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IIE Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase Teaching

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Overview +

The IIE Bachelor of Education (BEd) in Foundation Phase Teaching (FPT) is an undergraduate professional qualification aimed at preparing graduates to teach learners from Grades R to 3. This four-year Bachelor’s degree is structured in accordance with the Department of Higher Education and Training’s (DHET) Minimum Requirements for Teacher Education Qualifications (MRTEQ) (2015). It is also aligned with the new Higher Education Qualifications Sub- Framework’s (HEQSF) guidelines. The degree will equip Foundation Phase classroom teachers with the knowledge, skills and applied competencies for employability and further specialization studies, in support of the principles of life-long learning. Enquire Apply Register Request an Appointment

Requirements +

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Accreditation +

The IIE Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase Teaching is accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and is registered by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) as a 482-credit qualification on level 7 (SAQA ID: 96408).

Career Opportunities +

This degree is a perfect stepping stone to a diverse and exciting range of Communication-related career opportunities including but not limited to:

> Teaching (Grades R – 3)
> Tutoring
> School Management (may require further study and/or experience)
> Educational Consultancy (may require further study and/or experience)

Teaching And Learning Strategy +

At The IIE’s Varsity College we are proud of and passionate about our shift away from the ‘traditional lecturing’ methodology to our blended-learning strategy – the VCBlend.

This blended-learning strategy extends learning beyond the confines of the classroom and creates opportunities for our students to work collaboratively, with peers and their educators, to construct their understanding of concepts. Student engagement is supported by the use of a learning management system (LMS) and the online learning materials that have been developed to underpin our teaching strategy.

Due to the VCBlend approach, you will be expected to spend time conducting your own research, study for assessments and work on assignments. To gain the most from the blended learning experience, VC’s Wireless classrooms and campuses, students are required to BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology) such as mobile devices, netbooks, laptops or tablets, etc. so as to develop the necessary academic and digital literacies over the period of your degree.

This student-focused approach compels our students to be accountable for their learning while developing the critical skills they will need to thrive in the rapidly changing 21st century work environment.

As such, academic life for our students is dynamic, challenging and relevant.

Postgraduate Study +

The IIE Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase Teaching degree is accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and is registered by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) at level 7, the same level as other equivalent undergraduate degrees offered at other South African higher education institutions. As a result, the opportunity to apply for a postgraduate certificate/diploma or Honours degree with The IIE or any other South African higher education institution does exist. However, different institutions sometimes have different requirements for admission to the programmes they offer. These requirements also change from time to time within institutions. For this reason, acceptance into various programmes are based on meeting all the institution- specific entrance requirements, the availability of space, as well as the applicants' academic results.

Call your nearest IIE’s Varsity College campus to discuss your career options with one of our Student Advisors.

British Accreditation Council +

The IIE is not only accredited in South Africa but its dedication to providing quality education also led to it being accredited by the British Accreditation Council (BAC) in 2014. The British Accreditation Council is an independent authority in the United Kingdom that accredits private providers globally, including Greece, Switzerland, Singapore, India, Mauritius and the United Arab Emirates. In 2017 The IIE had its accreditation status confirmed by the BAC as an Independent Higher Education Institution confirming our confidence in the international comparability of our standards.

“South African students need to know, when they select a private higher education institution, that the standards offered are equivalent to those of a public University. Our students get this from our extensive local accreditation and registration. The students also benefit from knowing that we meet international standards too. The IIE is accredited as an Independent Higher Education Institution by the British Accreditation Council. Locally and internationally we have demonstrated the quality of what we offer,” said Dr Coughlan, Director, The Independent Institute of Education.

The IIE’s Varsity College students can be confident that their IIE learning experience meets international best practice standards.

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