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DECTE Certificate Upgrade To Diploma in Early Childhood Teacher Education (DECTE)

Recently the Ministry of Education launched an UPGRADE PROGRAMME from ECDE certificate to DECTE, targeting those teachers who are currently in service, in response to the phase-out of all Teachers certificate courses (ECDE and P1).

The upgrade program is meant to allow the candidates to enrol in all professional courses that incorporate CBC principles.

Admission Requirements

KNEC ECDE Certificate

Duration of training

Five (5) school terms: Four (4) terms for course work and one (1) term for practicum.

The Diploma in Early Childhood Teacher Education (DECTE) shall be graded as stipulated by KNEC

Mode of Study

  • Blended mode with some face to face sessions during weekends and School holidays
  • School-Based (Distance Learning) Sessions


Professional Learning Areas

UNIT 1: Child Development and Psychology

UNIT 2: Curriculum Studies

UNIT 3: Educational Resources

UNIT 4: ICT Integration in Education

UNIT 5: Educational Assessment

UNIT 6: Research Skills

UNIT 7: Inclusive Education

UNIT 8: Educational Leadership and Management

UNIT 9: Sociological and Philosophical Foundations of Education

UNIT 10: Historical and Comparative Foundations of Education

Integrated Content and Pedagogy Learning Areas

UNIT 11: English

UNIT 12: Kiswahili

UNIT 13: Mathematics

UNIT 14: Health and Nutrition

UNIT 15: Art & Craft

UNIT 16: Physical Education

UNIT 17: Music

UNIT 18: Religious Education

UNIT 19: Health & Nutrition

UNIT 20: Micro-Teaching

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