The Postgraduate Certificate in Education in Senior Phase and Further Education and Training Teaching

The PGCE (Senior Phase and Further Education and Training Teaching) accredits a professional teaching programme that ‘caps’ an undergraduate degree or an approved diploma. It offers entry-level initial professional preparation for undergraduate degree or diploma holders who wish to develop focused knowledge and skills as classroom teachers in one chosen subject in the Senior Phase and one chosen subject in the Further Education and Training (FET) Band. To this end, the qualification requires a specific depth and specialisation of knowledge, together with practical skills and teaching experience to enable successful students to apply their learning as beginner teachers in schools in varying contexts. The programme will build on subject knowledge content, together with the principles, practices and methods of teaching, and workplace experience, to enable successful students to apply their learning as beginner teachers to implement the National Curriculum Statements. They will have a wide range of theoretical understanding, competencies and practical skills to deal with a diverse range of learners in schools in a wide range of learning situations and contexts. They will reflect critically on their own practice and demonstrate initiative and responsibility in both an academic and professional teaching environment. 

The PGCE (Senior Phase and Further Education and Training Teaching) will allow the student who completes the qualification successfully to be registered with the South African Council for Educators (SACE) as a fully qualified educator with sound knowledge and expertise in one subject in the Senior Phase and one in the FET Band.

 

RATING: NQF 7 | CREDITS: 128

Duration: 1 year full time or 2 years part time

Admission Requirements

The minimum admission requirement is an appropriate 360 credit National Diploma or Bachelor’s degree which includes sufficient disciplinary learning in appropriate academic fields to enable the development of teaching specialisation in the Senior Phase and in the FET Band. Students should have sufficient study of the disciplines underpinning the specific teaching specialisations (subjects) to teach that particular school subject in the specific phase or band. Therefore, one specialisation at second-year level (or NQF level 6) which corresponds with a relevant subject at school level for the Senior Phase, and one at third-year level (or NQF level 7) which corresponds with a relevant school subject for the FET Band, are required. 

A prospective PGCE student’s competence in a second language and in ICT will be assessed at the outset and, if necessary, additional modules will have to be studied to reach the required levels of competence. 

 

The following school subject specialisations will be offered in 2020:

Teaching Specialisations in the Senior Phase:

  • Economics and Management Sciences 
  • English First Additional Language 
  • English Home Language
  • isiZulu First Additional Language
  • isiZulu Home Language
  • Life Orientation
  • Mathematics 
  • Natural Sciences 
  • Social Sciences 
  • Technology

Teaching Specialisations in the Further Education and Training Band:

  • Accounting 
  • Business Studies 
  • Engineering Graphics and Design 
  • English First Additional Language 
  • English Home Language 
  • Geography 
  • History 
  • Information Technology 
  • isiZulu First Additional Language
  • isiZulu Home Language 
  • Life Orientation 
  • Mathematics 
  • Maths Literacy 
  • Physical Sciences 

 

The choice of teaching specialisations must be approved by the relevant academic authority structures. 

Teaching and Learning Delivery

PGCE the Embury way – click to know more
Embury has a unique teacher education learning experience that offers our students maximum flexibility in their studies. Teaching and learning at Embury takes place within a flexible, hybrid learning environment which gives students the choice to study wherever and whenever it is needed. The students can attend scheduled lectures at the Embury Musgrave Campus and support sessions at the Montana or Waterfall Campuses, or participate in a live video feed to a Learning Centre nearer to where students live.They will also have the further choice of following the live video feed in real time on their computers or smart phones. These real time video feeds will allow students to attend wherever they have access to the internet and they will be able to ask questions of the lecturer and participate in discussions. Should a student not be able to link up with the live video feeds then she can view the recordings at a later time that is convenient for her – either on the Embury learning management system (ECI) or on YouTube. 

 

Many Embury PGCE students may live and work at a distance away from Embury campuses that may make it difficult to attend all the lectures and support sessions offered.  However, although the interactions with Embury may take place at a physical distance they will be virtually close. This will occur via the video feeds of lectures (as explained above) and in digital format on Embury Connect and Interact (ECI) which is Embury’s Learning Management System (Moodle). All students will get access to ECI and must visit ECI regularly to do the following: 

  • interact with lecturers and other students via online forums and collaboration tools; 
  • access and interact with learning material;
  • download study material, such as CAPS documents; 
  • view media, such as videos; 
  • do online formative and summative assessments;
  • monitor their own learning; 
  • upload assignments and portfolios of evidence (PoE);
  • upload videos during teaching practice; and 
  • communicate with lecturers. 

 

Students study material will consist of prescribed resources which they must purchase or will be available in the Embury campus libraries and the Embury e-library (internet based) and many other academic resources on ECI.

 

Embury offers a wide range of support services to its students – from tutorial support and counselling, to specialised online tools managed by the Centre for Student Success. Students need to be able to go online regularly to access this support, contact a lecturer, and chat on student forums, in order to get the full benefits of the academic programme. Embury’s online learning management system is where students will be doing all of the above and is a key aspect of providing student support to those students who cannot come on to a campus regularly. 

It is essential that a student has regular access to the internet in order to study the Postgraduate Certificate in Education in Senior Phase and Further Education and Training Teaching.

Modules

Semester One

Compulsory Modules

Education Studies 1

Teaching Practice 1

Teaching Specialisation SP chosen from one of the following electives:

Teaching Economics and Management Sciences SP 1

Teaching English FAL SP 1

Teaching English HL SP 1

Teaching isiZulu FAL SP 1

Teaching isiZulu HL SP 1

Teaching Life Orientation SP 1

Teaching Mathematics SP 1

Teaching Natural Sciences SP 1

Teaching Social Sciences SP 1

Teaching Technology SP 1

And 

Teaching Specialisation FET chosen from one of the following electives:

Teaching Accounting FET 1

Teaching Business Studies FET 1

Teaching Engineering Graphics and Design FET 1

Teaching English FA FET 1

Teaching English HL FET 1

Teaching Geography FET 1

Teaching History FET 1

Teaching Information Technology FET 1

Teaching isiZulu FA FET 1

Teaching isiZulu HL FET 1

Teaching Life Orientation FET 1

Teaching Mathematics FET 1

Teaching Maths Literacy FET 1

Teaching Physical Sciences FET 1

Semester 2

Compulsory Modules

Education Studies 2

Teaching Practice 2

 

Teaching Specialisation SP chosen from one of the following electives:

Teaching Economics and Management Sciences SP 2

Teaching English FAL SP 2

Teaching English HL SP 2

Teaching isiZulu FAL SP  2

Teaching isiZulu HL SP 2

Teaching Life Orientation SP 2

Teaching Mathematics SP 2

Teaching Natural Sciences SP 2

Teaching Social Sciences SP 2

Teaching Technology SP 2

And 

Teaching Specialisation FET chosen from one of the following electives:

Teaching Accounting FET 2

Teaching Business Studies FET 2 

Teaching Engineering Graphics and Design FET 2 

Teaching English FA FET 2

Teaching English HL FET 2

Teaching Geography FET 2

Teaching History FET 2

Teaching Information Technology FET 2 

Teaching isiZulu FA FET 2

Teaching isiZulu HL FET 2

Teaching Life Orientation FET 2

Teaching Mathematics FET 2

Teaching Maths Literacy FET 2

Teaching Physical Sciences FET 2

 


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