The purpose of the qualification is to deliver professionally qualified beginner teachers for the foundation phase. This is done by providing student teachers with a well-rounded education that equips them with the required subject content knowledge base, teaching competence, a sound and nuanced understanding of the integrated nature of theory and practice in education and the context of the teaching profession in South Africa. The programme focuses specifically on child development, literacy, numeracy (mathematics) and the knowledge that underpins life skills.
Outcomes of the programme
Students who complete this programme will be able to:
- Teach the foundation phase curriculum (numeracy, literacy and life-skills) proficiently
- Use advanced literacy skills for teaching
- Support and nurture learning and development in diverse educational contexts.
- Identify and address barriers to learning in the early years of schooling
- Teach literacy in English and Sotho or IsiZulu (as first language and additional language).
- Formulate a personal teaching philosophy and critically reflect on their teaching philosophy and how it relates to teaching conduct.
A valid National Senior Certificate (NSC) with admission for degree purposes.
- Minimum APS 26 Excluding Life Orientation
English as a home language 5 (60%+) or
English as a first or second additional language 6 (70%+)
Admission Requirements: National Certificate (Vocational) (N.V.C.)
Subject to institutional admission requirements, the minimum admission requirement to Bachelor’s degree programme is a National Certificate (Vocational) Level 4 issued by Council for General and Further Education and Training. The minimum legislative requirements for admission to a Bachelors’ degree include the achievement of:
- Three (3) fundamental subjects between 60-69% - including English as language of learning and teaching
- Three vocational subjects from the designated list between 70-79%.
Please note that a separate process is followed for international students. In addition to the above-mentioned, a study permit and medical insurance certificate must be produced. Contact the International Office at: 011 559 3129
What financial support is available?
The Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme for Teachers enables students of high academic potential and commitment to undertake initial teacher education and upon qualification to enter the service of provincial departments of education. The bursaries are designed to help meet the national need for high calibre teachers in priority areas.
For more information please visit www.funzalushaka.doe.gov.za.
The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) may be contacted at
011 559 3642/3906 on the Auckland Park Kingsway Campus (APK) and
011 559 5507/5509 on the Soweto Campus (SWC).
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
The Faculty reserves the right to change information in this brochure. Please consult the Faculty’s website for latest developments.
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