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Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education (DECE)

The Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education programme is designed to produce specialized teachers who can work in different early childhood institutions that are on increase, child focused NGOs, and in any other area that requires Early Childhood Care and education related skills. The attainment of Diploma in ECE may also be used as entry qualifications to degree programmes. Students seeking advanced degrees may benefit from this Diploma programme because they may better be prepared for further study in a wide range of disciplines. Some students may become interested in the advanced study of ECCE specialisation after having completed the certificate.



Programme Summary

Course Name: Diploma  in Early Childhood Care and Education (DECE)

Programme : Early Childhood Education

UQF level:  UQF Level 6 Ordinary Diploma

Duration:2 year

Total Units: 24 Units

Mode of Delivery: Blended Mode

 

 

Programme Informations

The entry qualifications to this Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education s programme of the Open University of Tanzania [OUT] are:

OPTION I

Certificate of Education (Ordinary Level) or equivalent, with passes in FOUR approved subjects, obtained prior to the sitting of the Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (A.C.S.E.E.) or equivalent.

and

(b) One of the following combinations of passes in Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (A.C.S.E.E.) or equivalent;

Either

(i) One principal Level passes (in appropriate subjects) and one Subsidiary pass or

(ii) An appropriate equivalent Certificate approved by the Senate of The Open University of Tanzania. The certificate must be of duration of at least one year.

OPTION II

Candidates who have satisfied completed Form Four with a minimum passes in 4 subject and have undergone training for about 9 months and obtained a certificate qualification equivalent to NTA level 5 or NQF level 5 may be considered for  admission

OPTION III 

Candidates with awards from other Institutions of Higher Learning will be considered on their own merit. These include a certificate, or a Diploma from other fields, or degree or an advanced Diploma in a relevant field.

OPTION IV

Either a candidate must possess a certificate with at least 3.0 GPA or ‘C’ average grade in specified fields such as:  Certificate in special education; Certificate in education; Certificate  in primary teacher education; Certificate in early childhood education; Certificate in technical education; Certificate in educational management and administration; Certificate in open and distance learning; Certificate in curriculum design and development; Certificate in business education; Certificate in ICT; Certificate in computer science; Certificate in languages; Certificate in Guidance and Counseling; Certificate in community development; Certificate in social work; Certificate in Assistive Technology; Certificate in audiology; Certificate in Physiotherapy; Certificate in Sign Language; Certificate in Adult Education; Certificate in  Rehabilitation studies; Certificate in Hearing Sciences and Audiology;  PLUS additional entry qualifications for those without a Certificate in early childhood education: (1) a training in early childhood education or (2) a training in nursery issues or (3) experience in services for children in their homes or children  with disabilities.

 

LEVEL 1

COURSE CODE

COURSE  NAME

Status

Credits

 

ODE 010

Child Growth and Development

Core

10

 

ODE 011

Teaching Methods and Material Development for Young Children

Core

10

 

ODE 012

Curriculum Development in Early Childhood Education

Core

10

 

ODE 013

Family, Child Care, and Nutrition

Core

10

 

ODE 014

Philosophical Foundations of Early Childhood Development

Core

10

 

ODE 015

Language and Literacy in Early Childhood

Core

20

 

ODE 016

Mathematics in Early Childhood Education

Core

20

 

ODE 017

ICT in Early Childhood Education                                                     

Core

10

 

ODE 026

Micro-Teaching                                                                                    

Core

10

 

TOTAL CREDITS

110

      

 

Level 2

COURSE CODE

COURSE  NAME

Status

Credits

ODE 018

Music, Movement, and Drama                                                           

Core

20

ODE 019

Contemporary issues in Early Childhood Development

Core

10

ODE 020

Health and Physical Education in Early Childhood Development

Core

20

ODE 021

Administration and Management of ECCE

Core

10

ODE 022

Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation in Early Childhood Development

Core

20

ODE 023

Children with Special Needs in Early Childhood

Core

10

ODE 025

Environmental Science in Early Childhood Education                     

Core

20

ODE 024

Practicum (cumulative)

Core

10

TOTAL CREDITS

130

  1. General Fees for Non-Degree Programmes

No.

Item

Local (Tshs.)

EAC/SADC (USD)

Non-SADC/EAC (USD)

1.      

Registration Fees

30,000

30

30

2.      

Examination fees paid per paper (Test& Exam)

10,000

20

40

3.      

Student Organization fees (annually)

20,000

20

20

4.      

Student Identity card

20,000

20

20

5.      

Quality Assurance Fee (annually)

20,000

20

40

 

  1. Tuition Fees per Unit (or per 10 credits) For Non-Degree courses

No.

Item

Local (Tshs.)

EAC/SADC (USD)

Non-SADC/EAC (USD)

1.      

Theoretical course by distance mode

40,000

40

80

2.      

Theoretical Course by Face to face

90,000

60

120

3.      

Field Practice

100,000

70

140

4.      

Teaching practice

100,000

70

140

NAMECONTACTS

Daniel Hyera

  Email:daniel.hyera@out.ac.tz

PROGRAM EXPECTED LEARNING OUTCOMES (Competences)

This programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas:

 

Knowledge and Understanding

On completing the programme student teachers are expected to:

A1   have a strong understanding of young children’s issues, needs, interests, abilities, and the importance of investing in the early years.

A2   have developed a positive understanding and accumulated knowledge in the methods, strategies, and approaches to care and teach young children

A3   have an understanding of how early childhood care and education is related to general education and how it can be used in mobilising the community, the public, resources, and other professions to ensure quality, access, equity and equality in the provision of education;

A4    have developed knowledge and understanding of designing a curriculum for young children

A5   have developed knowledge and understanding of research, monitoring, and evaluation of early childhood care and education issues;

A6   have developed knowledge and understanding of how to deal with young children, their families, their parents, and interested parties in fostering the development of young children.

 

Intellectual Skills

 

On completing the programme students can be expected to have the ability to:

B1   identify, simplify, and apply early childhood principles in analysing and modelling of caring and learning environment for young children;

B2   identify and apply appropriate teaching/ learning methods for young children

B3   identify and apply appropriate identification, screening, assessment and early intervention methods and strategies for young children with special needs;

B4   identify and apply appropriate research, monitoring and evaluation methods in early childhood care and education; and

B5   identify and apply planning, administrative and managerial skills in early childhood care and education settings.

 

Professional/ Practical Skills

On completing the programme students can be expected to have the ability to:

C1   use a range of specific types of teaching methods and support strategies to stimulate and strengthen the use of abilities of young children

C2   effectively use of research, monitoring and evaluation skills in early childhood matters;

C3    write and plan services and lessons for young children;

C4   use a range of strategies, methods, and skills of identification, screening, assessment, and early intervention for young children with special needs.

C5 Plan and effectively manage ECCE centres

 

Transferable/Key Skills

On completing the programme students can be expected to have the ability to:

D1       follow an independent programme of study through to completion;

D2       plan, carry out, and report on an individual research project;

D3        manage time and work to deadlines;

D4        participate constructively in groups;

 

  • Each module carries 100% marks. The final examination counts for 70% of the total marks. Coursework carries 30% of the total marks
  • A candidate shall not pass the course programme unless he/she attains a minimum of 40% (C) in each module.
  • The mode of evaluation for the field practice/ teaching practice is 100%