Distance Learning Qualifications

Distance Learning Qualifications

DISTANCE LEARNING QUALIFICATIONS

Early Childhood Development Course: Higher Certificate in Pre-School Education

Are you interested in the development of young children? Are you patient, caring and understanding? Do you love teaching? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the Higher Certificate in Pre-School Education is for you!

The Embury Higher Certificate in Pre-School Education is a formal qualification in early childhood development (ECD), aimed at people who want to work in an ECD centre, or who are already working and want to achieve a qualification on Level 5 of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). ECD is the phase between birth and Grade R (0 – 5 years), where the child’s foundational cognitive abilities, attitudes and skills develop.

As an ECD practitioner, you play a vital role in developing young children. It is your care, supervision and attention to detail that will help little ones grow to their full potential. Click here to read more about the job of an ECD practitioner.

RATING: NQF 5 | CREDITS: 126

Duration: Minimum 1 year

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Admission Requirements

  1. Academic qualifications

Matric obtained from 2008

  • National Senior Certificate or NQF Level 4 National Certificate (Vocational) with an endorsement for
    entry into Higher Certificate studies or higher.
  • Minimum rating of 3 (40-49%) in 4 subjects from the designated list.
  • Minimum rating of 3 (40-49%) for English at Home Language Level or a minimum rating of 4 (50-59%) for English at First Additional Language level.

Matric obtained prior to 2008

    • Senior Certificate with a minimum of 50% in English.

Modules

  • Early Childhood Development Studies
  • English for Teachers
  • Computer Practice for Teachers
  • Grade R Teaching
  • Health Education in ECD
  • Classroom Practice
  • Practical Management of an ECD Centre
  • Teaching Practice 1

Diploma in Grade R Teaching

The Importance of Grade R

Grade R (also known as the Reception Year or the School Readiness Year) is the year before a child starts with Grade 1. Grade R is regarded as the most important year in a child’s pre-school life, as it is the year in which the child prepares for formal schooling. Grade R may be considered as both the final year of pre-school and the first year of the Foundation Phase, which is Grade R to Grade 3. Despite the importance of Grade R, South Africa has a severe shortage of qualified Grade R teachers.

Purpose of the Qualification

The Diploma in Grade R Teaching is the minimum qualification for practising Grade R teachers. The purpose of the Diploma in Grade R Teaching is to develop teachers who have focused knowledge and skills appropriate for Grade R teaching. Grade R is the first year of the Foundation Phase in the formal schooling system. In this grade, young children are prepared for formal schooling. The Grade R teacher’s role is to scaffold and mediate children’s learning in preparation for formal schooling in Grade 1 and to provide them a solid foundation for lifelong learning. The focus of Grade R is on informal and spontaneous learning through play and teacher-initiated activities. The programme is underpinned by important principles of child development, namely that young children learn best by being actively involved in their learning using concrete materials.

The Diploma in Grade R Teaching was designed cognately with the Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase Teaching, so as to provide for maximum credit transfer when Grade R teachers continue their studies to become fully qualified Foundation Phase teachers.

Admission Requirements

Matric obtained from 2008

  • National Senior Certificate or NQF Level 4 National Certificate (Vocational) with an endorsement for
    entry into Diploma studies.

Matric obtained prior to 2008

  • Senior Certificate with a minimum of 50% in English.

Other access pathways

  • A Level 4 or Level 5 Certificate or Diploma in Early Childhood Development may also be presented
    for admission and assessment pertaining to advanced credit standing.
  • Teachers in possession of a recognised certificate or diploma in education or another relevant field,
    may also present their qualifications for admission with a possibility of transfer of credits, for cognate
    previous studies.
  • Recognition of Prior Learning may lead to entry or an advanced credit standing at the discretion of
    Embury.
  • If you are over the age of 23 and do not meet the specified requirements, please contact Embury to
    discuss possible admission due to mature age.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Language

Due to the language requirements of the Diploma in Grade R Teaching, you can currently only enrol on
this qualification if you have passed one of the following Home Languages at Grade 12 or NQF level 4:

  • Afrikaans
  • English
  • isiZulu
  • isiXhosa
  • Sepedi
  • Setswana

Access to a mobile tablet/laptop, data and the internet
In order to participate in this course, you will need the following technology:

  • A tablet or laptop device with the following minimum specifications:
    • Windows 10
    • 10” LCD screen
    • 8-hour battery life
    • 4GB RAM
    • 64GB internal storage space
    • Web-cam for video-recording and taking photos
  • Access to the internet to download content and collaborate on Embury’s online learning platform
    ECI (Embury Connect and Interact).
  • At least 10GB of data a year to access Embury’s online learning platform, and to upload videos of
    your teaching practice lessons.

Students will receive free access to Microsoft Office 365, as well as an Embury-specific email address.
You can purchase a laptop/tablet device from Embury if your device does not meet the minimum
specifications.

Modules

Please refer to fact sheet for a detailed list of the modules per intake.


