University of Johannesburg Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

By | January 10, 2018

University of Johannesburg Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

he purpose of the Postgraduate Certificate in Education in Senior Phase (SP) and Further Education and Training (FET) Teaching is to deliver professionally qualified beginner teachers for the Senior Phase and Further Education Training of schooling.

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This is done by providing student teachers with a well-rounded education that equips them with specialised teaching competence in at least one school subject in the Senior Phase and one school subject in the FET phase of schooling, a nuanced understanding of the integrated nature of theory and practice in education and the context of the teaching profession in South Africa.

Outcomes of the programme

Students who complete this programme will be able to:

  1. Teach at least one school subject area (one SP subject and one FET subject) chosen from the following subject areas:
    • Arts and Culture
    • Languages
    • Mathematics
    • Natural Sciences
    • Life Orientation
    • Business and Management
    • Social Sciences
    • Technology
  2. Support and nurture learning and development in diverse educational contexts.
  3. Identify and address barriers to learning in the classroom.
  4. Formulate a personal teaching philosophy and critically reflect on their teaching philosophy and how it relates to teaching conduct

Admission Requirements

  1. PGCE (Further Education and Training Teaching) A5SFTQ

    To be able gain access to the PGCE (FET Teaching) an applicant must have:

    • A first degree on level 7 with a minimum of 360 credits with two school related subjects, one on second year level and one on third year level. Assessment of prior learning could also lead to entry or an advanced credit standing.

    Note: The Postgraduate Certificate in Further Education and Training Teaching consists of three year modules with the following options:

    • Education and Teaching Studies plus specialisation in two Teaching Methodology and Practicum modules in FET Teaching
    • Education and Teaching Studies plus specialisation in one Teaching Methodology and Practicum module in FET Teaching and one support specialisation
    • Education and Teaching Studies plus specialisation in one Teaching Methodology and Practicum module in FET Teaching and one research project

    Students should have sufficient study of the disciplines underpinning the specific teaching specialisations (subjects) to teach that particular school subject in a specific phase.

  2. PGCE: (Senior Phase & Further Education and Training Teaching) A5FTTQ

    To be able gain access to the PGCE (Senior Phase and FET Teaching)an applicant must have one of the following:

    • A first degree on level 7 with a minimum of 360 credits with two school related subjects, one on third year level and one on first year level. OR
    • An approved National Diploma on level 6 with a minimum of 360 credits from an accredited higher institution with two school related subjects, one on second year level and one on third year level. Assessment of prior learning could also lead to entry or an advanced credit standing.

    Students should have sufficient study of the disciplines underpinning the specific teaching specialisations (subjects) to teach that particular school subject in a specific phase.

Support Roles

The following support specialisations and research project are also offered:

Learning support specialisation: Information Communication and Technology Education (ICT) Computer Sciences 2 Informatics 2 Or any equivalent module at the second year level that have an ICT focus
Learning support specialisation: Physical Education BSc Sport Sciences/ BCom Sport Sciences/ BA Sport Sciences with the competence in Human Movement Sciences 2
Learning support specialisation: School Guidance and Support Psychology 3 or Sociology 2 or Philosophy 2 or Political Science2 or Religion 2

Full-Time vs. Part-Time Registration

  • Students may register to complete the qualification either full-time (1 year) or part-time (2 years).
  • Students who are employed on a fulltime basis must complete the PGCE part-time over 2 years. However, full time teachers may complete the programme full-time over 1 year.
  • If a student starts full-time work (excluding teaching) during the year the university must be duly informed in writing in order to change the registration of the student to part-time.

School Based Practicum / Work- Intergrated Learning (WIL)

Prescribed periods of school based practicum /WIL must be completed in approved schools during the time of study. Students complete their school based practicum /WIL experience during the year in which they study their methodologies. These school based practicum /WIL is planned as follows:

  • Three consecutive weeks in the first semester.
  • Seven consecutive weeks in the second/third semester.
  • It could be expected of students to complete these periods of practical teaching during university holidays.
  • The university reserves the right to do placement of students in schools in alignment with the training needs. Although students employed as full time teachers are allowed to complete their school experience at the schools where they teach, they WILL BE PLACED AT ANOTHER SCHOOL FOR THE TEN WEEK OF SCHOOL BASED PRACTICUM/ WORK INTEGRATED LEARNING (WIL) if they are not teaching in the phase they are registered for or not teaching the subject methodology registered for.
  • Students registered as part time students will also be expected to do three weeks of WIL during their first year.

Service Learning

Students will be required to complete 46 hours of service learning throughout the year at selected schools and community sites which is a compulsory component of the Education and Teaching Studie module.

Pre-Academic Year Orientation

Please note the following workshops:
A two-day COMPULSORY orientation held on a Friday afternoon and Saturday at the end of January. The Faculty of Education of UJ is a caring faculty, and we strive to equip our students to be the best teachers in the field. Thus, all students who register for the first time have the opportunity to experience an excursion to the Achterberg, where, for four days, students get a “hands-on” experience of what great joy teaching can be. During this excursion we try to show students the FUNdamentals of teaching.

How can I apply?

Please apply online at www.uj.ac.za/apply

Faculty contact details

Auckland Park Kingsway Campus 011 559 3251
Soweto Campus 011 559 5562
Email eduquiries@uj.ac.za
Website www.uj.ac.za/edu

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