Bachelor of Education (Special Needs Education)
Entry requirements will be as set out by the senate from time to time. A candidate for the B.ed in Special Needs Education must satisfy the minimum entrance requirement or any of the follow- ing equivalents:
i. KCSE with an aggregate of C plus (C+).
ii. Grade C (plain) in KCSE or its equivalent and a Diploma with a minimum of a credit
in special needs education either in Distance Learning or Residential training from any recognized educational institution.
iii. KCE Division II, or Division III with PI/SI/Diploma, in regular or special education
from any recognised educational institution.
iv. Mean grade of C- at KCSE and progressed from certificate to Diploma at Kenyatta
University or any other recognized/accredited Institutions.
Duration of the Course and Programme of Study
The programme extends over a period of four academic years, but a student may take a shorter time through institutional unit transfer or credit waivers. To graduate with a Bed Special Needs Education degree a student must have studied and passed a maximum of 56 units.
Mode of Study
Students admitted in the programme will study under ONE of the following modes: FULL TIME Residential, FULL TIME Institutional-Based, Open and distance Learning
University examination regulations shall apply.
Students can choose one of two degree patterns: the B.ED in SNE Primary option or the B.ED in
SNE secondary option.
This option is designed for students who wish to teach in secondary schools. Students who choose this option shall be required to take fifty six (56) units: three (3) University common units, sixteen (16) education units, fifteen (11) units in special needs education, sixteen (16) units in a major teaching subject, nine (8) units in another teaching subject (minor) and finally 2 units TP.
This option is designed for students who wish to teach in primary schools. Students who choose this option shall be required to take fifty six (56) units: three (3) university common units, sixteen (16) education units, eleven (11) subject methods units in Teacher Professional development programme and seventeen (17) special needs education units. The students will also be required to take nine (9) units in a minor subject of specialization as existing in the department of B.Ed program for example English or Kiswahili.
Special Needs Education Units
ESN 100: Development of Special Needs Education.
ESN 108: Behaviour Management in Inclusive Classrooms (Pri & Sec.) ESN 109: ESN 328: Assessment in SNE (Pri and Sec.)
ESN 218: Augmentative & Alternative Communication (Sec & Pri) ESN 219: Curriculum Adaption and instructional strategies (Pri & Sec) ESN 220: Practicum (May-July Session, (Sec. option only)
Areas of Specialization
Students will be required to take two units in any one of the following areas of specialization. Area of Physical Disabilities and Other Health Impairments (PD &OHI)
ESN 313: Medical Aspects for PD & OHI (sec)
ESN 314: Habilitation & Rehabilitation of Motor Deviations (sec)
Area of Emotional and Behavioural Disorders (EBD) ESN 315: Children in need of care and protection (sec) ESN 316: Programmes for EBD (sec)
Area of Mental Retardation (MR)
ESN 317: Medical Aspects for Children with MR (sec)
ESN 318: Learning & Cognitive Processes for Students with MR (sec)
Area of Visual Impairment (VI)
ESN 319: Communication skills for VI I( Sec.) ESN 320: Communication skills for VI II ( Sec.)
Area of Hearing Impairment (HI)
ESN 321: Communication Skills for Hearing Impairment I (Secondary) ESN 322: Communication Skills for Hearing Impairment II
Area of Learning Disabilities (LD)
ESN 323: Cognitive & Neurological Disorders in Learning Disabilities (Secondary) ) ESN 324: Reading Difficulties /Dyslexia (sec)
Area of Gifted and Talented (GT)
ESN 325: Learning and Cognitive Processes for students with Gifts and Talents
ESN 326: Programming for students who are gifted and talented
ESN 410: Vocational Rehabilitation & Career Counseling (Primary & Secondary) ESN 420: Research Project in SNE (Primary & Secondary)
Areas of Specialization Area of VI
Area of VI
ESN 415: Low Vision
Area of PH &OHI
ESN 425: Assistive Technology and devices for learners with physical disabilities and
other health impairment(Secondary)
ESN 435: Biomedical Aspects of Autistic Spectrum Disorders (sec)
Area of MR
ESN 445: Mathematical difficulties and discalcula
Area of HI
ESN 455: Audiology & Electro-acoustics (sec)
Area of MR Area of EBD
ESN 465: Trends in the education of learners with EBD
Area of GT
ESN 495: Issues and trends in the education of learners who are gifted and talented