Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase Teaching

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Dr Juliet Masalesa

Programme Description

The aim of the qualification is to deliver professionally qualified beginner teachers for the Foundation Phase. This is done by providing student teachers with a well-rounded education that equips them with the required subject content knowledge base, teaching competence, a nuanced understanding of the integrated nature of theory and practice in education and the context of the teaching profession in South Africa. The programme focuses specifically on child development, literacy, numeracy (mathematics) and the knowledge that underpins life skills.

The focus of the Foundation Phase degree is to provide students with a professional teaching qualification. Students will be specialists in the teaching of young children in their mother-tongue language.  
 
Upon completion of this qualification, graduates will be able to:
  • Understand the organizing principles and theoretical framework underpinning childhood development. 
  • Understand childhood physical, cognitive, social, emotional and sensory development to enable them to support learners’ development in the Foundation Phase classroom. 
  • Display a coherent viewpoint of the interplay of the various roles which underlie a teacher’s professional practice, with special reference the teacher’s community and citizen role. 
  • Be able to use educational information technology to enhance the use of ICT in teaching and learning in the Foundation Phase; use blended technology as part of their teaching methodology. 
  • Be able to teach the understanding of numbers, number systems, algebra, fractions, shapes, space, measurement (mass, weight) to enable them to support children’s acquisition of the concepts. 
  • Show developed English language competence, as well as academic literacy skills in English to enable them to support English language learning in the Foundation Phase classroom. 
  • Have developed language competence and requisite subject knowledge in isiNdebele/ isiSwati/ seSotho to enable basic communication and support language learning in the Foundation Phase classroom. 
  • Have the requisite physical education content knowledge and skills to enable them to teach physical education as part of Life Skills and to particpate in and supervise/administer sport activities at school. 
  • Have an understanding of the methodology for teaching Grade R and would have had practice opportunities to develop teaching skills for the Grade R-classroom. 
  • Show skills in the essential linguistic components that are important in teaching children how to read and would have been provided with practice opportunities to develop teaching skills for teaching children to read. 
  • Display the requisite content knowledge and skills to enable them to teach music, drama, arts and craft as part of Life Skills
  • Show the requisite content knowledge and skills to teach the social science and personal well-being components of Life Skills
  • Have developed educational leadership, management and administrative skills in order to enable them to effectively lead, manage and communicate both in the classroom and between the school and home. 
  • Have an understanding of teaching methods relevant for teaching literacy and initial writing and to provide them with practice opportunities to develop teaching skills for literacy and initial writing teaching. 
  • Instil concepts of critical thinking into their teaching content. 
  • Contribute to the development of African language and culture within their community.

 

Admission Requirements

  • To be able to gain access to the Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase Teaching programme, applicants are required to have the appropriate combination of recognised National Senior Certificate (NSC) subjects, as well as certain levels of achievement in these subjects. The minimum entry requirements for studies as legislated by the government do not guarantee a prospective student admission to this programme. 
  • Preliminary admission is based on the results obtained in the final Grade 11 examination.  Final admission is based on the final Grade 12 results. 
  • A valid National Senior Certificate with admission for degree purposes
  • The subjects to be used in the calculation of the APS are the prescribed seven subjects.
  • The APS achievement rating of Life Orientation is divided by 2 in the calculation of the APS.
  • If an applicant included more than the minimum of three electives in his/her NSC the four compulsories and the three best of the electives are used.
  • Minimum APS scores of 26 with Mathematics or 27 with Mathematical
The following minimum subjects and level requirements apply:
Programme   Group A Group B
Languages     OR Life Orientation Subject 1 Subject 2 Subject 3
 
 
BEd in Foundation Phase Teaching
  Language of teaching and learning Other recognised language Mathematics Mathematics Literacy 
5 4 3 4 4 4 4 4
 
Points are awarded according to the scale below:
APS Scale 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Percentage (%) 80-100% 70-79% 60-69% 50-59% 40-49% 30-39% 0-29%
Teachers, who are in a possession of a recognised certificate in education or another relevant field, may also represent their qualifications for entry into a BEd with the possibility of transfer of credits, for cognate previous studies. Assessment of prior learning could also lead to entry or an advanced credit standing.
 
