The purpose of the Advanced Diploma in Remedial Education is to deliver professionally qualified remedial teachers and learning support specialists who can work in either inclusive mainstream classrooms or specialised schools. This is done by providing teachers with integrated theoretical knowledge, practical skills, specialised competence and experience of evidence-based practices around the pedagogy and didactics of remedial education for learners experiencing Specific Learning Disorders.

Target Group

  • Teachers who wish to further their training and expertise as remedial teachers and learning support specialists.
  • Teachers from all phases, mainstream and special needs schools would benefit from this diploma.
  • District officials from the Department of Education who support learners requiring remedial education.

Admission requirements

To gain admission into the Advanced Diploma in Education in Remedial Education a potential student should possess one of the following qualifications

  • A four year Bachelor of Education degree
  • A general NQF level 6 first degree or diploma, plus a 120C level 7 Advanced Diploma in Teaching
    • A former 120C level 6 Postgraduate Certificate in Education
    • A former Higher Diploma in Education (Undergraduate)
  • A former Further Diploma in Education
  • A former Advanced Certificate in Education (120C level 6)
  • An Advanced Certificate in Teaching
  • A former three-year College of Education Diploma or A National Professional Diploma in Education (NPDE) (360C at level 5) followed by an Advanced Certificate in Teaching

Additional Selection criteria

In addition to the minimum admission requirements as outlined above, prospective students could undergo a selection process, including personal interviews and testing.

Articulation possibilities

The completed Advanced Diploma in Education in Remedial Education Adv Dip (Ed) (Remedial Education) has the following articulation possibilities:

  • Vertical articulation: Bachelor degree graduates who have completed the Advanced Diploma in Education in Remedial Teaching may proceed to a 120C NQF level 8 Bachelor of Education Honours degree, or an Honours degree in another cognate field or a 120 NQF 8 Post Graduate Diploma in Education in Special Needs.
    Students need to meet the minimum entry requirements and thus students can further their educational career.
  • Professional qualified teachers who are not in possession of a first Bachelor’s degree may present a 120C NQF 7 completed Advanced Diploma in Education for entry into an NQF level 7 BEd programme, or into another appropriate NQF level 7 Bachelor’s degrees.

Language medium

English, however, students may submit assignments in another official language provided they are translated for the marker.


Full Time one year of study, register for all 4 modules
Part Time two years. In the first year, register for modules: ‘Remedial Foundations’ and ‘Scholastic Assessment’ In the second year, register for modules: ‘Learning Support’ and ‘Parental Involvement’

Registration dates

Mode of tuition

Seminars and practical workshops: 9 Saturdays scheduled between February and September on the Auckland Park Kingsway Campus. 80% attendance required.
Web-based and on-line learning: All course material is available through the student portal on ‘BlackBoard’. Students complete at least two on-line courses as assignments towards the modules. Access to the Internet and University library and website is essential.
Tutorials and Lecturer Consultations: to be arranged during the year. The tutor is available for on-site and email consultations.
Textbooks: Students are required to purchase their own copies. Details of textbooks are posted in ‘Blackboard’ for registered students.


Formative assessment: Three assessments per module take place during the year.
Summative assessment: A final, exam equivalent is submitted in November for each module. This is externally moderated.

Assessments cover theoretical and practical aspects of the work. Students are expected to conduct practical, remedial work with learners in the classroom and submit a final portfolio of work-based evidence of competence.

Registration and Start Dates

Registration starts in January and lectures in February for both Undergraduate and Postgraduate course work programmes.

All research programmes for Masters and PhD can register throughout the year.

End Date: Academic starts in January and ends in December. Programme deadline is determined by the duration of the programme.

Faculty contact details

For application and more information about the Faculty of Education
Auckland Park Kingsway Campus Tel. 011 553 3251
Soweto Campus Tel. 011 559 5562

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated August 7, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Jan 2020
1 - 2 years
5,000 USD
Tuition estimate per year | Accommodation estimate: USD 2500 per year
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