UNIT FOR OPEN DISTANCE LEARNING
Study centres throughout South Africa and Namibia make it possible for in-service teachers to achieve the following qualifications:
- National Professional Diploma in Education (NPDE)
- Advanced Certificate in Education (ACE)
- Honores Baccalareus Educationis Degree (BEDHONS)
- Diploma in Grade R Teaching
- Method of Delivery
- The NPDE programme allows under- and unqualified practicing teachers, as well as FET-College educators to upgrade their qualifications.
- The programme is practice-based and has a strong classroom focus.
- After completion, the student will be equipped with the knowledge, skills and values required as stipulated in the National Curriculum Statement.
- The student will also be allowed to progress to REQV 13 as a fully qualified, professional teacher in the Foundation, Intermediate, Senior and/or FET phases.
- After the student has completed this, he/she will be empowered with the fundamental, practical and
- reflexive competencies required for further study at NQF level 6 (REQV 14).
A student may only register for the NPDE program if such a student:
- has at least five years teaching experience,
- is on either REQV level 10, 11 or 12,
- is a practising teacher during the study period.
- The ACE is a flexible Level 6 qualification providing an opportunity for teachers to either upgrade or enrich/change their existing knowledge in a particular area of specialisation.
- This qualification is open to candidates who are already in possession of an approved Level 5 qualification in the field of education, training and development. This also creates additional opportunities for further study at NQF Level 7.
- After completing the ACE the student will be able to enroll for the BEdHons. After 2013 the ACE will articulate into an Advanced Diploma in Education(ADE).
Prospective students must be in possession of an approved post-school teaching qualification of three years (NQF level 5), evaluated at REQV 13 (M+3) level.
- This qualification is on NQF level 7 and is intended to acknowledge specialised academic or professional studies in education.
- On completion of the studies, candidates will be able to demonstrate thorough understanding of knowledge, skills, principles, methods and procedures relevant to the specific specialisation in education.
- Candidates will be able to understand 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.
- 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.
Note: Each application will be dealt with individually.
NOTE: This qualification will be offered from the second semester of 2013
The diploma in Grade R Teaching is on NQF-level 6.
- This is a three year diploma.
- 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 will be 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.
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.
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.
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).
The student receives:
• a comprehensive study guide and manual;
• learning materials such as textbooks and readers;
• CD’s with video-clips (mainly lectures);
• tutorial and prospectus booklet.
Updated 2/5/13 by Jacques Pienaar