Certificate empowers teachers

2016-11-09 06:01
Some of the students currently enrolled for the Advanced Certificate in Teaching (ACT) 100% online programme, with facilitators.  Photo: Supplied

Some of the students currently enrolled for the Advanced Certificate in Teaching (ACT) 100% online programme, with facilitators. Photo: Supplied

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The minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, has emphasised the need for large-scale, collaborative and substantive change to consistently provide learning experiences in every school in South Africa for learners.

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, along with the progress being made in strengthening South Africa’s wireless infrastructure, the UFS is embracing the challenge of transforming education beyond the model that was established years ago in the absence of technology and today’s tools.

The UFS South Campus, located in Bloemfontein, is the very first campus to provide an Advanced Certificate in Teaching (ACT) 100% online programme for teachers as a 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.

This qualification has a specific aim, namely to improve teachers’ knowledge 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 the quality of life of many South Africans.

The ACT will not only upgrade the qualification of 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 a subject.

  • There are numerous advantages of the ACT online programme for teachers: it offers students the opportunity to study in their own time, place and pace; ) it presents an outstanding opportunity to conveniently and affordably advance in higher education and achieve professional qualifications; ) it is a brilliant solution for working adult students who cannot easily access traditio-nal 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 for 2017 are 16 January, 13 March, 8 May, 3 July, 28 August and 23 October. Send an email to ­online@ufs.ac.za or an SMS to 082-548-2493.

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