up to use eFundi, your username will be your student number. The first time, you will need to use your RSA ID number @Nwu as your password. Type your ID no followed by @Nwu as your password (eg. Your id number@Nwu). Namibian students will need to use their passport number as their password. Kindly change your password and memorize it.
  • All students MUST have an email address.
Interactive whiteboard sessions sessions
Contact sessions are provided at Learning Support Centres during Interactive Whiteboard sessions (IWB). This implies that the lecturer responsible for the module will lecture at Potchefstroom while his/her lecture is being broadcast live to the various Learning Support Centres.
Each Learning Support Centre has a technician and/or programme facilitator to assist you. You may therefore interrupt the lecturer or answer/ask questions at any time, as the whiteboard allows for immediate interaction. The technician and/or programme facilitator will assist you in this regard.
During the Interactive Whiteboard sessions, you may SMS questions regarding the module being presented to 43366.
Normal SMS rates apply. Such questions will be addressed by the lecturer during or after the session.
More information regarding this system will be communicated to you during IWB sessions.
The majority of sessions in 2020 at all Learning Support Centres will be facilitated by utilising interactive whiteboards.
Please ensure you are on time for your modules/programme. The time slots are scheduled according to these times, similar to TV programmes. If you are late, you will miss out.
 
Contact sessions
  • Attending contact sessions is not compulsory, although it has been proven by research that students who attend normally have a higher success rate.
  • During these sessions, you will meet with relevant academic professionals who will give you advice on your assignments, provide feedback regarding completed assignments, and provide academic guidance via your study material. You will also have the opportunity to work in groups with peers.
  • It is very important that you should be well prepared when attending a contact session.
  • Contact sessions are primarily scheduled during weekdays at registered Learning Support Centres for BEd Foundation phase students.
  • You may also write examinations at the Learning Support Centre, but must indicate such a preference well in advance.
  • Only modules, as indicated on the timetable, will be facilitated on the assigned dates.
  • Timetables for all contact sessions scheduled from January to October 2020 are included in this information booklet.

 

Registration

Contact number: 018 285 5900 

A rule 1.3.3: Minimum and maximum duration of study

The minimum and maximum duration of study for the BEd programme offered by the Faculty are as follows:
Bachelor of Education
  • Bachelor of Education (BEd): Minimum 4 years and maximum 6 years (contact mode) (refer to A rule 1.14.1.4);
  • Bachelor of Education (BEd): Minimum 4 years and maximum 8 years (distance) (refer to A rule 1.14.2.4).

A rule 1.8: Linked and concurrent modules (These modules are identified clearly in the faculty yearbook applicable to your studies.

1.8.1        Linked modules, being modules identified as assumed learning for a subsequent module or modules, must be specified in faculty rules.
1.8.2        Linked modules must have been passed before a student may register for a successive module.
1.8.3        The passing of modules may be specified in faculty rules as a concurrent requirement for the recognition of the passing of another module, in which case such modules may be taken in a semester prior to, or in the same semester as the module for which it is a concurrent requirement.
 

Faculty comment: ODL students must, before registration, make sure that the modules they would like to register for in a specific year are correct according to the yearbook.

 

A rule 1.10.1: Annual registration

(Refer to A rule 1.4, recognition as a student of the university)
1.10.1.1: Every returning student must register annually in their personal capacity, either by means of a paper-based or an electronic registration process, for the learning components that are prescribed for the specific study year, in accordance with the faculty rules applicable to the qualification, programme and module(s) concerned.
 
Faculty comment: Please take note that it is imperative that all the ODL students must register annually.
Should a student be registered for a module, NWU views that student as active in the module, and they will have two examination opportunities to pass the module successfully. Should the student not pass the module after the first two successive examination opportunities, whether or not participation took place towards the participation mark and/or examination, the student will fail the module and will have to reregister and pay for the module again.
 
Kindly note that NWU will charge a fee to the student’s account should a second examination session be utilised.
 
