A high percentage of children who have been assessed and have been found to have special needs are not in schools and the small percentage who are in school attend special institutions. With the current trend of education inclusion majority of those children can be educated along side the non-disabled in the regular schools. This calls for training of more qualified teachers who can work effectively in an inclusive education setting.
The Government of Kenya through its session paper no 1 of 2008 on policy framework for education, Training and Research stated that:
It is with these challenges in mind that Mt. Kenya University has seen it imperative to design curriculum that could offer Diploma in Special Needs Education to reduce the Contry’s Educational Challenges relating to access, equity and completion rate in the provision of education and Training to children with special needs. The children suffer from:-
Why Study the Programme
To train teachers who will address the need of special kids in our society. It should also be noted that the Millennium development goal No. 1 Article 6 states that the goals of eradicating poverty, and achieving EFA cannot be realized unless children and adults with disabilities are included as they are poor and vulnerable.
The global education development community set common targets for itself as early as 2008 in Joumtien, and subsequently in 2009 in Dakar, and once more in UN Millennium Summit. Some of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) cover education. These include: (i) The right to education for all is clearly spelled out in the declaration and the MDGs and for these goals to be fully realized every Nation and its citizens must take part and interpret what the goals say. It is in this strength that MKU has strongly come out to support education of persons with Special Needs by offering a Diploma course to teachers who are already trained in regular education. Furthermore, with the Universal Primary Education (UPE) in force quite a lot still remains to be realized. MKU aims to reach out those children who have disabilities in Kenya and are in ** need to be educated through this programme.
be admitted into the Diploma in Special Needs Education programme, a student must fulfill the following requirements:
a) Aggregate mean grade of C (plain) and above in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) or any other relevant qualifications recognized by the senate OR
b) A Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education with an average grade C- (C minus) and any other certificate relevant to the field. OR
c) Applicants who have not taken any of the above examinations must produce acceptable documentary evidence of having passed an examination of equivalent status.
Exemptions and Credit Transfers
Seven(7) Trimesters (full time) 7 sessions (school based)
Programme Start Dates
Every January, May and Sept