Education

What do early childhood developers do?

• Look after and teach children under the age of six — mainly through play and stories

• Stimulate growth and development in all areas of the child’s life


• Understand and apply how and why children grow, learn and change


• Teach children the basics of language

What do primary school teachers do?

·    Teach children from grade R to four (foundation phase) and from grades four to seven (intermediate phase)

·   Stimulate growth and development in all areas of children’s lives

·   Understand and apply how and why children grow, learn and change

·   Plan and organise educational activities

·   Assign and correct homework

·   Assess how much children have learnt

·   Help children to understand and process emotions and experiences

·   Maintain discipline and a learning environment in the class

·   Take responsibility for extracurricular activities, such as sport coaching

What do high school & FET teachers do?


• Teach children from Grade 8 to 12


• Teach learners at further education and training (FET) colleges


• Stimulate growth and development in all areas of high school children’s lives


• Assess how much teenagers and young adults have learnt


• Maintain discipline and an environment conducive to learning


• Help teenagers and young adults to understand and process emotions and experiences

• Take responsibility for extracurricular activities, such as sport coaching

What skills do I need?

- Interest in teaching children

- Ability to work with children

- Creativity

- 
Self-discipline

- Maturity

- Patience

- Compassion

- Stamina

- A positive outlook

- Problem-solving skills

- Physical health

What subjects do I need?

MUST HAVE

·   Two languages, one on 
home language level

·   School subject you 
want to teach

USEFUL

·    A vernacular language at 
home or first additional 
language level

·    Mathematics

·    Natural science

·    Life sciences

·    Geography

·    History

·    Business studies

·    Life orientation

·    Visual arts

What are my career options?

- Early Childhood Development Education

- Grade eight to 12 teacher

- Principal


- Deputy principal

- Teacher’s assistant

- School administrator

- Intervention co-ordinator

- Child psychologist

- Therapist

- Social worker

What qualifications are there?

·    Bachelor of Education (BEd) in early childhood development and foundation phase

·    Diploma in Grade R teaching


·    BEd (Honours) in educational psychology

·    
Bachelor of Arts (early childhood and youth)

·    Postgraduate certificate in education (ECD & foundation phase) — if you have another degree already

Useful contacts

Department of Basic Education Funza Lushaka Bursary Programme www.funzalushaka.doe.gov.za

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