Certificate in Educational Studies – Elementary

Program Dates:

Cohort 1: August 2014 –August 2015

Cohort 2: August 2015-April 2016

Program structure: Ten courses (roughly equivalent to ten Kenyan university Units) offered over the course of ten months.

Delivering institution: York University.

The Program: The Certificate of Completion in Educational Studies (Elementary) (CES-E)is delivered by the Faculty of Education at York University. It will be offered on-site in Dadaab through full-time year’ intensive study in August, December and April, when schools are closed and teachers are on school break, to allow individuals currently working as teachers or in other positions to participate. Some part-time study will continue online through September-November and January-March. The program takes one year to complete.

CES-E prepares its participants to be effective educators to students enrolled in elementary level (Standard 1-8) while offering them opportunities for rich reading, writing, course discussion and critical thought.

Mode of delivery:

CES-E is an official York University Certificate of Completion, consisting of York University courses taught by York University instructors. Course content is delivered in Dadaab by York University faculty, using a combination of face-to-face and online/distance teaching methodologies.

Schedule and courses offered

Students need to be available for full-time study (6 days per week from 8 am to 4 pm) during the months of August, December and April. They also continue part-time studies online from September-December and January-March.

Credential earned

Students who complete CES-E earn a Certificate of Completion (Educational Studies) from York University, and are issued a transcript, which shows they have successfully completed 10 three-credit University courses from York University. While this program offers valuable training in teaching at the primary/elementary school level, the Certificate is not equivalent to a teaching qualification in Canada, nor is it equivalent to a Kenyan qualification or officially recognized by the Teachers’ Service Commission of Kenya. However, credits earned under CES-E can be applied towards a Kenyan Diploma in Teacher Education (Primary) offered in Dadaab by Kenyatta University, which is a Kenyan-recognized qualification.

Continuing studies beyond the Certificate in Educational Studies:

Diploma in Teacher Education (Primary)

The CES-E program is the mandatory prerequisite for Kenyatta University’s Dadaab-based Diploma in Teacher Education (Primary) (DTE-P), which is offered in Dadaab following the completion of CES-E. However, completion of CES-E does not guarantee admission to DTE-P, which has its own admission standards and process. Students with lower KCSE scores may not be eligible for this program.

Timeline and credit transfer

Students who have completed CES-E and are admitted to DTE-P will be able to transfer their CES-E academic credits directly in to the DTE-P program. The Dadaab-based DTE-P program will constitute one additional year of study, at the conclusion of which students will earn a two-year Diploma of similar standing to the Diploma in Teacher Education (Primary) typically offered by Kenyatta University at any of its sites.

Successful completion of all courses in the York University CES-E program is a requirement for admission to the DTE-P program, but it does not ensure acceptance; CES-E graduates will need to undergo a second application process for the DTE-P program in 2016. Some successful CES-E students, particularly those with low KCSE scores, may find they do not meet Kenyatta University (KU)’s admission requirements for the DTE-P program. The BHER team is working with project partners to develop a program that would offer such students alternate opportunities to continue their studies in other academic institutions affiliated with BHER, and will confirm this at latest by June 2016.

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