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All the ECD Qualifications: 28 for Now 2024

This list of all SAQA Registered ECD qualifications can help you plan your study path.

Exploring ECD Qualifications: A Comprehensive Guide

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While the NQF Level 4 is popular for ECD Learnerships, there are other options to explore too. Since Early Childhood Development training is a top government priority, you can also find bursaries to study at a higher education level.

If you’re interested in pursuing a career in Early Childhood Development (ECD), then you’ve probably come across a variety of qualifications and learning programs related to this field. Let’s get into the world of ECD education and look at what’s available.

ECD Qualifications List: SAQA Registered Education and Training Options

In this post, we’ll provide an overview of the ECD qualifications, their levels, and key details to assist you in choosing the right path for your ECD studies.

Take a look at 5 Higher Education ECD Qualifications

1. Advanced Certificate: Education: Foundation Phase and Early Childhood Development

  • Qualification ID: 62455
  • NQF Level: 6
  • Learning Subfield: Schooling
  • Originator: University of South Africa
  • Minimum Credits: 120
  • Is this a Learning Program? Yes
  • Qualification against which Learning Program is recorded: 20473

This advanced certificate is offered by the University of South Africa (UNISA). This level 6 qualification focuses on Education in the Foundation Phase and Early Childhood Development. So it’s an excellent choice for those seeking to work with young learners in a school environment.

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2. Bachelor of Education Honours in Early Childhood Development and General Education and Training

  • Qualification ID: 97172
  • NQF Level: 8
  • Learning Subfield: Schooling
  • Originator: Tshwane University of Technology (TUT)
  • Minimum Credits: 120
  • Is this a Learning Program? Yes
  • Qualification against which Learning Program is recorded: 20474

TUT offers a Bachelor of Education Honours program focusing on Early Childhood Development and General Education and Training. This NQF level 8 qualification is designed for individuals who aim to become experts in ECD and general education.

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3. Bachelor of Education Honours: Early Childhood Development

  • Qualification ID: 20864
  • NQF Level: 7
  • Learning Subfield: Early Childhood Development
  • Originator: University of South Africa
  • Minimum Credits: 120
  • Is this a Learning Program? Yes
  • Qualification against which Learning Program is recorded: 20474

The University of South Africa offers a NQF level 7 qualification, this time specifically focusing on Early Childhood Development. Therefore this program is ideal for those who want to specialize in ECD within the education field.

4. Bachelor of Education: Early Childhood Development, Foundation Phase

  • Qualification ID: 62453
  • NQF Level: 6
  • Learning Subfield: Schooling
  • Originator: University of South Africa
  • Minimum Credits: 360
  • Is this a Learning Program? Yes
  • Qualification against which Learning Program is recorded: 20161

For a broader approach to ECD and education in the foundation phase, the University of South Africa offers a Bachelor of Education program at NQF level 6. This comprehensive program will equip you to work with young learners in various educational settings.

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5. Higher Certificate in Early Childhood Development

  • Qualification ID: 97173
  • NQF Level: 5
  • Learning Subfield: Early Childhood Development
  • Originator: Centre for Creative Education/Iziko La Bantu Be Afrika NPC
  • Minimum Credits: 120
  • Is this a Learning Program? Yes
  • Qualification against which Learning Program is recorded: 64649

This higher certificate is offered by the Centre for Creative Education. It’s an excellent starting point for those interested in ECD because it focuses on the fundamentals of early childhood development.

All Higher Education Qualifications For Early Childhood Development

Go to SAQA and search the Learning Subfield: Early Childhood Development. These qualifications are registered in Field 005 – Education, Training and Development and fall under the Council of Higher Education (CHE).

The originators are the universities or private higher education institutions (HEIs) offering the qualifications.

