Education is an exciting and dynamic area to study at postgraduate level especially as education policy continues to change in South Africa. The School of Education is one of South Africa?s leading centres for educational research. Its staff and students conduct applied and conceptual research on:
  • Academic Development
  • Adult Education and Workplace Learning
  • Curriculum
  • Deaf Education
  • Democracy and Human Rights Education
  • Educational Management and Governance
  • Education Policy
  • Education Evaluation and Assessment
  • History or Comparative Education
  • Learning Area Development and Implementation
  • Lifelong Learning and Social Inclusion
  • Physical Education
  • Psychology in Education
  • Recognition of Prior Learning
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Teacher Education
  • Tertiary Teaching and Learning

The School encourages individual and collective research activities and to the latter end hosts a number of research entities including the Education Policy Unit, the Cognitive Research Programme, the Curriculum Policy Research Group, the Democracy Education Research Project and the Inclusive Education Research Group. The School has also been chosen as the site for a SADC Centre of Excellence in Educational Policy, Planning and Management.

Bachelor of Education with Honours [BEd(Hons)]
1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
There are three BEd(Hons) programmes on offer, one in the general field of education and two specialisations. The BEd(Hons) in the general field is structured so that students can, in addition to a Core Educational Theory course, choose an elective to suit their needs. Electives include Curriculum Change, Deaf Education, Democracy and Civil Education, Educational Change, Policy and Management, Language, Literacy and Communication, Life Orientation, Maths Education, Science Education, Special Educational Needs and Sports Education. In addition, two specialist BEd(Hons) programmes are offered; one in the field of Adult Education and one in the field of Educational Psychology. Educational Psychology applicants are required to have a major in psychology at the undergraduate level. Courses are offered on a residential and a semi-distance (flexible-learning) basis. Please note Educational Psychology will not be offered in 2016.

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)
1 year full-time
Applicants must have (or be about to complete) a degree, with at least three courses in recognised teaching subjects (normally a three year major). The curriculum meets the requirements for professional training as a teacher and includes study in the theory of education, at least two methodology courses and practical teaching experience.

Master of Education (MEd)
1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
The Masters degree may be completed by research or by coursework and research report. Specialisations include Adult Education, Curriculum Development, Educational Evaluation and Assessment, Democracy and Human Rights Education, Education Policy and Management, Mathematics Education, and Psychology in Education and Inclusive Education.
Applications for the MEd (Ed Psych) should be made to the School of Human and Community Development, Tel: 27 (0)
11 717-8320; Fax: 27 (0) 11 339-3844.

Adult Education, Curriculum and Management courses may be offered in flexible (semi-distance) mode in 2003.

Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PDE)
1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
The Postgraduate Diploma in Education is available for applicants who wish to undertake only the coursework component of the MEd degree.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Eligible applicants conduct research under supervision for a PhD thesis.

Upgrading and Professional Development Programmes:

Advanced Certificate in Education (ACE)
2 years part-time
The School of Education offers the ACE in the following fields of study:

  • ACE in the field of English Language Teaching [ACE(ELT)]
  • ACE in the field of Science [ACE(Sci)], specialising in Maths or Science
  • ACE in the field of Deaf Education [ACE(DeafEd)]
  • ACE in the field of Education for Learners with Special Needs [ACE(LSEN)]

For more information, please use the contact details provided.

Certificates and Short Courses
As part of its general commitment to the reconstruction of education in South Africa, the School has established a Centre for Professional Development in Education which offers certificated programmes and short courses to educational practitioners.

For more information on upgrading and professional development programmes, contact:

Ms Cathrine Monyane
011 717 3023