Bachelor of Education Arts/Science Subject Combination

 

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
  • Woodwork
  • Music
  • 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:

  1. Chemistry / Physics
  2. Chemistry / Biology
  3. Chemistry / Mathematics
  4. Biology / Mathematics
  5. Biology / Home science
  6. Biology / Agriculture
  7. Biology / Geography
  8. Physics / Computer Studies
  9. Physics / Mathematics
  10. Agriculture / Home Science
  11. Agriculture / Geography
  12. Agriculture / Mathematics
  13. Mathematics / Computer Studies
  14. Agriculture / Business

Bachelor of Education Arts Subject Combinations

The Arts Faculty deals with humanities, religious studies, and languages as we shall see:

  1. Mathematics / Business
  2. Geography / Business
  3. Geography / CRE
  4. Geography / French
  5. Geography / German
  6. Geography / PE
  7. Geography / History
  8. Geography / IRE
  9. Geography / Mathematics
  10. Geography / Kiswahili
  11. Kiswahili / History
  12. Kiswahili / IRE
  13. Kiswahili / CRE
  14. Kiswahili / Fasihi
  15. History / IRE
  16. History / CRE
  17. History / Music
  18. History / French
  19. History / German
  20. History / PE
  21. English / Literature
  22. English / CRE
  23. English / IRE
  24. English / Kiswahili
  25. 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.

THE FINAL WORD

Being a teacher is like a calling. It is not like any other profession you can just wake up and say “I want to become a teacher” while yawning. It needs a lot of dedication and sacrifice.
 
But if you have set up your mind to pursue this noble profession, then a whole lot of adventure is awaiting you!
 
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Moha

Moha is a professional blogger, writer and the founder of moha.co.ke. In simple terms, he is the person behind all the awesome posts on this blog.

This Post Has 12 Comments

  1. Dennis Oketch

    Where can I get English/computer studies?

    1. Moha

      KU is a bit flexible when it comes to subject combinations. You can try KU

  2. Sheila

    Can i pursue the history/German combination although German is not among the subjects i sat in KCSE?

    1. Moha

      No. You can only teach the following 4 subjects even if you didn’t do it at KCSE level:
      1. Agriculture
      2. Home Science
      3. Computer Studies
      4. Business

      You can refer to the official TSC website

  3. Mercy Cherop

    I did my KCSE this year. Where can I pursue mathematics and computer as a combination?

    1. Moha

      Yes sure. It is offered in institutions like MKU and KU

  4. Stephen Juma

    What are the subject combinations of homescience ,when I want to pursue education

    1. Moha

      You can combine Homescience with several other subjects.

      Most common include:
      1. Biology
      2. Computer
      3. Chemistry
      4. Physics
      5. P.E

  5. Anonymous

    Can I change subject combination at the third year of my studies

    1. Moha

      Yes, you can change your course even in the third year. But you’ll need to do all the required units for the subject (8 units for minor subject, and 15/16 units for major subject)

      1. Brian

        Can I take a degree course in Mathematics and Computer studies under BEd Arts?

        1. Moha

          Hello Brian,
          .
          Most institution offer Math/comp under both B.ed Arts and B.Ed Science. So yes, you can do it

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