Kenya, as a rapidly developing society, is undergoing drastic social, economic and educational changes. Consequently, the problems brought about by these changes have made guidance and counselling services in Kenya educational institutions a necessary component of educational system. There is clear demand for guidance and counselling services in the community. This is due to the decline of traditional sources of guidance and counselling to assist children, students, and youth to develop decision making skills to enhance their transition from the protective home and school environment into the complex world of work. It is expected that the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Guidance and Counselling shall provide highly trained counsellors needed for, colleges, universities and other institutions.
The programme should:
i) Develop effective communication skills and inter-personal relationships;
ii) Enable the graduate identify and specify client problems and needs;
iii) Impart skills in selected individual and group guidance and group counselling methods;
iv) Provide the graduate with skills in psychological measurement and evaluation techniques;
v) Impart consultation skills in guidance and counselling.
vi) Enable the graduate to organize and administer a programme of guidance and counselling services;
vii) Provide skills and techniques to conduct research in guidance and counselling;
viii) Train stakeholder groups like NGOs, industries, hospitals, mental care units, and private practitioners in guidance and counselling.
Candidates must satisfy entry requirements for Egerton University. In addition admission shall be offered to holders of Master of Education degree in Guidance and Counselling or its equivalent. Applicants for the Doctor of Philosophy programme in Curriculum and Instruction shall be required to present a research project proposal acceptable to the Department of Psychology, Counselling and Educational Foundations.
Course Structure and Duration
Doctor of Philosophy programme in Guidance and Counselling shall last for a period of not less than three years and not more than five academic years.
All examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with examination regulations as stipulated in the Egerton University Statute XXIX
The grading of examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with in Egerton University Statute XXIX
To graduate a student shall be required to take and pass ALL scheduled courses within the stipulated period.
The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Guidance and Counselling is not classified in accordance with Egerton University Statute XXIX