Postgraduate Certificate in Education Foundation Phase Teaching (minimum 136 Credits)


The aim of this fully online programme is to respond to the increased need for professional educators in South Africa. The Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), Foundation Phase (FP), is for students who want to qualify as professional educators in the Foundation Phase after having completed an appropriate three-year degree or recognised national diploma.

Programme Coordinator

Peter B. Pedersen has wide experience in education at primary, secondary and tertiary levels. He is passionate about seeing students develop their potential and excel in the classroom as teachers. His professional experience includes two decades of teacher training, coupled with school teaching and administration.

Admission Requirements

A bachelor’s degree or approved 360 credit diploma at NQF 6. The prior bachelor’s degree (or approved diploma) must include a selection of subjects/disciplines that will provide a teacher with appropriate disciplinary knowledge to effectively teach Literacy, Numeracy and Life Skills to young learners and lay foundations for learning in future grades. Holders of focused qualifications that do not have specialisations in FP subjects can register simultaneously for BA teaching subjects. This will extend the PGCE beyond one year of study. BA subjects offered at Cornerstone to undergird Life Skills are psychology, counselling, philosophy, sociology, leadership, theology and biblical studies and to undergird Mathematics, research methods and statistics.

Time Commitment

Minimum one year, maximum four years full-time or part-time. The programme includes both January and July intakes

Tuition Cost (click here)

All the modules are offered online via live tutorials and an online support platform. All assessment take place via assignments – no exams form part of the Foundation Phase PGCE programme   Foundation Phase Programme Subjects: Study of Education & its Foundations

  • Educational Psychology
  • History of Education
  • Philosophy of Education

General Pedagogical Knowledge Instructional Methods Didactics

  • Conversational isiXhosa
  • English First Language Didactics
  • First Additional Language Didactics (English and Afrikaans)
  • Life Skills Didactics
  • Mathematics Didactics

Situational Learning Education and Ethics in Social context Work-Integrated Learning

  • Study Praxis/Classroom Management
  • Teaching Practice A, B, C: this takes place in 3 different South African schools

Please click here for module descriptions and credits.  Subjects offered at Cornerstone in 2019 outside the PGCE that provide a broad knowledge base adequate for teaching in the Foundation Phase: 

  • For English:
    • English for Education (12 credits, NQF 5)
  • For Afrikaans:
    • Afrikaans vir Onderwys (12 credits, NQF 5)
  • For Mathematics:
    • Introduction to Research Methods and Statistics (16 credits, NQF 6, from BA Psychology II);
    • Research Methods and Statistics (12 credits, NQF 7, from BA Psychology III)
  • For Life Skills:
    • One module from the following BA subjects:
    • Psychology I or Counselling I and one module from the following BA subjects:
    • Philosophy I or Sociology I (NQF 5)

Accreditation Registered as Cornerstone Institute (RF) NPC with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997, Registration Certificate No 2001/HE08/006; NQF 7; SAQA ID 101972.