NATIONAL CERTIFICATE: INCLUSIVE EDUCATION
Updated: Apr 8, 2021
(ID 59429) LEVEL 5 – 140 CREDITS
PURPOSE OF THE QUALIFICATION
The purpose of this Qualification is to ensure that practitioners are able to screen and identify for potential barriers and strengths, facilitate and support learning activities, differentiate curriculum including assessment tools, adapt learning and teaching support materials including assistive devices and e-learning, and assist with making the environment conducive to learning. The Qualification will enable practitioners to consult collaboratively with relevant internal and external service providers.
This Qualification will be useful for educators, teacher assistants, rehabilitation workers, house parents, and professionals who are responsible for providing support and facilitation in/to inclusive settings, such as district personnel, support/auxiliary workers, therapists, social workers, childcare workers, equity officers, orientation and mobility practitioners, helping professionals (including health care workers and therapists), Education, Training and Development practitioners, trainers, and managers.
The Qualification provides access to learning and career opportunities for professionals including teachers (educators) who want to specialize in inclusion. It also provides opportunities for learners who wish to progress and access further learning at NQF Level 6. This Qualification will not confer learners/practitioners with educator status on qualifying.
Qualified learners are capable of
Collaborating with relevant stakeholders and support services to improve learning site practice
Facilitating inclusive learning programmes and developing support programmes
Supporting and guiding learning in inclusive settings to promote learner wellness
Screening for potential barriers and strengths
Assessing the learner needs in order to determine the required level of support
Facilitating accessibility to an enabling inclusive learning environment
Managing administrative functions
RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION
This Qualification will enable practitioners dealing with adults and children experiencing barriers to learning to access equitable learning in the education, training and development fields. Practitioners will thus be able to recognize various barriers to learning and learners experiencing learning difficulties in a range of settings. It would also equip practitioners to provide and support educational opportunities and experiences so that it would enable learners experiencing barriers to learning to participate and integrate successfully into a variety of contexts.
Current legislation addressing inclusive education, training and development requires practitioners to implement appropriate learning site interventions that respond to the diverse needs of individual learners. This Qualification will enable and equip practitioners to support learners and contribute in building an inclusive society.
This Qualification complements a range of qualifications and addresses the need for capacity building, redress and equity for those practitioners who hold or aspire to positions within inclusive education, training and development contexts. It will also enable practitioners to address drop out and failure rates amongst learners who experience barriers to learning and development.
Through this Qualification, inclusive education competence forms part of an integrated national framework for learning achievements. It is aimed at facilitating access to education, training and career paths for practitioners, ensuring learner mobility and progression on the framework through articulation with other Qualifications.
This Qualification comprehensively addresses and complements the need for practitioners to be adequately equipped with competencies to manage and support diverse learner needs. It also provides recognition for practitioners' working experience and allows for the achievement of a Qualification that builds on the Further Education and Training Certificate: Inclusive Education, Level 4.
In addition, qualified educators can use this Qualification to gain competencies as part of ongoing professional development. The unit standards in this Qualification can be used as a basis for short courses or skills programmes.
LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING
It is assumed that learners have acquired competence in
Communication, NQF Level 4 or equivalent
RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING:
This Qualification can be achieved wholly, or in part, through recognition of prior learning. Evidence can be presented in a variety of forms, including previous international or local Qualifications, reports, testimonials, mentoring, functions performed, portfolios, work records and performance records. As such, evidence should be judged according to the general principles of assessment described in the notes to assessors below. Learners who have met the requirements of any Unit Standard that forms part of this Qualification may apply for recognition of prior learning to the relevant Education and Training Quality Assurance body (ETQA). The applicant must be assessed against the specific outcomes and with the assessment criteria for the relevant Unit Standards. A Qualification will be awarded should a learner demonstrate that the exit level outcomes of the Qualification have been attained.
FETC: Inclusive Education
National Certificate: Inclusive Education, Level 5
Bachelor: Inclusive Education, Level 6
National Certificate: Inclusive Education, Level 6
National Certificate: Inclusive Education, Level 7
Master: Inclusive Education, Level 8
QUALIFICATION RULES – TOTAL CREDITS 140
Fundamental unit standards : 30 credits
Core unit standards : 83 credits
Elective unit standards : 27 credits
EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES
1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the context of individuals in inclusive settings
2. Facilitate accessibility to create an enabling inclusive learning environment
3. Collaborate with relevant stakeholders and support services to maximize inclusivity
4. Screen for potential barriers and strengths
5. Assess the needs of the learner in order to determine the required level of support
6. Facilitate inclusive learning programmes in a range of contexts
7. Manage administrative functions
This programme consists of five modules as follows and will be covered over a period of one year:
1. UNDERSTANDING INCLUSIVE EDUCATION SETTINGS
2. FACILITATE ACCESSIILITY AND PROMOTE INCLUSIVITY
3. DETERMINE AND PROVIDE SUPPORT
4. FACILITATE INCLUSIVE LEARNING PROGRAMMES MANAGE ADMINISTRATIVE
5. MANAGE ADMINISTRATIVE FUNCTIONS