A few weeks ago, I made a post that covered a comprehensive guide for those students wanting to pursue a Bachelor of Education course.
However, many readers emailed me to make another post about the marketable and TSC – Approved B.Ed. subject combinations that they can pursue in 2022 and beyond.
And as a person who deeply cares about his readers – this is the post.
Which Subject Teachers are in demand in Kenya?
It is an open secret that some subject combinations in Kenyan secondary schools are more marketable than others.
According to recent data released by the Teachers Service Commission, humanities and languages have suffered a mass oversupply of teacher trainees seeking recruitment.
At some schools in the latest TSC countrywide recruitment, hundreds of applicants have turned up for interviews for some two or three advertised positions. This leaves us with a major question:
What are the Marketable Subject Combinations that can guarantee Immediate Employment After Graduation?
It has been noted that the following subjects have an undersupply of teachers:
- Home Science
- Computer Studies
- Art and Design
- Drawing and Design
- Foreign Languages such as French and German
- Sciences – especially Physics
- Islamic Religious Education (IRE)
- Kenyan Sign Language
Having seen the most marketable subject combinations, now let’s dive into the complete TSC Approved Subject Combinations.
Bachelor of Education Science Subject Combinations
B. Ed Science trains secondary and tertiary level teachers who can handle STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) subjects very well. The possible subject combinations you can take include:
- Chemistry / Physics
- Chemistry / Biology
- Chemistry / Mathematics
- Biology / Mathematics
- Biology / Home science
- Biology / Agriculture
- Biology / Geography
- Physics / Computer Studies
- Physics / Mathematics
- Agriculture / Home Science
- Agriculture / Geography
- Agriculture / Mathematics
- Mathematics / Computer Studies
- Agriculture / Business
Bachelor of Education Arts Subject Combinations
The Arts Faculty deals with humanities, religious studies, and languages as we shall see:
- Mathematics / Business
- Geography / Business
- Geography / CRE
- Geography / French
- Geography / German
- Geography / PE
- Geography / History
- Geography / IRE
- Geography / Mathematics
- Geography / Kiswahili
- Kiswahili / History
- Kiswahili / IRE
- Kiswahili / CRE
- Kiswahili / Fasihi
- History / IRE
- History / CRE
- History / Music
- History / French
- History / German
- History / PE
- English / Literature
- English / CRE
- English / IRE
- English / Kiswahili
- IRE / Arabic
Am I limited to doing only the subjects shown in this list?
NO – because specific universities allow you to combine any two subjects of your liking. Which universities are those? I shall explain in the section below.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Teaching Really Marketable in Kenya?
Yes – a Bachelor of Education is and will remain to be one of the most marketable courses in Kenya. This is due to two factors: (a) natural attrition due to the retirement of old teachers, and (b) students are always available – come what may!
Basic Admission Requirements to pursue Bachelor of Education in Kenyan Universities?
The requirement needed is a minimum of C+ score at KCSE level, and C+ and above for each of your two preferred teaching subjects. A diploma in Education from a recognized university or college can also grant you admission.
Universities Offering Teaching Courses in Kenya?
Kenya has over 70 universities and 193 colleges according to KUCCPS Database. This poses the problem of choosing the best institution to pursue educational courses. However, I have compiled a list of top-notch institutions you can join.
Though not limited to this list, the institutions offering Bachelor of Education courses include Kenyatta University, University of Nairobi, Moi, Egerton, Mount Kenya University, Maseno, Maasai Mara, Chuka University, and Meru University.
Check out the list of the worst universities in Kenya.
Does JKUAT Offer Educational Courses?
No – JKUAT is primarily for Agriculture and Technology courses.
Can I take a Teaching Course with a C Plain?
Yes, but at the diploma level. You also need to have at least a C+ in both of your subjects. You can upgrade later on to a degree but there are high chances of securing TSC employment with even a diploma.
Can I become a Teacher with a Bachelor of Science or Arts?
Yes and No. After completing your Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) or Arts (BA), you will pursue a Postgraduate Diploma in Education for one year. However, TSC has recently banned a sizable number of BA and B.Sc. courses from securing employment in teaching professions.
Any foreseeable future trends in Education?
The implementation of the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) is a game-changer in the Kenyan Educational sector. Teaching has now evolved from being teacher-based to learner-based.