List of Teaching Colleges in Gauteng

Are you looking for a list of teaching colleges in Gauteng? Teaching is often seen as an intrinsic calling.  You need to be passionate and dedicated as you will have a huge amount of influence in every student’s life that you are involved in. Have you decided it is for you? Or are you thinking about whether it is the career path that you wish to take? If so, South Africa has different options you can choose from. Read below to gain a greater understanding, decide if it is what you want to do, and how you can get there

Is teaching a lucrative career?

There is a huge shortage and so a high demand of teachers, particularly in public schools, in South Africa so it is definitely a great career path to pursue. However, it is not a high-paying job, so it is something to think about. It is your passion, enthusiasm, and desire to help and grow people that plays its part here!

List of Universities in Gauteng for a degree in teaching:

All universities are public institutions.

Where can you study teaching in Gauteng?

Depending on which way you want to go, there are 3 different options to decide on. You can complete a university degree in two different ways or you can gain a diploma through a college.

What are the requirements to study teaching?

Firstly, you must achieve a NQF Level 6 and above.

What does this mean?

A NQF is the National Qualifications Framework in South Africa and is used to arrange levels of learning achievements in South Africa. There are 10 levels, and the higher the NQF level is, the more intellectually skilled a person is. To become a qualified teacher, you must have a NQF Level from Level 6 and above.

Diploma and Advanced Certificate – you need to achieve at least an NQF Level 6 to apply

University Degree – you need to achieve at least an NQF Level 7 to apply

General Certificate1
Elementary Certificate2
Intermediate Certificate3
National Certificate (Matric)4
Higher Certificate5
Diploma & Advanced Certificate6
Bachelor’s Degree & Advanced Diploma7
Honours Degree & Postgraduate Diploma8
Master’s Degree9
Doctoral Degree10

University Degree or Diploma?

Diploma takes on average 18 months to complete. If you know which area you want to focus on, a diploma could be the best option and financially it is more viable. You obtain a diploma through a technical or vocational school in South Africa. Most important, if you do not qualify to complete a degree (NQF 7), then doing a diploma is your only option.

Degree takes four years to complete.

There are two options to choose from:

1. Bachelor of Education Degree (B.Ed) which is focused on education throughout the 4 years.

There are four teaching specialties that you must choose from – 

Early Childcare (learners from 0 – 4 years)

Foundation Phase (learners from Grade R – Grade 3)

Intermediate Phase (learners from Grade 4 – Grade 7)

Senior Phase (Grade 8 – Grade 12)

There are various options offered by different universities so please contact them for additional information.  

2. Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE): Completing any bachelor’s degree offered at a university (e.g., Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Commerce), and then completingthe PGCE. This is a professional teaching certificate for university graduates with other degrees wanting to become teachers. They generally focus on teaching the degree that they studied at schools or universities (e.g., Accounting).

Once you have gained your teaching degree/diploma, you are required to register with the South African Council of Educators (SACE). Teachers must be registered with the SACE before they can be employed.

With degrees and diplomas, you get practical experience in the area while you are studying.

If you are trying to decide which is the best way for you, there are a few questions you can ask yourself:

  • Do I qualify to apply for a degree or diploma? (Please see NQF information above).
  • Do I have a specific area of interest?
  • Can I afford to do a degree or diploma?
  • Do I want to do a 4-year Bachelor of Education Degree focused purely on education, or a different degree and then complete my PGCE?
  • Which phase/grades at school do I want to teach?
    • Early Childcare
    • Foundation Phase
    • Intermediate Phase
    • Senior Phase
  • If a different degree, what is it? Engineering? Finance? Psychology?…
  • Once I have finished my PGCE do I want to lecture at university or teach at schools?

Hot to Choose the Right College or university?

The most popular colleges are SANTS Private Higher Education Institution (Pty) Ltd, colleges in the Independent Institution of Education, MANCOSA, and Stadio (Pty) Ltd. 

The list of colleges was obtained from the Department of Higher Education. Please note that there are bogus colleges that state they offer teaching qualifications. Please check on the Department’s website to see if a college you are applying to is registered. Alternatively, you can contact the Department with any further queries (see details below).

There has been a brand change in some colleges. For example, well-known Rosebank College is now a brand of the Independent Institution of Education (IIE) which is owned by ADvTECH Group Limited. These colleges are identified in the list above.

As can be seen, there is a lot of research that you need to do to

a) decide if teaching is for you, and

b) which way you would like to go: Diploma? Degree? Speciality? Institution? There is such a need for incredible, inspiring teachers to assist in building our country and if you feel that you can play this vital role in developing our people, then this is definitely a career to embrace!

Department of Higher Education Contact Details:


Contact Number: 0800 87 22 22

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