Bachelor of education arts subject combination (available options)

Last updated on March 19th, 2024 at 08:57 am

This article explains the available bachelor of education arts subject combination as per TSC guidelines in local universities for those intending to pursue BEd. (Arts) degree in Kenya.

Of course, you want to take a marketable subject combination to stand an opportunity of being recruited by the TSC soon after graduation.

And one way of identifying the best subject combination approved by TSC is by researching the vacancies that TSC and boards of management are having difficulties filling.

In short, you should do your research well before settling on an appropriate Bachelor of education arts subject combination

To guide you, here are some of the core subjects facing a biting shortage of teachers at the secondary school level in Kenya according to data from recent TSC recruitment exercises and the Kenya Secondary School Heads association.

  • Drawing and design
  • Home science
  • Art and design
  • Agriculture
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Music
  • Computer studies

Others subjects in short supply are:

  • Foreign languages such as French and German
  • Woodwork
  • English language
  • Mechanics
  • Electricity.

The Commission has also been encountering challenges hiring teachers in certain Humanities subject combinations, Maths and Kiswahili.

Now that you’re aware of some of the marketable subject combinations, let’s look at the bachelor of education arts subject combination offered by various Universities in Kenya.

Bachelor of education arts subject combination (available options)

Here are some of the possible teaching combinations as offered in the campuses offering education courses in Kenya.

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



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You can also pick any ideal education subject combination (secondary school level) from the following units in universities like Egerton.

a) Geography
b) Economics
c) History & Government
d) Religious Education
e) English
f) Kiswahili
g) Mathematics
h) Business Studies
i) Literature in English
j) Computer Studies

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MKU bachelor of education arts combinations

As you may have noted, your options vary depending on the university you’re attending.

For example, below is MKU subject combinations for BeD Arts students

  • English –Literature
  • Mathematics -Business Studies
  • Mathematics – Geography
  • History – Geography
  • History – Religious Studies
  • History – Kiswahili
  • History – Business Studies
  • Religious Studies – Geography
  • Religious Studies – Kiswahili
  • Religious Studies – Business Studies
  • Geography – Business Studies
  • Geography – Kiswahili
  • Kiswahili – Business Studies

Universities offering BEd (Arts) in Kenya

Turning to the question of the institutions you can go for studies, Kenya has a number of universities running excellent schools of education.

You should, where possible, attend one of these schools.

These include:

  • MKU school of education -MKU also offer courses in education management for those who are chasing promotional positions.
  • Moi University.
  • Kenyatta University.
  • University of Nairobi (UoN)
  • Maseno University.
  • Pioneer International University
  • Karatina University
  • Kibabii University


Minimum Admission Requirements for Bachelor of Education (Arts)

Obviously, candidates are supposed to satisfy the set entrance requirements by the respective university to join.

Here are the typical requirements:

  • KCSE minimum mean grade of C+ or
  • KACE with 2 Principal Passes (at least) and 1 Subsidiary or
  • KACE with 1 Principal (at least) along with 2 Subsidiary Passes or
  • KCE with Division 2 (at least)  or an equivalent qualification or
  • Diploma/S1 Certificate (Arts Teacher Education) from any recognized institution

Besides, candidates must meet the minimum KCSE grades as outlined by the TSC.

Regarding this, you should have scored at least a C+ in the KCSE in both your chosen subjects.


Bachelor of education arts subject combination – Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Is teaching marketable?

Sure, it is. Indeed, teaching is an excellent degree to get because there will be children to be taught always meaning finding steady work isn’t a problem.

Teachers also have plenty of vacation benefits considering you have about 3 terms (equivalent to a whole 3 months annually) so will have time to undertake personal projects.

Plus, it’s a global course and you can find work even overseas.

I want to become a teacher, where should i start?

If you have the requisite qualifications (C+ and above), start by enrolling for an education degree in arts/science depending on your passion.

Those who scored a KCSE mean grade of C plain (plus C+ in their favored teaching subjects) can start by joining a teacher’s training college of their choice.

They also offer marketable courses in education but at the Diploma level.


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64 thoughts on “Bachelor of education arts subject combination (available options)”

  1. What if you want to combine geography and business studies but you dropped geography in form two..can you proceed and undertake the combination??

  2. I innnitially had bussiness / cre combination , am in my third year at the Uon . Am an outreach student and recently visited Kikuyu campus and was advised that tsc doesn’t recognize what do you advice .

  3. I got c+ in kcse but a D- in maths will i be able to do bachelor of education arts…I have a p1 certificate as well

  4. I got a C in maths, C in chem, C+ in Biology, B- in English, B in kiswahili, B+ in Agriculture, B+ in cre and D in Physics. which combination can I suit for?


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