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KNEC Regulations for Registration of 2020 Special Needs Education (SNE) Courses and Examination Fees

College/Institutional candidates entered for the SNE examination must have been bona fide enrolled students studying in the college/Institution for the last one year

Extraterritorial candidates who hold certificates from foreign examining boards that are equivalent to the prescribed minimum entry requirement will be eligible to sit for the SNE examination. Before registration for the examination, such candidates should seek equation of their qualifications from the Council 

The minimum entry requirement for the Diploma in Special Needs Education examination as follows

  • Primary Teacher Education Pl Teacher Certificate by Training; or
  • P1 teacher who has been promoted by Ministry of Education through teacher Proficiency Courses;
  •  KCSE mean grade of D+ or KCE Division 3 and in addition have a KNEC certificate in ECDE or Ministry of Education DICECE Certificate.
  •  Candidates wishing to take SNE Part One (1) examination for the first time must have undertaken two terms of either residential or in-service training in an institution approved by the KNEC.
  • Those wishing to take SNE Part Two (2) examination must have done Part one and covered three terms of either residential or in-service training in addition to fulfilling the requirements for teaching practice.
  • For institutions to access the registration platform they can Log into the website: http://registration.knec.ac.ke/online-sne 

SNE Teaching Practice 

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All SNE candidates must take teaching practice to qualify for the award of SNE diploma. Each candidate must be assessed six (6) times cutting across the different subjects registered for examination for the regular candidates and three (3) times for the inservice candidates.

The candidates will be subjected to external assessment during the final teaching practice. Upon completion of the teaching practice, the candidates TP marks are to be uploaded into the KNEC website http://registration.knec.ac.ke/onlinesne by the external assessors in liaison with the college principal immediately after the final assessors meeting at the examination centre not later than 31st July 2020

Continuous Assessment Test (CAT) Marks and Final 

Teaching Practice The colleges are expected to compile two (2) sets of the candidates course work marks (CAT I, and II) to be forwarded to the Council. Upon completion and approval of the CAT marks by the college principal, candidates marks are to be uploaded online to the KNEC website http://registration.knec.ac.ke/onlinesne between 15th February and 31st March 2020.

The head of the institution is expected to sign and certify on each page of the CAT marks and submit it to Examinations Administration – Examination Management division.

SNE Examination Fees 

Candidates are expected to pay for the examinations as per the schedule shown in the table below;



Part I and Part II basic Fee


Part I and Part II fee per subject


Project fee per candidate Search Fee


Teaching Practice


Teaching Practice Fee


Total Examination Fees For​​ Regular Candidate SNE Part I


Total​​ Examination​​ Fees​​ For​​ part​​ 1​​ Candidate​​ Repeating​​ One​​ (1)​​ Subject


Total​​ Examination​​ Fees​​ For​​ part​​ 1​​ Candidate​​ Repeating​​ Two​​ (2)​​ Subjects


Total​​ Examination​​ Fees​​ For​​ Regular​​ Candidate​​ SNE​​ Part​​ II


Total​​ Examination​​ Fees​​ For ​​ Candidate​​ Repeating One​​ (1)​​ Subject


Total​​ Examination​​ Fees​​ For ​​ Candidate​​ Repeating Two​​ (2)​​ Subjects


Total​​ Examination​​ Fees​​ For  ​​​​ Candidate​​ Repeating Teaching​​ Practice




Candidates who will be referred in the SNE examination can register to resit the 2020 SNE examination at their former colleges. The Principals are informed to upload the repeaters details using the repeaters option in the registration portal http://registration.knec.ac.ke/onlinesne 


Candidates will be required to enrol for all the Four (4) subjects offered for the Examination as shown below

  1. Introduction to SNE (9101/101);
  2. Psychology (9101/102);
  3.  Curriculum Issues in SNE (9101/103);
  4.  Research & Rehabilitation (9101/104).


Candidates will be required to choose any one of the options in the subjects listed below

  1.  Autism (9102)
  2.  Deaf/blind (9103)
  3.  Physical Disability (9104)
  4.  Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties (9105
  5.  Visual Impairment (9106)
  6.  Mental Handicapped (9107)
  7.  Hearing Impairment (9108)
  8.  Gifted and Talented (9109)
  9. Inclusive Education (9110)
  10.  Communication Disorders (9111)
  11.  Learning Disabilities (9112)
  12.  Early Childhood Care, Development & Education (9113)
  13.  Assessment (9114)
  14. Courses 9115 (Project) and 9116 (Teaching Practice) are compulsory for all the candidates taking the Diploma in SNE (Part II) examination

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