1.10.1.6:  Two registration periods for the various levels and modes of study are annually determined in the university calendar, the second of which is reserved exclusively for registration of students in such distance programmes as may be identified annually by the responsible executive dean.
 
Faculty comment: When a first registration is done for the second semester, it is done only for 6 months and then yearly as from January onwards.
 

Annual registration for BEd programme:

  1. Students (contact and distance) register for the BEd only during the first annual registration period.   The modules offered are synchronised for the modes of delivery.
  2. BEd students are advised to report to the faculty adviser before registration so that a curriculum control form can be completed in order to ensure that the student registers for the correct modules. Correctness of registration remains the personal responsibility of the student.
 
1.10.4.1: Subject to the applicable faculty rules and the applicable provisions regarding payable fees, a student may apply in the prescribed manner and within the period indicated for that purpose on the annual university calendar, to amend, cancel or discontinue registration.
1.10.4.2: Registration may be cancelled for a programme or a module, and entails that a student withdraws from the programme or module before formal tuition begins.
1.10.4.3: Timeous cancellation of registration is not reflected in a student’s academic record and a pro-rata part of the registration fees, as well as the paid tuition fees, may be reimbursed.
Faculty comment: The last day for module amendments and cancellation will be 15 February 2019 for the first semester and 15 August 2019 for the second semester. In this case only a pro rata payment will be paid back to the student as study material had already been sent to students and there were administrative and postage fees.

 

Program leader e-mail address: Dr Stef Esterhuizen

Programme co-ordinator for ODL: Dr Christine du Toit

Contact details:
Tel: +27 18 285 5900
Fax: +27 87 234 4957
Website: distance.nwu.ac.za/
SMS: Send SMS to 43366 NWU[Space]Student number[Space]Subject code[Space]And the question

 

2. Direct all written correspondence to:
2.1 Academic matters:
The Director: School for Professional Studies in Education
North-West University
Potchefstroom
Private Bag X6001
Potchefstroom
2520
South Africa
 
2.2 Administrative matters:
The Unit for Open Distance Learning (UODL)
Building B11A
North-West University
Private Bag X6001
Internal Box 539
Potchefstroom
2520

 

2.3 Important contact numbers

Description
Contact number
General /administrative enquiries
018 285 5900
Academic / lecturer enquiries
018 285 5900
Learning support centres enquiries
018 299 4561
Examination information / timetable enquiries
018 285 5900
Module re-registration enquiries
018 285 5900
Booking of computer literacy training
018 285 5900
Examination paper related enquiries
018 285 5900

 

 

Bachelor of Education (BEd): Intermediate Phase (OLD)

 

Overview

SAQA : 98923

The purpose of the BEd in Intermediate Phase programme (Life Skills & Social Sciences) is to develop teachers who can demonstrate general educational principles as well as focused knowledge and skills for Intermediate Phase teaching. The qualification requires in-depth specialized knowledge, together with practical skills and experience in Intermediate Phase classroom teaching context. As part of the qualification, students will be expected to gain experience in applying such knowledge and skills in the context of working with Grade 4 - 6 learners in a school. This will be realized by the proposed curriculum on the basis of the coherent and ongoing connection between the core theory of pedagogy, the theory of teaching and learning and the subject content of Intermediate Phase teaching.

 

Admission

General admission requirements

  • A National Senior Certificate must be obtained and the minimum statutory requirements for admission to a B degree.
  • APS-score: The results obtained in four Designated Subjects and two NSC subjects are used in the computation of the APS-score. The results obtained in Life Orientation are excluded. The APS-score is 24. Students may be required to write an admission exam.  Students with an APS score higher than 24, who do not have a degree endorsement (exemption), may be considered for admittance after successfully completing a Senate-approved admission test.

