BEd. Early Childhood Education Program Offered at Kenyatta University


Kenyatta University (KU)

Kiambu County

Bachelors Degree 4 years Fulltime Fee: on application Intake: Ongoing

Bachelors Degree (Accredited by: Kenyatta University)

About BEd. Early Childhood Education Bachelors Degree program.

This Early childhood education program at Kenyatta University covers theories of child development and programming for children, theoretical coursework, supervised field placement, and observation. Students are encouraged to develop their skills and techniques, for working with small groups of children in activities such as music, art, storytelling, science, and mathematics. Students learn to create and plan instruction based on individual and group needs.

For those students with a desire to work with young children, an early childhood education bachelors degree from Kenyatta University can open doors to many different career opportunities. 

Duration and mode of study of the programme
The duration of study for the programme shall extend over a period of not less than 4 academic years.
The Bachelor’s programme is offered through residential / regular programmes, open learning and school based.

Entry requirements for BEd. Early Childhood Education

  • Minimum of C+ or equivalent OR minimum of C (plain) in KCSE or equivalent, with P1 and two years relevant experience. OR minimum of C in KCSE or equivalent, with credit 11 in an early childhood diploma from Kenyatta university or an equivalent institution.
  • Mean grade of C- at KCSE and progressed from certificate to Diploma at Kenyatta University or any other recognized/accredited Institutions


BEd. Early Childhood Education Course Subjects

The programme will lead to the award of a bachelor of education degree in early childhood


The final written examination will constitute 70% of the total mark while the continuous assessment and assignments will  constitute 30%.The pass mark of each course shall be 50%.

Unit Code and Title

Common Units
UCU 100: Communication Skills
UCU 103: Introduction to Critical and Creative Thinking
UCU 104: Introduction to Entrepreneurship

Level 100
ECE 101: General psychology
ECE 102: Child development 1
ECE 103: Child development 11
ECE 104: Social interaction in early childhood development
ECE 105: Health education and practices
ECE 106: Foods and nutrition education
ECE 107: Philosophical and sociological foundations
ECE 108: The pre-school curriculum
ECE 109: Practicum 1

Level 200
ECE 201: General methods
ECE 202: Instructional media
ECE 203: Language for early childhood education
ECE 204: Introduction to art and craft
ECE 205: Music, movement and drama
ECE 206: Science and mathematics for early childhood education ECE 207: Historical development of early childhood education ECE 208: Community education and mobilization
ECE 209: Statistics, test and measurements
ECE 210: Material development for early childhood
ECE 211: Personality development
ECE 212: Practicum 11
ECE 213: Attachment to an early childhood institution/centre

Level 300
ECE 301: Language methods for early childhood education
ECE 302: Art and craft methods
ECE 303: Methods of teaching music
ECE 304: Methods of teaching science and mathematics
ECE 305: Social studies
ECE 306: Indoor and outdoor play activities
ECE 307: Human learning
ECE 308: Research in child and family studies 1
ECE 309: Organization and management of feeding programmes
ECE 310: Administration and supervision of early childhood education
ECE 311: Comparative in early childhood education

Level 400
ECE 401: Rights of children and their welfare
ECE 402: Exceptional children
ECE 403: Screening procedures in children ECE 404: Adolescents and adult psychology ECE 405: Role of family in a changing society
ECE 406: Programme planning implementation and evaluation
ECE 407: Literature in early childhood education
ECE 408: Maternal and child nutrition
ECE 409: Practicum IV
ECE 410: Social psychology
ECE 411: Behaviour disorders in children ECE 412: Mainstreaming of special children ECE 413: Guidance and Counselling
ECE 414: Research in Children and Family studies 11

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