Exceptional support part of online course

2016-09-28 06:00
STUDENTS of the University of the Free State (UFS) with lecturers. From the left are, front: Cynthia Tanyane, Prof. Daniella Coetzee-Manning and Rearabetsoe Moletsane; back: Pierre Plekker, Oomogetse Rahlog, Sarietjie Musgrave and Rethabile Se-sing.    Photo: Supplied

STUDENTS of the University of the Free State (UFS) with lecturers. From the left are, front: Cynthia Tanyane, Prof. Daniella Coetzee-Manning and Rearabetsoe Moletsane; back: Pierre Plekker, Oomogetse Rahlog, Sarietjie Musgrave and Rethabile Se-sing. 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 to 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.

“In order to qualify to enroll for the Advanced Certificate in Teaching (ACT), there are some pre-requisites,” says Prof. Daniella Coetzee-Manning of the UFS’s South Campus.

“Firstly, prospective students have to be currently employed as a teacher 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, 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, and academic tutoring, as well as technological support, are 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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