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.
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. The department prides itself as leader in post-graduate education and training not only in the county but in the region. The department therefore strives and is committed to providing quality education and training in its programmes, in tandem with the needs of the ever changing educational landscape, locally and globally.
The department is committed to excellence in teaching students to think critically, objectively and engage actively in issues pertaining to education in general and educational management and policy, educational planning, economics of education, curriculum studies or educational research, evaluation and assessment in particular.
Excellence in teaching students to pursue research with a view to advancing knowledge and understanding and, to address national and global issues and challenges pertaining to educational management and policy, educational planning, economics of education curriculum studies or educational research, evaluation and assessment.
Service to the public and humankind through generation, dissemination and application of knowledge from the perspective of educational management and policy, educational planning, economics of education curriculum studies or educational research, evaluation and assessment.
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.
Programmes: The department is committed to providing high quality practical courses to the diverse personnel in the education sector and other related fields. The programmes seek to blend theory and practice. The programmes are therefore designed to provide students with a cutting edge knowledge base, and the requisite skills and attitudes required to succeed as educational practitioners in the dynamic and challenging educational landscape
• Post graduate Diploma in Educational Leadership and Management
Master of Education
• Master of Education in Educational Management
• Master of Education in Educational Planning
• Master of Education in Economics of Education
• Master of Education in Curriculum Studies
• Master of Education in Educational Research, Evaluation and Assessment
Doctor of Philosophy
• Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Management
• Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Planning
• Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum Studies
The department also offers several programmes at diploma, masters and doctoral levels tailored to meet the diverse and ever changing needs of educational practitioners and scholars. These programmes are in five distinct areas of specialization.
- Educational Administration
- Educational Planning
- Economics of Education
- Curriculum Development
- Research, Evaluation and Assessment
Modes of Study
The programmes are offered under any of the following modes.
Full Time – Students who are in full time attendance are required to take classes regularly in the semester (in not less than fourteen weeks and not more than sixteen weeks).
Part-time under this mode, a study may pursue one of the following patterns of study
(a) Institutional based programme (IBP) students take tuition during the holiday period i.e. April, August and December
(b) After hour classes – this mode is designed to cater for students who would like to take this course in the late afternoon/evening and weekends.
Programmes of Specialization
1. Diploma in Educational Leadership and Management
2. Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Leadership and Management
The Diploma and Post-graduate Diploma in Educational Leadership and Management provides knowledge and skills for individuals who wish to improve their understanding of leadership and management processes. This is professionally oriented course that emphasizes the management and leadership skills necessary in creating professional learning communities and facilitating and enhancing school improvement. The courses are therefore quite appropriate to individuals involved in educational management and related fields. Mode of Study IBP or Open, Distance learning.
Diploma in School Management
i. KCSE (C plain) or its equivalent or
ii. P1 certificate or certificate in related area
Diploma in Educational Leadership and Management
i. KCSE (C plain) or its equivalent or
ii. P1 or S1 or its equivalent with at least two years work experience
Post-graduate Diploma in Educational Leadership and Management
i. A holder of Bachelor of Education degree or its equivalent from
Kenyatta University or any recognized institution
ii. A holder of Bachelor of Arts/Science degree with a Post-graduate
Diploma in Education
iii. At least two years relevant experience after the first degree.
The department offers Master of Education degree programmes in the
- Educational Administration
- Educational Planning
- Economics of Education
- Curriculum Studies
The Master of Education programme is offered through coursework, examination and thesis / project. The Master of Education programme in the four areas of specialization is designed for those in various positions of educational leadership and management, curriculum development and educational planning in the education sector and those who aspire for employment in those areas. The Masters degree is a professionally oriented degree that seeks to ground the students in
contemporary theories and skills in their areas of specialization and to enable them to apply and adapt them to contemporary issues and challenges in the education sector. The degree also seeks to give the students the ability to face the leadership challenges of the coming decades.
MASTERS OF EDUCATION
The Master of Education programme in the department is designed to offer opportunities for the professional improvement of those who are already engaged in a career related to education. The degree programme is designed to ground the students in theory and practice and also acquire research skills in any of the five areas of specialization; Educational Administration, Educational Planning, Economics of Education, Curriculum Studies and Research, Evaluation and Assessment.
Master of Education (Educational Administration)
The Master of Education with specialization in Educational Administration is a professionally oriented degree which is designed to provide the students with theory and best practices in educational administration. It also provides opportunities to the students to acquire research skills in educational administration. It is expected that the students should be able to develop the ability to apply knowledge skills and competencies acquired in mitigating leadership and management challenges in the education sector currently and in the future.