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Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase Teaching

The four-year Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase Teaching (NQF 7, 516 credits) is designed to equip students to be fully qualified educators for employment in the foundation phase (Grades R to 3). The programme focuses on both theoretical and practical competencies needed by teachers in the classroom context.

Students who do not meet the minimum admission requirements for the Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase Teaching may, on completion of the Higher Certificate or Diploma qualifications, re-apply for admission to the Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase Teaching programme. Conditions apply.

RATING: NQF 7 | CREDITS: min 516, max 528

Duration: Minimum 4 years

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Admission Requirements

Matric obtained from 2008:

  • National Senior Certificate or NQF Level 4 National Certificate (Vocational) with an endorsement for entry into Bachelor studies (degree endorsement).
  • Minimum rating of 4 (50-59%) in at least 4 subjects from the designated list.
  • Minimum total rating of 25 APS points (excluding Life Orientation).
  • Minimum rating of 4 (50-59%) for English Home Language or a minimum rating of 5
    (60-69%) for English First Additional Language.
  • Minimum rating of 4 (50-59%) in Mathematical Literacy or a rating of 3 (40-49%) in Mathematics.

Matric obtained prior to 2008:

  • Senior Certificate with Matriculation Exemption/Endorsement and minimum 50% in English.

Modules

Please note Sepedi and Setswana language choices are not offered at the Durban campus.

First-Year Subjects:

  • English First Additional Language 1 OR
    Afrikaans First Additional Language 1 OR
    isiZulu First Additional Language 1 OR
    Sepedi First Additional Language 1 OR
    Setswana First Additional Language 1
  • English Home Language 1 OR
    Afrikaans Home Language 1 OR
    isiZulu Home Language 1 OR
    Sepedi Home Language 1 OR
    Setswana Home Language 1
  • School-based Teaching Practice 1
  • Institutional Teaching Practice 1
  • Academic Literacy
  • Early Childhood Development Studies
  • Grade R Teaching
  • Arts Education 1: Visual Arts
  • Educational Psychology 1
  • Beginning Knowledge

Third-Year Subjects:

  • School-based Teaching Practice 3
  • Institutional Teaching Practice 3
  • Physical Education and Sport
  • Literacy English Home Language 2 OR
    Literacy Afrikaans Home Language 2 OR
    Literacy isiZulu Home Language 2 OR
    Literacy Sepedi Home Language 2 OR
    Literacy Setswana Home Language 2
  • Inclusive Education 2
  • Mathematics for Foundation Phase 2
  • Literacy isiZulu First Additional Language OR
    Literacy Afrikaans First Additional Language OR
    Literacy Sepedi First Additional Language OR
    Literacy Setswana First Additional Language
  • Arts Education 2: Music and Movement
  • Natural Science and Technology Education
  • Social Sciences: Geography

Second-Year Subjects:

  • English First Additional Language for Foundation Phase 2 OR
    Afrikaans First Additional Language for Foundation Phase 2 OR
    isiZulu First Additional Language for Foundation Phase 2 OR
    Sepedi First Additional Language for Foundation Phase 2 OR
    Setswana First Additional Language for Foundation Phase 2
  • English Home Language for Foundation Phase 2 OR
    Afrikaans Home Language for Foundation Phase 2 OR
    isiZulu Home Language for Foundation Phase 2 OR
    Sepedi Home Language for Foundation Phase 2 OR
    Setswana Home Language for Foundation Phase 2
  • Information and Communication Technology for Education
  • School-based Teaching Practice 2
  • Institutional Teaching Practice 2
  • Mathematics for Foundation Phase 1
  • Literacy English Home Language 1 OR
    Literacy Afrikaans Home Language 1 OR
    Literacy isiZulu Home Language 1 OR
    Literacy Sepedi Home Language 1 OR
    Literacy Setswana Home Language 1
  • Education Theory and Practice 2
  • Inclusive Education 1
  • Sociopedagogics

Fourth-Year Subjects:

  • Language Conversational English OR
    Language Conversational isiZulu OR
    Language Conversational Afrikaans OR
    Language Conversational Sign Language OR
    Language Conversational Sepedi OR
    Language Conversational Setswana
  • Educational Research
  • Educator & the Law
  • Educational Psychology 2
  • Mathematics for Foundation Phase 3
  • Social Sciences: History
  • School-based Teaching Practice 4
  • Institutional Teaching Practice 4
  • School Management
  • Education and Diversity
  • Curriculum Design

10 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD CONSIDER DISTANCE LEARNING STUDIES

See the following ten reasons why our Faculty of Education believes you should consider long distance studies:

  • You are not limited to local colleges.
  • Long distance studying fits around your lifestyle.
  • Distance learning shows dedication to potential employers.
  • Without accommodation and classes as expenses, distance learning offers lower study fees,
  • Distance learning encourages further reading but offers support when it’s needed.
  • Distance learning requires no travelling.
  • No loss of income when you work and study.
  • Save more time with web-based classes.
  • Students get to network with peers from all over the country.
  • Students taking online courses outperformed their peers in traditional classrooms.