UFS gives teachers a hand through online certificate

2017-04-05 06:04
The University of the Free State’s lecturers for the Advanced Certificate in Teaching with newly enrolled students. From the left are, front: Cynthia Tanyane, Prof. Daniella Coetzee (lecturer) and Rearabetsoe Moletsane; back: Pierre Plekker (lecturer), Oomogetse Rahlong, Sarietjie Musgrave (lecturer) and Rethabile Sesing.Photo: Supplied

The University of the Free State’s lecturers for the Advanced Certificate in Teaching with newly enrolled students. From the left are, front: Cynthia Tanyane, Prof. Daniella Coetzee (lecturer) and Rearabetsoe Moletsane; back: Pierre Plekker (lecturer), Oomogetse Rahlong, Sarietjie Musgrave (lecturer) and Rethabile Sesing.Photo: Supplied

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Recently South Africa’s Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, emphasised the need for large scale, collaborative and substantive change.

The objective of this is to consistently provide equity, quality and inclusive lifelong learning opportunities for all learners across every school in South Africa.

It is exactly that kind of change that the University of the Free State (UFS) is committed to facilitating.

With over 12 million learners in South African schools and 380 000 teachers in South Africa – and the progress being made in strengthening South Africa’s wireless infrastructure – the UFS is embracing the challenge to transform education beyond the model that was established centuries ago in the absence of technology and today’s tools.

The UFS South Campus in Bloemfontein is the very first to provide an Advanced Certificate in Teaching (ACT) 100% online programme for teachers as one means of significantly addressing long-standing educational, economic and political needs.

The ACT Online programme addresses the requirement for a teaching and learning pathway for teachers wanting to advance in their careers.

This qualification aims at improving teachers’ know-ledge and competencies towards a new subject, or strengthen their subject specialisation.

Furthermore, the ACT can play an important role in improving the quality of education and in that way the quality of life of many South Africans.

The ACT programme will not only upgrade the qualification of those teachers who are currently employed without adequate training, but it also offers specialist education to those teachers, who need to strengthen their subject specialisation know­ledge base.

The qualification also aims to provide retraining to teachers who wish to change their career path, thus widening the pool of teachers who are able to teach different subjects.

There are numerous advantages of the ACT Online Programme for teachers, some of which include:

  • it offers students the opportunity to study in their own time and at their place and own pace;
  • it presents an outstanding opportunity to conveniently and affordably advance in higher education and achieve professional qualifications;
  • it is a brilliant solution for adult working students who cannot easily access traditional on-campus or blended learning programmes;
  • it will help accelerate the pace at which South Africa’s teachers earn this important qualification;
  • it is making learning more convenient for working teachers by decreasing travel requirements; and
  • it assesses students’ ability to apply the new skills and knowledge in a practical way that can be applied in the classroom.

The starting dates of the ACT programmes for 2017 will be 8 May, 3 July, 28 August and 23 October respectively.

For more information, send an email to online@ufs.ac.za or send an SMS or WhatsApp to 082-548-2493.

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