How to become a certified teacher in South Africa
To become a certified teacher in South Africa, you must first obtain a Bachelor of Education (BEd) degree or a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from a recognized institution. These programs typically take four years to complete and include both theoretical and practical components, such as classroom observations and teaching practice.
Once you have completed your degree or PGCE, you must register with the South African Council for Educators (SACE). This is a legal requirement for all teachers in South Africa and ensures that you meet the necessary professional standards and ethical requirements.
To register with SACE, you will need to provide proof of your qualifications, as well as a police clearance certificate and a valid identity document. You will also need to pay a registration fee and complete a registration form.
In addition to obtaining your qualifications and registering with SACE, you may also need to complete additional training or professional development courses to maintain your certification. This is particularly important if you wish to specialize in a particular subject area or work with learners with special needs.