Director Center for Teacher Professional Development and Excellence
The Centre for Teacher Professional Development and Excellence is home to three key sections namely:
Teaching Practicum and Mentorship
At the core of teacher training is the cardinal and mandatory teaching practicum exercise that runs for one school term. This is usually the second school term. This is the longest school term devoid of much activities such as the reporting of form ones or taking of national examinations. The long duration, usually fourteen weeks gives the student-teacher an opportunity to put into practice the theory learnt in the lecture theatre for five semesters. For the five semesters, they learn to be teachers. During teaching practicum, they practice to be teachers.
In Kenyatta University, teaching practicum is conducted somewhat differently from how it’s run in other institutions in the region in the sense that it has a complementary mentorship component. As a premier teacher training institution in Sub- Sahara Africa, we in Kenyatta University realized that the times have changed and so are the dynamics in teacher-training.
Gone are the days when a University supervisor on Teaching practice assignment would storm into a school with screening wheels and scare by ambush those on practice.
With the advent of mobile telephones and internet, students on practice are able to tell when a supervisor leaves the university, which hotel he checks in to and prepare for the encounter in ways unseen before. This does not produce a well-rounded teacher equal to face the challenges of 21st century. As such, we placed a premium in teaching practice and have trained 2658 teacher-mentors and partnered with 1114 institutional heads.
These Teacher-mentors and institutional heads complement the university supervisors by walking our student-teachers when they are learning the ropes from the day they report to school through to the day the teaching practicum ends. They monitor, mentor and counsel our student-teachers on a daily basis thereby providing them with a living mirror of the kind of teacher that is expected of them. The principals organize sessions where the best subject teachers teach as the student-teacher observes from the back of the classroom.
Teacher professional Development
Teacher Professional Development was launched in 2011 as a centre of excellence in the region to train and upgrade teachers in Kenya and the East Africa region. Kenyatta University is known in the region which continuously seeks to enhance this market niche by ensuring that Teacher Education Programmes are in tandem with enhancing education landscape that among other things demand quality teachers who keeps up with new development in the world of change.
Teaching Excellence and Evaluation
This is a key component in ensuring quality teaching at the university and involves among other things Student-Lecturer Evaluation (SLE). This enables the university to track the performance of its teaching staff and identify gaps that are then plugged through further training in areas of proposal and thesis supervision, examinations setting and marking as well as teaching methodologies.
Last updated: 23rd July 2019