It is important to recognise that there are four major teaching levels including; Foundation Phase: Grades R – 3, Intermediate Phase: Grades 4 – 6, Senior Phase: Grades 7 – 9, Further Education and Training (FET) Phase: Grades 10 – 12.
Before you choose to study teaching, familiarise yourself with these levels and decide which level would best suit your personality and passion.
According to the Department of Basic Education qualifying as a teacher in South African can only be done by following one of two routes. Individuals must either obtain a four-year Bachelor of Education degree (B.Ed.); or a three- or four-year Bachelor’s degree, followed by a one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). Both routes lead to classification as a professionally qualified teacher.
There are only a handful of public higher education institutions that offer the B.Ed in each Province. These are mainly traditional universities.
If you want to pursue your studies at a private institution make sure that the institution is accredited and registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) to offer the qualification of your choice.
Unisa is the only national provider listed by the department. In 2002 Unisa and the College of Cape Town (CCT) entered into an agreement to offer a blended learning approach. This approach was implemented in the B.Ed. Foundation Phase Programme.
During the course students submit assignments and tasks to Unisa, while attending classroom lectures every second Saturday at the College of Cape Town where they will receive mentoring from competent trainers.
This is a great alternative for students who live in rural areas with limited access to transport or who don’t have the time or money to engage in full time studies.
The good news for those who want to pursue a teaching career is that the Department of Basic Education is committed to producing skilled teachers.
By Cindy Payle