Specific requirements

  • Basic computer literacy.
  • Language requirements: A minimum pass level 4 (50%-59%) is compulsory for the languages offered at Home Language and First Additional Language levels.
  • Access to internet.
  • It is compulsory to attend all contact sessions.
  • It is compulsory to obtain the necessary technology such as a computer and/or tablet and mobile phone that meet the minimum specifications of the NWU namely: WiFi-enabled, one of the operating systems Windows, Android or Apple, 3G enabled (preferable) and 32 Gig (preferable).
  • Due to practical requirement in some of the modules, vacation school attendance may be required for Open Distance Learning (ODL) students enrolled for the Intermediate phase programme.
  • Costing of the vacations schools is the responsibility of the students.

Calculating the APS-score

  • The results of 6 subjects are used to determine the APS-score.
  • The achievement obtained in Life Orientation (LO) will not be rated in computing the APS-score. An achievement level of 5 or higher in LO will be regarded as a recommendation for admission in boundary cases and admission to certain programmes.
  • A student who achieves one APS scale points less than required for a specific study course, may at the discretion of the Senate be admitted conditionally to a particular field of study. Such a student must prove by successful completion of a Senate-approved admission examination, registered with the Matriculation Board that he/she has the ability to be admitted to university studies.
  • A student who obtains Discretionary Exemption may be admitted to certain study programmes on certain conditions.

Method of Delivery

The North-West University provides each student with the opportunity to attend contact sessions at specific NWU venues countrywide. Lecturers are available for students for extra support. Additional student support is provided by means of Learner Management system:
 
What is a Learner Management system
A Learner Management system supports communication between lecturers and students and creates a collaboration environment for students and researchers. Academic information such as subject content, discussion forums, important dates, additional resources and supplementary instruction are clearly advised on e-Fundi.

 

Registration

  • How to apply online
  • BEd students may register annually during January with a minimum and maximum study period to specific programmes.
  • NWU bursary students need to consult their Provincial Department of Education regarding the availability of bursaries.
Work Integrated Learning (WIL)
All BEd Intermediate phase students must do six weeks of work integrated learning in Gr 4 – 6 at an approved school, each year.
 
Program leader e-mail address:  Dr. Elma Marais
Program Coordinator for UODL:  Dr. Donnavan Kruger
 

 

 

Bachelor of Education (BEd): Senior & FET (Further Educational Training)

Overview

SAQA : 97262

his is training of future teachers for grades 7 – 9 (Senior) and grades 10 -12 (FET phase). Students choose two school subjects as electives; take various generic educational and pedagogic modules; and attend 6 weeks practical sessions at participating schools per year.
The Bachelor of Education (BEd) in Senior & FET teaching is a four year, vocationally specific, professional degree that integrates, from the first year, both the academic study and the professional preparation required to be a teacher. The focus in the senior phase is to prepare students to teach from grade 7-9 and the FET phase, to teach from grade 10-12. The knowledge mix for these teaching phases include disciplinary, pedagogical and practical learning, to enable teachers to work competently with learners from grade7-12 in selected subjects only and therefore students are required to have a solid understanding of their subject and a mastery of core teaching skills. The students are being prepared to teach a variety of curricula offered in schools, of which the curriculum of the South African Department of Basic Education is one. They are also taught to demonstrate various teaching methods and to incorporate teaching aids.

Admission

  • A National Senior Certificate with the minimum statutory requirements for admission to a B degree (EXEMPTION).
  • A minimum APS Score of 24:
The results obtained in four designated subjects and two NSC subjects are used in the computation of the APS score. Life Orientation is excluded. Students with an APS score higher than 24, who do not have a degree endorsement (exemption), may be considered for admittance after completing a successful Senate-approved admission test.
  • Basic computer literacy
  • Language requirement: The Home Language at gr 12, pass level 4 (50-59%) is compulsory as Home Language in the phase and as selected main subject in the Senior and FET Phase.
  • Personal access to Internet. Wi-Fi available at the campuses and study centres.
  • It is the student’s responsibility and it is compulsory for the student to obtain the necessary technology such as a computer and/or tablet and mobile phone that meet the minimum specifications of the NWU namely: Wi-Fi-enabled, one of the operating systems Windows, Android or Apple, 3G enabled (preferable) and 32 Gig (preferable).
  • Distance Learning students are linked to the NWU with the internet and should be computer literate.
  • Please note that, owing to capacity and costing aspects, the University reserves the right to select candidates for admission. This means that prospective students who comply with the minimum requirements may not necessarily be admitted to the BEd programme.