 

Career Opportunities

The graduate qualifies to become a teacher of learners from Grade R - Grade 3.
They could progress further into becoming Early Childhood Development Lecturers.
Graduates are specialists in African language instruction, namely Siswati, Sesotho and Ndebele and have potential to engage in occupations that focus on these languages.
 

Duration

The Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase Teaching programme is a four-year, 480 credit, exit level 7 qualification
 

Curriculum Structure

Module names Module codes Semester Credits
YEAR 1
Education Studies 1A EDS1MA1 1 16
Education Studies 1B EDS2MB1 2 16
Teaching Studies 1A TSD1MA1 1 8
Teaching Studies 1B EDS2MB1 2 8
Mathematics for the Foundation Phase 1A MFP1MA1 1 8
Mathematics for  the  Foundation Phase 1B MFP2MB1 2 8
English for the Foundation Phase 1A EFP1MA1 1 8
English for the Foundation Phase 1B EFP2MB1 2 8
Introduction to isiNdebele/siSwati / Sesotho sa Leboa  for the Foundation Phase 1A (Home Language) NFP1MA1
 
SFP1MA1
 
SEP1MA1
1 8
isiNdebele /siSwati / Sesotho sa Leboa 1B (Home Language) NFP2MB1
 
SFP2MB1
 
SEP2MB1
1 8
Culture and the Natural Environment for the Foundation Phase 1B
 
CNE2MB1 2 8
Teaching Methodology and Practicum 1A MPR1MA1 1 12
Teaching Methodology and Practicum 1B MPR2MB1 2 12
YEAR 2
Education Studies 2A EDS1MA2 1 16
Education Studies 2B EDS2MB2 2 16
English for the Foundation Phase 2A EFP1MA2 1 8
English for the Foundation Phase 2B EFP2MB2 2 8
isiNdebele / siSwati / Sesotho sa Leboa  for FP 2A (Home Language)
 
 
 
NFP1MA2
 
SFP1MA2
 
SEP1MA2
1 8
isiNdebele / siSwati / Sesotho sa Leboa  for FP 2A (Home Language)
 
 
 
NFP1MB2
 
SFP1MB2
 
SEP1MB2
1 8
Mathematics for the Foundation Phase 2A MFP1MA2 1 8
Mathematics for the Foundation Phase 2B MFP2MB2 2 8
Culture and the Natural Environment for the Foundation Phase 2A CNE1MA2 1 8
Culture and the Natural Environment for the Foundation Phase 2B CNE2MB2 2 8
Teaching Studies 2B TSD2MB2 2 8
Teaching Methodology and Practicum 2A
(mother language)
 
NFP1MA2
 
SFP1MA2
 
SEP1MA2
1 12
Teaching Methodology and Practicum 2B MPR2MB2 2 12
YEAR 3
Education Studies 3A EDS1MA3 1 16
Education Studies 3B EDS2MB3 2 16
English for the Foundation Phase 3A EFP1MA3 1 8
English for  the Foundation Phase 3B EFP2MB3 2 8
isiNdebele/ siSwati / Sesotho sa Leboa  for the Foundation Phase 3A NFP1MA3
 
SFP1MA3
 
SEP1MA3
1 8
isiNdebele/ siSwati / Sesotho sa Leboa  for the Foundation Phase 3B NFP2MB3
 
SFP2MB3
 
SEP2MB3
2 8
Mathematics for the  Foundation Phase 3A MFP1MA3 1 8
Mathematics for the Foundation Phase 3B MFP2MB3 2 8
Culture and the Natural Environment for the Foundation Phase 3A CNE1MA3 1 8
Teaching Studies 3B TSD2MB3 2 8
Teaching Methodology and Practicum 3A MPR1MA3 1 12
Teaching Methodology and Practicum 3B MPR2MB3 2 12
Teaching Studies, Methodology and Practicum TMP00Y4 1 and 2 120
 

Tuition Fee Structure: 2020

Tuition Fee for B Ed Foundation Phase
Year Amount
First Year R30 326.00
Second Year R30 326.00
Third Year R30 326.00
Fourth Year R30 326.00
  


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