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Department of Special Needs Education

The Department of Special Needs Education at Mount Kenya University is a community of students and teachers engaged fully in every aspect of education, particularly special needs education.

Located within the School of Education, the Department of Special Needs Education offers an extensive programme of study for all those interested in special needs. We have Diploma, Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes.

You will find us to be a warm, caring community of scholars who pride ourselves on the quality of the courses we offer and also on our commitment to - and depth of involvement with - our students, policy-makers and professionals.

Mount Kenya University recognizes the importance of Special Needs Education as a key feature of fast-tracking the attainment of Education for All (EFA) and the Kenya’s Vision 2030 launched in 2008. The objective of the social pillar of the Vision 2030 is to invest in the people of Kenya in order to improve the quality of life for all Kenyans by targeting a cross-section of human and social welfare projects and programmes which include education and training. This pillar aims to achieve a “just and cohesive society enjoying equitable social development in a clean and secure environment”.

Under the Gender, Children and Social Development project, Kenya’s Vision 2030 addresses the representation of people with disabilities in decision making process with the aim of ensuring that issues that directly affect people with disabilities are considered in policies, legal frameworks, programmes and projects.

This vision can only be a reality through the provision of an inclusive quality education which is accessible and relevant to all individuals including those with disabilities. Such an education will contribute significantly towards enhancing provision of employment opportunities and self-reliance to individuals and learners with special needs. Effective implementation of the Vision 2030 will undoubtedly improve the quality of education provided to individuals with special educational needs.


To become a centre of excellence in training, research, and community service in special needs education


To deliver quality education on special educational needs, conduct research and create awareness on including persons with special needs in the society

Objectives of the Department

  1. To offer market driven courses and programmes in special needs education
  2. To increase training opportunities for teachers who are highly qualified special needs educators
  3. To engage in research on the rights and issues affecting learners with special educational needs.
  4. To create awareness and advocate for quality services for persons with special needs and disabilities

Programs offered

  1. Master in Education Special Needs Education (MSE) Specializations areas: Visual Impairment, Hearing Impairment, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Physical Handicap & other Health Impairment,Gifted & Talented, Specific Learning Disabilities, Inclusive Education, Emotional & Behavioural  Disorders,Deafblindness
  2. B.Ed. in Special Needs Education (Primary Option) Inclusive Education
  3. B.Ed. in Special Needs Education (Secondary Option) specialization areas: Hearing impairment, Visual impairment, Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, Specific Learning Disabilities, Gifted and Talented, Physical, Neurological and other Health Impairments
  4. Diploma in Special Needs Education

Campuses and Centres Offering Special Needs Programmes
1.    Thika
2.    Kitale
3.    Eldoret
4.    Kakamega
5.    Kabarnet
6.    Nakuru
7.    Nairobi
8.    Nkubu
9.    Mombasa
10.    Kisumu