- A bachelor's degree from a recognised university; or
- A National Diploma; or
- A National Senior Certificate with admission to degree studies as well as another M+3 qualification and appropriate experience deemed adequate by the Dean for admission to the programme.
- Students who do not comply with the admission requirements (M+3) may follow the “recognition of prior learning (RPL)” route by submitting a portfolio containing a record of their work-related experience. This portfolio has to be compiled in liaison with the package coordinator and submitted with the application before the closing date.
Other programme-specific information
The teacher education programmes of the Faculty of Education have been approved and accredited by the Department of Education. Due to the fact that the Faculty places high emphasis on the development of skills and competences, class attendance is compulsory for all student teachers for the full duration of the training period specified by SAQA (South African Qualification Authority).
The PGCE consists of a university-based learning (UBL) component and a school-based learning (SBL) component. The UBL component is presented in the format of learning shops during which students construct a practice theory of and for education. For the purpose of the SBL component, students are placed in two partnership schools with different compositions for 6 weeks each (a total of 12 weeks), during which they engage in education practice while they are supported and assessed by qualified mentor teachers and university mentor lecturers.
Examinations and pass requirements
PPF 400 and PRO 410 are assessed through continuous and integrated assessment conducted on beginner teacher competence-based criteria. Assessment and feedback will be done continuously, as well as at the end of the first semester. At the end of the year students willbe required to demonstrate their professional growth through a portfolio.
Special examinations in the Faculty of Education
A final-year student, who has failed a maximum of three semester modules or their equivalent with a final mark of at least 40% in each, may be admitted by the Dean to a special examination in these modules during January of the following year, provided that this will enable the student to comply with all the requirements for the certificate.
Pass with distinction
The certificate is awarded with distinction to a student who has obtained an average of at least 75%, with a minimum of 70% in each module.