Teachers to study online at UFS

2016-09-28 06:00
THE University of the Free State (UFS) management of the Advanced Certificates in Teaching programme with students. From the left are, front: Keneilwe Lefakle (student), Prof. Daniella Coetzee (UFS) and Rochelle Koopman (UFS); back: Pierre Plekker (UFS), Lerato Kale (UFS), Sarietjie Musgrave (UFS) and Rethabile Sesing (UFS).

THE University of the Free State (UFS) management of the Advanced Certificates in Teaching programme with students. From the left are, front: Keneilwe Lefakle (student), Prof. Daniella Coetzee (UFS) and Rochelle Koopman (UFS); back: Pierre Plekker (UFS), Lerato Kale (UFS), Sarietjie Musgrave (UFS) and Rethabile Sesing (UFS).

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THE University of the Free State (UFS) offers Advanced Certificates in Teaching (Act) 100% online for qualified teachers.

The UFS South Campus 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 programme.

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 know-ledge, 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.

Prof. Daniella Coetzee-Manning from the UFS South Campus said:

“In order to qualify to enrol for the Advanced Certificates in Teaching, there are some pre-requisites.

“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 education (teaching) UFS 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 six 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, send an email to online@ ufs.ac.za or visit www.ufs.ac.za/ACTonline.

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