Method of Delivery

This programme is offered on the three campuses of the NWU with certain restriction regarding subject choices (e.g. training for Technical teachers is not offered on Mafeking Campus; the school subject Art is only offered on Potchefstroom campus).
The programme is also offered on Distance. This requires internet connectivity and computer literacy.

Registration

  • Registration is done annually before August which means that module 1 will be presented in the first semester and module 2 in the second semester. If a module is failed in the first semester, it cannot be repeated in the second semester, only in the first semester of the following year.
  • Program leader e-mail address: Karin.Martens@nwu.ac.za
  • Work Integrated Learning (WIL)
The practical WIL (work integrated learning) period occurs twice per year and students should be aware of the fact that this may have financial implications ( concerning boarding and traveling).
Successful completion of the programme qualifies the student for registration with the South African Council for Educators (SACE) and for employment in South African schools as an educator. In addition to serving as an initial qualification to teach, successful completion of the degree provides students with the opportunity to continue their study of education at a postgraduate level.

 

Bachelor of Education (BEd): Honours

Overview

SAQA ID: 59302

Note: Each application will be dealt with individually.

  • On completion of the studies, candidates will be able to demonstrate thorough understanding and have gained knowledge and skills of the principles, methods and procedures relevant to the specific programme specialisation in education.
  • Candidates will be able to have gained knowledge and understanding of the role that research plays in education, conduct basic evaluation and educational research.
  • These studies will enable students to play a leadership role in professional educational activities in the different sectors of teaching in South Africa.

 

Admission

Requirements to the honnours degree in Education:

  • A BEd or a B-degree + PGCE qualification at NQF level 7
  • Aggregate of 65% in previous qualification
  • Advanced computer literacy and personal access to Internet on a regular basis.

 

The rules for BEdHons must be read together with the general academic rules of the university. Admission to this qualification takes place according to the general rules (A.6) of the university. Students must be in possession of the required qualifications for admission to study in the BEdHons programme selected.

Method of Delivery

The North-West University provides each student with the opportunity to attend contact sessions at specific NWU venues countrywide. Lecturers are available for students for extra support. Additional student support is provided by means of Learner Management system:

E-fundi Portal

UODL Downloads 

 

What is a Learner Management System


A Learner Management system supports communication between lecturers and students and creates a collaboration environment for students and researchers. Academic information such as subject content, discussion forums, important dates, additional resources and supplementary instruction are clearly advised on e-Fundi.
 

Registration

  • Annual registration only.
  • Closing date for applications: 30 September
  • The duration is a minimum of two years and a maximum study period of four years.

 

Learning Materials

Students annually receive learning materials such as textbooks and readers, CD’s with video-clips (mainly lectures), tutorial and exam letters and an ODL Prospectus (Information Booklet). Most of the materials will only be electronically available on eFundi, not in paper format. 

 

Diploma in Grade R Teaching

Overview

SAQA ID: 91726

This is a three year diploma on NQF-level 6.

 

Prospective students must already be working at a school in Grade R to be able to apply for admission.

