Unit for Open Distance Learning - Educational

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

 

Advanced Certificate in Teaching (ACT)
Advanced Diploma in Education (ADE)
Diploma in Grade R Teaching

BEd Foundation Phase 

Overview

SAQA : 96365
The purpose of the BEd Foundation Phase programme is to develop teachers who can demonstrate general educational principles as well as focused knowledge and skills for Foundation Phase teaching. The qualification requires in-depth specialized knowledge, together with practical skills and experience in Foundation 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 R - 3 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 Foundation Phase teaching.

Admission

General admission requirements

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.
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

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.

Administration support is received from Open Learning Group (OLG).

Students receive the following study material:

  • a comprehensive study guide and manual;
  • learning materials such as textbooks and readers;
  • CD’s with video-clips (mainly lectures);
  • tutorial and prospectus booklet.

 

Advanced Certificate in Teaching(ACT)

Overview

Advanced certificate in Foundation Phase teaching

Advanced certificate in Intermediate Phase teaching

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 2016 present the Advanced Certificate in Foundation Phase Teaching (ACFPT) and the Advanced Certificate in Intermediate Phase Teaching (ACIPT).

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.  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.

 

THE ADVANCED CERTIFICATE IN FOUNDATION PHASE TEACHING (ACFPT)

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)

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.

 

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.

Admission

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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

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.

Administration support is received from Open Learning Group (OLG).

Students receive the following study material:

  • a comprehensive study guide and manual;
  • learning materials such as textbooks and readers;
  • CD’s with video-clips (mainly lectures);
  • tutorial and prospectus booklet.

 

Advanced Diploma in Education(ADE)

Overview

SAQA ID: 94859

Qualification code: 4BE

Programme & Curriculum code: C01

  • The ADE is on NQF 7
  •  Students can articulate to a Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDip) on NQF 8.

The ADE addresses the needs of three types of teachers. 

  • Retraining, teachers who want to specialise in a new teaching subject. 
  • Upgrading, teachers with a professional qualification, who did not specialise in the phase but have experience teaching in the phase. 
  • Upgrading, teachers who want to strengthen their field of specialisation subject and/or phase

Admission

  • A four year Bachelor of Ed degree / general first diploma or degree + a Postgraduate Certificate in education or a former Higher Dip in education (Postgraduate).
  • A former ACE or a Further Dip in Ed which follows a former professional teaching qualification or a former 4 year Higher Dip in Ed.
  • A new AC (level 6 on the current NQF level 10) which followed a former Dip in Ed (including a NPDE) may also be presented for admission.

Currently only an ADE in Special Needs Education / Learner Support has been developed.

We hope to add the ADE in Mathematics August 2016.

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

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.

Administration support is received from Open Learning Group (OLG).

Students receive the following study material:

  • a comprehensive study guide and manual;
  • learning materials such as textbooks and readers;
  • CD’s with video-clips (mainly lectures);
  • tutorial and prospectus booklet.

 

Honores Baccalareus Educationis Degree (BEdHons - NQF Level 8)

Overview

SAQA ID: 59302

  • 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.

Note: Each application will be dealt with individually.

Admission

Requirements to the honnours degree in Education:

  • Any recognised teaching qualification that amounts to 480 credits (of which 72 are on NQF Level 6); or
  • Any recognised RPL equivalent of the above-mentioned;
  • A recognised three-year teacher qualification with an ACE/FDE/HED;
  • A recognised four-year HED qualification.

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

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.

Administration support is received from Open Learning Group (OLG).

Students receive the following study material:

  • a comprehensive study guide and manual;
  • learning materials such as textbooks and readers;
  • CD’s with video-clips (mainly lectures);
  • tutorial and prospectus booklet.

 

Diploma in Grade R Teaching

Overview

SAQA ID: 91726
•    Prospective students must already be working at a school in Grade R to be able to apply for admission.
•    This is a three year diploma on NQF-level 6.
•    As part of this qualification, students will be expected to gain experience in applying knowledge and skills in the context of working with Grade R learners in a school.
•    This qualification will also provide a vast number of under- and unqualified Grade R practitioners with the opportunity to gain access to a higher education qualification.
•    The Diploma in Grade R Teaching is recognised by the Department of Basic Education and utilised to enable the practitioners to qualify for the relevant REQV level 13 for salary purposes.
•    This specialised qualification will provide the successful candidate with an opportunity to articulate into a BEd (Foundation Phase) qualification in order to gain status as a fully qualified Foundation Phase teacher.

Admission

requirements:

  • A National Senior Certificate with a diploma entry endorsement or equivalent;
  • A Level 4 or Level 5 Certificate or Diploma in Early Childhood Development may also be presented for admission.

 

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

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.
Administration support is received from Open Learning Group (OLG).
Students receive the following study material:
•    a comprehensive study guide and manual;
•    learning materials such as textbooks and readers;
•    CD’s with video-clips (mainly lectures);
•    tutorial and prospectus booklet

 

Bachelor of Education in Senior and FET Teaching

Overview

SAQA nr: 97262  (Distance and Contact)

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.
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.
Senior and FET-phase educators specialise in the education of learners in grades 7 - 12. They usually teach in selected subjects only and therefore are required to have a solid understanding of their subject and a mastery of core teaching skills.

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 (preferably). 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 to attend all scheduled contact sessions at a study centre one afternoon per week from 14h00-18h00. (First year classes are presented on a Thursday).
  • 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

Studente-ondersteuning is beskikbaar in die vorm van periodieke gestruktureerde akademiese kontakgeleenthede en vakansieskole (deur middel van interaktiewe witborde) by sentra regdeur die land. Verdere leer word ook moontlik gemaak deur die gebruik van Onderrig-leer bestuurstelsels (e-Fundi,Moodle,dropbox, google drive, panopta). Verskeie programme word verder deur fasiliteerders ondersteun.

http://efundi.nwu.ac.za/portal/

https://www.olg.co.za/moodle/login/index.php

http://www.nwu.ac.za/content/unit-open-distance-learning-resources