ADVERTORIAL: UFS offers advanced certificates in teaching online

2016-11-10 06:00
The UFS team (back from left) Pierre Plekker (UFS), Lerato Kale (UFS), Sarietjie Musgrave (UFS) and Rethabile Sesing (UFS). (Front from left) Keneilwe Lefakle (student), Prof. Daniella Coetzee (UFS) and Rochelle Koopman (UFS).Photo: supplied

The UFS team (back from left) Pierre Plekker (UFS), Lerato Kale (UFS), Sarietjie Musgrave (UFS) and Rethabile Sesing (UFS). (Front from left) Keneilwe Lefakle (student), Prof. Daniella Coetzee (UFS) and Rochelle Koopman (UFS).Photo: supplied

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THE South Campus of the University of the Free State (UFS) has become the first in South Africa to introduce a completely online platform for teachers to obtain the Advanced Certificate in Teaching (ACT) in either Foundation, Intermediate, or Senior Phase in 18-20 months, compared to the usual 24 months.

These accelerated, online programmes, which also provide academic and technological support, represent further opportunities for connecting teachers to essential professional growth and credentials.

This fully online programme enables teachers to advance in their level of learning achievement through increased knowledge, problem solving exercises and practical applications.

The skills obtained can be used immediately in the classroom and ACT completion qualifies teachers on a higher level.

Students complete the certificate programme via a 100% online format, so no travel or contact sessions are required.

There are no formal exams, student progress is measured through online assessments based on demonstrating practical application in the classroom.

Professor Daniella Coetzee-Manning from the UFS South Campus says: “In order to qualify to enroll for the Advanced Certificates in Teaching, there are some pre-requisites.

“Firstly, prospective students have to be currently employed as a teacher and/or have access to a classroom, as practical assignments form part of the programme.

“The programme is for teachers who are already qualified, with any of the following qualifications: a three year education (teaching) diploma; NPDE (National Professional Diploma in Education); Degree in education; any degree PLUS a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education).”

Applied competencies to meet National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Level 6 are organised into nine to ten consecutive eight-week sessions.

These are designed to meet the professional needs of in-service teachers, and academic tutoring as well as technological support is included. Students can enrol in, and pay for, one session at a time.

For more information, please send an email to online@ufs.ac.za or visit the website on www.ufs.ac.za/ACTonline. Alternatively send an SMS to 082-5482-493.

- Supplied.

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