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Professionalisation: ‘the process of improving the status and standing of teaching and includes four key professionalising processes of (i) initial teacher training (ITE), (ii) induction, (iii) registration of teachers, (iv) continuing professional development (CPD), and evaluation of teacher performance. Final Report of the Human Resource Development Council of South Africa. (2014:21)
SACE Act mandates the Council to set and maintain the ethical and professional standards and advise the Minister of Standards for entry into all levels of the teaching profession. Similarly, Chapter 9 of the National Development Plan indicates that SACE must set the professional standards and play a role in the professional certification of teachers.
The development of professional standards for teachers constitutes an integral component of SACE’s mandate and is clearly articulated in the SACE Act and the organisation’s Annual Performance Plan for the 2018/19 financial year.
A qualification associated with a trade, occupation or profession resulting in learning in and for the workplace.
Anybody of expert practitioners in an occupational field and includes an occupational body.
A professional designation means a title or status conferred by a professional body in recognition of a person’s expertise and/or right to practice in an occupational field.
A qualification means a qualification or part-qualification registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).
A professional designation indicates registration of the individual with a professional body, and, where relevant, the right to practice in the particular field of expertise governed by the professional body. Retention of the status is dependent upon compliance with the stated requirements of the professional body concerned.
Criteria for recruitment and selection into Initial Teacher Education (ITE)
One way of improving teaching effectiveness is to improve the quality of applicants to the profession. Therefore, SACE, together with all relevant stakeholders, determine criteria for Entry into Initial Teacher Education, as a student teacher.
Standards for provisional registration (student teachers)
Provisional Registration of Student Teachers, in line with the professional practice standards, from the first year of study.
Provisional registration with SACE Newly Qualified Teachers (NQT)
Induction programmes in probation period
Newly Qualified and Provisionally Registered Teachers participate in a one-year mandatory induction programme provided by various employers (Provincial Education Departments, School Governing Bodies, Independent Schools).
Review of NQT PDP against professional standards
Newly Qualified Teachers submit an online Professional Development Portfolio to SACE for assessment prior to full admission into the teaching profession.
Development of the Induction Programme and its alignment to the PTS will form part of the NQT PDP which will be submitted electronically to SACE.
Full registration with SACE
Professional Certification through the Awarding of Professional Designation
Standards for CPTD programmes
Teachers then participate in the three-year CPTD system cycle and earn a minimum of 150 Professional Development points.
For the first six years (from 2014-19) SACE will not impose a penalty on teachers who don’t achieve the PD points target within their three-year cycle. After six years (in 2019) SACE will review the situation and make a decision about sanctions for non-compliance. However, educators who decide not to engage in the CPTD system deliberately will be dealt with through section 7 of the SACE Code of Professional Ethics.
CONDUCT: THE EDUCATOR AND THE PROFESSION
Full registration with SACE retained
CPTD System and Professional Re-Certification: CPTD National Seminars and Training Sessions are addressing the Initial thinking Around the Three-year CPTD Cycle and Professional Re-Certification Link. The Data of the Principals and Deputy Principals of the Pilot Study will be drawn on 30 June 2018, the identified principals and Deputy principals will be informed via email that they are required to submit all their Qualifications to SACE by end for Verification and Police Clearance for Vetting Fitness to Practice, as part of the pilot study.
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