The Numeric Teaching Academy (NTA) provides Teaching Fellowships for university graduates to train to become maths teachers. More specifically, the Academy provides an intensive, yearlong training program during which candidates complete their post graduate certification in education (PGCE) and participate in content, practical and classroom management training. Students who apply and are accepted join a vibrant and friendly community of people who are passionate about maths education.
A core part of the Teaching Fellowship is a part-time, yearlong teaching internship at one of the Academy's afterschool programs. These programs are typically located in lower income areas such as Khayelitsha, Mfuleni and Mitchells Plain. While our mission is to train high quality maths teachers, we believe that our Teaching Fellows can make a large and meaningful contribution to the education of children in disadvantaged communities. For our Teaching Fellows, this is an opportunity not only to give back, but to gain valuable in-classroom experience with bright and enthusiastic learners.
Teaching Fellowships cover the cost of tuition, textbooks, a laptop and a monthly living stipend. The Academy also provides financial aid for those students who need assistance with accommodation and transport costs.
Candidates who are accepted into the Academy are referred to as Teaching Fellows. Teaching Fellows typically spend their mornings in Academy-related training activities (mathematics content and pedagogy, lesson planning, education theory, professional communication, etc.) and spend two afternoons per week coaching in Numeric afterschool programs. Teaching Fellows are expected to work through their PGCE modules in their own time, though the Academy provides one dedicated session each week to PGCE related topics. We believe this provides the ideal mix of practice and theory required to produce great teachers.
Candidates interested in joining the Numeric Teaching Academy should complete the online application on or before Friday, 19 August, 2016 for Fellowships commencing in January 2017.
There are three basic requirements for applying to the Teaching Academy:
- You must have completed or be in your final year of completing a bachelor's degree or three-year diploma.
- You must have completed maths at first year level or otherwise have passed pure maths at matric level with a minimum of 65%.
- You must have completed one other school subject to at least second year level.
We are looking for people who are passionate about mathematics and who express a genuine motivation for wanting to enter the teaching profession. While having a strong maths background is beneficial, we view the desire to teach and to work with kids as equally if not more important when assessing an applicant’s candidacy. Candidates who are successful in their application for a Teaching Fellowship will then be provided with an opportunity to apply for Financial Aid.
The Academy covers the full cost of tuition, textbooks, a laptop and a monthly living stipend. Additionally, all Teaching Fellows are placed into the Academy’s afterschool programs where they will coach (and earn) for the duration of their qualification. The funding for these Fellowships is provided by large institutions and companies who wish to assist in the training of South African maths teachers.
Candidates who are awarded the Teaching Fellowship are also eligible to apply for financial aid. While the Fellowship covers the cost of tuition, materials and a monthly stipend, some candidates may require additional financial assistance to cover transport costs or secure accommodation and the financial aid application process is intended to meet this need.
Candidates interested in joining the Numeric Teaching Academy should complete the online application, refer to www.numeric.org on or before Friday, 16 September 2016 for Fellowships commencing in January 2017.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews in late August and early September and Fellowships awarded shortly thereafter.
The Numeric Teaching Academy is located in Observatory, Cape Town, near a range of easily accessible transport hubs. All training takes place at the Academy, while the part-time teaching internships are located at Numeric partner schools located in Khayelitsha, Mitchells Plain and Mfuleni.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Numeric targets a 24-hour turn-around on queries but request your patience during application season as the organisation experiences a higher than usual number of queries during this time.
For more about Numeric, refer to www.numeric.org