Embury Institute for Higher Education is a fully accredited private higher education institution that specialises in teacher education, specifically for pre-school and primary school teachers (Foundation and Intermediate Phases). Embury was established in 1995, and we believe that we produce some of the best trained teachers in South Africa. If you don’t believe us, read this 2015 report by the Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE). Herewith some extracts from the report:

The success rates of students in [Embury’s] own programmes compare favourably with, or exceed, the various indicators of progression at public universities. In 2013, for example, the success rate of the 100 students in their first year of the B Ed programme was 90 per cent, and of the 200 students in their fourth year, 70 per cent.

The lecturers are highly motivated, professional and experienced and the classes are smaller than those of public universities, allowing for more interaction with students.

It allocates considerably more time and attention to practical teaching than public HEIs. Their student teachers alternate between a week in schools and a week at Embury for their academic studies. Final year students spend an extended period of six to eight weeks in a school. During their degree they obtain experience in different types of schools – poorly resourced, well-resourced, and special needs schools.

By all accounts, Embury has developed a good, replicable model for private delivery of high-quality ITE for ECD and FP teachers, which offers some useful insights for the expansion of private provision.

What makes us so special?

Embury’s teaching practice model is unique in South Africa. While it is common for student teachers to spend one block period in a school per year, Embury’s first-, second- and third-year students are placed in schools at regular intervals during every year of study. This sustained, immersive approach to teacher education is unique to Embury and is a key reason for its highly favourable teacher placement rate. This means that Embury students:

  • spend much more time in the classroom per year and therefore benefit from more teaching experience;
  • benefit from the theory and insight obtained in lectures, which they can then implement in the classroom the following week;
  • learn from each other’s teaching class experience; and
  • can offer Embury regular feedback on our teaching practice processes, methodologies and assessment practices.

Continuing professional teacher development (CPTD)

In addition to full-time qualifications, Embury offers a variety of very popular continuing professional teacher development (CPTD) short courses that are aimed at existing teachers. These short courses cover a range of skills and qualifications, from physical education to accommodating learners with special needs. Since 2002, we have trained over 30 000 teachers through our CPTD courses!

Our head office and Durban Musgrave Campus

Our head office is part of our Durban Musgrave Campus, which is currently in the pretty suburb of Musgrave. Our main campus building is Embury House, which is 75 Silverton Road. About 900 student teachers study with us at our Durban Musgrave Campus every year. 

Click here for more information about our Durban Musgrave Campus.

Our Gauteng campuses

We are also excited about opening two new campuses in Gauteng, namely Embury Montana, in Pretoria, and Embury Waterfall, in Midrand. Both these campuses will open for the 2018 academic year. The Montana Campus is spacious, leafy and very pretty, and the Waterfall Campus is a brand-new, purpose-built campus.

To read more about our Montana Campus, click here.

To read more about our Waterfall Campus, click here.

More campuses planned

We aim to offer aspiring teachers from around the country opportunities to study with us, and so we have another campus opening in the Western Cape in the near future. We will keep you posted!

Distance learning

Distance learning is another name for correspondence learning, as it allows you to study from anywhere in the country. We offer short courses as well as a Higher Certificate in Pre-school Education (NQF Level 5) and a Diploma in Grade R Teaching (NQF 6) Grade R Diploma via distance learning.

Our distance-learning courses are supported through Embury Connect and Interact (ECI), which is our online student portal. Through ECI, students can download study material, do online tests, upload assignments, and interact with other students. We plan to offer more of our qualifications through distance learning in the near future.

A 21st-century education

Embury Durban is geared towards 21st-century education. What does this mean? Well, it means:

  • we incorporate tried-and-tested as well as cutting-edge practices into our courses to ensure you get the best education; and
  • we use the latest technological equipment to help prepare you for the modern workplace

All of our lecturers and other academic staff have been carefully selected to ensure that you, the student, receive only the best tuition.

Our history

In 1995, Dr Edwina Grossi founded Train-a-Child (TAC) to meet the need for early childhood education and training in Durban. In 1999, TAC was registered as a private higher education institution with the Department of Education (DoE) and gained recognition from the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) for its certificate and diploma programmes.

In 2000, Dr Grossi, Mr Dan Wessels and Mr Johan Human established Embury Education and Training Centre (EETC).

In 2002, EETC entered into a collaboration agreement with the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) (the former University of Port Elizabeth) to allow its diploma students to complete the third and fourth year of the NMMU BEd Foundation Phase qualification on the EETC campus in Durban.

In 2004, EETC entered into a collaboration agreement with Unisa, which enabled EETC to provide full-time teacher education for the intermediate and senior phases, as well as full-time and part-time tuition for the Unisa BEd Hon qualification, on the EETC campus.

In 2005, TAC submitted its own BEd Foundation Phase qualification to the Council on Higher Education (CHE) for accreditation. In November of that year, TAC received full accreditation from the CHE as an institution, as well as accreditation for the following qualifications:

  • Certificate in Pre-school Education;
  • Diploma in Pre-school Education and Foundation Phase Teacher Assistant; and
  • BEd Foundation Phase.

In 2005, the business operations of TAC and EETC were amalgamated, and Embury Institute for Teacher Education (EITE) was established.

In December 2008, Embury was registered as a private higher education institution.

On 1 January 2013, the founding shareholders of Embury sold their shares to Curro Holdings Limited, a JSE-listed private schooling company. Dr Grossi and Mr Wessels retired from Embury and Mr Human was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer.

Stadio Holdings Limited

Stadio Holdings Limited was listed on 3 October 2017 on the JSE as a private higher education investment company, and unbundled from Curro Holdings Limited. Embury is a wholly owned subsidiary of Stadio Holdings Limited.

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