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Department of Early Childhood Studies

About the department

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. Mount Kenya University (MKU) has embraced training of ECDE teachers and endeavors to promote quality education in early years. Since inception, the department has been offering courses ranging from certificate to Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in ECDE. Commitment to Early Childhood training is from the realization that early childhood is a critical stage of development where potential of a child can be unlocked or locked depending on who and what the child is exposed to.

MKU courses aim at producing experts in early childhood who will take care of Kenyan citizens appropriately being guided by the following vision and mission. MKU curricula are developed by experts and are market driven. Bachelor of Education (BED) in Early Childhood course is diversified and integrated with primary education and community development. This implies that our students can specialize in Early Childhood and Primary Education or Early Childhood Studies and Community Development. Therefore, MKU graduates can be absorbed in teacher training colleges, NGOs, Primary schools, ECDE centers, DICECE, NACECE, Children homes and many others. Our teaching is practical oriented and academic trips are integrated in order to ensure students are in touch with the current emerging practices in teaching and nurturing children aptitudes.

The department embraces the use of ICT in Early childhood the university has ensured that the students are equipped with skills on how to enhance quality integration of ICT in ECDE.


To be a center of excellence in quality training, research and consultancy in Early Childhood Studies.


To provide quality, accessible training and research that reflects best practices in Early Childhood through a dedicated and competent staff, responsive curriculum and strong community orientation, which together will enable students and early childhood stakeholders to think critically, demonstrate leadership, develop ethical standards and compete effectively in the global market.


  1. PhD in Early Childhood Studies
  2. Master of Education(Early Childhood Studies)
  3. Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Studies)
  4. Diploma in Education(Early childhood studies)
  5. Certificate in Education(Early Childhood Studies)


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