Programme empowers teachers

2017-03-01 10:19
Students enrolled for the Advanced Certificate in Teaching with the programme managers at the University of the Free State (UFS) are from the left, front: Keneilwe Lefakle, Prof. Daniella Coetzee-Manning (UFS) and Rochelle Koopman; back: Pierre Plekker (UFS), Lerato Kale (UFS), Sarietjie Musgrave (UFS) and Rethabile Sesing.

Students enrolled for the Advanced Certificate in Teaching with the programme managers at the University of the Free State (UFS) are from the left, front: Keneilwe Lefakle, Prof. Daniella Coetzee-Manning (UFS) and Rochelle Koopman; back: Pierre Plekker (UFS), Lerato Kale (UFS), Sarietjie Musgrave (UFS) and Rethabile Sesing.

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The University of the Free State (UFS) offers online Advanced Certificates in Teaching (ACT) for qualified teachers.

The university has become the first in South Africa to introduce a completely online platform for teachers to obtain the ACT in foundation, intermediate, or senior phase in 18 to 20 months, compared to the usual 24 months.

The programme is offered through the South Campus of the UFS in Bloemfontein.

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

The 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 an online format, so no travel or contact sessions are required.

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

Prof. Daniella Coetzee-Manning of the UFS South Campus says: “In order to qualify to enrol for the ACT, there are some prerequisites.

“Firstly, prospective students have to be currently employed as a teacher and 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 Teaching diploma, a National Professional diploma in Education (NPDE), a degree in Education or any degree plus a post-graduate certificate in Education (PGCE).”

Applied competencies to meet the 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.

Academic tutoring, as well as technological support, is inclu­ded.

Students can enrol in, and pay for, one session at a time.

For more information, send an email to online@ufs.ac.za or visit the website on www.ufs.ac.za/ACTonline. Alternatively send an SMS to 082-548-2493.

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