UNISA Short Course in Early Learning Support (Birth to Five Years)

UNISA Short Course in Early Learning Support (Birth to Five Years)

University of South Africa Short Course in Early Learning Support (Birth to Five Years)

Short Course in Early Learning Support (Birth to Five Years) (76982)Purpose

The main purpose of this SLP is to build the knowledge, skills and dispositions of a variety of practitioners that are directly or indirectly responsible for the early education of children from birth to five.
In order to achieve the main purpose of building competent practitioners for ECE the programme will use the framings of reflective practice to:

  • bridge theory of child development with practice in early childhood education
  • assist in the development knowledge and understanding of early childhood and barriers to this process.
  • empower practitioners to support early care and learning for the vulnerable group of birth to five.

Target group

This module is directed towards
 

  • early childhood centre-based practitioners
  • early childhood assistants
  • playgroup facilitators
  • family support worker
  • government officials

Admission requirements

This SLP will be suitable for students with National Senior Certificate (NSC). In light of the large number of early childhood practitioners that are at NQF Level 4 this SLP will also admit students who have a minimum of one year experience of working in an early childhood setting. Prospective students will need to attach proof of teaching experience during application.
 Duration

12 months/1 year
 Language medium

English
 Registration periods

Semester
 Tuition method

Open Distance Learning (ODL)
 Kind of assessment

Formative assessment. Students must complete and pass a compulsory assignments in both modules. The assignment will involve task based assessments and a reflective assessment. The assignment will contribute 20% to the final mark of the module.
Summative assessment.
Students must write an examination which will count for 80% of marks. A sub minimum of 40% is required to pass the examination.
 
 Understanding early childhood and barriers to development (CELS01A)Syllabus/Content Topics

  • How context influences child development
  • Theories of child development
  • Domains of child development

Barriers to child development
 Supporting care and learning for birth to five (CELS02B)Syllabus/Content Topics

  • Creating learning environments
  • Planning appropriate programmes
  • Facilitating learning by responsive relationships, play and other techniques

Recording and interpreting observation and assessment
 Course leader

Prof HB Ebrahim
PhD, M.ED, B.ED, Diploma ( Pre-Junior Primary)
(Discipline expertise: Teacher in the Foundation Phase – 16 years, Head of Discipline, Lecturer and Rated Researcher in Early Childhood – 13 years)
 
Contact details:
Email: ebrahhb@unisa.ac.za
Mobile: 0847832071
Department of Early Childhood Education.
Room 55 Level 7
AJH Building
Muckleneuck Campus
University of South Africa
 
 Programme administrator(s)

Lynette Ramango
Centre for Continuing Education and Training
Sunnyside Campus Building  10 Room B10
Tel: 012 481 2731
Fax: 086 548 9968
ramanml@unisa.ac.za


Overview of Public Universities in South Africa

Here's an overview of some public universities in South Africa, including general admissions requirements and estimated application periods. Keep in mind, specific program requirements and dates can vary significantly, so it's important to check each university's official website for the most current information.

University of Pretoria

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with minimum scores in specific subjects related to the chosen program; for international students, equivalent qualifications.
  • Application Period: Usually opens in March and closes at the end of July for most programs.

University of Cape Town

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with pass levels required for degree study; subject-specific requirements depending on the program.
  • Application Period: Application opens in April and closes at the end of July.

Stellenbosch University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required marks; some programs have additional testing.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and typically closes at the end of June.

University of the Witwatersrand

  • Admissions Requirements: Matriculation certificate with university exemption; required scores vary by faculty.
  • Application Period: Begins in March and ends on the 30th of September.

University of Johannesburg

  • Admissions Requirements: Matric exemption with a minimum APS score; specific subject requirements based on the faculty.
  • Application Period: Opens in April and generally closes by the 30th of September.

University of the Free State

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific marks for the program applied to; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Typically opens in April and closes at the end of August.

University of Venda

  • Admissions Requirements: Completion of the National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for diploma or degree studies; specific APS scores needed.
  • Application Period: Usually from May to September.

University of Fort Hare

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; certain programs may have specific requirements.
  • Application Period: Opens around May and closes at the end of September.

University of the Western Cape

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific performance levels; additional requirements for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Generally from May to September.

North-West University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with university exemption; program-specific requirements may apply.
  • Application Period: Opens in March and usually closes by the end of August.

Rhodes University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate or equivalent; minimum academic performance in certain subjects.
  • Application Period: Applications open in April and close at the end of September.

Nelson Mandela University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; portfolio or additional tests for some faculties.
  • Application Period: Opens in April, with a deadline at the end of August for most programs.

Cape Peninsula University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores; additional requirements for certain courses.
  • Application Period: Opens in May and typically closes by the end of September.

University of Limpopo

  • Admissions Requirements: Senior Certificate with endorsement for diploma or degree courses; specific APS scores for different programs.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

University of Zululand

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with an endorsement for bachelor’s degree studies; specific score requirements for various programs.
  • Application Period: Usually between April and November.

Central University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with specific scores for the chosen field of study; additional criteria for certain programs.
  • Application Period: Application period generally starts in May and ends in October.

Vaal University of Technology

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with a pass that qualifies for admission to bachelor’s degree, diploma, or higher certificate programs.
  • Application Period: Typically from May to September.

Walter Sisulu University

  • Admissions Requirements: National Senior Certificate with required scores for chosen programs; additional criteria for certain faculties.
  • Application Period: From April to September.

This list provides a starting point for understanding the admissions landscape across South Africa's diverse higher education institutions. Given the variability in programs and requirements, it's crucial to consult each university's website for the most accurate and up-to-date information.