You study for a teacher because you want to

enrich children and see them grow to become

success stories in life.

Becoming a teacher is a true calling.  You don’t study to become a teacher for the money because you will not get rich.  You study for a teacher because you want to enrich children and see them grow to become success stories in life.  For many, teaching is a calling and you can enrol at North-West University’s faculty of Education which provides you with the skills and qualification to fulfil your dream.  But there is more. Some of us are already teaching as assistant teachers at a school or are working at a pre-school entity without a teaching qualification. You can now attain a teaching qualification or upgrade your current qualification at the NWU’s Unit for Open distance learning and study while you work.

So let’s take a look at what you can study and what options there are if you are already working at a school.

# Advanced Certificate in Teaching (ACT)

The ACT is a qualification for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) of qualified teachers and is on the NQF level 6.  The certificate focuses on teachers in possession of a three-year teaching qualification who would like to upgrade for example to the Foundation Phase, Intermediate Phase and Senior and Further Education and Training Phase.

A recognised professional three-year teaching qualification is required for entry into the ACT.  The minimum duration of study is one year and maximum three years.

# Advanced Diploma in Teaching (ADT)

The Advanced Diploma in Teaching is on the NQF level 7 and is focused on the initial training of teachers for teaching in the Senior and Further Education and Training Phases, thus Grades 7 to 12.  You have to be in procession of a recognised qualification at level 6 which includes at least two recognised school subjects.

The ADT articulates vertically into a BEd Honours or a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE).  The minimum duration of study is one year (two examination opportunities) and the maximum duration of study is three years (six examination opportunities)

# Advanced Diploma in Education (ADE)

The ADE addresses the needs of three types of teachers.  Firstly, to retain teachers who wish to specialise in a new teaching subject.  Secondly, to upgrade teachers with a professional qualification, who did not specialise in the phase but have had experience in teaching in that phase.  The third type assists in upgrading teachers who wish to strengthen their field of specialisation subject and/or phase.

The duration for the ADE is a minimum of one year and a maximum of 3 years.  Students can articulate to a Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDip) on NQF level 8 or a Bed Hons on NQF level 8.

# Grade R Diploma

The Diploma in Grade R Teaching will grant a vast number of under-qualified and unqualified Grade R practitioners with the opportunity of gaining access to a higher education qualification.  In simpler terms; if you are working at a school as a Grade R teacher without a qualification, the Grade R diploma is for you. The Grade R diploma will develop the necessary competencies to understand how learners learn, how to teach and how to assess what they learn.

Grade R is on the NQF level 6 and you will be able to articulate into a BEd degree (Foundation Phase) in order to gain status as a fully qualified teacher.  The minimum duration is 3 years with a maximum of 6 years. As already mentioned, you must already be working at a school in Grade R to be able to apply for admission.  The minimum admission requirement for this qualification is a National Senior Certificate with diploma endorsement or equivalent.

# BEd Degree

The BEd degree is on the NQF level 7 and has several specialization areas.  The Foundation phase is for teachers who wish to specialize in teaching from Grade R to Grade 3.  The Intermediate phase, Life skills and Social Sciences specializes in Life Skills and Social Sciences for teaching from Grade 4 to Grade 6.  Another option is to specialize in the Senior and Further Education & Training phase. In this phase the focus is on the mastering of teaching and learning strategies, assessment practices and professional conduct for teaching from Grade 8 to Grade 12.

To be admitted to the BEd degree you will need an APS of 24 and National Senior Certificate for admission to a B degree.  Added to that, you will need 50% for your home language which can be Afrikaans, English, Zulu, Sepedi, Sesotho or Setswana.  For English a pass level 4 (50-59%) is required. Other requirements are personal access to internet on regular a basis and it is compulsory to undergo Work Integrated Learning (WIL).  The minimum duration for the degree is four years.

# BEd Honours Degree

The BEd Honours degree is on the NQF level 8 and you can specialize in several areas such as Curriculum Studies, Management-Law and Systems, Mathematics Education, Special Needs Education and Life Orientation.  All these specialization areas allow opportunity for promotion, access to a career in academia, a curriculum advisor and further research.

To be admitted for a BEd Honours degree you will need a pass rate of 65% in a four-year BEd or PGCE qualification.  Advanced computer literacy and personal access to internet on a regular basis is an added requirement. The duration for the BEd Honours is 2 years with a maximum of 3 years.

I hope with this background you will have a clearer picture of all the different options available in the teaching sphere.  You can find more detail by visiting our website.  Or if you want us to contact you, go to this link: and complete the form.  Looking forward to hearing from you.