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Psychology Department

At Cornerstone Institute's Department of Psychology, we delve deeper than just memorizing textbook theories. We ignite your passion for understanding the complexities of the human mind. Our programme equips you with the critical thinking skills and research methodologies to explore the fascinating landscapes of thought, behavior, and emotion. Join our vibrant community of scholars and embark on a journey of self-discovery, all while gaining the knowledge to make a positive impact on the world.  Apply to Cornerstone Institute's Psychology programme today.

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About the 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 trans formative 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.

Programme Overview

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

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  • Intermediate Phase (IP): Designed for students seeking to qualify as professional educators in 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.

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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. 
  • 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. 
  • Certification Programs: Offer Certification programs or specialized training to develop niche skills and credentials. 
  • 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 counselling, tutoring and career services to support student well-being and success. 
  • Partnerships with Global Institutions: Foster Partnerships with international educational institutions for collaborative projects and exchanges. 
  • Certification Programs: Offer Certification programs or specialized training to develop niche skills and credentials. 
  • 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 mentorship programs to facilitate career guidance and networking opportunities.
  • Student Support Services: Offer counselling, tutoring and career services to support student well-being and success. 
  • Partnerships with Global Institutions: Foster Partnerships with international educational institutions for collaborative projects and exchanges. 
  • Certification Programs: Offer Certification programs or specialized training to develop niche skills and credentials. 
  • 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 mentorship programs to facilitate career guidance and networking opportunities.
  • Student Support Services: Offer counselling, tutoring and career services to support student well-being and success. 
  • Partnerships with Global Institutions: Foster Partnerships with international educational institutions for collaborative projects and exchanges. 
  • Certification Programs: Offer Certification programs or specialized training to develop niche skills and credentials. 
  • 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 mentorship programs to facilitate career guidance and networking opportunities.
  • Student Support Services: Offer counselling, tutoring and career services to support student well-being and success. 
  • Partnerships with Global Institutions: Foster Partnerships with international educational institutions for collaborative projects and exchanges. 
  • Certification Programs: Offer Certification programs or specialized training to develop niche skills and credentials. 
  • 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. 

Join us at the School of Education and embark on a transformative journey to become a leader in 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:

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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.

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, lessons 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: 

Bachelor of Arts With Alternative Education

A BA in Alternative Education offers a unique pathway for individuals passionate about re-imagining 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 Montesorri, 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 form 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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Are you ready to advance your understanding of the human mind and prepare for a rewarding career in psychology? The Department of Psychology at Cornerstone Institute proudly offers two distinguished Bachelor of Arts (Honours) programs designed to meet your academic and professional aspirations.

Discover Excellence in Psychology at Cornerstone Institute

The Department of Psychology at Cornerstone Institute offers two advanced Bachelor of Arts (Honours) programs: the BPsych Equivalent, starting January 2025, providing rigorous academic and practical training for professional psychology careers, and the Academic Honours program, focused on deepening psychological theory and research skills for postgraduate studies or research careers. Both programs feature expert faculty, practical experience, and diverse career opportunities in a supportive and inclusive learning environment.

Join us at Cornerstone Institute and embark on a journey of intellectual growth and professional development. Our Bachelor of Arts (Honours) programs in Psychology are designed to help you reach your full potential and achieve your career aspirations. Apply now to our January 2025 intake for the BPsych Equivalent program or explore the Academic Honours option and take the first step towards a fulfilling and impactful career in psychology.

For students who aspire to delve deeper into the world of psychological theory and research, our Academic Honours program offers a comprehensive exploration of advanced psychological concepts and methodologies. This option is perfect for those aiming to pursue postgraduate studies or embark on research-oriented careers. You will be immersed in a stimulating academic environment, learning from leading experts and conducting research that contributes to the field of psychology.

This intensive program is tailored for those who are passionate about pursuing a professional career in psychology. Beginning in January 2025, our BPsych Equivalent program provides a rigorous academic foundation coupled with extensive practical experience. You will engage in in-depth studies of psychological theories and practices, participate in supervised practical training, and gain the skills needed to excel in various professional psychology settings. This program is ideal for students committed to making a tangible difference in mental health and well-being.

Our programs are designed to provide a blend of theoretical knowledge and practical skills, ensuring you are well-prepared for the diverse opportunities in the field of psychology.

Learn from experienced professionals and renowned academics who are dedicated to your success and passionate about teaching.

Gain hands-on experience through supervised training and real-world applications, enhancing your employability and professional competence.

Whether you aim for a professional career in psychology or an academic and research-oriented path, our Honours programs offer the flexibility to meet your goals.

Graduates of our programs are well-equipped to pursue careers in mental health services, counselling, research, and academia. You will be prepared to make a meaningful impact in the lives of individuals and communities.

At Cornerstone Institute, we foster an inclusive and supportive environment where you can thrive both academically and personally.

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All workshops will be hosted on campus at 1 Cedar Street, Sandown, Milnerton Rural, Western Cape, South Africa, 7441, Cape Town. For registrations and information, contact Gabrielle Williams at email psychadmin@cornerstone.ac.za or call 021 448 0050.

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We have students from all over the world

We are a Global Campus

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Embark on a Global Learning Journey at Cornerstone!

See where our vibrant student community hails from! 

Cornerstone institutions attract ambitious learners from across the globe, fostering a diverse and enriching educational experience – both online and on campus. Explore the interactive image map below to discover the geographical tapestry of our student body in 2024.

 

All workshops will be hosted on campus at 1 Cedar Street, Sandown, Milnerton Rural, Western Cape, South Africa, 7441, Cape Town. For registrations and information, contact Gabrielle Williams at email psychadmin@cornerstone.ac.za or call 021 448 0050.

  • Cornerstone Global Students: 2024 Enrollment at the Psychology Department

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  • China

  • 9

  • Germany

  • 1

  • Hong Kong

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  • Indonesia

  • 1

  • Ireland

  • 1

  • Kenya

  • 1

  • Korea (Democratic People's Republic of)

  • 3

  • Korea (Republic of)

  • 12

  • Macoa

  • 1

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  • 4

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  • New Zealand

  • 1

  • Qatar

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  • Saudi Arabia

  • 6

  • South Africa

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  • Taiwan

  • 1

  • Thailand

  • 4

  • United Arab Emirates

  • 1

  • Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)

  • 1

  • Vietnam

  • 4

  • Zambia

  • 2

  • Zimbabwe

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