The Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase Education will enable graduates to enter the teaching profession as Foundation Phase (Grade R-3) teachers in South African public and private schools. Two Oceans graduates will have both theoretical and practical skills that enable them to demonstrate their academic and professional primary school teacher abilities using their expertise in subject content, educational theories & methodologies, and pedagogical theories & methodologies. Graduates will demonstrate the ability to integrate and apply different types of knowledge and learning, understand the learner’s characteristics and learning capabilities, and adapt education accordingly.
Qualified foundation phase teachers of Two Oceans Graduate Institute will be generalist trained in the early years of study and introduced to the CAPS document for all the foundation school subjects. With progress, they will be in a position to teach a Home Language (English, Afrikaans or isiXhosa), English First Additional Language, Mathematics, and Life Skills.
Proposed Programme Commencement Date – July 2023
SAQA Number – 119211
The Two Oceans Graduate Institute opted for the development and implementation of a distance and online teaching mode of delivery. This mode of teaching and learning is realized in environments where there is effective integration of different modes of delivery, models of teaching and styles of learning through adoption of a strategic and systematic approach to the use of ICT’s and digital technologies. The underpinning principle of an online teaching pedagogy lies in the shift from lecturer-centered teaching to student-centered learning in higher education. This student-centered approach is based on a deepened understanding of the student’s learning.
In an online and distance mode of delivery, the teaching and learning method supports students in creating their own structure of knowledge of the discipline under study. A learner management system (LMS) has been specially designed for the Two Oceans Graduate Institute and can be accessed via the institution’s online web-based intranet. The LMS supports several online teaching, learning and assessment strategies as well as different ways of online interaction between the student and the lecturer/module facilitator as well as between students. These include assignments, chat, choice, database, feedback, forum, glossary, lesson, quiz, SCORM, survey, wiki and workshop. There is virtual contact via ZOOM, Skype or WhatsApp.
Teaching Practice forms an important part of the curriculum of the BEd (Foundation Phase) programme and the teaching and learning approach at Two Oceans Graduate Institute to enable students to learn from practice and to apply theoretical learning in the classroom in a variety of schools. For Teaching Practice, TOGI students will visit schools of the Two Oceans Education Foundation as well as other private and public schools. Students who are working as teachers or teacher assistants in schools will be granted the opportunity to do their teaching practice at the schools where they are already employed. For distance students, arrangements for Teaching Practice will be made to enable them to visit schools within close proximity of their home bases.
The BEd (Foundation Phase Teaching) Programme is a full time four-year qualification.
An augmented curriculum programme can be arranged for students with special requests. Requests that will be considered are the following: work commitments, difficulty in coping with the full workload and other circumstances that are deemed as valid for consideration. Students should apply in writing for registration on the augmented programme. Management will consider such requests in consultation with the student and draft a plan for the individual student’s progress. There will be an undertaking from the student to adhere to the plan within the period determined. Augmented programme students will have to register for at least four Modules per cluster to enable completion within six years of study.