UNISA Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Foundation Phase and Early Childhood Development) Foundation Phase (02631 – FDP)
|Qualification stream:||Foundation Phase|
|Qualification code:||02631 – FDP|
Students who do not comply with all the above admission requirements may not register for this qualification, but rather apply for the BEd (Foundation Phase Teaching). DHET (Department of Higher Education and Training) encourages students to rather apply a BEd degree, in order to promote better employment opportunities. Outstanding admission subjects may not be offered for non-degree purposes. A student who has successfully completed this qualification (PGCE) will be able to teach from Grade R to 3. Teaching Practice (10 weeks) is a compulsory component in this program and must be taken according to specific criteria. This qualification comprises both semester and year modules. Year modules may only be registered during the January registration period of each academic year. Students must also register themselves with SACE (South African Council for Educators) from the first year of BEd registration. Please visit the SACE website for more information : https://www.sace.org.za/
The PGCE serves as a professional ‘capping’ qualification for candidates who have completed an appropriate 360 or 480 credit Bachelor’s degree other than the BEd. The qualification accredits the development of professional competence reflexively grounded in educational theory.
|This qualification will be presented via distance learning mode.|
|Qualification offered until 2021, and ONLY for students previously registered for this qualification.|
Who can register?
- Applicants may only register once they have received confirmation from Unisa that their application for admission has been accepted. Unisa reserves the right to not process and / or to cancel your registration if it is found that you were incorrectly admitted to a qualification.
- Re-registering students may register for the 2019 academic year once the registration period opens.
- Should you wish to start a new qualification, please apply for the alternative qualification during the next application period.
- All communication sent to you after the initial study package (with the exception of study guides) will be sent electronically to your myLife e-mail account (eg follow-up tutorial letters, examination timetables and results, financial statements). You will no longer receive such communication in printed format.
How to choose your modules
Each Unisa qualification is structured in such a way that you need to pass a certain number of modules and NQF level credits within a certain amount of time in order to graduate. You must pass a minimum number of credits / modules annually so that you are able to re-register and continue with your qualification:
- At least 36 NQF credits (3 modules of 12 credits each) in your first year of study.
- At least 48 NQF credits (4 modules of 12 credits each) in your second or further years of study.
You may not register for more than the allowed maximum number of credits / modules per semester:
- At least 60 NQF credits (5 modules of 12 credits each) in a semester.
- At least 120 NQF credits (10 modules of 12 credits each) per year for year modules.
The maximum number of credits do not include supplementary and / or aegrotat examinations from a previous semester. Modules taken for non-degree / non-diploma purposes also count towards the maximum number of credits allowed.
You must take your available time into consideration when choosing your modules, as this will impact your academic performance. You need approximately
- 6 to 8 hours per week for semester modules.
- 4 to 6 hours per week for year modules.
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Curriculum for this qualification
As you are deciding on the modules you will be registering for, remember to write down the module names and codes so that you have something that you can refer to when completing your registration.
|Group A. Compulsory|
|ETH306W – Inclusive Education B (Educational Themes 306)|
|PCF4065 – Reception Year and Foundation Phase Didactics||Co-requisite:PGC4019, PGC402A, ETH306W, PGC404C & PGC405D|
|PCF4076 – Reading, Writing and Spelling: First and Second Language||Co-requisite:PCF4065, PGC4019, PGC402A, ETH306W, PGC404C & PGC405D|
|PCF4088 – Teaching Mathematics, Science and Technology||Co-requisite:PCF4065, PCF4076, PGC4019, PGC402A, ETH306W, PGC404C & PGC405D|
|PCF4099 – Visual Arts and Music and Movement in the Foundation Phase||Co-requisite:PCF4065, PCF4076, PCF4088, PGF4019, PGC402A, ETH306W, PGC404C & PGC405D|
|PCF410X – Teaching Practice (Foundation Phase)(Grades 1 – 3)||Co-requisite:PGC4019, PGC402A, ETH306W, PGC404C, PGC405D, PCF4065, PCF4076, PCF4088, PCF4099|
|PGC4019 – Psychology of Education and Socio-Pedagogics|
|PGC402A – Philosophy and History of Education|
|PGC404C – Health, Safety and Nutrition|
|PGC405D – Management and Assessment|