The Diploma in Grade R Teaching is a NQF-level 6 qualification consisting of 380/388 credits. Students choosing English First Language (LoLT) are required to complete an extra language model of 8 credits as required by the Department of Higher Education and training, as stipulated in the Minimum Requirements for Teacher Education Qualifications. Therefore students taking English First Language (LoLT) will complete a total of 388 credits to attain the Diploma in Grade R Teaching. The Diploma in Grade R Teaching will also provide a vast number of under- and unqualified Grade R practitioners with the opportunity to gain access to a higher education qualification. This qualification will be recognized by the Department of Basic Education and utilized to enable the practitioners to qualify for the relevant REQV level 13 for remuneration purposes. Therefore, this qualification will not only provide prospective students with an opportunity to develop their academic careers, but may also enhance their personal and social well-being. This specialized qualification will provide the successful student with an opportunity to articulate into a BEd degree (Foundation Phase) in order to gain status as a fully qualified Foundation Phase teacher after completion of this degree. Students who wish to articulate into the BEd degree will be credited with up to 180 credits at the NWU.

 

The core modules focus on Languages, Mathematics and Life Skills that should form an essential part for any Reception Year teacher’s professional knowledge. Research has proven that, where young learners have a solid grounding in Life Skills, they are better prepared for all challenges of life and future success. The Life Skills component of this qualification thus carries the most credits in order to equip Grade R teachers with the critical knowledge of all facets of Life Skills education. This programme will develop the necessary competences for students to understand how learners learn, how to teach and how to assess what they learn. The programme further includes modules focussed on work-integrated learning (WIL). These modules which are on NQF level 6 aim to develop the students’ discipline and pedagogical knowledge and skills. These modules link clearly with the competences of how to unpack the curriculum, apply sound subject knowledge and how to teach subject content successfully to Grade R learners. The WIL modules also range from levels 5 to 7 to ensure the development of competences for effective teaching in diverse classrooms in South Africa.

Admission

Prospective students must already be working at a school in Grade R to be able to apply for admission. The minimum admission requirement for this qualification, as stated by the Department of Higher Education and Training, is a National Senior Certificate with diploma endorsement or equivalent. A level 4 or level 5 Certificate or Diploma in Early Childhood Development may also be presented for admission. It is assumed that students with such qualifications will have the necessary knowledge, skills and values to register for a level 6 qualification.

 

Method of Delivery

Contact-session

The contact-session timetable includes information regarding study venues, contact times and dates, modules, semesters. Take note that there are possibly three sessions that could take place at selected Learner Support Centres:

  • Whiteboard 1
  • Whiteboard 2
  • Whiteboard 3

 

If an SMS is sent to you reminding you of contact sessions, please refer to your year programme to see whether your programme/modules will be facilitated during the sessions on that specific date. Refer to your year programme for the closest Learner Support Centre in your area. You may attend contact sessions in any area. All contact sessions will be done through the interactive whiteboards installed at Learner Support Centres. Semester modules will have 3 contact sessions and year modules will have 6 contact sessions

 

Registration

There are two intakes per year. Students may register at any time of the year with a minimum and maximum study period to specific programmes. NWU bursary students need to consult their Provincial Department of Education regarding the availability of bursaries.
To register for Grade R you have to complete an application form and the PR02 form for Grade R, it is COMPULSARY with the application form. Students receive the following study material:

  • A comprehensive study guide and manual;
  • learning materials such as textbooks and readers;
  • USB (mainly lectures);
  • tutorial and prospectus booklet.

 

Bachelor Education Honours (NQF Level 8)

Overview

SAQA ID

Programme code: 4EX L01 – Curriculum code: O601P

BEdHons in Educational Management and Leadership

Educational Management and Leadership involve an in-depth study of the three fields of study and research in a developing democracy. The study focuses on theories and problems and the fields of Education Management in a legal and Constitutional dispensation, and on the impact of Comparative Education on Education Management and Law at national and international levels in a globalised and diverse education landscape.

Who should apply? Professionals who are passionate about Educational Leadership and Management and wish to become more knowledgeable in the field of education management, education law and comparative education. Educators who are building a career path in academia, promotional positions in schools such as Head of Department, deputy principal and principal or a curriculum advisor.

