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University of Nairobi




 The Department of Educational Administration and Planning, School of Education wishes to offer a Doctor of Education (EdD) Degree programme.

At the turn of this century, Kenya has witnessed far reaching expansion and change in her education system.  These changes take place at the national, regional and institutional levels of authority.  The changes have led to an increasing demand for effective and efficient educational managers, planners and administrators.  Such highly skilled labour can only be as a result of a carefully designed and executed doctoral programme.  The department has been offering a doctoral programme along the lines of a Ph.D.  However, the programme is mainly research oriented.  Recently, requests have been coming from experienced practitioners in the fields of educational management, administration and planning who want to upgrade their knowledge and skills.  For this category of applicants, a more practical doctoral programme with a bias towards the acquisition of relevant knowledge, skills and attitudes for immediate application would be appropriate.  Hence, the introduction of a Doctor of Education (EdD) programme.  The focus of the EdD is to improve understanding of education and educational practice in Kenya and abroad. 


The Doctor of Education is an innovative programme based on the belief that theory and practice must be combined in a “hands on” learning environment that focuses on learning by doing.

The department’s aim is to offer a demand-driven doctoral programme to meet the increasing need for competent educational managers, planners, economists and curriculum developers for the education sector.  The programme blends four core disciplines of the department, namely, Educational Administration, Educational Planning, Economics of Education and Curriculum Studies and seeks to provide learners with an in depth analysis  of basic principles, concepts techniques and conditions of the core areas.



(i)     Acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed for effective leadership positions in learning institutions, government departments and other educational organizations.

(ii)   Develop insights into policy choices in the area of education and development as well as explore the issues confronting educational planners and managers in relation to development policies.

(iii) Identify the key factors involved in successful implementation of educational plans and programmes as part of national, regional and institutional level development strategies

(iv)  Develop an awareness of the experience gained internationally and nationally in preparation

(v)   Execution of educational plans and curricula.



2.1       Common regulations for a taught Doctoral Programmes in all Faculties and            Schools of the University of Nairobi shall apply.

2.2       The following shall be eligible for admission:

a)      A holder of a Master of Education (M.Ed) degree from the University of Nairobi or any other institution recognized by Senate.

b)      A holder of a Master’s degree from the University of Nairobi in areas of specialization relevant to the disciplines in the School of Education or any other institutions recognized by Senate. 

c)      Applicants must have at least three (3) years working experience in the Education Sector.


3.1       A candidate may be exempted up to a maximum of one third of the taught             courses, provided that these are from institutions recognized by the Senate of the        University of   Nairobi.

3.2       Applicants seeking course exemptions shall send a formal application to the            Director, Board of Postgraduate studies through the Dean School of Education            which should include justification of request, and attach evidence of relevant        credentials in support of the request.  The application shall be processed only after    payment of the prescribed fees.

3.3.      Applicants will only be exempted from a course offered at a level which is             equivalent to what is offered by the University of Nairobi.



4.1       The programme shall last for a minimum period of six (6) semesters and a maximum of fifteen (15) semesters.

            The course will take one academic year i.e two semesters. The semester will be spent on the four (4) core units. The three (3) units in the area of specialization will be taken in the second semester. However, a student can take a minimum of two units per semester.

            The thesis will take a period of two (2) years.



            A successful applicant shall register as a doctoral student and take the required coursework.  The registration shall be for a minimum of three semesters and maximum period of seven semesters.  The student shall be required to complete the coursework phase and develop an acceptable research proposal before being enrolled as a doctoral candidate.



A student shall enrol as a Doctoral candidate after fulfilling the following requirements in their respective areas of specialization.

(i)                 Successful completion of all the common and specialization units

(ii)               Presentation of an acceptable Project Research Proposal

4.4       A candidate shall carry out supervised Project Research in his or her chosen area of study for a minimum period of three semesters, culminating in a Doctoral Dissertation.

4.5       An extension of the registration period may be granted by Senate subject to satisfactory reasons being presented by the candidate.




            A Candidate will be required to take four (4) core units and three (3) specialization units as indicated below:


5.1       CORE UNITS

CODE                        TITLE                                                                                    CONTACT HOURS

TAP 601          Advanced Research Methods in Education                                        60

TAP 602          Advanced Statistics for Educational Research                                   60

TAP 603          Labour Relations in Education                                                            60

TAP 604          Introduction to Education Management Information Systems          60




CODE                        TITLE                                                                                    CONTACT HOURS

TAP 605          Education and the law                                                                                    60

TAP 606          Case studies in Educational Ethics                                                     60

TAP 607          Theory and Practice in Educational leadership                                   60



CODE                        TITLE                                                                                    CONTACT HOURS

TAP 608          Policy options for the development of Education                              60

TAP 609          Macro and Micro-Economics: A policy tool for educators                60

TAP 610          Development Planning: Role of Education                                        60



CODE                        TITLE                                                                                    CONTACT HOURS

TAP 609          Macro and Micro-Economics: A policy tool for educators                60

TAP 611          Education and the Economy                                                              60

TAP 612          Education, Philanthropy and Partnerships                                          60



CODE                        TITLE                                                                                    CONTACT HOURS

TAP 613          Philosophy of Curriculum and Teaching                                          60

TAP 614          Curriculum design and development                                                60

TAP 615          Theory and Practice of Curriculum Evaluation                                60


TAP 616          Thesis                                                                                               840



The Ed.D programme will be offered on a full time basis in Kikuyu Campus of the University of Nairobi or part time in the evening at the main Campus or during school holiday(s) in designated Campuses depending on availability of space.


 Time                   Days

Full time               9.00am – 4.00pm       Monday – Friday

Evening                5.00am – 8.00pm      Monday – Friday

School – Based     9.00am to 4.00pm     Held during the school holidays (April, August and      








6.1.1    A candidate shall be required to take examinations in the four common units and three specialization area units and pass all the seven papers before they are allowed to proceed to the second part of the programme.

6.1.2    Continuous assessment shall consist of class presentation, seminar papers, assignments and tests.

6.1.3    Each taught unit shall be examined through a 3 hour written examination paper at the end of the semester in which it is taken.

6.1.4    The pass mark for each unit shall be fifty percent (50%)

6.1.5    The final examination shall account for fifty percent (50%) of the marks in each unit, while continuous assessment shall account for the remaining fifty percent (50%).

6.1.6    A candidate who fails in any unit shall be allowed up-to a maximum of two supplementary taken in the next semester examinations.

6.1.7    A candidate who fails to satisfy the examiners in the second supplementary in any unit shall, on the recommendation of the school board of examiners and approval by Senate, be discontinued.




6.2.1    A candidate shall be allowed to present for approval, a research proposal in a School seminar only after successfully completing all the seven units in the programme.

6.2.2    A Candidate shall be required to present a seminar of their research work.

6.2.3    Normally, two supervisors will be appointed for each candidate by the department, one of whom must be preferably among the academic staff of the department.

6.2.4    A supervisor shall be required to compile and submit a progress report of the candidate’s work, at least once in each semester.  The report shall be submitted to the Department and the School for appropriate action.

6.2.5    A Candidate shall write and submit for examination, a thesis compiled from the research work carried out under supervision.  The format of the thesis, and the examination of the candidate, shall be as prescribed in the common regulations for the degree of the Doctor of Philosophy in all Faculties/schools.

Thesis defences will be conducted in line with the regulations of the Board of Postgraduate studies regulations. University of Nairobi.


7.0       DEGREE AWARD

            Upon successful completion of the programme, candidates shall be awarded the degree of Doctor of Education (EdD) of the University of Nairobi.