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PGCE FP

Postgraduate Certificate in
Foundation Phase

PGCE IP

Postgraduate Certificate in
Intermediate Phase

BA ALT. ED.

Bachelor of Arts
Alternative Education

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About School of Education

"Education is the most powerful tool for transforming the world." - Nelson Mandela

Join us at the School of Education, Cornerstone Institute Embark on a transformative journey of impactful teaching and global engagement at Cornerstone Institute, where education changes lives. Our School of Education is committed to providing a holistic educational experience that prepares students to excel in diverse educational contexts and fosters lifelong learning.

Program Overview
Our Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) programme responds to the growing demand for professional educators in South Africa. The PGCE offers two specializations:

Shaun Viljoen (HOD)

  • Intermediate Phase (IP): Designed for students seeking to qualify as professional educators in the Intermediate Phase. Applicants must hold a three-year degree or recognized national diploma at NQF level 6, with a minimum of 360 credits.
  • Foundation Phase (FP): Tailored for students aspiring to qualify as professional educators in the Foundation Phase. Applicants must possess a three-year degree or recognized national diploma at NQF level 6, with a minimum of 360 credits.

Additional Information:
PGCE students may need to complete specific undergirding modules to meet entry requirements. These modules can be taken concurrently or simultaneously with PGCE modules but do not count towards the required PGCE credits. Consult the curriculum grid and the Yearbook for guidance on the specific undergirding modules required.

For Inquiries, call +27 (0)21 448 0050 or email info@cornerstone.ac.za

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Experience at SoE

At the School of Education, we aim to provide a comprehensive and enriching experience for students and potential applicants, along with valuable benefits that enhance their academic and professional journey. Here are some key experiences and benefits that such a school can offer:

  • Relevant and Innovative Courses: Offer modern and forward-thinking courses that reflect current trends, research, and best practices in education.
  • Integration of Technology: Incorporate technology into teaching and learning to prepare students for 21st-century classrooms.
  • Field Placements and Internships: Provide hands-on experience through field placements, internships, and practicum opportunities in diverse educational settings.
  • Service-Learning Projects: Engage students in community-based projects to apply theoretical knowledge in real-world contexts.
  • Collaborative Research Initiatives: Encourage students to participate in research projects and collaborate with faculty members on educational research.
  • Access to Research Facilities: Provide access to state-of-the-art research facilities and resources to support scholarly inquiry.
  • Workshops and Seminars: Organize workshops, seminars, and guest lectures featuring experts in education to enhance professional development.
  • Certification Programs: Offer certification programs or specialized training to develop niche skills and credentials.
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  • Access to Research Facilities: Provide access to state-of-the-art research facilities and resources to support scholarly inquiry.
  • International Exchanges: Facilitate international study exchanges and cross-cultural experiences to broaden students' perspectives.
  • Partnerships with Global Institutions: Foster partnerships with international educational institutions for collaborative projects and exchanges.
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  • Certification Programs: Offer certification programs or specialized training to develop niche skills and credentials.
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  • Access to Research Facilities: Provide access to state-of-the-art research facilities and resources to support scholarly inquiry.
  • Dedicated Academic Advising: Provide personalized academic advising and mentorship to guide students throughout their academic journey.
  • Student Support Services: Offer counseling, tutoring, and career services to support student well-being and success.
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  • Partnerships with Global Institutions: Foster partnerships with international educational institutions for collaborative projects and exchanges.
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  • Certification Programs: Offer certification programs or specialized training to develop niche skills and credentials.
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  • Access to Research Facilities: Provide access to state-of-the-art research facilities and resources to support scholarly inquiry.
  • Networking Events: Host networking events, conferences, and alumni gatherings to connect students with professionals in the field of education.
  • Alumni Mentorship Programs: Establish alumni mentorship programs to facilitate career guidance and networking opportunities.
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  • Student Support Services: Offer counseling, tutoring, and career services to support student well-being and success.
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  • Partnerships with Global Institutions: Foster partnerships with international educational institutions for collaborative projects and exchanges.
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  • Certification Programs: Offer certification programs or specialized training to develop niche skills and credentials.
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  • Access to Research Facilities: Provide access to state-of-the-art research facilities and resources to support scholarly inquiry.
  • Inclusive Curriculum: Foster a diverse and inclusive learning environment through curriculum development and inclusive teaching practices.
  • Diverse Student Body: Promote diversity and equity within the student body and faculty.
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  • Partnerships with Schools and Organizations: Forge partnerships with schools and educational organizations to create pathways to employment.
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  • Alumni Mentorship Programs: Establish alumni mentorship programs to facilitate career guidance and networking opportunities.
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  • Student Support Services: Offer counseling, tutoring, and career services to support student well-being and success.
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  • Partnerships with Global Institutions: Foster partnerships with international educational institutions for collaborative projects and exchanges.
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  • Certification Programs: Offer certification programs or specialized training to develop niche skills and credentials.
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  • Access to Research Facilities: Provide access to state-of-the-art research facilities and resources to support scholarly inquiry.
  • Access to Educational Technology: Provide access to educational tools, software, and digital resources to enhance teaching and learning experiences.
  • Diverse Student Body: Promote diversity and equity within the student body and faculty.
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  • Partnerships with Schools and Organizations: Forge partnerships with schools and educational organizations to create pathways to employment.
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  • Alumni Mentorship Programs: Establish alumni mentorship programs to facilitate career guidance and networking opportunities.
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  • Student Support Services: Offer counseling, tutoring, and career services to support student well-being and success.
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  • Partnerships with Global Institutions: Foster partnerships with international educational institutions for collaborative projects and exchanges.
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  • Certification Programs: Offer certification programs or specialized training to develop niche skills and credentials.
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  • Access to Research Facilities: Provide access to state-of-the-art research facilities and resources to support scholarly inquiry.
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Our Specialization

