POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA IN EDUCATION (PGDE)

POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA IN EDUCATION (PGDE)

The Postgraduate Diploma in Education is a one-year course which trains graduates who had pursued other areas of specialization and wish to pursue a professional career in education. It equips teachers and other educators with relevant skills to teach and manage education at various levels.

PHILOSOPHY

The philosophy of this programme is guided by the need to inspire those Kenyans who join the teaching profession before they have received the necessary training which is a requirement by the governments for one to be an effective secondary school teacher, college tutor or instructor or work in other higher education institutions, to provide leadership and stewardship in the education sector and to give hope and faith to the trained educationists to excel in whatever educational activities they choose to do with passion, moral responsibility and a strong sense of patriotism.

RATIONALE

The programme offers specialization in education at Bachelors, Postgraduate Diploma and Doctoral levels. This is to equip teachers and other educators with relevant skills to teach and manage education at various levels. The programme is in the broad field of education as specified in the International Standard Classification of Education Fields of Education and Training (ISCED – F 2013). The specific detailed field is Teacher Training with subject specialization.

The programme enables the graduates who had pursued other courses to pursue a professional career in education. This training is necessitated by the fact that a large number of graduates join the teaching profession before they have received the necessary training which is required by most governments for one to be an effective secondary school teacher, college tutor or instructor or work in other higher education units. The course has and will help prepare graduate teachers, tutors, lecturers and education managers at different levels.

OBJECTIVES

The objective of the programme is to equip the students with the knowledge, skills, techniques and competencies in teacher education and their application to teaching in schools or training in institutions/organizations, community development, NGOs and so on. The programme prepares teachers, education instructors, managers and planners to serve in institutions/organizations and offer quality education that adds value to society.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

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

1. Demonstrate knowledge of a diverse range of national education issues including current and emerging trends.

2. Demonstrate critical thinking and skills concerning theory and practice of education.

3. Employ knowledge in curriculum design, development, implementation and evaluation.

4. Integrate skills including ICT skills to teach the current generation of learners.

5. Prepare would-be teachers, researchers and other personnel to lead, manage, administer, and supervise education programmes as well as to serve as policy formulators, implementers, and change agents.

Course Overview

The Post-Graduate Diploma in Education course is a 1-year program aimed at providing a broad training background for general graduates who wish to take up teaching as a profession. As part of the program, learners are required to complete 18 units which are inclusive of student projects and teaching practice in a span of three stages. This innovative program seeks to train learners by equipping them with the needed professional qualifications and expertise necessary to successfully carry out their responsibilities as teachers or managers in various fields of education. The trainees must choose two teaching subjects taught in Kenya secondary schools.

Specialization

The trainees specialize in the their respective subjects of choice which must feature in their undergraduate transcripts. To qualify, one must have a minimum of eight teaching subjects for each unit

Who Can Join

A candidate should have a minimum qualification of a first degree from a recognized university and would wish to take teaching as a profession.
Furthermore, a candidate should have studied at least two subjects taught in secondary schools in Kenya

CAREER PROSPECTS/OPPORTUNITY

The programme trains graduates who wish to pursue a professional career in education. Graduates of the postgraduate have a wide range of career prospects as graduate teachers, tutors, lecturers in academic institutions and education managers at different levels.

ATTACHMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Students pursuing the Postgraduate Diploma in Education will have their attachments (Teaching Practice) in Secondary Schools of their choice which should be secure and accessible for a supervisor to assess them.


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