Diploma in Primary Education (DPTE) entry requirements shall be C Plain (C) in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examination (KCSE) or its equivalent as equated by the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC).
Teacher Training Colleges will offer the Diploma in Primary Education (DPTE)
The new Diploma in Primary Education (DPTE) Course duration
The duration for the diploma training shall be three years, according to the approved curriculum designs.
Trainees are required to cover the recommended hours for coursework, required hours for practicum and pass the assessments as directed by Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC)
The Teacher Trainee also undertakes a three months micro-teaching course which is a prerequisite for teaching practice.
Candidates are required to produce evidence of adherence to positive moral values and good behaviour such as Police Clearance.
Specialization areas in the new Diploma in Primary Education (DPTE) Course duration. The teachers’ trainees will only specialize in three subject areas, having attained a minimum KCSE grade of C (Plain) in the learning areas they wish to focus on
The areas for specialization have been grouped into four clusters, but teachers will only pick one subject per category for specialty.
Candidates shall specialize from the first year in at least three learning areas preferably from any one of the four clusters.
Cluster one subject in the new Diploma in Primary Education (DPTE) Course
- Kenya Sign Language
- Indigenous Languages
- Foreign Languages (German, French, Arabic and Mandarin (Chinese).
Cluster two subjects in the new Diploma in Primary Education (DPTE) Course
- Home Science
- Science and Technology
Cluster three subjects in the new Diploma in Primary Education (DPTE) Course
- Social Studies
- Religious Education (CRE, HRE, IRE)
Cluster four subjects in the new Diploma in Primary Education (DPTE) Course
- Art and Craft
Mandatory subjects in the new Diploma in Primary Education (DPTE) Course
- Physical and Health Education (PHE)
- Kenya sign language for hearing impaired.
Mandatory Learning areas in the new Diploma in Primary Education (DPTE) Course
The mandatory learning areas will build on the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of the young teacher for effective lesson delivery.
Evaluation criteria in the new Diploma in Primary Education (DPTE) Course
Those who will be approved to teach in schools will have completed the required hours for coursework and passed the stipulated assessment as directed by the Kenya National Examinations Council, KNEC.
They will also be required to have completed the required hours for the practicum and passed the stipulated assessment as directed by KNEC.
There shall be three months micro-teaching undertaken as a course and will be a pre requisite for teaching practice.
During this period, teacher trainees will prepare learning and teaching materials and short lessons, which they will try on their peers for practice and feedback.
Placement of teacher trainees
These trainees upon completion of the course will be registered and employed by the Teachers service commission (TSC) to teach in primary schools across the country.
Remember to check the TSC minimum requirements for teachers before enrolling for any teaching course. Check the requirements in the links below;
General requirements for registration of teachers in Kenya
- Kenyan Citizens.
- Certificate of Good Conduct
- Relevant academic and professional certificates from recognized institutions
- A copy of Identity Card or Passport photo
- KRA Pin Certificate
- Dully filled GP 69 Medical Form and Payment of registration fee;Non-refundable fee of Kshs. 1055/- Deposit is made to the TSC;
Registration Account –
National Bank of Kenya – No. 01001000905001
or Simple Banking using Pay Bill Business Number 625625
Non Kenyan Citizen
- Academic and Professional Certificates and other evidence for registration as a teacher obtained in Kenya or the country of origin
- Academic and Professional Certificates. NB: Must have been awarded by an accredited foreign institution and equated by the relevant public body in Kenya
- Certificate of Registration as a teacher or authority to teach in the country of origin
- A valid Entry / Work Permit issued by the Department of Immigration
- A valid Certificate of Good Conduct issued by the relevant law enforcement agency in the country of origin
- Vetting letter from the Ministry of Education (Kenya) and
- Prescribed fee of Kshs. 1055 TSC Requirements For Diploma in Primary Education (DPTE) Registration