WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$1,738 /year
Applications Begin:January 2021
Final Award:Masters of Arts in Child Development
Start Date:January 2022
Academic Unit:School of Human and Social Sciences
Campus:Nairobi Campus
Application Deadline: November 2021
Programme Overview

Africa has a rapidly growing number of vulnerable children facing multiple violations of their rights. Many of these children suffer hunger, ill health, violence, neglect, lack of access to education and opportunities for play. They also have little chance of a successful and happy future and eternal life. An estimated 12 million children in Africa have lost one or both parents to AIDS. Many others are living in households with sick parents, guardians, and grandparents who are helping to care for them. Millions of African children are affected by conflict, war, famine and poverty. The total number of orphaned children in sub-Saharan Africa is more than 50 million today. All these have interrupted the growth and development of children.

Although African governments have the responsibility to care for these children, too often, they do not do it to satisfactory levels. For centuries, communities in Africa have helped their needy members in crisis. Today, the traditional social system where the extended family took care of their children is dying or has died. Consequently, many children are forgotten and are in deep trouble. The traditional support can no longer be relied on.

As a response, community members and organizations are coming together to assist children and their families with various kinds of assistance including parenting, protection, psychosocial and spiritual support, and material assistance.
However, these groups and organizations require assistance to effectively care for the children. They require support to deliver the best responses, reaching the most vulnerable children holistically and for eternity in a sustained way.

The Child Development Programme is designed to carter for this need to equip professionals in the ministry to children that are currently supporting, or wishing to support children with the necessary knowledge and skills to impact positively into the lives of children.

The programme curriculum is designed to promote the competence of professionals to respond to needs of children particularly those at risk as the first resort.
This curriculum includes excellent courses that provide clear guidance and facilitation for community mobilization for supporting children; research in the identification of children needs; programming interventions, administration and leadership skills.

Instruction in Child Development is grounded on the essential principles that are necessary when working with children. These include the following:
– Child participation
– Child protection
– Provision of holistic services to children

Study objectives on child development, will do the following among other aspects:
– Identify key activities that a supporting organization should consider to enable the community to serve children well
– Work with children as partners – listening to them, engaging them and finding out their needs, interests and hopes, understand the challenges they face, identify and prioritize strategies to address these challenges
– Ensure that all organizational activities protect children from harm
– become transparent and accountable to children
– Make realistic and manageable plans that benefit children
– Make the best use of available resources and successfully access additional resources to further the cause of children.
– Monitor and evaluate what is being done for children and see what impact interventions are making in their lives
– Improve students’ ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing to professionals and to lay persons about psychological matters concerning children.
– Provide students with a clear understanding of the principles of child behavior
– Enable the students to develop coping skills, self-acceptance, self-appreciation, positive self-image, self-esteem, self-dignity and appreciation of children despite their limitations
– Enable the student to assume the responsibilities of a Christian professional whose main goal is commitment to bettering the contemporary

Society as God’s steward, co-worker and an agent of change:
– To equip students with knowledge, social and counseling skills in Child Development
– To identify developmental needs and changes among children and adolescents
– To identify various ways of handling the developmental needs and changes in children
– To explore ways through which student will integrate Christian faith and work among children and adolescents
– To equip students with skills in studying, research, and publication in the field of Child Development
– To equip students with facilitation skills that will assist them in carrying out participatory training on child development issues at the community level
– To impart skills to students on how to connect theories of child growth and development to social policy, education and intervention

Duration & Course Structure
To qualify for admission in the MA Child Development, an applicant should:
– Hold an undergraduate degree in child-related study discipline like Child Development, Social Work, Community Development, Psychology, and Christian Ministry. Applicants with degrees in education, post graduate diploma in education are also eligible. Applicants with field-based experience in working with children despite having degrees that are not necessarily child –focused will be considered
– Applicants should have attained their degrees from accredited institutions of higher learning, with a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale, or a degree awarded with an upper second class honors or lower second honors with further studies/experience with working with children
– Because of the psychological courses in this programme, students will need to have done psychology or a minor in psychology or must do PSY 211 as a zero credit hours

Admission Requirements

Requirements for admission are; Bachelor degree from a recognized university with a minimum of first class Honors or second-class Honors upper division or a cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.00. In the case of those with a GPA of 2.5 or second-class Honors lower division and higher diploma with relevant experiences can be admitted if the diploma or degree is relevant to the field of study.

Application Process
Application Fees for Kenyan Students: $18
Application Fees for International Students: $18

Daystar admission forms are collected from either Athi-River campus or the Nairobi campus. On completion, the form is handed back to the registrar office with a fee of KSh. 2,000 which is not refundable. Deadlines for the application are; 30th November, 30th April and 31st July for January, May and August intakes respectively. Other required documents are:
– Two recent passport size photos for Kenyan student and four for international students all having names at the back
– Secondary, post-secondary, university or college certificates.
– Financial Information Sheet (Foreign students need to include a financial letter from sponsor guaranteeing payment)
– Completed student information sheet and copy of your passport (For foreign students only).

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities in Masters of Arts in Child Development include:
– Child Life Specialist
– Parent Educator
– Childcare Center Director
– Child Welfare Worker
– Preschool Teacher

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Tuition Fees for Kenyan Students: $1,738
Tuition Fees for International Students: $1,738

*Tuition fees per year for Kenyan Students = 187,920KES
*Tuition fees per year for Foreign Students= 193,920KES

International Students pay an additional 6000KES (Day students), 8000KES (Boarding Students) of orientation fees to the normal tuition fees.

All fees for each semester are payable in advance or before the date of registration by bankers cheque or direct bank deposit. The University does not accept cash payments or money orders. In order to assist sponsors who cannot raise full fees, the University allows payment of tuition and hostel fees in four equal monthly instalments from the first day of the semester. Sponsors wishing to pay the fees by instalments must apply to the Finance Manager before the semester begins.

Relevant Contact

Dr Roseline Shimuli Olumbe
Assistant Coordinator, Institute of Child Development
Admissions Office
Responsible for Admission Enquiries