B Ed in Foundation Phase Teaching

Programme Status

The Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) Foundation Phase, with CHE accreditation number H/PR148/E006CAN is in a process of being phased out by SANTS and no new enrolments on this programme is accepted by SANTS. This qualification remains a Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) approved and recognised qualification for employment in public schools in South Africa.

The former qualification has been replaced by a new Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) in Foundation Phase Teaching programme, with CHE accreditation number H/PR148/E011CAN which is aligned with the amended Minimum Requirements for Teacher Education Qualifications (Gazetted 19 February 2015). The Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) of the Council on Higher Education (CHE) accredited the programme with prior to commencement conditions on 7 June 2018. SANTS’ B.Ed. in Foundation Phase Teaching programme has been approved and registered by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). SANTS will only accept new applications for this programme once the programme is registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and SANTS has met all the prior to commencement conditions set by the HEQC.No fixed time frames can be confirmed but we expect this to be in 2019.

General Information

The B.Ed. in Foundation Phase Teaching qualification has the primary purpose of providing a well-rounded education to develop resourceful, adaptable, pedagogically flexible, subject content and pedagogically knowledgeable and methodologically equipped, proactive, reflective teachers specifically for Foundation Phase teaching and learning particularly for South African contexts and realities. Principles and theory are emphasised as a basis for entry to a professional teaching career.

To this end, you will become competent in educational theory, the context of education, schools, and classrooms, the requisite disciplinary knowledge, and pedagogical content knowledge essential for Foundation Phase teaching and learning. You will develop a thorough understanding of the holistic development of the child from birth as well as the educational and ecological contexts and issues that shape learner’s learning and experience of school.

The 498 credit NQF Level 7 Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) in Foundation Phase Teaching is a recognised and approved qualification for employment in education by the Department of Higher Education and Training and has been evaluated on a REQV 14. The programme has been accredited by the Council on Higher Education. Accreditation No: H/PR148/E011CAN.

SAQA ID:  To be confirmed.

DURATION:  Full time is a minimum of 4 years. Part-time is a minimum period of 5 years.

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS:  To be confirmed.

Programme Design

Home Language Competence and First Additional Language competence is developed throughout the programme and formally assessed in the final year of study. Communicative competence in a third language is developed through a self- study programme and assessed in the final year of study.

Admission requirements

Admission is through one of the following options as per programme approval by the Department of Higher Education and Training:

a. National Senior Certificate with Bachelor endorsement with:
• 50% for Home Language;
• 40% for English First Additional Language; and
• 45% for Mathematics OR 55% for Mathematics Literacy.

b. Senior Certificate with exemption with:
• 50% for Home Language;
• 40% for English First Additional Language; and
• 40% for Mathematics OR 55% for Mathematics Literacy.

c. National Certificate Vocational with:
• 70% or above for Home Language, First Additional Language and Mathematics/Mathematics Literacy; and
• 60% or above for four vocational subjects.

d. Diploma in Grade R Teaching with an overall percentage of 65% in the programme.

e. National Professional Diploma in Education (NPDE) with Foundation Phase specialization with an overall percentage of 65%.

f. Senior Certificate/National Senior Certificate with conditional admission through mature age exemption:
• If it includes Home Language, English First Additional Language and Mathematics/Mathematics Literacy; or
• Recognition of Prior Learning which proves competence in the previous point above.

G.Recognition of Prior Learning proving equivalence to any of the above linked to historical or conditional admission through mature age exemption.

Fees Payable

The tuition fee for the 1st year of study for the B.Ed. in Foundation Phase Teaching programme offered by SANTS is by SANTS is tentatively R17, 000 and is subject to confirmation upon commencement. This includes all study material, assignments, tuition, examinations as well as face-to-face support sessions. In order to limit the financial burden to a student as much as possible, tuition fees can be paid in 4 instalments, spread out over each academic year. Alternatively, students can pay 12 monthly instalments of R1417 per month. Students will, however, be responsible for the purchase of their own stationery throughout the programme.

It should be noted that fees are charged per module, so that if fewer modules are taken in a given year than listed in the total year (as would be the case for part-time students), the total in a given calendar year may be less, whereas if modules that have been failed and are registered for a second time, the fee for repeat modules will again be charged and increase the amount to be paid.

Applicants that are applying for a student loan or bursary should apply for a total amount of R17, 000 that includes the tuition and study material fees payable to the institution.

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