As part of the university’s School of Education, over the years the SDU has been responsible for convening a number of Continuing Professional Teacher Development (CPTD) qualifications. The university has now chosen to register a number of Advanced Certificate in Teaching (ACT) courses, in line with the new national policy on teacher education qualifications.


ACTs are NQF Level 6 qualifications and are structured specifically to improve in-service teachers’ content knowledge and pedagogy, with a more explicit focus on classroom teaching. Seventy-five teachers enrolled for the Advanced Certificate in Foundation Phase Teaching (ACT FP) during 2018.

From 2020 an Advanced Diploma: School Leadership & Management will be offered.

Short Courses

The SDU’s short courses programme continues to provide teachers with an opportunity to improve their content and pedagogical knowledge via certified non-credit-bearing short courses. Between 6 and 36 hours in duration, these courses are mostly delivered to groups of educators upon request.