Diploma in Agricultural Education and Extension

Introduction

Agriculture plays a central role in supplying food and providing raw materials for industry.  In developing countries, including Kenya, agriculture is a major foreign exchange earner and source of employment. The level of performance of the agriculture sector is dependent on the quality of training in agriculture.  The Diploma programme in Agricultural Education and Extension is intended to prepare individuals who can assist the nation realize those aims set for agriculture.  The programme has a broad range of courses in basic sciences, technical agriculture and communication.  The graduates of the programme are prepared to assume positions in teaching, agricultural extension and rural development.

Justification

Agriculture contributes about 26% directly and 27% indirectly to Kenya?s GDP and provides income to over 70% of Kenyans.  Only individuals who have had extensive periods of preparation can effectively participate in the development of the nation?s agriculture.  The philosophical basis of training in agricultural education and agricultural extension is to prepare a critical mass of producers, managers, extension officers and researchers who can effectively participate in the modernization of agriculture.

The Diploma programme in Agricultural Education and Extension is intended to produce individuals who have undergone training in technical agriculture, extension education, agricultural education and communication skills to meet the demands of modern agriculture.  In addition, the graduates of the programme would have acquired the skills of setting up and managing agribusinesses.

Objectives

The programme intends to produce graduates who will be able to:

Teach agriculture, biology and related subjects in schools, teacher training colleges and agricultural training institutions;

Develop, implement, monitor and evaluate agricultural projects and extension programmes;

Design, conduct and evaluate training programmes for farmers, community based organizations and NGOs; and

Pursue further education in agriculture, agricultural education and extension.

Requirements

Egerton University rules and regulations for admission into Diploma programme shall apply.

Candidates must have passed K.C.S.E. or its equivalent with a minimum of C grades in the following subjects:-

English or Kiswahili

Biology/Biological Science

Chemistry/Physical Science

Mathematics or Physics or Geography  

OR

Holders of a certificate in agriculture or related fields from institutions recognized by Egerton University.  The certificate must be at Credit level or above.

Course Details

The training shall extend for a period of three academic years.  Each academic year shall consist of two semesters, each of 17 weeks.

Field Attachment and Teaching Practice will be after the second and third year of study respectively.

Courses offered in the programme are coded as AGED followed by four digits.  AGED denotes Agricultural Education.

Use of the four digits is as follows:

First digit (0) denotes a diploma programme

Second digit indicates the year of study

Third digit indicates the area of study

Fourth digit indicates the sequence of the course in the area of study

The interpretation of the third digit is as follows:-

Area of Study

Communication and Technology

Curriculum Development and Teaching Methods

Rural Sociology and Extension Education

Practicum and Seminars

Examination

Egerton University examination rules and regulations shall apply.

Examinations shall be conducted at the end of each semester. Grading shall consist of continuous assessment tests (CATs) accounting for 30% and final examination accounting for 70% of the total marks.

Courses that are purely of practical nature and seminars may be assessed entirely by continuous assessment.

Teaching Practice Assessment

Each student shall be assessed by university lecturers in a minimum of four classroom sessions.  The final score for each student will be an average of the scores.

Teaching Practice Project Assessment

Award of marks for shall be as follows.

Project proposal                              25%

The project                                      50%

Project report                                   25%

Field Attachment Assessment

Award of marks shall be as follows.

University assessors                                    50%

Field supervision report                               25%

Final report                                                  25%

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