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

Duration: 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

Credits: 126

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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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Distance Learning Short Courses

Embury offers various short courses through distance learning. These short courses are based on what we teach our student teachers, so you can also benefit from this learning experience. Embury’s short courses are aimed at the following people:

  1. ECD practitioners, pre-school educators and childminders who are not formally qualified and who do not have Grade 12
  2. Foundation Phase teachers who want to refresh their knowledge and skills
  3. Parents who are interested in early childhood development or who are home-schooling their young children.

PLEASE NOTE​​​
​​A short course can never replace the need for a formal qualification. In other words, a short course does not provide you with a Certificate with which you can look for employment at a school or pre-school.

In order to study an Embury short course, you need to have access to a computer, an email address, and access to the internet. We follow an internet-supported model, which means that you will receive your core study material and textbooks in hardcopy via courier, but will have to download supplementary readings (such as CAPS documents) from our online student portal. You will also have to do online tests, upload your assignment and interact with other students online, so it is essential that you are connected to the internet if you want to do our short courses. Please note that Embury’s short courses do not carry any credits towards our formal qualifications.

Embury offers the following short courses via distance learning:

Short Course in Early Childhood Development: Introduction to Child-care Practices in the South African Context (Birth to 5 years)

The Embury Short Course in Early Childhood Development: Introduction to Child-care Practices in the South African Context (Birth to 5 years) is aimed at ECD practitioners and childminders who want to know more about how children learn and develop in their early years. Although the course is aimed at childcare professionals, parents may also benefit from this course.

This course will introduce you to the South African National Curriculum Framework for Children from Birth to Four Years (the NCF document), which is the policy framework that provides guidance for adults who work with, and develop programmes for, babies, toddlers and young children. The NCF document is aimed at equipping caregivers, teachers, practitioners and parents with information and knowledge on how to ensure that young children’s early experiences at home, and in institutionalised forms of care and education, are holistic and developmentally appropriate.

You will also learn about the intrinsic and extrinsic factors that influence the developing child. You will learn how to use themes or topics to facilitate integrated learning experiences for children, some theories of early childhood development, barriers to learning for young children, and how to design appropriate learning experiences that cater for different talents and intelligences. You will also learn about the roles and responsibilities of an ECD practitioner as leader, administrator and manager in an ECD centre, and how to develop key activities in the daily programme of an ECD centre.

Course Outline

Unit 1 – Introduction to early childhood development and the role of the teacher
Unit 2 – The baby care centre
Unit 3 – The daily programme of a pre-school

Admission Requirements

You will be assessed through one online test and one assignment.

Assessment

​In order to enrol on this course, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. You must be proficient in English in order to understand the study material.
  2. You must have an email address, access to a computer, and access to the internet.

Certification

On successful completion of the course, Embury will issue you with a Certificate of Completion. Please note that this short course does not carry any credits towards any of Embury’s qualifications.

Duration and mode of delivery

The course is offered through distance learning. You will have six months in which to complete this course.

Enrolment date

You can enrol on this course at any time of the year.

Fees

The cash fee for this course is R995, which includes your prescribed study material and/or textbooks.

Short Course in Early Childhood Development: Planning for Quality ECD Teaching and Learning

The Embury Short Course in Early Childhood Development: Planning for Quality ECD Teaching and Learning is a follow-up course to Embury’s Short Course in Early Childhood Development: Introduction to Child-care Practices in the South African Context (Birth to 5 years). This short course is aimed at ECD practitioners and childminders who have completed the previous ECD short course. Although the course is aimed at childcare professionals, parents may also benefit from this course.
In this course you will learn about the factors to take into consideration before opening a pre-school or baby care centre, and the process to follow to register a pre-school. You will learn about child development, talent and intelligences, the principle of school readiness, and how to use themes in the pre-school classroom. You will also learn about common childhood illnesses and ailments. ​

Course Outline

Unit 1 – Planning, Registration and Administration of a Pre-School or Baby Care Centre
Unit 2 – Child Development, Talent and Intelligence
Unit 3 – School Readiness
Unit 4 – Thematic Teaching and Learning
Unit 5 – Common Childhood Illnesses and Ailments​

Admission Requirements

You will be assessed through one online test and one assignment.

Assessment

In order to enrol on this course, you must have completed Embury’s Short Course in Early Childhood Development: Introduction to Child-care Practices in the South African Context (Birth to 5 years). ​

Certification

On successful completion of the course, Embury will issue you with a Certificate of Completion. Please note that this short course does not carry any credits towards any of Embury’s qualifications.

Duration and mode of delivery

The course is offered through distance learning. You will have six months in which to complete this course.

Enrolment date

You can enrol on this course at any time of the year.

Fees

The cash fee for this course is R995, which includes your prescribed study material and/or textbooks.

Short Course in Health Education in ECD

The Embury Short Course in Health Education in ECD is aimed at teachers, ECD practitioners and childminders who want to know more about issues that affect the health of young children, and how to cope with health-related matters in children. Although the course is aimed at childcare professionals, parents may also benefit from this course.
The course will introduce you to the health needs of children in South Africa. You will learn to adopt a holistic approach to safety, nutrition and health of children, and how to manage risk related to these issues. You will also learn about safety policies at school and pre-school, the importance of safe environments, strategies for injury prevention, the nutritional needs of a baby, the symptoms and management of child abuse in a school environment, common childhood diseases, managing the risk of HIV/Aids in the classroom, the difference between Western and traditional medicine, and children’s rights. ​

Course Outline

Unit 1 – Health issues in schools
Unit 2 – Creating safe environments for indoor and outdoor safety
Unit 3 – Pregnancy, birth and the basic needs of the newborn
Unit 4 – Child abuse and maltreatment of children
Unit 5 – Supportive healthcare in ECD (infectious diseases)
Unit 6 – Providing for special healthcare needs (chronic diseases)
Unit 7 – Diseases common to South Africa
Unit 8 – HIV/Aids
Unit 9 – Developing competent HIV/Aids educators in an ECD centre
Unit 10 – Traditional and Western medicine
Unit 11 – Children’s rights​

Admission Requirements

You will be assessed through three online tests and one assignment.

