Frequently Asked Questions
What are the entry requirements for the Numeric Teaching Academy?
What is the duration of the Teaching Fellowship?
The duration of the Teaching Fellowship is one year. This begins with a two week bootcamp in December followed by registration in January and completion of the PGCE program in November/December the following year.
Will I have any obligations to the Academy after graduating?
Following graduation from the Academy, Teaching Fellows will be expected to teach in a South African public school for at least one year. The Academy will assist Teaching Fellows in securing placements by creating networking opportunities, assisting with CV development and interview skills, and providing references.
Is the Teaching Fellowship full-time or part-time?
Full time. The Teaching Fellowship is relatively intense and Teaching Fellows will need to commit their full week to their PGCE studies, Academy activities and part-time teaching internships.
How much does it cost?
Teaching Fellowships are fully funded by the Academy. Teaching Fellowships are merit-based and cover the full cost of tuition, textbooks, a laptop and a monthly stipend. Upon completion of the Numeric PGCE, Teaching Fellows are expected to teach for one year in a South African public school.
I am not a South African citizen, can I apply?
At present, we only accept candidates who are either South African citizens or who have permanent residency. Our goal is to extend this opportunity to non-South Africans in time, but at present we are unable to do so.
Are Teaching Fellowships specifically for people who want to become Maths teachers?
Yes. Each Teaching Fellow must select two subjects for their PGCE, and Numeric requires that one of these two subjects is Mathematics. The other subject may be selected by the candidate themselves in accordance with UNISA's application requirements.
Can I get another job while doing the Teaching Fellowship?
Teaching Fellowships are full-time and Fellows will be involved in Academy activities Monday through Friday. Fellows who wish to work on the weekends or in the evenings may do so, provided it does not jeopardise their PGCE studies and other Fellowship responsibilities.
Where is the Academy based?
The Academy is located in Observatory, Cape Town, near a variety of easily accessible public transport hubs.
Do I have to apply to UNISA separately from the Academy?
No. Once accepted into the Academy, Numeric assists students with their UNISA application and submits a batch application for all Teaching Fellows on their behalf. Awarding of the Teaching Fellowships is conditional upon students' acceptance into the UNISA PGCE, and as such students should submit all requested documentation to the Academy in timely fashion.
What is SACE certification?
In order to teach in South African schools, a teacher must register with the South African Council of Educators (SACE). In order to register with SACE, you must have completed either a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) degree, or a post-graduate certificate in education (PGCE).
What does the teaching internship look like?
Teaching Fellows attend an intensive two week bootcamp in December to equip them with the content, games and classroom management they will require to complete their year-long teaching internship in the Academy’s afterschool programs. Teaching Fellows are paired with a group of 20-25 learners at one of our partner schools and meet with these learners twice a week for 1.5-2 hours each session. Participating learners are in Grades 6-8 and Teaching Fellows cover an intensive course in arithmetic and pre-algebra.
Why do teaching internships focus on Grades 6-8?
The average score on last year's Grade 9 annual national assessment in mathematics (ANAs) was 10.8%. It has become clear that South African Maths education is broken well before learners reach Grade 9. This has informed Numeric's decision to focus the Grade 6-8 year level, where there is still time to re-build the foundational mathematics that learners require to succeed at high school. Even if you intend to become a high school Maths teacher, there is great value in gaining experience in these formative years in order to understand the foundations required to teach more advanced mathematics.
What if I fail a module?
In the event a Teaching Fellow fails a module, they will be required to retake that module at their own expense. Failing a module may delay graduation from the Academy by up to six or twelve months, depending on the module.
How does it work with laptops?
Laptops are given to Teaching Fellows on loan until their graduation from the Academy, at which point the laptop becomes the full property of the Teaching Fellow him or herself.
How many hours per week do Teaching Fellows spend coaching maths?
The typical Teaching Fellow will spend between 3 - 6 hours per week coaching maths, excluding participation in the Winter Math Camp and their compulsory 10 weeks of in-school maths teaching. Teaching Fellows are paid R95 per hour for their coaching and are reimbursed the cost of transport to and from programs.
Will I also earn an hourly rate for my in-school teaching practical?
Time spent teaching during the 5-week teaching practicals required for the UNISA PGCE are not remunerated by the Academy.
Will Numeric provide transport from the training venue to the school where I do my teaching practical?
It is the responsibility of the Teaching Fellow to either use public transport or provide their own vehicle to the school where they conduct their UNISA teaching practical. The Academy shall reimburse transport costs incurred during the UNISA teaching practical.
What happens if I choose to leave the Academy prior to graduation?
Teaching Fellows understand that the Academy’s funders provide these scholarships with a view to qualifying maths teachers for the South African schooling system. Should an individual accept the Teaching Fellowship but decide to leave the Academy prior to graduation, they will be required to return their laptop and repay any tuition fees and living stipends afforded to them by the Academy up to their date of departure.
What does a typical week look like for a NTA Teaching Fellow?
Teaching Fellows spend their weekday mornings (08h30 - 13h00) in Academy-related activities. Amongst other things, this includes maths content and pedagogy training, professional communications modules and teaching theory classes. Fellows typically coach two afternoons a week, normally a Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday combination. Every second Friday, there is a compulsory meeting for all Numeric coaches from 14h00-16h30. Outside of Academy classes and coaching, Teaching Fellows will be following the UNISA PGCE theory and didactic modules. Teaching Fellows are required to complete these modules in their own time, though the Academy does provide one session each week where we address selected topics from the UNISA curriculum.
What university subjects are valid for PGCE?
The following is list of subjects that are valid in terms of UNISA entry requirements. Please be aware that this list is not exhaustive and UNISA may consider other subjects in their admissions process too:
Accounting, Afrikaans, Agriculture, Arabic, Art , Biology, Botany, Business Management, Chemistry, Commerce, Computer Science, Design subjects, Economics, English, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Science, Financial Accounting, French, Geography, German, Handwork subjects, Hebrew, History, Information Science, Information Systems, Latin, Mathematics, Natural Science , Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, Science, Southern Sotho, Speech and Drama, Swati, Tsonga, Tswana,Venda, Xhosa, Zoology, Zulu