Diploma in Early Childhood Development & Education (KNEC)

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Programme Overview

This is not an institution based course but an examination for those who have not met minimum entry requirements for direct admission to Certificate in ECDE course. Registration is done at the Sub-county Education Office.

Diploma in Early Childhood Education provides diploma-level courses in community development skills in a four semester programme within two academic years. The courses have been selected to give broad coverage of the function of all areas of community development. The course offers an interdisciplinary approach within which to analyze critique and reflect upon the development processes in communities.

Target Groups

  • Students from any discipline who wish to start a career in community development or others who are currently working in other occupations.
  • Managers in any functional areas of the organizations and who wish to acquire knowledge and skills in community development.

Personnel working with communities, non-governmental organisations social workers who have not acquired the necessary skills in community development.

Career Opportunities

  • Teachers
  • Learning Administrators
  • Trainers and Life coaches
  • Instructional
  • Early Childhood Caregivers
  • Instructional Assistants
  • Caregivers in schools

Entry Requirements

  • KCSE Mean Grade C (Plain) or;
  • KCE Division II or;
  • Primary Teacher Education (PTE) teacher training certificate or;
  • At least D+ (Plus) in KCSE or KCE Division III and in addition have a KNEC ECDE Certificate or Ministry of Education DICECE Certificate or;
  • KCE Division III and Kenya Advanced Certificate of Education (KACE- A level) Certificate with a minimum of one (01) principal.
  • KNEC CAREER BOOKLET (2018) Page25 of 28

Programme Duration and Structure

This diploma course shall be offered in Four (4) terms of pre-service training or Six (6) terms in-service training. Candidates can complete the course in two years.

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Develop conceptual skills in the analysis of concepts and practices in community development.
  • Develop knowledge; skills and competence to enable him/her make professional contribution towards the development of the communities, whether in the rural or urban areas.
  • Adapt skills and knowledge acquired to the needs of their immediate communities.

Progression Path

Degree in related field.

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