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School for Initial Teacher Education

The BEd 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 in prospective teachers
  • Nurture commitment to the ideals of the teaching profession and to 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
Mrs Delene Botha
Programme Administrator: BEd IP
Tel: 27 41 504 4330

Dr Benedict Khoboli
Senior Lecturer, Science Education
Tel: 0415042969