This degree engages with international and national trends in the field of Educational Management and Leadership. The conjunction of three fields to provide students with high-quality knowledge and skills in these fields. E-Learning, as is applicable to Educational Management and Leadership and provides practical experience to self-directed and digitised learning. Research methodology and the application thereof in one of the three fields of scholarship in Educational Management and Comparative Education. The skills needed to provide leadership in a postcolonial and non-racial education system.

Admission

Students who hold a BEd or a B-degree and PGCE or appropriate NQF Level 7 qualification.

An aggregate of 65% in the last qualification, however numbers will be capped in accordance with the Faculty of Education’s enrolment plan. Please note that, owing to specific capacity constraints, the NWU reserves the right to select candidates for admission; therefore prospective students who comply with the minimum academic requirements may not be successful in their application and may not necessarily be admitted to the programme.

Internet access and computer literacy on a regular basis is non-negotiable.

Application process opens 1 March and closes 31 July.

Method of Delivery

The BEdHons programme is offered as a structured two year programme, with a fixed semester curriculum.

The BEdHons is offered as a fully web-based programme supported by the NWU’s eFundi platform, which is an electronic teaching and learning site.

Students attend three contact sessions per semester per module, but sessions can be downloaded from eFundi or UODL’s website during the following week. Lecturers may opt to provide additional online-sessions on eFundi.

Study material will be couriered to a student’s physical address. Study Guides and reading material will be available on eFundi.

Computers and Internet access on a regular basis is non-negotiable.

Registration

Please see the relevant Yearbook/Calendar and/or Distance Prospectus for further information on the practical implementation of the Distance mode of delivery.
For module specific assessment information please see the relevant Yearbook/Calendar.

 

 

Bachelor Education Honours (NQF Level 8)

Overview

SAQA ID

Programme code: 4EV L01 – Curriculum code: O601P

BEdHons in Life Orientation

BEdHons programme is offered as a structured two year programme, with a fixed semester curriculum.

What is Life Orientation? If you are passionate about people and wish to support and guide them in reaching their full potential, then this would be an appropriate qualification for you. The aim of this specialised programme is to study various challenges towards the development and learning of individual learners. Likewise, the focus will be on strategies and interventions that may facilitate positive development and learning in individuals and communities.

Who should apply? Students who are passionate about Life Orientation and Life Skills and wish to become more knowledgeable about a holistic approach to education. Students who hold a BEd or a B-degree and PGCE or appropriate Level 7 qualification. Students who wish to specialise in Life Orientation and Life Skills, require this qualification to enrol for a MEd in Life Orientation.

What can obtaining this degree do for you? Guidance and Support (LOHO 671) aims at a holistic approach towards learners that provide personal development, guidance and support to become change agents and promoting well-being through Life Orientation. Theories and Perspectives (LOHO 611) provides a theoretical grounding, terminology, concepts and principles related to teaching strategies in Life Orientation and Life Skills. Community Engagement (LOHO 622) deals with purpose, principles, concepts and theories of community engagement in the local and global context of Life Orientation.

Research Theory and Practice (ERTP 671) Education theories and concepts resulting in a research project to investigate an identified problem in Life Orientation or Life Skills, conducted under supervision and scientifically reported.

Admission

Students who hold a BEd or a B-degree and PGCE or appropriate NQF Level 7 qualification.

An aggregate of 65% in the last qualification, however numbers will be capped in accordance with the Faculty of Education’s enrolment plan. Please note that, owing to specific capacity constraints, the NWU reserves the right to select candidates for admission; therefore prospective students who comply with the minimum academic requirements may not be successful in their application and may not necessarily be admitted to the programme.

Internet access and computer literacy on a regular basis is non-negotiable.

Application process opens 1 March and closes 31 July.

Method of Delivery

The BEdHons is offered as a fully web-based programme supported by the NWU’s eFundi platform, which is an electronic teaching and learning site.

Students attend three contact sessions per semester per module, but sessions can be downloaded from eFundi or UODL’s website during the following week. Lecturers may opt to provide additional online-sessions on eFundi.

