Options For Studying Teaching Without Needing A Matric Certificate

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You might think that studying teaching without a matric certificate is impossible, however, there are ways for you to achieve this. 

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Have you always dreamed of becoming a teacher, but didn't get the opportunity to complete matric? Sometimes circumstances get in the way, however, there are other paths you can take that may help you secure that dream teaching position. Consider the following options if you're looking for a career in education.

Consider a TVET College course in Education

TVET (or Technical and Vocational Education and Training) Colleges offer a range of courses in education that don’t rely on a matric qualification. For example, many colleges offer short-term or full-year courses in Early Childhood Development or Primary School Teaching, both of which are accredited qualifications.

Some TVET colleges offer National Certificate Vocational (NCV) programmes in Education and Development, which provide practical training and theory in teaching. By studying at a TVET college, you can gain a formal qualification to become a qualified teacher without needing a matric certificate.

Study through an Open Distance Learning Institution

Many institutions offer distance learning courses that allow you to study from home and at your own pace. These courses typically do not require a matric certificate, but may require some work experience or prior learning in the field of education.

Enrol in a Short Course

Many training providers offer short courses in teaching, which may not require a matric certificate. These courses are often focused on specific areas of teaching, such as classroom management or teaching English as a second language.

Volunteer teaching

Volunteering as a teacher or tutor in community organisations, NGOs or after-school programmes can provide valuable experience and can help build a network of contacts in the education field.

While you may not get paid, volunteering still gives you the opportunity to teach while gaining some experience too. These days, many employers value experience over education, so this could be a great option to make some connections.

Consider other options

If none of these options are proving successful, it may be time to consider other options. You could look into becoming a teaching assistant or tutor in your local community. However, you should also consider completing your National Senior Certificate or Senior Certificate as this option gives you the best chance of pursuing a career in education. 

It's important to note that while these alternative pathways may provide opportunities to become a teacher without a matric certificate, they may also have other requirements or limitations that make it more challenging.

It's important to research these options thoroughly and to speak with those in the education sector to learn more about the qualifications and requirements for teaching without a matric certificate. 


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Teachers are constantly in demand all around the world. If you're looking to help lessen the demand and are interested in becoming a teacher, there are many institutions in South Africa you can enrol in to become qualified. Here are the colleges in South Africa that offer teaching courses.

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After completing your matric certificate exams, you are faced with a lot of post-matric options that can shape your future paths.

These options range from pursuing higher education at universities or colleges, entering vocational training programs, joining the workforce, or even starting your own business. There are so many choices but we are here to help.


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