School of Education

Bachelor of Education (BEd)

Through its initial teacher training programme the School of Education (SoE) at UKZN strives to prepare teachers who are caring, accountable and critically reflective about the who, what, how and why of teaching in a diversity of contexts. To this end the SoE offers an internationally recognised initial teacher education programmes (Bachelor of Education degrees) that qualifies you to teach in any school in South Africa. Increasingly the qualification is attracting students from neighbouring countries

What is the BEd Programme?

The BED programme is an initial teaching training programme over four years. The programme is a vocationally specific, professional degree that integrates, from the first year, both the academic study and the professional preparation required to be a teacher. 

Successful completion of the programme qualifies the student for registration with the South African Council for Educators (SACE) and for employment in South African schools as an educator at REQV level 14. In addition to serving as an initial qualification to teach, successful completion of the degree provides students with the opportunity to continue their study of education at a postgraduate level.

Specializations offered

There are three specialisation offered with the BED programme,

Foundation phase (grade1-3): specialising with: 

  • isiZulu (Home Language)
  • English (First additional language)

Intermediate phase (grades4-6)specialising with:

  • Mathematics and Social Sciences OR
  • Natural Science/Technology and Social Science

Senior (grade 7-9)and Further Education and training phase(Grade 10-12): specialising with one of the following 14 options

  • FET Accounting and Senior phase Economic Management Science and Creative arts
  • FET Computer Science and Senior phase Technology Education and Mathematics
  • FET English and Senior phase English and Economic Management Science
  • FET English and Senior phase English and Social Science
  • FET History and Senior phase Geography and English
  • FET History and Senior phase Geography and isiZulu
  • FET Information Systems and Senior phase Technology and Economic Management Science
  • FET Information Systems and Senior phase Technology and Mathematics
  • FET isiZulu and Senior phase isiZulu and Economic Management Science
  • FET isiZulu and Senior phase isiZulu and Social Science
  • FET Life Sciences and Senior phase Natural sciences and Technology education
  • FET Life Orientation and Senior phase Life orientation and Social sciences
  • FET Mathematics and Senior phase Mathematics and Technology education
  • FET Physical Sciences and Senior phase Natural sciences and Mathematics

Entry requirements

The table below reflects the specialisations and the requirements for each specialisation.

SoE
Programme Name CAO Code Entry Requirements APS Range Duration
BEd (Foundation Phase) KN-E-BFP NSC-Bachelor’s Degree endorsement with English & Life Orientation 4; isiZulu 4 and two subjects 3 28-48- 4 yrs
BEd (Intermediate Phase) KN-E-BSP NSC- Bachelor’s Degree endorsement with English & Life Orientation 4;isiZulu level 4; Level 5 in any two of Maths, Maths Literacy, Technology, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, History, Dramatic Arts, Geography,
BEd (Senior Phase/Further Education & Training) KN-E-BSP/FET NSC- Bachelor’s Degree endorsement with English & Life Orientation 4; Level 5 in any two of Maths, Dramatic Arts, Geography , History, Accounting, Information  Technology, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences

Disclaimer: Due to limited space, fulfilling all the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee acceptance into a 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

How to apply

Applications via the Central Applications Office (CAO)

first semester (February) of an academic year (Grade 12s as well as undergraduate transfer students from other institutions) must apply via the Central Applications Office (CAO).

Obtain the CAO application form and CAO Handbook from the CAO on +27 (0)31 268 4444 or CAO’s website at www.cao.ac.za OR institutions OR high schools. For UKZN, write to enquiries@ukzn.ac.za.

The CAO also has an online application facility.

The CAO Handbook provides information on programmes available as well as information on minimum requirements for application to specific programmes. Applicants are allowed six choices that must be listed in order of preference.

Applicants pay one application fee only to the CAO, regardless of the number of institutions they apply to:

Do not pay CAO application fees to UKZN and do not enclose cash.

Funding

FINANCIAL AID?

The tuition fee for 2019 was ± R38970, more accurate amounts may be obtained from the student fees department.

Application for financial assistance can be done through: Edu-Loan (private financial company) on Client Services – 0860 555544 or e-mail: info@eduloan.co.za, or National Student Financial Aid Scheme on (031) 260 3603.

For further details contact the Funza Lushaka Administrator: Ms Linda Dlamini Office No. A146 – Main Building, School of Education, Edgewood Campus, Tel: +27 (0) 31 260 3208, E-mail: DlaminiL7@ukzn.ac.za