Study material will be couriered to a student’s physical address. Study Guides and reading material will be available on eFundi.

Computer and Internet access on a regular basis is non-negotiable.

Registration

Please see the relevant Yearbook/Calendar and/or Distance Prospectus for further information on the practical implementation of the Distance mode of delivery.
For module specific assessment information please see the relevant Yearbook/Calendar.

 

 

Bachelor Education Honours (NQF Level 8)

Overview

SAQA ID

Programme code: 4EL L01 – Curriculum code: O601P

BEdHons in Mathematics Education

BEdHons programme is offered as a structured two year programme, with a fixed semester curriculum.

What is Mathematics Education? In Mathematics Education we study teaching-learning practices in Mathematics. It comprises deep knowledge of the methodology of Mathematics Education, but also the Mathematical knowledge that is necessary for the teaching-learning of Mathematics.

This degree engages with: The BEd Honours programme in Mathematics Education at the North-West University (NWU) is constructed against the background of the high national priority given to Mathematics Education at school and the urgent need for high- level expertise and skills in respect of teaching-learning, training and research aimed at the improvement of the   Mathematics Education. The qualification is aimed at improving the level of decision-making skills and competence in respect of the planning, implementation, assessment and support of efficient and relevant Mathematics Education. Furthermore, the programme has been compiled in such a way that it may not only prepare Mathematics teaching practitioners better for efficient teaching and training with a view to meaningful learning of the subject, but also contributes to their development as lifelong and self-directed learners in this field of study.

What can obtaining this degree do for you? This programme affords a relevant and strong basis for appointment and promotion to higher levels of work in the field of Mathematics Education. As far as research is concerned, the programme also opens the possibility of essential further postgraduate study in the field of Mathematics Education.

Who should apply? Students who are passionate about Mathematics and wish to become more knowledgeable in that respect. Students who hold a BEd or a B-degree and PGCE with Mathematics as specialisation. Students who wish to specialise in Mathematics Education, require this qualification to enrol for a MEd in Mathematics Education.

Admission

Students who hold a BEd or a B-degree and PGCE or appropriate NQF Level 7 qualification.

An aggregate of 65% in the previous qualification, however numbers will be capped in accordance with the Faculty of Education’s enrolment plan. Please note that, owing to specific capacity constraints, the NWU reserves the right to select candidates for admission; therefore prospective students who comply with the minimum academic requirements may not be successful in their application and may not necessarily be admitted to the programme.

Mathematics at first year university level.

Internet access and computer literate.

Application process opens 1 March and closes 31 July.

Method of Delivery

The BEdHons is offered as a fully web-based programme supported by the NWU’s eFundi platform, which is an electronic teaching and learning site.

Students attend three contact sessions per semester per module, but sessions can be downloaded from eFundi or UODL’s website during the following week. Lecturers may opt to provide additional online-sessions on eFundi.

Study material will be couriered to a student’s physical address. Study Guides and reading material will be available on eFundi.

Computer and Internet access on a regular basis are non-negotiable.

Registration

Please see the relevant Yearbook/Calendar and/or Distance Prospectus for further information on the practical implementation of the Distance mode of delivery.
For module specific assessment information please see the relevant Yearbook/Calendar.

 

 

Bachelor Education Honours (NQF Level 8)

Overview

SAQA ID

Programme code: 4ES L01 – Curriculum code: O601P

BEdHons in Special Needs Education

BEdHons programme is offered as a structured two year programme, with a fixed semester curriculum.

What is Special Needs Education? If you are passionate about people and wish to support and guide them in reaching their full potential, then this would be an appropriate qualification for you. The aim of this specialised programme is to study various challenges towards the development and learning of individual learners. Likewise, the focus will be on strategies and interventions that may facilitate positive development and learning in individuals and communities.