ECD Qualifications at NQF Levels 4-9

Qual / Prog IDQualification Title / Learning Programme TitleNQF LevelOriginatorMin CreditsIs this a Learning Prog?
97436Advanced Certificate in Foundation Phase Teaching06University of the Free State120No
110648Advanced Certificate in Foundation Phase Teaching06Edutel Higher Education (Pty) Ltd120No
91794Advanced Certificate in Foundation Phase Teaching06University of KwaZulu-Natal128Yes: 20473
98846Bachelor of Education Honours in Childhood Education08University of Johannesburg120No
111134Bachelor of Education Honours in Early Childhood Education08University of Venda120No
20864Bachelor of Education Honours: Early Childhood Development08University of South Africa120Yes: 20474
5859Bachelor of Education Honours: Gifted Child Education08University of South Africa120Yes: 20474
119812Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Care and Education07University of Witwatersrand480No
119811Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Care and Education07University of Pretoria480No
96058Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase Teaching07University of the Western Cape480No
97396Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase Teaching07Rhodes University480No
97201Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase Teaching07University of the Free State544No
110816Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase Teaching07Central University of Technology, Free State480No
119211Bachelor of Education in Foundation Phase Teaching072 Oceans Graduate Institute NPC T/A Two Oceans Graduate Institute480No
119964Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education06University of South Africa360No
120139Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education06Cape Peninsula University of Technology360No
117946Diploma in Grade R Teaching06University of the Free State360No
111018Diploma in Youth Development06University of South Africa240No
112139Higher Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education05The Foundation for Professional Development120No
97173Higher Certificate in Early Childhood Development05Centre for Creative Education/Iziko La Bantu Be Afrika NPC120Yes: 64649
117849Higher Certificate in Pre-School Education05Stadio (Pty) Ltd120No
115518Master of Education in Early Childhood Education09University of Venda180No
109006Master of Education in Early Childhood Education09University of Mpumalanga180No
15673Master of Education: Early Childhood Education09University of Pretoria240Yes: 20475
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4 ECD Qualifications at ETDP SETA

The ETDP SETA is a great resource when you’re interested in Early Childhood Development. The ETDP SETA qualifications for Early Childhood development fall under two sub-fields:

  1. Early Childhood Development
  2. People/Human-Centred Development

1. Further Education and Training Certificate: Community Development: Early Childhood Development

ECD Qualifications Entry-Level

  • Qualification ID: 76984
  • NQF Level: 4
  • Learning Subfield: Adult Learning
  • Originator: Generic Provider – Field 05
  • Minimum Credits: 125
  • Is this a Learning Program? Yes
  • Qualification against which Learning Program is recorded: 67509

If you’re looking for a more entry-level qualification in ECD, this certificate might be suitable. It’s a level 4 qualification with a focus on community development within ECD, offered by various ETDP SETA accredited providers.

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2. Higher Certificate: Early Childhood Development

  • Qualification ID: 23117
  • NQF Level: 5
  • Learning Subfield: Early Childhood Development
  • Originator: Generic Provider – Field 05
  • Minimum Credits: 120
  • Is this a Learning Program? Yes
  • Qualification against which Learning Program is recorded: 64649

Similar to the previous certificate, this program also focuses on Early Childhood Development at NQF level 5. It also provides a solid foundation in ECD principles.

3. National Certificate: Community Development: Early Childhood Development

An Innovative Angle on ECD Qualifications

  • Qualification ID: 83388
  • NQF Level: 5
  • Learning Subfield: People/Human-Centred Development
  • Originator: Generic Provider – Field 07
  • Minimum Credits: 147
  • Is this a Learning Program? Yes
  • Qualification against which Learning Program is recorded: 80946

For those interested in community development and its relation to ECD, this certificate offers a unique perspective. It’s a level 5 qualification designed to prepare you for community-focused ECD work.

4. National Diploma: Early Childhood Development

  • Qualification ID: 23118
  • NQF Level: 5 (Pre-2009: Level 5)
  • Learning Subfield: Early Childhood Development
  • Originator: Generic Provider – Field 05
  • Minimum Credits: 240
  • Is this a Learning Program? Yes
  • Qualification against which Learning Program is recorded: 64650

If you’re seeking a comprehensive diploma program in ECD, this National Diploma is an excellent choice. This is because it covers various aspects of early childhood development and education.

Finding Your Perfect Early Childhood Development Qualification

The field of Early Childhood Development offers a wide range of qualifications and learning programs to suit your educational and career goals. Whether you’re looking for a certificate to start your journey or a specialized degree to become an expert in the field, there are options available to help you succeed in this rewarding profession. So be sure to research each program thoroughly and choose the one that aligns best with your interests and aspirations in Early Childhood Development.

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