In Kenya with the rate of unemployment extremely high, you stand a better chance of being recruited as a teacher if you choose a marketable combination of subjects to specialise in.

One way of choosing the best subject combination approved by TSC us by doing research on the vacancies that TSC and Boards of Management if Schools are having difficulties to fill.

Some of the subjects that are facing a big shortage of teachers at the secondary school level in Kenya as per data gotten from recent TSC recruitment drives and the Kenya Secondary Schools Association are as follows:

Drawing and Design
Home Science
Art and Design
Agriculture
Physics
Chemistry
Music
Computer Studies
Other subjects experiences teachers shortages include:

Foreign languages like French and German
Woodwork
English Language
Mechanics and
Electricity
Bachelor of Education – Arts available subject Combinations

The table below provides some of the available marketable subject combinations;

ARTS COMBINATIONS
SUBJECT 1
SUBJECT 2
Geography
CRE
Geography
History
Geography
IRE
Geography
Business
Geography
Kiswahili
Kiswahili
CRE
Kiswahili
IRE
History
Kiswahili
History
CRE
Arabic
IRE
Mathematics
Business Studies
Mathematics
Geography

You can choose any subject combinations at secondary school level from the following units in Universities like Kisii University, Egerton etc.

Geography
Economics
History & Government
Religious Education
English
Kiswahili
Mathematics
Business Studies
Literature in English
Computer Studies

Bachelor of education science subject combination –available options

If you’re planning to pursue a Bed. (science), the following subject combinations are offered in schools of education at universities like MKU, KU, Maseno, etc.

SCIENCES COMBINATIONS
SUBJECT 1 SUBJECT 2
Chemistry Biology
Chemistry Physics
Chemistry Mathematics
Mathematics Computer Studies
Physics Computer Studies
Physics Mathematics
Biology Geography
Biology Home science
Biology Geography
Biology Agriculture
Biology Mathematics
Agriculture Geography
Agriculture Home science
Business Computer Studies

 

Bachelor of education science Course structure
Of course, the Bed. (Science) programme is tailored to make you a professionally qualified teacher who can competently handle STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) subjects in Kenyan Secondary Schools as well as middle level colleges.

Now, in universities like Moi, students must take chemistry and mathematics, plus any other content subjects (for example, physics, botany/zoology etc.) in the first year.

You drop one of the content units and take up your two specialized subjects, one being a major and the remaining a minor from the second year.

You are supposed to get the skills required to teach the major subject up to the KCSE (form 4) level so you’ll spend most of the time covering the content for this subject.

The rest of the time is dedicated to the minor subject in your preferred bachelor of education science subject combination – you teach this up to the form 2 level- meaning that the content to be covered is relatively less.

You normally complete it by the time the third year comes to a close.

However, the professional methodology is given equal emphasis for both the major and minor subjects.

bachelor of education arts units
Image courtesy: KU Education school

Requirements to do bachelor of education (science)
Of course, before you even think about the best combination in teaching, you need to have met the minimum entry requirements for the degree in science education program.

Here is a summary of the requirements to pursue a Bachelor of Education (science) degree at leading Universities like Egerton.

KCSE mean grade of C+ with the following minimum grades for each subject:
C+ in Mathematics
C+ in one of the following:
(i) Physics or
(ii) Chemistry or
(iii) Biology or
(iv) Geography
OR
Have a B- in one of:
– Physical Sciences
– Biological sciences
Alternatively, you may be granted admission if you hold a Diploma or an S1 certificate in science(Education) from recognized Institutions.
Note that it’s a must for you to have scored a C+ in each of your selected teaching subjects to qualify.

Universities offering Bachelor of education (science) in Kenya
Once you have settled on a suitable Bachelor of Education science subject combination, the next question is to identify a university to attend studies.

Now, overall, some of the most popular universities when it comes to bachelor of education courses are:

Kenyatta University (you even have the option of taking up the Kenyatta university long distance learning option)
Moi University
Kenya University
Maseno University
University of Nairobi
Perhaps you can check out the above universities.

Chuka University and Meru University can also be excellent alternatives.

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