Teaching certificate online

2016-07-27 06:00
THE stakeholders in the online programme are from the left, front: Phillip Dikgomo (NDBE), Isaac Mogotsi (Northern Cape Department of Education), Prof. Daniella Coetzee (principal: South Campus) and Prof. Judy Zimny (Academic Partnerships); back: Dr Whitty Green (Department of Higher Education and Training), Ernst Stals (Free State Department of Education), Tsatsi Montso (Free State Department of Education) and Steven Bailey (Academic Partnerships).  Photo: Eugene Seegers

THE stakeholders in the online programme are from the left, front: Phillip Dikgomo (NDBE), Isaac Mogotsi (Northern Cape Department of Education), Prof. Daniella Coetzee (principal: South Campus) and Prof. Judy Zimny (Academic Partnerships); back: Dr Whitty Green (Department of Higher Education and Training), Ernst Stals (Free State Department of Education), Tsatsi Montso (Free State Department of Education) and Steven Bailey (Academic Partnerships). Photo: Eugene Seegers

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THE University of the Free State (UFS) is the first in South Africa to introduce a completely 100% online platform for teachers to obtain the Advanced Certificate in Teaching (ACT).

The UFS offers this programme at its South Campus in Bloemfontein.

The completely online platform enables teachers to obtain the ACT in 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 programme will be done in conjunction with Academic Partnerships (AP), a company that has supported more than 40 universities in providing high-quality online programmes for teachers.

In performing its comprehensive services, AP works as an extension of the university, transparently promoting the partner’s brand and adding cost-effective resources to extend a university’s market reach.

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.

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 demonstra-ting practical application in the classroom.

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.

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.

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