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Diploma in Primary Teacher Education (DPTE); Requirement, Intake, TSC registration 2021

Diploma in Primary Teacher Education (DPTE) is a new course that will replace P1 training. This course will target teachers who will teach primary school at the end of their trining.

In this write up, am going to detailedly look into this course in terms of Minimum Requirements, 2021 Intake, Course duration, Specialisation and Placement.

Minimum Entry Requirements

To enrol in this course, one  must have at-least C Plain in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examination (KCSE) or its equivalent as equated by the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC).

Application  is currently ongoing for May 2021 Intake.

Course duration

According to the approved curriculum designs, training for this course will take three years.


Teachers’ trainees will only specialise in three subject areas and the condition is that one must have attained a minimum KCSE grade of C (Plain) in the learning areas to focus on.

Areas for specialisation have been grouped into four clusters, but trainees will only select one subject in each category.

Another important thing to note is that trainees shall specialise from the first year in at least three learning areas preferably from any one of the four clusters.

Cluster one subjects

  • Kenya Sign Language
  • Indigenous Languages
  • Foreign Languages (German, French, Arabic and Mandarin (Chinese).

Cluster two subjects

  • Mathematics
  • Home Science
  • Agriculture
  • Science and Technology

Cluster three subjects

  • Social Studies
  • Religious Education (CRE, HRE, IRE)

Cluster four subjects

  • Art and Craft
  • Music
  • Mandatory subjects
  • English
  • Kiswahili,
  • Physical and Health Education (PHE)
  • Kenya sign language for hearing impaired

The mandatory learning areas will build on the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of the young teacher for effective lesson delivery.


Teachers will only be eligible to teach in schools upon completion of the required hours for course work and passed the stipulated assessment as directed by KNEC.

In addition, they will also be required to have completed the required hours for the practicum and passed the stipulated assessment as directed by KNEC.

Furthermore, there shall be three months micro-teaching undertaken as a course and will be a pre-requisite for teaching practice. During this period, teacher trainees will prepare learning and teaching materials and short lessons, which they will try on their peers for practice and feedback.


Upon successful completion of the course, teachers will be registered and employed by Teachers service commission (TSC) to teach in primary schools across the country.

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