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Postgraduate Certificate in Education

The Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) is a professional teaching qualification for applicants with a Bachelor’s degree.

Applications to study in 2020 will be open from 01 July to 30 September 2019

The Wits School of Education PGCE provides high quality professional preparation for teaching in high schools in the Senior Phase (SP, grades 8-9) and Further Education and Training (FET, grades 10-12) phases of schooling.

The programme is offered on both a full-time basis (1 year) and a part-time basis (2 years). Full-time students attend lectures during the day. Part-time students attend evening lectures, and are registered through Wits Plus. The part-time PGCE programme is aimed at prospective teachers who hold a Bachelors degree with teaching subjects, but who work during the day.

Entrance Requirements

Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree, such as BA, BA (Fine Arts), BA (Dramatic Art), BSc, or BCom. The degree must contain a number of university courses which have been approved as suitable for teaching a school subject.

Entry into the FET methodology course requires students to be in possession of a major in an approved university subject. In some subjects (Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics) these requirements may be reduced to a sub-major (subject to senate permission).
Preference will be given to students with 60% and above for the relevant subjects.
To be admitted to the second SP subject, students must have studied courses related to that teaching subject. Usually one year of study in an approved subject is required for the SP teaching subject.

Download the list of approved university courses for entry into the FET and SP subject specialisations.

Course Structure

To qualify as a teacher with a PGCE all students must complete the following courses:

  • Theory of Education
  • FET Methodology: How to teach your subject at Grade 10-12 level
  • ONE or TWO SP Methodology courses: How to teach your subject/s at Grade 8 – 9 level
  • Teaching Experience in the FET and SP subject specialisation/s
  • Two Competency Endorsements*:
    Computer Literacy
    Conversational competence in a Black South African language or South African Sign Language.

The programme for full- and part-time students begins with an orientation workshop and registration. Teaching Experience for part-time students will take place for three weeks in the first year and six weeks in the second year. Students will need to be at schools every week day, take responsibility for certain classes and participate fully in the life of the school.

Download the list of SP and FET subject methodologies. Please note that students can ONLY select an SP methodology for 2019.

Application Information

Applications to study in 2020 will be open from 01 July to 30 September 2019

Apply online at: www.wits.ac.za/applications

Upload the following documents:

  • Certified copies of degree certificate
  • Official copies of academic transcripts, showing courses taken and actual marks, including a certificate of conduct from the university last attended

Contact details for part-time studies:

Mpho Pooe
Tel: +27 11 717 4188
Room B119 Bohlaleng Building
Education Campus, 27 St Andrews Road, Parktown
Email: mpho.pooe@wits.ac.za