Department of Professional Studies and Curriculum Studies

Faculty of Humanities, Social Science and Education

About the Department:

The Department of Professional and Curriculum Studies’ mission is to produce dynamic, innovative, ethical, and professional teachers who are locally relevant and globally competitive. The Department houses one programme for initial qualifications for teachers in secondary schools, namely, Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Senior and Further Education and Training teaching. Students specialise in several subjects offered in secondary schools. The Department also offers several programmes at Honours, Masters, and Doctoral levels with specialisations in Curriculum Studies, Mathematics Education and Science Education.

Undergraduate qualifications offered:

• Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in Senior and Further Education and Training teaching

• Post-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

The minimum admission requirement for PGCE is an appropriate diploma or bachelor’s degree. An appropriate diploma or degree includes sufficient disciplinary learning in appropriate academic fields to enable the development of teaching specialisation phases or/and subjects as specified for the Senior Phase and Further Education and Training Teaching. The basic qualification should include at least 24 credits at Level 6 for teaching a Senior Phase subject specialisation and 48 credits (at least 24 at Level 7) to teach a Further Education and Training subject specialisation.

Postgraduate qualifications offered:

Bachelor of Education Honours:

• Bachelor of Education Honours in Curriculum Studies
• Bachelor of Education Honours in Chemistry Education
• Bachelor of Education Honours in Life Sciences Education
• Bachelor of Education Honours in Physics Education

Master of Education:

• Master of Education in Chemistry Education
• Master of Education in Curriculum Studies
• Master of Education in Life Sciences Education
• Master Education in Physics Education

Doctor of Education:

• Doctor of Education in Chemistry Education
• Doctor of Education in Mathematics Education
• Doctor of Education in Physics Education
• Doctor of Education in Curriculum Studies
• Doctor of Education in Science Education

Postgraduate admission requirements:

• Bachelor of Education Honours degrees

The BEd (Honours) qualifications admit candidates with a Four-year professional teaching degree or an appropriate Bachelor’s degree and a recognised professional teaching qualification, or a Four-year professional teaching qualification as well as an Advanced Diploma in a cognate sub-field of education.

• Master’s in education Degrees

A Bachelor of Education Honours degree or an appropriate 480 credit Level 8 professional Bachelor’s degree, or a relevant Honours degree. A Postgraduate Diploma meeting the HEQSF research requirement of at least 30 credits may also be recognised as for entry into a cognate Master of Education degree programme.

• Doctoral Degrees in Education

The minimum admission requirements for a Doctoral degree in the field of education is a Master of Education degree or another appropriate Master’s degree.

Career opportunities:

The three broad qualification pathways qualified teachers may follow with a view to advancing their careers are 1) a teaching and learning pathway in their subjects of specialisation, 2) a management and leadership pathway, and 3) an educational planning, research and/or policy development pathway.

Staff profiles

Full names: Dr. ‘Mamotena Mpeta
Designation: Senior Lecturer and Head of Department
Qualifications: BSc, PGCE, MSc, PhD, PGDip(HE), PGCert (Entrepreneurial Management and Leadership).
Phone: +2715 962 9177
Email: m.mpeta@univen.ac.za
Office No: FF13, New Education Building

Full names: Dr. Kolobe Salome Muthambi
Designation: Senior lecturer
Qualifications: DED (Univen), MED (Univen), B.A HONS (Eng) (Univen), BED Hons (Unisa), BA,UED,(UL) CERT TESOL (Pittsburgh, USA)
Phone: +2715 9629089
Email: salome.muthambi@univen.ac.za
Office No: GF28, New Education Building

Full names: Dr. Sam James Murungi Kaheru
Designation: Senior Lecturer
Qualifications: BSc, DipEdu (Makerere University); DipScEduc; Ma (Science Education) (King’s College London); DipHE (Rhodes University); PhD Physics Education
Phone: +27 15 962 9095
Email: sam.kaheru@univen.ac.za
Office No: FF07, New Education Building

Full names: Dr. Livhuwani Petrus Ramabulana
Designation: Senior Lecturer
Qualifications: Doctor of Education (TUT), MSCEDU, BSCHZO, UED, BSc, DIPNRM (Univen), Cert. in ICT in Education for Policy Implementers (WITS)
Phone: +2715 962 9098
Email: peter.ramabulana@univen.ac.za
Office no: F12, New Education Building

Full names: Dr. Takalani Elizabeth Tshiovhe
Designation: Senior Lecturer
Qualifications: DED, MED in Curriculum Studies (UNIVEN); BED HONS in Educational management and Further Education Diploma in Education (RAU); Secondary Teachers Diploma (Makhado College of Education)
Phone: +2715 962 9083
Email: takalani.tshiovhe@univen.ac.za
Office No: FF06, New Education Building

Full names: Dr. Mbulaheni Paul Tshisikhawe
Designation: Senior Lecturer
STD(RMTC), ACE, Educational Leadership (Unisa), BA, BED (HONS), MEDCS (Univen), D.Ed (Univen)
Phone: +2715 962 9078
Email: paul.tshisikhawe@univen.ac.za
Office No: GF29, New Education Building

Full names: Dr. Shumani Leonard Tshikota
Designation: Senior Lecturer
Qualifications: PhD(UL), BAHons & MPhil Lexicography (SUN), BA & UED (Univen).
Phone: +2715 962 9176
Email: stshikota@univen.ac.za
Office No: FF14, New Education Building

Full names: Mr. Mashudu Arnold Nenzhelele
Designation: Lecturer
Qualifications: Secondary Teachers’ Diploma (STD) (Soweto College of Education), Honours in economics (Univen), MBA (MANCOSA)
Phone: +2715 962 9099
Email: mashudu.nenzhelele@univen.ac.za
Office No: FF08, New Education Building

Full names: Mr. Ndivhudzannyi Michael Nndwamato
Designation: Lecturer
Qualifications: MA (Univen)
Phone: +2715 962 9106
Email: ndivhudza.nndwamato@univen.ac.za
Office No: FF30, New Education Building

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