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Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

 

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.

PGCE (Foundation Phase Teaching) Grade R-3

  • An appropriate bachelor’s of higher degree
  • Two official languages at the first year level (30 credits each) – one of these being an African language
  • Psychology at the first year level (30 credits)
  • Two Life Skills subjects (for example: Human Kinetics & Ergonomics; Art; Music; Drama; Geography; History; Zoology Physics; Chemistry
  • Mathematics at the first year level (30 credits)

Students who do not have an appropriate language or Mathematics course may be permitted to take a 30 credit first year course for non-degree purposes concurrently with the PGCE, 15 credits of which may be assessed through the recognition of prior learning, this requires the Dean’s approval.

PGCE (Intermediate Phase Teaching) Grade 4-7

  • An appropriate bachelor’s of higher degree
  • Two official languages at the first year level (30 credits each) – one of these being an African language
  • Mathematics: At least one first year course (30 credits) or two different semester courses (15 credits) in Mathematics or Statistics and Chemistry or Physics

You need two teaching subjects at the Intermediate Phase, Mathematics and one of the below:

  • Life Skills: At least two different first year courses (30 credits) in Psychology, Human Kinetics and Ergonomics, Art, Music or Drama
  • Natural Sciences and Technology: At least one first year course (30 credits) or two different semester courses (15 credits) in Chemistry, Biological Sciences, Physics, Earth Sciences, Environmental Science, Human Kinetics and Ergonomics, or Natural Science.
  • Social Science: At least one full first year course (30 credits) in Geography, Earth Science, Geology or Environmental Science AND at least one full first year course (30 credits) in History, Classics, Sociology AND one of these two courses must be History or Geography

Students who do not have an appropriate language or Mathematics course may be permitted to take a 30 credit first year course for non-degree purposes concurrently with the PGCE, 15 credits of which may be assessed through the recognition of prior learning, this requires the Dean’s approval.

PGCE (Senior Phase & FET Teaching)

  • An appropriate bachelor’s or higher degree
  • Subjects to teach one teaching method at the FET level and one at FET or SP level, see the tables below:

 

PGCE

TEACHING METHODS AND SUBJECT REQUIREMENTS

Senior Phase: Grades 7 - 9

School subject

University subject(s) and minimum year level

Arts and Culture            

At least two subjects from a range of appropriate Arts subjects eg Music, Drama, Anthropology, Classics, Dance Studies, Visual Arts, Design, and Theatre Arts.

Economic and Management Sciences

A combination of any two of the following subjects at first-year level; Accounting, Management or Economics. 

Languages - First Additional Language

English: English 1 AND one of the following: English and Linguistics 1, Applied Language Studies 1, African Literature 1, Literary Theory 1, Communication and Media Studies 1.

 

isiXhosa: isiXhosa (Mother-Tongue) 1 OR isiXhosa (Additional Language) 2

 

Languages - Home Language

A 1st year in that language

Life Orientation

A combination of two of the following subjects, one of which must be at second year level;  Psychology, Philosophy, Anthropology, Sociology, Social Work, HKE, Politics, Labour Studies, Industrial Studies. Psychology MUST be one of the subjects.

Mathematics

Mathematics 1

Natural Sciences

A combination of at least one subject from Life Sciences AND Physical Sciences; e.g.  Botany 1, Biology 1, Chemistry 1, Earth Sciences 1, Geography 1, Geology 1, Physics 1, Zoology 1, Physical Geography 1, Environmental Science 1, Biological Sciences 1.

 

Social Sciences

Geography 1 and History 1.

 

PGCE

TEACHING METHODS AND SUBJECTS REQUIREMENTS

Further Education and Training Band: Grades 10 – 12

 

School subject

University subject(s) and minimum year level

Accounting      

Accounting 2

Business Studies

Management 2

Information Technology

Computer Science 2 OR

Computer Science 1 + Information Systems 2

Computer Applications Technology

Computer Science 1 OR

Information Systems 2

Design

A combination of subjects from a range of appropriate technology-related subjects, e.g. Fine Art Practice, Computer Science, Design Studies, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Engineering, Graphic Design, Architecture, Fashion Design, Interior Design.  Each application to be examined and decided on its merits, including consideration of matric subjects.

Dramatic Arts

Drama 2

Economics

Economics 2

Geography

Geography 2 or Environmental Science 2

History

History 2

Language - First Additional Language

The particular language at 2nd year level

English: English 2 AND one of the following:  Linguistics 1, Applied Language Studies 1, African Literature 1, Literacy Theory 1, Communication and Media Studies 1 OR English 1 + Linguistics 2

isiXhosa: isiXhosa (Mother Tongue) 2 OR isiXhosa (Additional Language) 3

Language - Home Language

The particular language at 2nd year level e.g.

English 2 OR English 1 AND Linguistics 2, Applied Language Studies 2, African Literature 2, Literacy Theory 2, Communications and Media Studies 2

isiXhosa (Mother Tongue) 2

Life Orientation

Psychology 2 AND one of the following subjects; Philosophy, Anthropology, Sociology, Social Work, HKE, Politics, Labour Studies, Industrial Studies at first-year level.

Life Sciences

Combination of any two of the following: Biological Sciences, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Physiology, Biology, and Zoology, with one taken at second year level at least, is required to specialize in Life Sciences Teaching, provided that first year modules in Biology or Botany and Zoology are also included.

Mathematics

Mathematics 2 OR

Mathematics 1 + Maths Stats 2/Applied Maths 2

Mathematical Literacy

Matric Mathematics + one or more of a range of subjects in the Mathematical field:  Applied Mathematics, Statistics, Mathematical Modelling, Numerical Analysis, Dynamics and Mechanics.  Each application will be considered on merit.

Music

Musicology 3 + Instrument at 2nd year level + Theory of Music (Grade 8) + Piano (Grade 5)

Physical Sciences

Physics 2 + Chemistry 1 OR

Physics 1 + Chemistry 2

Visual Arts

Art History and Visual Culture 2 AND Fine Art Practice 2 e.g. Drawing, Multimedia, Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking, Ceramic Art, Fibre and Textiles, Heavy Metal and Jewellery Arts.

 

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

Professor George Euvrard

Email: g.euvrard@ru.ac.za

Professor George Euvrard

Email: g.euvrard@ru.ac.za

Ms Zintle Songqwaru

Email: z.songqwaru@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.

PGCE application form 2020

 

Last Modified: Thu, 22 Aug 2019 09:58:16 SAST