The Bachelor of Education Degree (B.Ed.)
The B.Ed. degree offered at the Centre for Creative Education is from 2018 a qualification for Foundation Phase Teaching, allowing you to teach from Grade R to Grade 3. This replaces the qualification for combined phases (offered until 2017), due to changes in legislation. Students wishing to add the Intermediate Phase to their range of teaching will need to enrol for further studies afterwards, for which a programme is currently in development and will need to be accredited and registered before it can be started.
As its predecessor, the B.Ed. programme (Foundation Phase Teaching) has been fully accredited by the Council on Higher Education's Higher Education Quality Committee (CHE/HEQC) and registered with the Department of Education (certificate 2000 / HE08 / 003), and recognized by the South African Council for Educators (SACE). This backing allows graduates to teach in mainstream schools (public or independent/private), as well as Waldorf schools throughout South Africa.
Full-time or Part-time?
The full-time programme for the qualification Bachelor of Education takes 4 years. A daily programme of lectures, experiential sessions, teaching practicals, etc. takes place over approximately 9 weeks per term.
The course has also been offered as a 6-year part-time cycle, including a great deal of self-study. Due to insufficient applicant numbers, the part-time programme is currently on hold, but to be able to consider the future of part-time training, we encourage possible applicants to let us know of their wish to study part-time.
Qualifications & accreditation
The degree Bachelor of Education (Foundation Phase Teaching) is the nationally recognised qualification for educators in schooling and is accepted for employment in any South African school. The Centre for Creative Education is a fully accredited provider, registered by the Department of Education for the qualifications as shown on certificate number 2000 / HE08 / 003. The degree is also recognised by the South African Council for Educators.
The Waldorf aspect of the educational approach is integrated in the Centre's BEd programme. This is a SAQA registered qualification, enabling BEd graduates to teach in Waldorf schools. The Southern Africa Federation of Waldorf Schools recognises the certificate as a professional basis for Waldorf educators.