Assessment

​In order to enrol on this course, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. You must be proficient in English in order to understand the study material.
  2. You must have an email address, access to a computer, and access to the internet.

Certification

On successful completion of the course, Embury will issue you with a Certificate of Completion. Please note that this short course does not carry any credits towards any of Embury’s qualifications.

Duration and mode of delivery

The course is offered through distance learning. You will have six months in which to complete this course.

Enrolment date

You can enrol on this course at any time of the year.

Fees

The cash fee for this course is R1 495, which includes your prescribed study material and/or textbooks.

Short Course in Working with CAPS in the Grade R Classroom

The Embury Short Course in Working with CAPS in the Grade R Classroom is aimed at educators (teachers and ECD practitioners) who want to know how to implement the Grade R Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statements (CAPS), as well as parents who home-school their Grade R children.
The course will introduce you to Grade R (the reception year), which is the year before Grade 1. You will learn about the importance of the development and growth of the Grade R learner, focussing on the concept of school readiness (preparing young learners for formal schooling). You will learn to develop developmentally appropriate activities that will promote emergent literacy and mathematical content, concepts and skills and understand the importance of assessment as a core focus of the teaching and learning process.​

Course Outline

Unit 1 – Planning to Teach Grade R
Unit 2 – Development of the Grade R learner
Unit 3 – Learning and school readiness
Unit 4 – Emergent literacy: listening, speaking and language development
Unit 5 – Emergent reading and phonemic awareness
Unit 6 – The beginning of writing and spelling
Unit 7 – Fundamental concepts in emergent numeracy
Unit 8 – Assessment in teaching and learning
Unit 9 – Discipline​

Admission Requirements

You will be assessed through two online tests and one assignment.

Assessment

In order to enrol on this course, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. You must be employed as an ECD practitioner, childminder or teacher, or a parent who is home-schooling a Grade R child.
  2. You must be proficient in English in order to understand the study material.
  3. You must have an email address, access to a computer, and access to the internet.

Certification

On successful completion of the course, Embury will issue you with a Certificate of Completion. Please note that this short course does not carry any credits towards any of Embury’s qualifications.

Duration and mode of delivery

The course is offered through distance learning. You will have six months in which to complete this course.

Enrolment date

You can enrol on this course at any time of the year.

Fees

The cash fee for this course is R995, which includes your prescribed study material and/or textbooks.

Short Course in Computer Practice for Teachers

The Embury Short Course in Computer Practice for Teachers is aimed at teachers and ECD practitioners who have a basic knowledge of computers but who need to become skilled in the use of various Microsoft Office applications.
The course material is based on the curriculum for the Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3) credential. However, the course focuses mainly on introducing you to computer hardware and software, using Windows 7, using the internet, and using Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. ​

Course Outline

Unit 1 – Computer hardware and peripherals
Unit 2 – Software, Windows 7 and file management
Unit 3 – Living online (understanding the internet, using web browsers, email essentials)
Unit 4 – Basic word processing: Using Microsoft Word 2013
Unit 5 – Spreadsheets: Using Microsoft Excel 2013
Unit 6 – Presentations: Using Microsoft PowerPoint 2013​

Admission Requirements

You will be assessed through three online tests and one assignment.

Assessment

​In order to enrol on this course, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. You must be employed as an ECD practitioner, childminder or teacher.
  2. You must be proficient in English in order to understand the study material.
  3. You must have access to a computer with Windows 7 and Microsoft Office 2013 installed.
  4. You must have an email address and access to the internet.

Certification

On successful completion of the course, Embury will issue you with a Certificate of Completion. Please note that this short course does not carry any credits towards any of Embury’s qualifications.

Duration and mode of delivery

The course is offered through distance learning. You will have six months in which to complete this course.

Enrolment date

You can enrol on this course at any time of the year.

Fees

The cash fee for this course is R995, which includes your prescribed study material and/or textbooks.

Short Course in Classroom Practice

The Embury Short Course in Classroom Practice is aimed at ECD practitioners who want to know more about the science of classroom practice, and Foundation Phase teachers who may want to refresh their theory of classroom practice.
The course will introduce you to the key roles of an educator, how to plan lessons, teaching and learning theories, Bloom’s taxonomy, and how to use CAPS documents in the classroom.

Course Outline

Unit 1 – The educator
Unit 2 – Planning to teach
Unit 3 – Implementing CAPS
Unit 4 – Whole-class teaching
Unit 5 – Small-group, problem-based teaching​

Admission Requirements

You will be assessed through two online tests and one assignment.

Assessment

​In order to enrol on this course, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. You must be employed as an ECD practitioner, childminder or teacher.
  2. You must be proficient in English in order to understand the study material.
  3. You must have an email address, access to a computer, and access to the internet.

Certification

On successful completion of the course, Embury will issue you with a Certificate of Completion. Please note that this short course does not carry any credits towards any of Embury’s qualifications.

Duration and mode of delivery

The course is offered through distance learning. You will have six months in which to complete this course.

Enrolment date

You can enrol on this course at any time of the year.

Fees

The cash fee for this course is R995, which includes your prescribed study material and/or textbooks.

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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.