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The B.Ed (Early Childhood and Primary Education) programme has been designed to prepare teachers who are capable of meeting the demands of the current society by implementing and interpreting educational policies in the constitution, promoting national cohesion, and solving societal problems.  For this reason, the programme is based on the conviction that there is need to train teachers who can stimulate holistic development, motivate, and provide care to learners. This programme has also been motivated by the need to develop and nurture professional teachers who are knowledgeable of 21st century teaching and learning trends and are responsive to the needs and interests of the learner.  The programme is also developed out of the conviction and belief that there is need to produce teachers who understand the national, regional, and global perspectives and trends and are capable of integrating them in Early Childhood and Primary Education.  Further, the programme is based on the conviction that there is need to produce teachers who are capable of making learning interesting and enjoyable, while exercising high degrees of responsibility.  Prepare teachers/workers who will stimulate, motivate, develop as well as identify the creative talents of the child as he/she grows and develops from one stage to another until/she finishes her primary education.


Early Childhood and Primary Education encompasses the education that children obtain during early stages of their childhood.  It is a crucial time period for the development of the mental functions of children. This development is now known to be greatly influenced by exogenous factors, including the nature of the educational environment to which the child is exposed. This poses a challenge to universities to train and equip teachers with relevant knowledge, skills, values and attitudes that make them competent to teach young children in early childhood centres and primary schools with a view to responding to the instructional needs of the children. In addition, the persistent problem of unemployment has necessitated need to train teachers who have both entrepreneurial skills and national to global perspectives.  This programme intends to train teachers who are moral, ethical, creative, innovative, competent and accountable. It also aims at providing an opportunity for self-development in relation to career and life-long learning.  


The B.Ed (Early Childhood and Primary Education) programme is designed to produce well-grounded professionally qualified graduate teachers of Early Childhood and Primary levels of education. 


The overall objectives of the B.Ed (Early Childhood and Primary Education) programme are: 

  • To train professionally qualified teachers who are competent and skilful enough to teach and provide effective leadership and management at early childhood centres and primary schools.  
  • To build a broad foundation of theoretical, historical, philosophical, and professional knowledge in early childhood and primary education.  
  • To equip the student teacher with relevant skills needed in design and implementation of programmes that meet the individual, professional, institutional, county, national and global educational needs today and in the near future.


By the end of the programme, the learner should be able to:

  • Use relevant and appropriate teaching methods in ECPE
  • Plan and implement appropriate programmes for different categories of learners in early childhood and primary educational institutions.
  • Conduct research to enhance the handling of children in Early Childhood and Primary School Education.
  • Motivate and stimulate children’s interests by using developmental stages 
  • Identify talents during critical stages of growth and development


By the end of the programme, the learner should be able to:

  • Employ appropriate methodologies in teaching.
  • Portray creativity and imagination in teaching and learning in and out of the classroom.
  • Conduct research to enhance the handling of children in Early Childhood and Primary School Education.


  • The course shall be offered in terms of units.
  • Education core courses and those relating to early childhood and primary education will be offered concurrently. 
  • The course units will be covered in a total of eight semesters (4 academic years).
  • A total of 48 units will be required for graduation with a Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood and Primary Education degree.

A Teaching Practice lasting at least 12 weeks will be undertaken at the end of third year.


For purposes of this programme the following definitions apply:

Lecture hour – A Lecture hour is equivalent to one (1) contact hour of lectures or two (2) hours of tutorial or three (3) hours of practical work.

Credit Unit (CU) – A credit unit is equivalent to one (1) lecture hour per week for sixteen weeks.

Course Unit – A course unit is equivalent to three (3) credit units which is equivalent to forty-eight (48) lecture hours.

