This Independent Institute of Education (IIE) qualification allows you to start your career in teaching and facilitation in Early Childhood Education (birth to 4 years).


After completion, IIE graduates can work as Early Childhood Practitioners or Assistant Practitioners in either the private or the public Early Childhood environment.  Students who wish to pursue a degree or diploma in education e.g. BEd can undertake this IIE Higher Certificate as an access route for further studies.


Students of this qualification will gain the knowledge, skills and applied competencies identified by education experts as critical for employees to enter the world of work as Early Childhood Education.


Full time: This is a one-year full-time qualification offered by The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE). Full-time lectures take place during the day on weekdays at the following campuses: Braamfontein, Pretoria CBD, Cape Town and Durban.


This Higher Certificate is accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE) and is registered by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) as a 133-credit qualification on Level 5 (SAQA ID No: 104532). On successful completion you will receive an IIE Higher Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education from The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE), the leading registered private provider of higher education in South Africa.


​NSC: HC pass with
​NC(V): HC pass
SC: Endorsement -
none with

SC(a): HC pass
A SAQA Evaluation Certificate with NSC L4 equivalence with at least
40% or equivalent for English

Recognition of Prior Learning

Candidates must demonstrate suitability for admission in
terms of Senate’s resolution 6.6 of 20 October 2005 which
allows for Senate’s discretionary conditional admission (if

General Education
Development (GED) - An
USA qualification developed
by the American Council on
Education (ACE).

Candidates with a GED qualification may be admitted if they
have a SAQA Evaluation Certificate with NSC L4 equivalence
as well as NBT: AQL results and have obtained a score of at
least 37 for Academic Literacy (AL) and a score of at least 37
for Quantitative Literacy (QL).

“Disclaimer: Please note that this fact sheet is accurate at the time of publication. The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) reserves the right to alter any of the content prior to commencement of registration due to changes in regulation,policy,market requirements or any 
other valid reason.

Candidates must have attempted the Senior Certificate or equivalent, attained the age of 23 before or during the first year of registration with three years’ work 
experience and proven ability relating to the proposed programme as well as adequate communication skills; OR Candidates must have attained the age of 45 before or during the first year of registration.

If you are an international student, you must ensure that:
  • you have an equivalent qualification to the aforementioned;
  • your equivalent qualification is evaluated by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA);
  • you have a valid study visa issued in the name of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) that covers the duration of your studies.​



Programme Type

Higher Certificate


Year 1

  • Digital and Academic Literacy  
  • Health, Safety and Nutrition    
  • Early Childhood Learning and Dev
  • Management, Development and Professionalism in ECD
  • Communicative Languages (Various)
  • Facilitating and Managing Literacy Programme
  • Facilitating and Managing Numeracy Programme
  • Facilitating and Managing Life Skills Programme
  • ECD Experience 

The IIE Higher Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education has an attendance rule associated with the qualification, namely that student attends 80% of the classes (lecture) for the stipulated modules. For more information refer to the Information regarding Attendance for modules aligned to School-based Work Integrated Learning (i.e. Teaching Experience) on The IIE Faculty of Education programmes document and to the Work Integrated Learning Policy
There is a total of 6 weeks Teaching Experience as per the statutory requirement (Government Gazette No. 40750)
All students undertaking an academic qualification with a school-based WIL component will be required to have a valid police clearance certificate or an Afiswitch Criminal check certificate on commencement of their Teaching Experience component in a school.

In order to be awarded this qualification, you must have achieved a minimum final year mark of fifty percent (50%) for each module of the programme.

The Independent Institute of Education’s official prospectus is available on and on the library webpage. Information in this prospectus takes precedence over other programme and qualification information provided​.

As a registered student at RC, you can access free software using your rcconnect email account at FTP//

Software to be used in your discipline include MS Excel, MS Word, MS Power Point and MS Outlook, which come with Office 365 bundle. These can be accessed for free using the FTP file server with your rcconnect email account.


"Disclaimer: Please note that this fact sheet is accurate at the time of publication.  The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) reserves the right to alter any of the content prior to commencement of registration due to changes in regulation, policy, market requirements or any other valid reason."

This factsheet is valid for the 2020 academic year only.