University of Mpumalanga UMP School of Foundation Phase Teaching
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The aim of the qualification is to deliver professionally qualified beginner teachers for the Foundation Phase. This is done by providing student teachers with a well-rounded education that equips them with the required subject content knowledge base, teaching competence, a nuanced understanding of the integrated nature of theory and practice in education and the context of the teaching profession in South Africa. The programme focuses specifically on child development, literacy, numeracy (mathematics) and the knowledge that underpins life skills.
The focus of the Foundation Phase degree is to provide students with a professional teaching qualification. Students will be specialists in the teaching of young children in their mother-tongue language.
Upon completion of this qualification, graduates will be able to:
- Understand the organizing principles and theoretical framework underpinning childhood development.
- Understand childhood physical, cognitive, social, emotional and sensory development to enable them to support learners’ development in the Foundation Phase classroom.
- Display a coherent viewpoint of the interplay of the various roles which underlie a teacher’s professional practice, with special reference the teacher’s community and citizen role.
- Be able to use educational information technology to enhance the use of ICT in teaching and learning in the Foundation Phase; use blended technology as part of their teaching methodology.
- Be able to teach the understanding of numbers, number systems, algebra, fractions, shapes, space, measurement (mass, weight) to enable them to support children’s acquisition of the concepts.
- Show developed English language competence, as well as academic literacy skills in English to enable them to support English language learning in the Foundation Phase classroom.
- Have developed language competence and requisite subject knowledge in isiNdebele/ isiSwati/ seSotho to enable basic communication and support language learning in the Foundation Phase classroom.
- Have the requisite physical education content knowledge and skills to enable them to teach physical education as part of Life Skills and to particpate in and supervise/administer sport activities at school.
- Have an understanding of the methodology for teaching Grade R and would have had practice opportunities to develop teaching skills for the Grade R-classroom.
- Show skills in the essential linguistic components that are important in teaching children how to read and would have been provided with practice opportunities to develop teaching skills for teaching children to read.
- Display the requisite content knowledge and skills to enable them to teach music, drama, arts and craft as part of Life Skills.
- Show the requisite content knowledge and skills to teach the social science and personal well-being components of Life Skills.
- Have developed educational leadership, management and administrative skills in order to enable them to effectively lead, manage and communicate both in the classroom and between the school and home.
- Have an understanding of teaching methods relevant for teaching literacy and initial writing and to provide them with practice opportunities to develop teaching skills for literacy and initial writing teaching.
- Instil concepts of critical thinking into their teaching content.
- Contribute to the development of African language and culture within their community