Credit Transfer

  • Students who hold diplomas from recognized tertiary institutions and wish to upgrade their academic qualifications may be admitted as transfer candidates. Similarly, degree holders wishing to obtain a second degree may be admitted as transfer candidates. Transfer students may apply to transfer some credits from their former institutions. Such credit transfer should fulfil the following conditions:
  • Have official academic transcripts to support the application. The student must be a bona fide student of the University from which he/she is transferring. 
  • Have a minimum grade of C+ at K.C.S.E for the course to be transferred. A student should not transfer more than 48% credits.
FIRSTEMP 110 Principles of techCIM 110 Communication SkillsSNE 100 Special Needs EducationPSY: 110  Quantitative TechniquesEPE 100: Introduction to ScienceEPE 102: Primary Mathematics IEPE 103: Cultural Studies EPE 104: English Language for EPE3EDF 111: Philosophy of EducationPSY 112: General Educational PsychologyEDF 112: Character and Gender EducationTED 102: Introduction to Computers EPE 111: Health Practices and HIV/AIDsEPE 112: Introduction to Art & CraftEPE 113: Food and NutritionEPE 114 : Kiswahili and Theories of Vernacular3
SECONDYEAREDF 211: History of EducationCIM 230: Curriculum DevelopmentCIM 210: General Methods of TeachingPSY 210: Human Growth and DevelopmentEPE 200: Introduction Physical EducationEPE 201: Biological Sciences EPE 202: Introduction to Business Studies EPE 203: Literature in ECPECIM 211: Educational Media & ResourcesPSY 211: Educational Guidance & CounsellingEPE 211: Introduction to Social StudiesEPE 212: Religious Education in ECPEEPE 213: Community DevelopmentEPE 214: Music, Movement & Drama IEPE 215: Trends in ECPE in Kenya, Africa and Rest of the WorldEPE 216: Physical Sciences
THIRDEMP 310: Educational PlanningEPE 300: Organization and Management of Feeding ProgrammesEPE 301:  English Education for EPEEPE 308:  Kiswahili and Vernacular Education EPE 303: Physical Education Studies 
ELECTIVES FOR PRIMARY EDUCATION (TWO)EPE 309E:  Mathematics I EPE 304E:  Business Studies I                       OREPE 305E: Science Education I EPE 306E:  Music, Movement and Drama I   OREPE 307E:  Religious Studies IEPE 302E:   Social Studies I ELECTIVES FOR EARLY CHILDHOODECE 301: Social Interaction in ECDECE 302: Curriculum of the ChildECE 303: Language Activities for Oral Skills in ECDEECE 304: Material Development ECE 305: Science Activities ECE 306: Mathematics Activities for ECDE
PSY 311: Educational Measurement & EvaluationCIM 360EDU 300EPE 310: Issues in Teacher EducationEPE 311: Developmental Corrective Reading EPE 312: Programme Planning ELECTIVES FOR PRIMARY EDUCATION (TWO)EPE 313E: Methods of Teaching  Mathematics in EPEEPE 314E: Methods of Teaching Science in EPEEPE 315E: Business Studies Education for EPEEPE 316E: Social Studies Education IEPE 317E: Religious Studies Education for EPEEPE 318E: Music Movement and Drama Education II
ELECTIVES FOR CHILDHOOD EDUCATIONECE 312: Social Studies Activities ECE 313: Methods of Teaching in ECDE ECE 314: Language Activities for Literary Skills in ECDEECE 315: Indoor and Outdoor Play
THIRD SEMESTERCIM 399: Teaching Practice6
FOURTHEMP 410: Environmental EducationEMP 411: Educational Administration & ManagementEDU 499: Research project EPE 401:  Rights of Children and their WelfareEPE 406: Integration of English and Literature in EPEEPE 407: Integration in Kiswahili
TWO ELECTIVES FOR PRIMARY EDUCATION EPE 402E:  Social Studies II EPE 403E:  Religious Studies II                           OREPE 404E:  Business Studies II    EPE 405E:  Music Movement and Drama III       OREPE 413E:  Mathematics Equation IIEPE 417E:  Science Education IIELECTIVES FOR EARLY CHILDHOODEPE 401:  Rights of Children and their Welfare EPE 402:  Social Studies IIEPE 403:  Religious Studies IIEPE 404:  Business Studies II 
EMP 412: Economics of EducationEDF 410: Sociology of EducationEDF 411: Comparative EducationEPE 411:  Emerging Issues in ECPE EPE 412:  Entrepreneurship in ECPE EPE 414:  Management of ECPE Programmes EPE 415:  Life Skills EPE 416:  Transition in Early Childhood and Primary Ed.

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