Garissa University
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About This Course

Philosophy of the Programme

This programme is grounded in the belief that a sound teacher education course able to yield quality teaching is a product of a teacher who is progressive in their perspective towards the instructional process and values professional development.

Rationale of the Programme

To produce a teacher who is well grounded and is knowledgeable in both content and pedagogical skills required for effective teaching. 

Goal of the Programme

To equip teachers with the necessary skills and knowledge that will enable them effectively conduct the instructional process at a specified level of learning.

Objectives of the Programme

The BEd. (Science) programme is designed to produce well-grounded professionally qualified graduate teachers, who should by the end of the programme be able to:

  • Adequately impart content to learners at Early Childhood, Primary, Secondary and Tertiary institutions
  • Design, appropriately utilize and manage teaching and learning resources and materialism learning institutions
  • Utilize the various foundations of education
  • Design, develop, and evaluate curricula
  • Plan and implement appropriate programmes for different categories of learners
  • Apply appropriate methods of teaching

Expected Learning Outcomes of the programme

By the end of the programme, the learner should be able to:

  • Effectively teach in the areas of specialization.
  • Employ appropriate methodologies in teaching.
  • Portray creativity and imagination in handling the instructional process in their areas of specialization.


Duration of the Course

The programme will take a minimum of four (4) academic years (two semesters each) except for those who join under the conditions specified in the Admission Requirements.

Course Requirements

  • The course shall be offered in terms of units
  • Education courses and those of two teaching subjects will be offered concurrently. The course units will be covered in a total of eight semesters (4 academic years).
  • A minimum of (174 units) will be required for one to graduate with a Bachelor of Education (Science) degree
  • Students will also be requred to attend a 6 units 12 week Teaching Practice session at the end of third year


For purposes of this programme the following definitions apply:

  • Lecture hour- A lecture hour is equivalent to one (1) contact hour of lectures or two (2) hours of tutorial or three (3) hours of practical work.
  • Credit Factor/ Unit (CF/ CU)- A credit factor/ unit is equivalent to one (1) lecture hour per week for fifteen weeks.
  • Courses Unit- A course unit is equivalent to three (3) credit factors/ units which is equivalent to forty five (45) lecture hours.
  • (C) – Core course
  • (Ce) – Core for Education Students
  • (E) – Elective Course
  • (Ee) – Elective course for education students only
  • (e) – Course done by education students only
  • Core Course: Courses which are central to the discipline of study and must be taken by all learners.
  • Required Course: Courses which is supportive of or beneficial the programme.
  • A pre-requisite course: Courses which must be taken and completed successfully before one can register for another more advanced course in the same area.

Credit Transfer

Students who hold diplomas from recognized tertiary institutions and wish to upgrade their academic qualifications may be admitted as transfer candidates. Similarly, degree holders wishing to obtain a second degree may be admitted as transfer candidates. Transfer students may apply to transfer some credits from their former institutions. Such credit transfer should fulfil the following conditions:

  • Have official academic transcripts to support the application. 
  • The student must be a bonafide student of the University from which he/she is transferring. 
  • Have a minimum grade of C+ for the course to be transferred. A student should not transfer more than 49% credits.

Mode of Study

The Bachelor of Education (Science) program will be offered using either of the following modes:

  1. Full time
  2. Evening or
  3. School Based

Student Assessment Criteria

Unless otherwise stated:

Course Assessment

Type Weighting (%)

Continuous Assessment Test (1) Week 5/6 15% 

Continuous Assessment Test (2) Week 9/10 15% 

End of Semester Examination Week 15/16 70%

Total 100%

Teaching Practice: Project Writing – 30% 

Field Assessment – 70%

Total 100%

A student who fails examinations shall be allowed to sit SUPPLEMENTARY examinations provided the total units failed are less than 25% of the total units taken that particular year.  A student who fails more than 25% of the total units taken shall REPEAT the academic year.  A student who fails more than 25% of the total units taken after repeating the year on academic grounds shall be DISCONTINUED. A student who fails more than 50% of the total units shall be DISCONTINUED.

