The purpose of The King’s Institute is to educationally equip each generation through a Biblical, Christ-centred process in order to fulfill God’s purpose. Our vision is therefore to establish an institute of higher education where we can equip students through Biblical, Christ-centred education. This takes place through a blended online model.
As such, discipleship and therefore mentoring forms an integral part of our programme. Because SAHCET follows a blended online approach, the involvement of local schools is vital to the success of the programme.
A tripartite relationship between the teacher intern, the school and the academic institution therefore forms the basis of the education of the teacher interns.
The King’s Institute (TKI) provides the academic education. Because TKI is still in the process of getting accreditation, the academic institution can be any institution that provides a SAQA recognised BEd. This is allowable until The King’s Institute has received accreditation. Keep in mind that studying at secular universities encourages a dualism in world view. It makes the work of teachers in Christian education difficult. This is because the students do not receive comprehensive training in the basic philosophy of Christian education. Preferred providers include:
- Alphacrucis College (English medium) and Aros (Afrikaans medium) for graduate studies;
- Alphacrucis College, Morling College and NICE for post-graduate studies; and
- AP Akademie for a PGCE (Afrikaans medium).
Mentoring and WIL
Mentoring and Work Integrated Learning is provided through schools found in the area where the student lives. It is important that students must be of benefit to their own community from the beginning of their studies.
Teacher interns must be committed Christians and agree to The King’s Institute’s Statement of Faith as well as Code of Ethics. They must also be studying BEd or be on a pathway to the BEd. No student can enroll in the BEd at The King’s Institute without being part of a mentorship programme. This must be at a school registered with TKI.
Contact us if you are a student or potential student and would like to participate in a mentoring programme.
Facilitate Mentoring Programmes
There are two ways in which schools can facilitate mentoring programmes. All involved schools must have mentors. Then schools can opt to become a teacher-training site. A teacher-training site is a local school venue. Here teacher interns have access to computers, the Internet, assistance with their studies and discipleship. There will be a mentor-coordinator who is responsible for the teacher-training site. The mentor-coordinator is also responsible for the mentors that are part of the programme. The aim is to have one teacher-training site for a number of local mentoring programmes.
Contact us if you are from a school that would like to start a mentoring programme, become a mentoring site or would just like more information.