Centre for Teacher Development (CTD) in Mafikeng

The CTD works closely with the North West Department of Education to assist teachers with the ever-changing demands of classroom practices. Through our programmes, learners will have the advantage of 21st-century skills, which will help them find their place in our highly competitive and rapidly changing globalised community. We provide opportunities for lifelong learning to practising teachers that will help them to reach their full potential. In order to accommodate teachers' needs, we offer full-time qualifications where teachers can attend evening classes, or part-time programmes with sessions on Saturdays and during holidays.

The language of instruction is English, while Setswana is widely spoken on campus. The school also attracts teachers from neighbouring SADC countries. Since our programmes are highly interactive, you will often work in groups. Be prepared to be a team player and to use technology for the sake of team interaction.

The in-service and further training programmes include the following:

Short Learning Programmes

  • Educational Management
  • Technology Education
  • Mathematics and Science Education
  • Project Management
  • Mathematical Literacy
  • Learner Support
  • English Education
  • Life Orientation
  • Curriculum and Professional Development
  • School Management and Leadership
  • Multigrade teaching

National Professional Diploma in Education (NDPE)

  • NPDE Foundation Phase
  • NPDE Intermediate and Senior Phase
  • NPDE in Further Education and Training Phase

Possible Careers

  • Educator/Lecturer
  • Project manager
  • Curriculum developer
  • Education managers


Office for Short Learning Programmes (SLP) in Potchefstroom

The convergence of a number of social and economic factors has increased the interest of the NWU in the commercialisation of the Faculty knowledge output. The Faculty is identifying marketable educational products by strengthening links with other institutions. An Office for Short Learning Programmes (SLP) which resides in the Office of the Dean, provides professional development and training as well as support commercialisation of creative innovation. The faculty extends its commercial experience from the area of science and technology to the commercialisation of work related learning. Through entrepreneurial enterprise the aim of the Office for Short Learning Programmes (SLP) is to increase the employability of educators and departmental officials.

Aims and Objectives

  • To provide assistance in professional development within the school sector, FET sector, Higher Education sector, as well as other institutions in the public and private sector
  • To provide educators with knowledge and skills to fulfil their function productively, innovatively and rewardingly
  • To provide opportunities to take further relevant learning and qualifications in directions, or multiple directions of their working life
  • To provide formal and informal education and development to open up the paths and the journeys through which educators will fully realise their potential in their working roles, roles in society and personal life.
  • To strengthen the bond between existing partners (Education Departments, Unions and Universities) and new partners (FET, SACE, ETDP-SETA)
  • To provide support in professional development through continuous developmental programmes


Products and Services – Short Learning Programmes (SLP)

Informal short learning programmes

  • Short Learning Programmes endorsed by SACE – CPD points for attendance


Formal short learning programmes

  • Registered on the ICAS database
  • Programmes are accredited on NQF levels
  • Based on modules
  • Contribute credits towards whole qualification (BEd, PGCE, BTD and ACE)
  • Based on ETDP SETA unit standards
  • Endorsed by SACE – CPD points

Market Segmentation/Target Group                             

  • Public and private education institutions
  • Department of Education (DBE)
  • Higher Education Institutions (HEI)
  • Further Education Training Institutions (FET)
  • South African Council of Education (SACE)
  • Adult Basic Education and Training (ABET)
  • Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA)

Strategy and Implementation Summary

  • Contribution to qualification
  • Career pathway
  • Professional and training development
  • Workplace based training on site
  • Hands-on training and support
  • Illustrative demonstration of skills
  • Practical applications in everyday work
  • Situations and related empowerment