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PGCE

PostGraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

Course Overview Entry Requirements Further Information

Overview

This one-year full-time course prepares graduates for teaching in the Foundation Phase (Grades R – 3), Intermediate Phase (Grades 4 – 6/7) and Senior Phase of the General Education and Training band (Grades  7 to 9); the Further Education and Training band (Grades 10 – 12) and non-formal contexts. The qualification is recognised by the National Department of Education. It is also recognised and valued internationally.

Entry requirements

Admission to either of the PGCE programmes is based on what subjects have been studied in the undergraduate degree according to guidelines issued by the Department of Higher Education and Training.

Foundation Phase:

A Bachelor’s degree which includes Psychology at first year level, two official languages and appropriate subjects to teach Foundation Phase literacy, Numeracy and Life Skills.

Students who do not have languages in  their undergraduate degree will be granted permission to carry additional language modules  running concurrently with the PGCE programme.  However, a student may not exceed two additional modules.  For further information in this regard please contact the course coordinator.

Intermediate Phase:

The minimum entry qualification is an approved undergraduate Bachelor’s degree which includes appropriate subject content knowledge to teach school subjects in the Intermediate Phase (including grade 7 of the Senior Phase). Students registering for the PGCE (IP) qualification from  will be required to have subjects in their undergraduate degree that will enable them to teach two official languages; and two of:  Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology, Social Sciences and Life Sciences. The required subjects should be at first year level.

This means to gain entry to the PGCE (IP) programme, students need to have two official languages in their undergraduate degree (2 of English or English Language and Linguistics, Afrikaans, isiXhosa or any other official language). In terms of the other two subjects required, we take a broad view.

Students who do not have language or maths orientated subjects in their undergraduate degree will be granted permission to carry additional modules in these areas running concurrently with the PGCE programme.  However, a student may not exceed two additional modules.

Should you have any questions with regards to the entrance requirements, or would like to know if you qualify, please contact the PGCE (IP) coordinator. Please attach a copy of your transcript to the e-mail.

Senior and FET Phase

For secondary schools you are required to have teaching subjects as part of your undergraduate degree.  For acceptance into the PGCE (SP/FET) a student must have an approved undergraduate degree (e.g. BA, B.Soc Sc, BCom, BMus, BSc),  at least five credits in ‘school subjects’ (as per a list approved by the National Department of Education).

Should you require further information, please contact the course coordinator.

Course Outcomes

Learners will demonstrate ability to:

  • think critically, analytically, reflectively and creatively communicate in a variety of forms
  • relate and integrate their learning with their personal experiences
  • work both as individuals and as a member of a team of professionals
  • evaluate existing and emerging theories underpinning education both globally and within a South African context
  • develop an understanding of the dynamics and implications of change in a period of transformation both globally and nationally, as well as demonstrate an understanding of the implications of change
  • challenge the assumptions underpinning the why, what and how of teaching, learning and assessment through a process of accessing, analysing, evaluating and synthesising information from a variety of sources
  • participate in debates on education in general and on issues related to their teaching subjects in particular
  • identify, analyse and evaluate appropriate approaches to teaching and learning within their teaching subject areas in different contexts
  • practice a variety of teaching skills, strategies and techniques
  •  identify constraints to change and search for possibilities for change in an education context
  • develop a blend of personal confidence in their teaching and professional competence in their dealings with learners and teachers

These outcomes directly inform the structure, content and processes which are both explicit and implicit in the main components of the course, namely Educational Studies / Education Environment, the Method Courses and Teaching Practice, as well as important additional components such as computer literacy and outdoor excursions.

Further information

PGCE (Foundation Phase)
Course Co-Ordinator
PGCE (Intermediate Phase)
Course Co-Ordinator
PGCE (Senior Phase and FET)
Course Co-Ordinator

Mrs Bev Moore
Email: b.moore@ru.ac.za

Mrs Bev Moore
Email: 
b.moore@ru.ac.za
Prof George Euvrard
Email: g.euvrard@ru.ac.za

Application Forms are available from:

The Registrar
Rhodes University
Grahamstown, 6140
Tel: (046) 603-8276
Fax: (046) 603-7350
E-mail: Registrar@ru.ac.za
Website: http://www.ru.ac.za/applying

There are limited spaces in these courses. 

This one-year full-time course prepares graduates for teaching in the Foundation Phase (Grades R – 3), Intermediate Phase (Grades 4 – 6/7) and Senior Phase of the General Education and Training band (Grades  7 to 9); the Further Education and Training band (Grades 10 – 12) and non-formal contexts. The qualification is recognised by the National Department of Education. It is also recognised and valued internationally.

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