Calculation of Weighted Average for Classification

The final percentage mark for the entire study period shall be weighted, calculated by summing the percentage mark for each course, multiplied by the number of units in that course, divided by the total number of units

∑ (%Marks X Units

(Total Units)

Grading System    

The grading will use marks and letter grades.    

Marks RangeLetter Grade
70% – 100%A
60% – 69%B
50% – 59%C
40% – 49%D
39% and belowE (Fail)

Classifications of Degrees

The degree classification will be as follows

Marks RangeDegree Classification
70% – 100%First Class Honours
60% – 69%Second Class Upper division
50% – 59%Second Class Lower division
40% – 49%Pass
39% and belowFail

Course Evaluation

This will be done through:

  1. Continuous Assessment Tests administered twice
  2. End of Semester Examinations
  3. Student Assessment during teaching practice
  4. Projects
  5. Oral Presentation
  6. Field Assessment

Quality Assurance

This will be done through:

  1. Continuous Assessment Tests 
  2. End of Semester Examination
  3. Internal moderation of Examinations
  4. External Moderation of Examinations
  5. Supplementary Examinations
  6. Student Evaluation for Course and instructor
  7. Teaching Practice 
  8. Curriculum review after every five year


Learners will be required to take all core education courses plus two teaching subjects.  During the third and fourth year, learners will be required to take an elective from either of the two teaching subjects to enhance content in the preferred subject area.

Learners will be required to take all core education courses plus two teaching subjects in which they attained a Mean of C+ and above at KCSE.    The two teaching subjects are to be taken up to the final year of study.  During the third and fourth year, learners will be required to take an elective from either of the two teaching subjects each semester to enhance content in the preferred subject area. By the end of the Programme a student should have completed a total of 174 units as outlined below including those of Teaching Practice.  Teaching Practice is compulsory and will last one school term.


Year 1 Semester 1Year 1 Semester 2
GCC 111: Communication Skills GCC 112: Introduction to Computers and ComputingEDF 111:  Philosophy of EducationSubject 1 (2)Subject 2 (2)GCC 121: Library and Information Literacy GCC 122: Quantitative Techniques PSY 121: General Educational PsychologySubject 1 (2)Subject 2 (2)
Year 2 Semester 1Year 2 Semester 2
GCC 212: Environmental EducationCIM 211: General Methods of Teaching PSY 211: Human Growth and DevelopmentSubject 1 (2)Subject 2 (2)EDF 221: History of EducationEDF 222: Character Education and IntegrityCIM 221: Educational Media and ResourcesSubject 1 (2)Subject 2 (2) 
Year 3 Semester 1Year 3 Semester 2
PSY 311:  Educational Guidance and CounsellingSMM 311: Special Methods in MathematicsSMB 312: Special Methods in BiologySMC 311: Special Methods in ChemistrySMP 311: Special Methods in PhysicsSubject 1 (2)Subject 2 (2)EMP 321:  Educational Administration and ManagementPSY 321:  Educational Measurement & Evaluation CIM 321: Micro-TeachingSubject 1 (2)Subject 2 (2)
Year 4 Semester 1Year 4 Semester 2
EMP 411: Leadership and Legal Issues in EducationCIM 411: Curriculum DevelopmentEDU 411: Educational ResearchSubject 1 (2)Subject 2 (2)EDU 421: Research ProjectEMP 421:  Planning and Economics of EducationEDF 421: Sociology and Comparative EducationSubject1 (2)Subject 2 (2)


  • Minimum university entrance requirements for the B.Ed. degree programme. 
  • Minimum mean grade of C + (plus) at KCSE or two principals in two teaching subjects and a subsidiary at KCE or its equivalent.
  • Diploma holders in Education with a credit and above from a recognized institution will join in the second year subject to the provisions of credit transfer guidelines in the GaU Admission policy (2018). Those with a pass will join in the first year of study.
  • Should have a C+ and above in two suitable teaching subject combination.

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