The diploma in Education (Primary) programme is designed to produce teachers with an in-depth understanding of the subject matter, sound professional skills and ability to adapt to the ever-changing Educational needs in Kenya. Its focus is on quality instruction and management of primary schools. The two year course leading to Diploma in Primary Education is aimed at improving the competency of primary school teachers in instruction and managerial skills which is presently largely lacking in public schools. In addition, there is a pool of trained teachers with P1 certificates who do not meet the present minimum requirement for entry into B.Ed primary programme at Egerton University. The programme will therefore provide a suitable bridge for entry into B.Ed primary and further training.
The aim of this programme is to improve the quality of primary school instruction and management. The specific objectives of the programme are to:
i) Enhance the teacher‟s subject content and pedagogical knowledge, skills and attitudes.
ii) Enhance teachers‟ ability to handle two of the subject areas taught in primary schools, namely; a) Science, Agriculture and Mathematics b) Social Studies and Languages .
iii) Develop a primary school teacher who is creative and capable of discovering, understanding, controlling and adapting to new technologies.
iv) Enable the primary school teacher to develop the child‟s ability in creative thinking, problem solving and communication skills.
v) Develop a teacher‟s awareness, understanding and commitment to professional ethics, basic human rights and sound environmental.
vi) Develop a teacher‟s capacity to produce and use relevant learning materials.
vii) Enhance a teacher‟s leadership and managerial skills.
viii) Prepare teachers for further Education and training.
The candidate to be admitted must satisfy the following criteria:
A holder of KCSE with a minimum grade of D+ and P1 certificate with a teaching experience of at least 2 years OR a holder of mean grade of „C‟ plain and a P1 certificate
Course Structure and Duration
Diploma in Education (Primary) shall take a minimum period of two (2) years (total of 1620 hrs) of 108 credit factors (CF) drawn from professional courses, subject content areas and instructional materials preparation (Learning Resource Project). The maximum period for a student to complete the course is four years.
Under School Based (Part Time Mode), the schedule of the course will be as follows:
Block 1 in April (4 weeks), Block 2 in August (4 weeks) and Block 3 in December (4 weeks). The three (3) blocks will constitute one academic year. Each academic year will be referred to as a Level e.g. Level one (L1) Level Two (L2) etc.
The courses are coded as follows:
The first abbreviation (P) refers to primary.
The next three letters refer to the subject discipline e.g. EPS – Educational Psychology ,ECI – Curriculum, AGR – Agriculture, CHE – Chemistry etc.
1st digit i.e. zero refers to the level of training i.e. Diploma.
Second digit represents the year of study.
The third digit represents the subject discipline of the course thus: 1- Communication Skills, 2-Curriculum Studies, 3- Foundation Courses, 4- Science, 5- Maths, 6- Social Studies 7- Languages, 8- Computer Studies, 9- Agriculture.
Fourth digit represents the serialization of courses in a subject discipline taught in an academic year.
All examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with examination regulations as stipulated in the Egerton University Statute XXVIII
The grading of examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with in Egerton University Statute XXVIII.
To graduate a student shall be required to take and pass ALL scheduled courses within the stipulated period.
The Diploma classification shall be in accordance with Egerton University Statute No.34 (18).