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 specialization after having completed the certificate.
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
The entry qualifications to this Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education s programme of the Open University of Tanzania [OUT] are:
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.
(b) One of the following combinations of passes in Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (A.C.S.E.E.) or equivalent;
(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.
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
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.
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.