What can obtaining this degree do for you? There are subject-specific modules aimed at learners with special needs within the broad context of Inclusive Education in a developing country. Aspects of Community-educational Psychology, Health Promotion in Schools, Facilitation and Lay Counselling, Applied Learning Support and Life Orientation will be studied. There are also modules dealing with research methodology and a research project in the field of Special Needs Education.

Who should apply? Students who are passionate about Special Needs Education and wish to become more knowledgeable in that respect. Students who hold a BEd or a B-degree and PGCE or appropriate NQF Level 7 qualification. Students who wish to specialise in Special Needs Education, require this qualification to enrol for a MEd in Special Needs Education.

Admission

Students who hold a BEd or a B-degree and PGCE or appropriate NQF Level 7 qualification.

An aggregate of 65% in the previous qualification, however numbers will be capped in accordance with the Faculty of Education’s enrolment plan. Please note that, owing to specific capacity constraints, the NWU reserves the right to select candidates for admission; therefore prospective students who comply with the minimum academic requirements may not be successful in their application and may not necessarily be admitted to the programme.

Internet access and computer literate.

Application process opens 1 March and closes 31 July.

Method of Delivery

The BEdHons is offered as a fully web-based programme supported by the NWU’s eFundi platform, which is an electronic teaching and learning site.

Students attend three contact sessions per semester per module, but sessions can be downloaded from eFundi or UODL’s website during the following week. Lecturers may opt to provide additional online-sessions on eFundi.

Study material will be couriered to a student’s physical address. Study Guides and reading material will be available on eFundi.

Computer and Internet access on a regular basis are non-negotiable.

Registration

Please see the relevant Yearbook/Calendar and/or Distance Prospectus for further information on the practical implementation of the Distance mode of delivery.
For module specific assessment information please see the relevant Yearbook/Calendar.

 

 

Bachelor Education Honours (NQF Level 8)

Overview

SAQA ID

Programme code: 4EC L01 – Curriculum code: O601P

BEdHons in Curriculum Studies

BEdHons programme is offered as a structured two year programme, with a fixed semester curriculum.

What is Curriculum Studies? Curriculum Studies is the study of the curriculum, assessment and teaching-learning within continuously transforming and developing curriculum environments. It engages with social issues and global movements concerning Curriculum Studies internationally and nationally.

Who should apply? Students who are passionate about Curriculum Studies and wish to become more knowledgeable in that respect. Opportunities for promotion, access to a career in academia or become a curriculum advisor. Students who wish to specialise in Curriculum Studies require this qualification to enrol for a MEd in Curriculum Studies.

This degree engages with international and national trends in the curriculum, assessment and teaching, as well as learning; the relationship between Curriculum Studies and social issues; research methodology theory and its application in Curriculum Studies; and the skills needed to participate in a continuously transforming curriculum environment.

Admission

Students who hold a BEd or a B-degree and PGCE or appropriate NQF Level 7 qualification.

An aggregate of 65% in the last qualification, however numbers will be capped in accordance with the Faculty of Education’s enrolment plan. Please note that, owing to specific capacity constraints, the NWU reserves the right to select candidates for admission; therefore prospective students who comply with the minimum academic requirements may not be successful in their application and may not necessarily be admitted to the programme.

Internet access and computer literacy on a regular basis is non-negotiable.

Application process opens 1 March and closes 31 July.

Method of Delivery

The BEdHons is offered as a fully web-based programme supported by the NWU’s eFundi platform, which is an electronic teaching and learning site.

Students attend three contact sessions per semester per module, but sessions can be downloaded from eFundi or UODL’s website during the following week. Lecturers may opt to provide additional online-sessions on eFundi.

Study material will be couriered to a student’s physical address. Study Guides and reading material will be available on eFundi.

Computer and Internet access on a regular basis is non-negotiable.

Important information

Please see the relevant Yearbook/Calendar and/or Distance Prospectus for further information on the practical implementation of the Distance mode of delivery.
For module specific assessment information please see the relevant Yearbook/Calendar.