At the School of Education, we are dedicated to excellence in teacher education and professional development. Our specialized programs and expert faculty empower aspiring educators to make a positive impact in the field of education.

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Innovative Teaching Methods: Our curriculum emphasizes innovative teaching methods that foster critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration in the classroom.

Inclusive Education: We champion inclusive education practices, equipping educators to support diverse learners and create inclusive learning environments.

Technology Integration: Embracing the digital age, we integrate technology into teaching and learning to enhance educational experiences and outcomes.

Community Engagement: Our programs promote community engagement and encourage educators to make meaningful contributions to society.

Holistic Development: We prioritize holistic development, nurturing educators who are not only knowledgeable but also compassionate and reflective practitioners.

Career Opportunities: Graduates of our programs pursue rewarding careers as educators, curriculum developers, educational leaders, and advocates for quality education.

Why Choose Us?

  1. Expert Faculty: Learn from experienced educators and researchers who are passionate about shaping the future of education.
  2. Practical Experience: Gain hands-on teaching experience through school placements and community-based projects.
  3. Supportive Environment: Benefit from a supportive learning environment that values diversity, equity, and inclusion.
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PGCE stands for Postgraduate Certificate in Education. It is a qualification that provides training and preparation for individuals who aspire to become teachers or educators in primary or secondary schools. Here’s a brief overview of PGCE:

Postgraduate Certificate in Education

Overall, the PGCE is a respected qualification that prepares individuals for a rewarding and impactful career in teaching. It provides the foundational knowledge and practical experience necessary to excel in the classroom and positively contribute to the field of education. We offer both the foundational and Intermediate Phases.

Purpose: The PGCE is designed to equip graduates with the necessary knowledge, skills, and understanding to become effective teachers. It combines academic study with practical teaching experience.

Critical Analysis of Education: Explore the social, cultural, and political contexts of education, questioning traditional educational norms and examining issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Experiential Learning: Emphasize hands-on and experiential learning methods that prioritize student engagement, autonomy, and personal growth.

Community and Social Change: Investigate the role of education in fostering social change and community development, with a focus on empowering individuals and marginalized groups.

Interdisciplinary Studies: Integrate perspectives from various disciplines, such as psychology, sociology, anthropology, and cultural studies, to understand alternative educational paradigms.

