WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$636 /year
Part-time Study:4 years
Applications Begin:January 2021
Final Award:Diploma of Education (Primary)
Start Date:September 2021
Academic Unit:Faculty of Education and Community Studies
Campus:Njoro Campus
Application Deadline: October 2021
Programme Overview

The diploma in Education (Primary) programme is designed to produce teachers with an in-depth understanding of the subject matter, sound professional skills and ability to adapt to the ever-changing Educational needs in Kenya.

Its focus is on quality instruction and management of primary schools. The two year course leading to Diploma in Primary Education is aimed at improving the competency of primary school teachers in instruction and managerial skills which is presently largely lacking in public schools.

In addition, there is a pool of trained teachers with P1 certificates who do not meet the present minimum requirement for entry into B.Ed primary programme at Egerton University. The programme will therefore provide a suitable bridge for entry into B.Ed primary and further training.

Program objectives
The aim of this programme is to improve the quality of primary school instruction and management. The specific objectives of the programme are to:
i) Enhance the teacher‟s subject content and pedagogical knowledge, skills and attitudes.
ii) Enhance teachers‟ ability to handle two of the subject areas taught in primary schools, namely; a) Science, Agriculture and Mathematics b) Social Studies and Languages .
iii) Develop a primary school teacher who is creative and capable of discovering, understanding, controlling and adapting to new technologies.
iv) Enable the primary school teacher to develop the child‟s ability in creative thinking, problem solving and communication skills.
v) Develop a teacher‟s awareness, understanding and commitment to professional ethics, basic human rights and sound environmental.
vi) Develop a teacher‟s capacity to produce and use relevant learning materials.
vii) Enhance a teacher‟s leadership and managerial skills.
viii) Prepare teachers for further Education and training.


Course Structure and Duration
Diploma in Education (Primary) shall take a minimum period of two (2) years (total of 1620 hrs) of 108 credit factors (CF) drawn from professional courses, subject content areas and instructional materials preparation (Learning Resource Project). The maximum period for a student to complete the course is four years.

Under School Based (Part Time Mode), the schedule of the course will be as follows:
Block 1 in April (4 weeks), Block 2 in August (4 weeks) and Block 3 in December (4 weeks). The three (3) blocks will constitute one academic year. Each academic year will be referred to as a Level e.g. Level one (L1) Level Two (L2) etc.

Course Coding
The courses are coded as follows:
The first abbreviation (P) refers to primary.
The next three letters refer to the subject discipline e.g. EPS – Educational Psychology ,ECI – Curriculum, AGR – Agriculture, CHE – Chemistry etc.
1st digit i.e. zero refers to the level of training i.e. Diploma.
Second digit represents the year of study.
The third digit represents the subject discipline of the course thus: 1- Communication Skills, 2-Curriculum Studies, 3- Foundation Courses, 4- Science, 5- Maths, 6- Social Studies 7- Languages, 8- Computer Studies, 9- Agriculture.
Fourth digit represents the serialization of courses in a subject discipline taught in an academic year.

Examination Regulations
All examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with examination regulations as stipulated in the Egerton University Statute XXVIII

Grading System
The grading of examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with in Egerton University Statute XXVIII.

Graduation Requirements
To graduate a student shall be required to take and pass ALL scheduled courses within the stipulated period.

Diploma Classification
The Diploma classification shall be in accordance with Egerton University Statute No.34 (18).

Admission Requirements

The candidate to be admitted must satisfy the following criteria:
A holder of KCSE with a minimum grade of D+ and P1 certificate with a teaching experience of at least 2 years OR a holder of mean grade of „C‟ plain and a P1 certificate

Application Process
Application Fees for Kenyan and East African Community Students: $9
Application Fees for International Students: $9

Application Guidelines:
Required Documents to be attached during Application include:
– Certified copies of your Result Slip, Certificates and Transcripts.
– ORIGINAL RECEIPT (Application Fee): KShs. 2,000 for ALL Degree Programmes and Kshs. 1,000 for all Undergraduate Diploma Programmes: Payable to; Account Name; Egerton University, Kenya Commercial Bank; Account No:1108550703.
– Copy of your National ID Card or Birth Certificate.

Online application procedure

– Simply complete the Egerton University Online Application form and upload all the necessary documents, so that it can be processed by the administrative department
– The application will be complete once all the necessary fees have been paid.

Offline Application Procedure
– An Application form can be downloaded through the school website:
– The application form must be fully filled and the relevant academic documents attached. It must be returned to the admissions office of the university according to the deadline set by the admissions office.

Career Opportunities

Some career opportunities for this course include:
– Community education officer
– Early years teacher
– Education administrator
– Education consultant
– English as a foreign language teacher
– Further education teacher
– Learning mentor
– Primary school teacher
– Secondary school teacher
– Special educational needs coordinator (SENCO)
– Special educational needs teacher
– Teaching assistant

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Tuition Fees for Kenyan and East African Community Students: $636
Tuition Fees for International Students: $827

Tuition Fees for Kenyan Students = Kshs. 70,000
Tuition Fees for International Students = Kshs. 91,000
**EAC (East African Community) Students pay the same amount as Kenyan students. Countries in the East African Community include; Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.


– Foreign students out of the East African Community pay 30% more that the Kenyan students.
– The University reviews tuition fees on a regular basis.

Relevant Contact

Prof. Micah C. Chepchieng
Dean Faculty of Education and Community Studies
Admissions Office
Admission Enquiries