ACT Programmes Online: Facts and Questions

Welcome to a new opportunity for advancing your professional credentials as an educator–fully online!

Here are common questions about the online UFS Advanced Certificate in Teaching programmes offered by the South Campus.

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Presently, the UFS offers three Advanced Certificates in Teaching:

  • Foundation Phase
  • Intermediate Phase – four areas of focus selections
    • Intermediate Phase Teaching specialising in English First Additional Language and Mathematics (or)
    • Intermediate Phase Teaching specialising in English First Additional Language and Life Skills (or)
    • Intermediate Phase Teaching specialising in English First Additional Language and Social Sciences (or)
    • Intermediate Phase Teaching specialising in English First Additional Language, and Technology and Natural Sciences
  • Senior Phase English FAL
  • No travel or contact sessions are required.
  • The student is able to complete each consecutive eight-week session leading to a Certificate fully online.
  • This allows the flexibility to study at times best suited to individual schedules.
  • The instructional modules may be accessed at any time via a laptop and an Internet connection from home, school, or other convenient locations.

No formal exams are required. Instead, the student completes online assessments measuring their understanding of content and its application to the classroom.

  • Intel Core i5 CPU (1.8Ghz ) minimum (Intel Core i5 2.0Ghz CPU and higher is preferred and recommended; note: A Intel Atom, Intel Celeron or AMD CPU is NOT recommended)
  • 4GB RAM minimum (more Ram is preferred)
  • 500GB HDD – 1000GB HDD (hard disk drive – storage, larger HDD can store more information)
  • Microsoft Windows 7 x64bit minimum (see software specifications )
  • USB 2.0 - 2x ports minimum, USB 3.0 is faster (minimum 2x USB 2.0 ports required, more is preferred)
  • Built-in webcam and mic (normally standard)
  • Internal built-in speaker/s (normally standard)
  • 10/100/1000 ethernet port (RJ45 LAN; normally standard)
  • WIFI 802.11b/g minimum / 802.11N / 802.11AC (normally standard)
  • Bluetooth 4.0 (normally standard)
  • 104-key laptop keyboard (normally standard)
  • HDMI output
  • VGA output (normally standard)
  • Laptop battery life (up to 2 hours minimum is usually standard)
  • 10.1”-15.6” (inch) WXGA laptop monitor/screen (minimum: 1366 x 768 resolution. Larger screen and higher resolution is better when working long hours on laptop)
  • DVD RW/CD-R optical drive (external USB model is also OK if laptop does not include one; note: a lot of the new models do not include an optical drive)

It is okay if you need help. That is part of learning. Both online tutoring and technology support are included in the ACT programmes.
To make progressing through the programme easier, students are instructed in how to access and use the online portal as part of their first module.

UFS ACT modules have been created and evaluated by experienced South African and international educators.

Furthermore, the UFS has a history of working in community schools alongside teachers just like you.

Research shows that students completing online learning programmes have outcomes that are 'equal to or better than' those of contact-based students.

The programmes are organised into consecutive eight-week sessions, so that the student can complete them more quickly than other formats.
The Foundation Phase and Senior Phase English FAL certificates can each be completed in as little as 18 months, while the Intermediate Phase, with its four areas of focus, can be completed in as few as 20 months.

Tuition fees for the ACT online programmes are affordable and based on eight-week sessions of R2 435.

The student can enrol, and pay for one eight-week session at a time. International students pay an annual levy for 2017.

The amounts are as follows:

• International students (SADC countries): R2 800
• International students (non-SADC countries): R4 020

Assistance to pay for the ACT online programmes may be available. Students should enquire about possible assistance from the school district and Provincial Education offices.

Getting started is easy. The prospective student can apply online by filling out a student profile and then submitting an application to the UFS via an online portal. see Admission Process

ECD and ABET are not recognised teaching qualifications.
Kindly review Admission Requirements.


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