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School for Initial Teacher Education

For this programme applicants must choose two school subjects which will be taken as specializations in the first, second and third year of study.  The following subject combinations are available:

Combination A (any 2 of the following subjects)

  • Accounting (Education) I
  • Business Studies (Education) I
  • Economics (Education) I
  • Mathematics (Education) I

Combination B (any 2 of the following subjects)

  • Biology (Education) I
  • Mathematics (Education) I
  • Physical Science (Education) I

The B Ed as per the Council on Higher Education is an initial qualification for educators 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 specialization, 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 four academic years of full-time study on our Port Elizabeth campus.

Contact information
Ms Pamela Roach
Programme Administrator: B Ed FET
Tel: 27 41 504 4026

Miss Heloise Sathorar
Tel: 27 41 504 2382