UP PGCE 2024
UP PGCE 2024
UP PGCE program is approved by the South African Council for Educators (SACE) and is recognized both domestically and globally. The program is available full-time and consists of both theoretical and practical aspects. Applicants to the University of Pretoria’s PGCE program must have a recognized undergraduate degree with a minimum average of 60% in their major courses. Students must also fulfil the minimal English language competency standards. The program equips students with the information and skills they need to become effective educators and make a positive difference in the lives of their students. The PGCE is a one-year program that is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and practical experience needed to become effective educators is schools in South Africa and Other countries.
The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is a professional teaching qualification aimed at graduates interested in taking up teaching as a career. The University of Pretoria (UP) is one of the many institutions of higher learning that offers this qualification. A bachelor’s degree is required for all four phases, with particular requirements for each phase;
- Early Childhood Development and Foundation Phase
- Intermediate Phase
- Senior Phase
- Further Education and Training Phase
UP PGCE 2024 Admission Requirements
An appropriate Bachelor’s degree or accredited and approved Diploma is required for all the programmes. All prospective students who hold a 360-credit Diploma have to provide evidence that their Diplomas are approved and accredited by the Department of Higher Education and Training. This is a selection programme, and although prospective students may comply with all academic requirements, the selection committee and the relevant departments involved may select a limited number of students due to the capacity and resources available.
- Relevant bachelor’s degree, or
- A relevant approved diploma with:
Option 1: At least one module relevant to a school subject, passed at third-year diploma/bachelor’s level
(If the student has only 1 relevant subject that can be used to teach, then the student must add a research project if they do not qualify for a 2nd teaching specialization),or
- Option 2: Two modules relevant to two school subjects, passed at third-year diploma/bachelor’s level
- Senior Phase and Further Education and Training Teaching:
One (or more) degree modules passed at a second-year academic level (200) which correspond with one or more relevant subjects at the school level for Senior Phase and one other/different (or more) degree modules passed at a third-year academic level (300) which corresponds with a relevant school subject at Further Education and Training Phase Teaching (check programme modules).
- Further Education and Training Phase (FET) Teaching:
Option A: One-degree module passed at a third-year academic level (300) which corresponds with a relevant school subject and a research project for students who do not qualify for a 2nd teaching specialization;
Option B: Two different degree modules passed at a third-year academic level (300) which corresponds with a relevant school subject (check programme modules).
- Computer literacy
All students had to complete a computer literacy course as part of their first degree. If not, it will be expected students to enrol for such a course concurrently.
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- African language competency
All students who successfully complete the PGCE should be partially proficient in at least one official African language or in South African Sign Language, as the language of conversational competence. Students can write an exemption examination to determine their language competence.
- Demonstration of subject-related skills
Some school subjects require the demonstration of skills. Candidates who apply may be asked to demonstrate these skills by way of various activities (including theory, practical examination or 1 portfolio). Subjects include Visual Art; Drama; Music; Geography; Natural Science; Physical Science, Life Science and African Languages.
The programme extends over one year full-time.
- Special examinations in the Faculty of Education
A final-year student, who has failed a maximum of three-semester modules or their equivalent with a final mark of at least 40% in each, may be admitted by the Dean to a special examination in these modules during January of the following year, provided that this will enable the student to comply with all the requirements for the certificate.
- Programme delivery
The PGCE consists of academic and teaching practice components. The academic learning components are presented in the format of integrated modules during which students construct a practice theory of and for education. The academic components run throughout the year. For the purpose of the teaching practice component, students place themselves in various partnerships schools. The first placement takes place in quarter two for six weeks in a school in the Pretoria region. The second teaching practice takes place in quarter three for six weeks in a different school in the Pretoria region. Students are fully engaged at the schools during teaching practice while they are supported and assessed by qualified mentor teachers and university lecturers.
- Professional development
At the end of the year, students will have to submit a professional portfolio showing the integration of all the different modules during an oral examination. The date for submission will be announced at the beginning of the academic year.
Continuous assessment is conducted on competency-based criteria. Assessment and feedback will be done at the end of the first semester. At the end of the year, students will present and defend their professional portfolio before a panel of examiners (internal and external) for the final examination.
- Certificate with distinction
The certificate will be awarded the distinction to a student who obtained 75% in each of the Professional Development (PPF 401), Facilitating learning (FCL 401) and the specialisation module(s), as well as an average of 75% in all the other modules, with a minimum of 70% per module.
UP PGCE 2024 Online Application Process
- Visit the official website of UP at https://www.up.ac.za/online-application
- Click on Applications and select Apply Now from the drop-down
- You will be redirected to a new page, from the provided options select Start New Application.
- Fill the provided spaces with the required information
- Upload supportive documents such as School certificates, Latest results, p[rrof of residence, application-free receipts etc
- Submit a completed application form along with supportive documents and the application fee.
UP PGCE 2024 Application enquiries:
Ms T Mngomezulu
Tel:+27 012 420 5615
Ms M Tshabalala
Tel:+ 27 012 420 5652
The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is a professional teaching qualification aimed at graduates interested in taking up teaching as a career. Visit the official website of UP for more information, kindly leave a comment below.