Vision Statement: A centre of excellence in the Region for quality and effective teaching, learning and research in Educational Management, Educational Planning/policy, Economics of Education and Curriculum Studies.
Mission Statement: To produce quality education professionals and practitioners committed to excellence in educational management, Planning and Economics, and curriculum development to meet the changing needs of the society.
Identity Statement: This Department is a community of scholars committed to excellence in training curriculum studies, education policy/planning and management for sustainable individual, national and global development.
The department emerged from the Department of Educational Foundations of the University of Nairobi under which Kenyatta University College was a constituent college. The parent department offered diploma and degree programmes in Educational Foundations, Administration and Curriculum and once the University College attained full university status in 1985, the existence of the Department of Educational Administration, Planning and Curriculum Studies of the University of Nairobi influenced the creation of a similar department in the new university.
The department has had 9 chairpersons over its 32 years of existence: Prof. J. O. OLembo (1978-1988); Dr. P. E. Wanga (1988); Dr. N. M. Karagu (1988-1992); Prof.J.G.Okech (1992-1997); Dr. G. W. Bunyi (1997-1999); Dr. G. S. Mse (1999-2003); Dr. J. M. Malusu (2003-2005) ; Dr. S. N. Waweru (2005-November2010), Dr. G. A. Onyango (2010-2014) and Dr. Ndiritu John, the current chair.
The department has grown from offering diploma courses from the University College’s nascent days to the provision of a wide variety of educational options. It still offers diploma in school management courses to primary school educationists. Since 1985 when Kenyatta University became a full-fledged university, the department has been offering undergraduate programmes to students in the Bachelor of Education course. It provides three options to undergraduate students in regular, institution-based (IBP) and Open and Distance and E-Learning (ODeL) programmes: Educational Administration, Educational Planning and Economics of Education, and Curriculum Studies. Numbers have grown from modest few hundred in the 1980s to thousands since the double-intake of 1990. A variety of courses are also offered to students pursuing a post-graduate diploma in education (PGDE). Masters programmes were initially offered on a full-time basis to a very small number which was under scholarship and those who had obtained First-Class Honours in their undergraduate studies and who were subsequently put on a staff development programme in the department. Today, the department offers full-time, school-based and part-time programmes to hundreds of students who flock to the department for its popular, market-related programmes. The options are: Educational Management, Educational Planning, Economics of Education, Curriculum Studies and Education Research, Evaluation and Assessment. Finally, the doctoral programme has also grown from an initial research and thesis mode offered to members of staff on university staff development programme to a recent innovation-course work, examination and thesis mode offered on full-time, part-time and school-based modes. Currently there are over 200 doctoral students in the department.
Call for papers
International Conference on Education, 18th –20th May, 2015
Theme: ‘Re-Engineering Education for Sustainable Development’
Abstract Submission (250 words) 20th February 2015
Submission of revised abstracts- 15th March 2015
Final paper submission(with changes) 30th April 2015
Registration/ Fee Payment 31st April 2015
Contribution towards growth of the University
The department is currently the largest in terms of the number of Masters and PhD degrees offered. Further, many of its graduates are in senior managerial positions in educational institutions in Kenya and particularly within the university system in Kenya. For example, three of its members are in senior managerial positions in the university’s central administration-Prof. Gravenir (Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research, Innovation & Outreach), Prof. Mse (Deputy Vice-Chancellor Finance, Planning & Development) and Dr. Karagu (Registrar Finance, Planning & Development). Others are Dr Samwel Waweru (Associate Dean School of Education) and Dr George Onyango (Dean, Digital School of Virtual and Open Learning).
The department began with a very modest number of members of teaching staff, in fact less than 10 in the 1970s. This number grew when the then University College gained full university status, after which the staff previously at the University of Nairobi moved over to boost the small number. This number has grown tremendously and the department boasts of 35 members comprised of 5 professors, 23 PhD holders and 7 Tutorial Fellows working on their doctorates. Over 45% of members of staff have obtained their doctorates from the department. Other than teaching and supervision of students, the faculty is involved in consultancy and research in educational issues.
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