Masters of Education (Educational Planning)
The degree of Master of Education in Educational Planning aims at providing the students with relevant knowledge skills and understanding to work in educational planning, policy management and administration at various levels of the education sector.
Master of Education (Economics of Education)
This degree programme is tailored to satisfy the needs of practicing educationists to apply theory of economics in the analysis of contemporary educational issues. The programmes also assists the students acquire research skills requisition in understanding and analyzing educational policies and issues.
i. A holder of Bachelor of Education Degree of at least Upper Second Class of Kenyatta University or equivalent from other recognized institutions of higher learning. Under special circumstances a candidate with 2nd class lower division will be considered especially those with exceptional performance (B+ and above) in specialized area of study, e.g. Educational Administration.
ii. A holder of Bachelors Degree with Postgraduate Diploma in Education.
iii. Relevant working experience of at least two years in related fields.
MODE OF DELIVERY
The Masters programmes fall under one of the following modes: Full time and Institution Based Program (IBP)
The PhD Programme in the department is offered through coursework, examination and thesis, in the following three areas;
Educational Management and Policy
The PhD programme is a three year full time (or four years part-time) programme. The aim of the programme is to produce graduates who have the requisite knowledge, skills and attitudes that enable them to assume roles as university faculty members, senior level educational managers and leaders, policy makers and researchers. The programme enables the students to develop critical thinking, effective communication, analytical and leadership skills that position them to meet education challenges with today’s best practices.
A holder of a Master of Education degree of Kenyatta University or equivalent from a recognised Institution of higher learning.
Must have taken at least five (5) units at M.Ed level in the area of specialization
Must show ability to undertake academic research by having written a Thesis / Dissertation or Research Project
The department boasts of 40 members comprised of 5 professors, 18 Ph.D holders, 5 Non Ph.D holders, 8 Tutorial Fellows working on their doctorates and 4 non-teaching staff.
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.
“I graduated in Kenyatta University in both my undergraduate and Masters and currently pursuing my PhD in the department. The Management is always good, the secretaries work tirelessly throughout the day. Thanks for being there for me and the rest. Keep growing”
Phyllis W. Egunza PhD in Curriculum Studies Student
“I have found the department very innovative, striving for quality enhancement and much concerned about customer satisfaction” Irenee Ndayambeje (Rwanda) Ongoing PhD Economics of Educational and Educational Planning student
“The department is one of the most organized department within the university. Their emphasis on quality delivery and student satisfaction is what makes it stand out”.
Phoestine Naliaka Simiyu pursuing Master of Educational Administration
“I find the department very committed to deliver quality services to its students” Simbano Dhinat Ally ( Tanzania), pursuing Master of Educational Administration
“I admire the Department’s commitment to promote academic scholarship among the students, enthusiastic collaboration and quick responsiveness to queries”. Benjamin BIZIMANA (Rwanda) ongoing PhD Economics of Educational and Educational Planning student
“I wish to appreciate the opportunities given by the Department for collaborative interaction with people from various academic backgrounds”. Samuel Yaw Ampofo (Ghana) ongoing PhD in Educational Management Student
“I am proud of being Kenyatta University students and I highly appreciate the systems in department. Long live Kenyatta University”. Susan Wangari Ngigi ongoing PhD in Economics of Educational and Educational Planning student
“I found the department very interesting and high committed to the issues of educational development” Tesfu Tekle, (Eritrea), ongoing Masters of Educational Planning student
“You are a wonderful hands on and credible department! Please keep it up!
Herman Masafu graduated in Masters Educational Administration
“I am happy with the services offered in the department. I am particularly impressed by the efficiency with which the post-graduate programmes are offered in the department. I was able to complete my Master’s programme within a record of 2 ½ years because of the support I got from my lecturers and supervisors. This has made me come back for PhD in the same university and department. Keep up the good work chairman”. Benard K. Orwasa, graduated in Masters of Education in Economics of Education and Planning, currently pursuing PhD in Economics of Education and Planning at the department
“I am glad I did my masters and finished within time and got my transcripts and certificate” Keep up! Joseph Onsarigo graduated in Masters of Education, Educational Planning.
“It is a professional university department with a focused mission, vision working in a competitive environment. A department with undisputed management leadership and environmental principles ever willing propel his organization to higher levels whilst holding career principles”. Protus Wanyonyi graduated in Masters of Educational Administration currently pursuing PhD in Educational Management at the department
“The unbelievable relevance and practicality of M.Ed has contributed significantly to my role in managing Basic Education programmes at the MOEST. I feel at ease presenting before peers both locally and internationally. It is one of the best decisions I have ever made. I can say KU knows what’s needed for the growth of Education and provides it as required”. Monica A. Obonyo graduated in Masters of Educational Administration
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