Graduate Programs

 The purpose of this qualification is to prepare students for a career as a pre-primary teacher.  A pre-primary teacher may be employed by the government, or may set up his/her own pre-primary school, day care center, or crèche.  The program focuses on early child development, how young children learn, didactics of pre-primary education, remedial care for young children demonstrating developmental barriers, and school readiness. This is a three (3) year stand-alone qualification with practicum components to it.

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Bachelor’s degree in Pre-Primary Education: minimum of 360 credits

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The program of study is delivered in e-learning format, in combination with blocks of compulsory practicum.

 The purpose of this qualification is to prepare students for a career as a primary teacher.  A primary school teacher may be employed by the government, or may be employed within the private school sector.  The program focuses on early child development, how young children learn, didactics of primary education, remedial education for young children demonstrating developmental barriers during the foundation phase of education.  This is a four (4) year stand-alone professional qualification with practicum components to it.

TYPE OF QUALIFICATION
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Bachelor’s degree in Primary Education:  minimum of 360 credits

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The program of study is delivered in e-learning format, in combination with blocks of compulsory practicum.

 A candidate who wishes to enroll for any education program, must comply with the following admission criteria:

*     A candidate must be at least 18 years of age.
*     A candidate must have obtained at least 25 points according to the APS scale.
*     A candidate must have obtained a minimum symbol D in English at Grade 12 level.

All students admitted to the 1st year of study who have obtained less than a (C) or (3) in the Grade-12 final examination for English, must register for the module Academic English, OR pass the WU English Exemption Benchmark test prior to commencement of the respective academic year (i.e. commencement of the Spring or Fall academic year) as proof of Academic English Proficiency;

All students admitted to the 1st year of study must register for the module Computer Literacy, OR pass the WU Computer Literacy Benchmark test prior to commencement of the respective academic year (i.e. commencement of the Spring or Fall academic year) as proof of Computer Literacy Proficiency;

All students admitted to the 1st year of study must register for the modules Study Methods (STU 101) and Critical Thinking (CRI 102);

The modules Academic English, Computer Literacy, Study Methods, and Critical Thinking, are academic prep modules and therefore not credit bearing towards the professional Education program of study;

Assessment of these prep-modules are done via online testing.

Credits earned by exam for prep-modules are reflected on the academic record of the student and a student may be exempted from having to re-do these modules in future, should such a student transfer to another program of study at WU;

Prep-modules mentioned above are bearing five (5) credits each, and these modules are offered during a period of block lectures prior to commencement of lectures reflected in the B.Ed curriculum in order to equip all students and get them on par with their peers prior to commencement of the academic program;

Selection to the B.Ed program is based on merit, including any aptitude tests that may be required.

Postgraduate Programs

 The stipulations of the General Regulations and Rules apply mutatis mutandis.  The Master of Education program is a research program with a number of compulsory modules taught online.  Taught modules weigh 50% of the total number of credits, while the research component weighs 50% of the total number of credits.  Applicants applying for admission to the M.Ed program must prepare a research proposal submitted with the application for consideration.  Please contact us via email at research@welwitchiauniversity.com for a list of research topics and for the outline of the research proposal.

The mode of instruction of this program is online tuition with research supervision determined on the basis of individual needs.

Total number of credits:  600 credits.

 The stipulations of the General Regulations and Rules apply mutatis mutandis.  The PhD in Education is a generic PhD program with specilization in any field of education.  The PhD program of study depends on the candidate’s Masters qualification and the PhD research project must base on the prior scientific knowledge gained at Masters level.  Depending on the candidate’s Masters qualification, the PhD program of study will reflect that specialization field.  This is a research based program of study, and there are no taught modules.  Applicants applying for admission to the PhD program must prepare a research proposal submitted with the application for consideration.  Please contact us via email at research@welwitchiauniversity.com for the outline of the research proposal.  WU may request the applicant to submit his/her Masters dissertation in PDF format for consideration of the PhD program of study.

The mode of instruction of this program is via supervision of a research project and thesis.  The majority of consultations with the supervisor will be conducted via email/internet with intermittent face-to-face contact sessions.

Total number of credits:  960 credits.

 Any candidate who wishes to enroll for a postgraduate program, must hold a prior qualification within the related field at the preceding NQF exit level, e.g. for Postgraduate Diplomas, a Bachelors degree is required; for a Masters degree, a Honors degree is required; for a PhD, a Masters degree is required.  Applicants should note that a four (4) year professional degree exits at Honors level, and these candidates are entitled to seek admission to a Masters program of study, without holding a stand-alone Honors qualification.

Selection into any of the research programs is based on merit, the preceding program of study and the quality of the research proposal submitted during application.

It is very important to note that candidates will be penalized for poor grammer/spelling within a research proposal.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to have the proposal language edited prior to submission.  The APA referencing style is available in PDF format on this page under the “Research” tab.