Practical Application: Gain practical experience through internships, fieldwork, or projects that apply alternative education principles in real-world settings.

Structure: PGCE programs typically involve a combination of theoretical coursework and practical teaching placements in schools. The coursework covers topics such as educational theory, curriculum development, teaching methods, assessment, and classroom management.

Duration: PGCE programs usually last one academic year if pursued full-time. Part-time options may be available, extending the duration accordingly.

Entry Requirements: Applicants to PGCE programs generally need a relevant undergraduate degree (often in a subject related to the area they wish to teach) and sometimes require specific academic qualifications in English and Mathematics.

Teaching Placements: One of the key components of a PGCE is the teaching placement(s) in schools, where trainee teachers gain hands-on experience under the guidance of experienced mentors. These placements allow trainees to apply their learning in real classroom settings.

Assessment: Assessment methods for PGCE programs may include written assignments, reflective journals, lesson observations, and presentations. Trainee teachers are assessed on their teaching practice, academic work, and professional conduct.

Certification: Upon successful completion of a PGCE program, graduates are awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Education. This qualification is recognized and valued in the education sector, often providing the necessary credentials to pursue a teaching career.

Career Opportunities: A PGCE opens doors to a range of teaching opportunities in schools, colleges, and other educational settings. Many PGCE graduates go on to become qualified teachers, pursuing careers in primary or secondary education.

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A BA (Bachelor of Arts) in Alternative Education is a specialized undergraduate degree program that focuses on innovative and non-traditional approaches to education. This program is designed for individuals who are interested in exploring alternative educational philosophies, methods, and practices outside of mainstream educational systems. Here’s an overview of what a BA in Alternative Education might entail:

BA With Alternative Education

A BA in Alternative Education offers a unique pathway for individuals passionate about reimagining education and making a positive difference in the lives of learners through creative and unconventional educational practices.

Alternative Pedagogies: Study various alternative educational philosophies and pedagogical approaches, such as Montessori, Waldorf, Reggio Emilia, democratic education, homeschooling, and unschooling.

Critical Analysis of Education: Explore the social, cultural, and political contexts of education, questioning traditional educational norms and examining issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Experiential Learning: Emphasize hands-on and experiential learning methods that prioritize student engagement, autonomy, and personal growth.

Community and Social Change: Investigate the role of education in fostering social change and community development, with a focus on empowering individuals and marginalized groups.

Interdisciplinary Studies: Integrate perspectives from various disciplines, such as psychology, sociology, anthropology, and cultural studies, to understand alternative educational paradigms.

Practical Application: Gain practical experience through internships, fieldwork, or projects that apply alternative education principles in real-world settings.

Foundations of Education: Introduction to theories and philosophies of education, including historical and contemporary perspectives.

Alternative Teaching Methods: Exploration of alternative teaching strategies, curriculum development, and assessment techniques aligned with non-traditional educational models.

Social Justice in Education: Examination of educational equity, inclusivity, and social justice issues within alternative education contexts.

Educational Innovation and Reform: Discussion of innovative practices and reforms in education aimed at challenging conventional schooling paradigms.

Research and Inquiry Skills: Development of critical thinking, research, and inquiry skills to analyze and evaluate alternative education theories and practices.

Graduates with a BA in Alternative Education may pursue various career paths, including:

  • Alternative Educator: Working in alternative schools, homeschooling environments, community education programs, or non-profit organizations focused on alternative education.

  • Education Consultant: Providing expertise and support to educational institutions, policymakers, or community organizations seeking alternative education solutions.

  • Community Organizer: Engaging in grassroots initiatives, advocacy work, or social enterprises centered around alternative education and community development.

  • Education Researcher: Conducting research on alternative education practices, policies, and outcomes.

  • Non-Profit Administrator: Managing programs or initiatives related to alternative education and social change.

  • Opportunity to challenge conventional educational practices and explore innovative approaches to teaching and learning.

  • Preparation for careers that prioritize social impact, community engagement, and educational reform.

  • Development of critical thinking skills and a deep understanding of diverse educational philosophies.

  • Potential to contribute to educational transformation and empowerment of learners outside traditional schooling systems.

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