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School for Initial Teacher Education

The B Ed as per the Council on Higher Education is an initial qualification for becoming an educator in schools. Teachers are members of a profession whose definitive aim is to enable systematic learning. In order to prepare prospective teachers for this comprehensive role, a B Ed programme should:

  • Develop and consolidate both subject knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge
  • Cultivate a practical understanding of teaching and learning in a diverse range of South African schools, in relation to educational theory, phase and/or subject specialisation, practice and policy
  • Foster self-reflexivity and self-understanding among prospective teachers
  • Nurture commitment to the ideals of the teaching profession and an understanding of teaching as a profession
  • Develop the professional dispositions and self-identity of students as teachers
  • Develop students as active citizens and enable them to develop the dispositions of citizenship in their learners
  • Promote and develop the dispositions and competences to organize learning among a diverse range of learners in diverse contexts

It is assumed that students who achieve the exit level outcomes will be competent novice teachers who will still need time, experience and appropriate support to develop as fully-fledged extended professionals.

Admission Requirements

The minimum entry requirements and other course information for the BEd degree are explained in the on-line prospectus.

Important: Prospective candidates are advised to submit their applications for admission to the university as early as possible in the preceding academic year.

Duration of Study

The programme extends over 4 academic years of full-time study at our Port Elizabeth campuses.

Contact information
Ms Basheera Brooks
Programme Administrator: BEd Foundation Phase and School Based Learning (Foundation Phase)
Tel: 27 41 504 2547
basheera.brooks@mandela.ac.za

Dr Deirdre Geduld
Lecturer: SITE
Tel: 27 41 504 2375
deirdre.geduld2@mandela.a.cza