Early childhood is the foundation stage for the development of human beings. Learning and developmental activities that take place during this stage have significant lifelong effect on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual development of children. This stage, therefore, is important in the development of a healthy and well balanced adolescent and adult personality. As an interdisciplinary area requiring specialized expertise, competence in early childhood studies has been recognized as a prerequisite to competent training of teachers and lecturers in early childhood studies to enhance the developmental outcomes of children. Within Kenya, the demand for tertiary training greatly exceeds the availability of qualified lecturers in this field. Many universities, including Mount Kenya University, are providing B.Ed. level courses in Early Childhood Education and lower primary education. Consequently, preparation of qualified lecturers in Early Childhood Studies to handle students at post graduate level is vital.
Why study the programme
Capacity building in early childhood studies cutting edge programmes with well conceptualized coursework taught by highly trained professional. The present Ph.D. programme is through thesis only. The Department recognizes this weakness. Some students end up not completing the thesis while others take too long to complete. Also the depth and breadth of knowledge in the disciplines that comprise early childhood studies is not being sufficiently generated through the present PhD programme. A PhD (ECS) with coursework, examination and thesis would prepare the doctoral students for the supervisory, teaching leadership roles expected of them. Hence the Department is proposing coursework for its PhD (Early Childhood Studies) students.
Holders of Masters Degree in Early Childhood Studies or any other
By the end of the study the course shall enable the learner:
To qualify for admission into the PhD in early childhood studies, candidates must meet the following academic professional and other qualifications:
Mode and duration of the programme
The PhD programme will consist of coursework, examination and thesis. It will be offered initially through the Residential/Regular (Full Time) mode, institution Based Programme and part time modes.
The course will take a minimum of three years and maximum of seven years as follows:
Programme start dates
January, May and September every year.