Unisa College of Education

Unisa College of Education

The College of Education strives to be the first choice provider of high quality Open and Distance Learning (ODL) education programmes in Africa and a recognized centre of excellence internationally for teaching, research and community engagement that focuses on the initial preparation of teachers and the continuous professional teacher development in:


  • Mathematics, Science, Technology, and Environmental Education;
  • Early Childhood Development Education;
  • Inclusive Education;
  • ABET;
  • Language Education;
  • and other subjects designated as national priorities.

The College of Education is committed to reaching out to all of humanity by providing scholarship, service, learning and continuous professional development opportunities to aspirant and serving educators, managers and policy makers, and other practitioners in education at home and abroad.
In pursuit of its vision, the college further undertakes to provide its students, staff, and communities with a range of learning opportunities and knowledge through a variety of formal and non-formal Open and Distance Learning programmes that incorporate cutting edge learner support systems and approaches, innovative research initiatives and responsive community development interventions especially in the key focus areas identified in the college vision.
In its attempt to contribute to an education agenda for sustained development, special focus will be given to the recruitment and support of foundation phase educators through targeted marketing and communication initiatives.

Currently the College is responsible for the initial professional education and training of close to 50% of all teachers in South Africa. The College of Education was established as a response mechanism to address the needs of learners, schools, communities, national and provincial education departments for well qualified and excellent teachers.

Formal qualifications

Formal qualifications refer to those qualifications that are subsidised by the Department of Higher Education and Training, and therefore offered under the DHET policies and legislation. The following formal qualifications are offered by the college:

Qualification information for everyone planning to start a new qualification:

Qualification information for successful applicants and re-registering students:

The qualification information for the 2017 registration is not yet available.

Short Learning Programmes (non-formal qualifications)

Short Learning Programmes offered by Unisa focus on “just in time” and “just enough” learning to meet a specific learning need identified by society. This need can focus on enabling access to other Short Learning Programmes or to improve access to the study of formal qualifications at Unisa, or it can address a specific need in the workplace.

Short Learning Programmes can update or broaden skills and knowledge in a specific area to enable life-long learning. In this manner, Short Learning Programmes assist students with their continuing professional development by upgrading their skills and knowledge in newly developed areas or by sharing the results of research.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

During your lifetime, you will have acquired various skills, competencies and experiences. This learning – which may have taken place outside of formal education and training – is valuable regardless of where or when it was obtained. You may have acquired skills or knowledge from a combination of training conducted while at work, experience you gained in the workplace, short courses or from community work in a relevant field.

RPL permits you to gain credits within formal certificate, diploma and degree qualifications offered by Unisa based on the level and extent of your knowledge. Your prior learning will be measured against specified prescribed learning outcomes.

Visit www.unisa.ac.za/rpl for more information.

Schools, departments & centres

School of Educational Studies

School of Teacher Education

Centres

Centre for Continuing Education and Training

For College of Education specific student enquiries contact us via the telephone on one of the following numbers:

  • Mr  SM  Shabangu:  Acting  College  Coordinator
    012 429 2645
  • Mr  T  Moloto:  College  Student  Advisor
    012 429 4668
  • Ms M Dihangwane
    012 439 2537

You can also contact us via e-mail: edu-enquiries@unisa.ac.za.