TSC requirements for PGDE in Kenya [latest guidelines]

This article highlights the TSC requirements for PGDE (post graduate diploma in Education)

Let’s first look at who should take a PGDE course.

Now, you should enroll for a PGDE if you pursued a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BSc.) degree and dream of becoming a secondary school teacher in Kenya.

You can confirm this by looking at the latest TSC registration qualifications where TSC expressly states that holders of relevant Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees shall only be considered for employment as secondary teachers in Kenya after completing a PGDE.

Let’s leave that and now focus on the specific TSC requirements for PGDE.

TSC requirements for PGDE – what do the TSC guideline say?

According to the TSC, you should meet the following minimum qualifications before enrolling for a PGDE (If you’re taking it in the hope that it will help you secure a job as a high school teacher upon graduating).

  1. Hold a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree from a recognized university in Kenya.
  2. Must have scored a mean grade of C+ in your O levels.
  3. You must have obtained a C+ grade (minimum) in the two teaching subjects you intend to specialize in.

According to the TSC requirements for secondary teachers, you can also register for the PGDE if you want to build a career as a technical teacher in a relevant area.

Here are the PGDE requirements for those with technical qualifications:

  1. Must have scored a mean grade of C+ in your O levels (or it’s equivalent). Also acceptable are 1 principle pass and 2 subsidiaries at the ‘A’ level.
  2. You must have obtained a C+ grade (minimum) or a credit pass in the two technical subjects you intend to specialize in.
  3. Have a Bed TECH (Bachelor of Education Technology) degree from a university approved by the CUE (commission of higher education) OR
  4. Hold a Bachelor of Science (BSC) degree in the applicable technical Subject(s)/Course.

This would be an ideal route for those who, for some reason, are unwilling to pursue a DTTE (Diploma in Technical Teacher Education) from KTTC  (Kenya Technical Teachers College).

Note that for the employment of technical teachers as described above, TSC asks for either a PDGE or a DTTE/post graduate diploma in technical education from KTTC so you can do your math and see which of the two suits you best.

Something else before you invest in a PGDE qualification: All graduate teachers must have studied at least 8 course units at the undergraduate level in every teaching subject to be eligible. And this applies to all the degrees.

Of course, you don’t want to waste time and money pursuing a PGDE if you won’t be eligible for consideration for secondary school teaching vacancies afterward so it’s critical that you observe the above conditions.

There is another group of teachers who can gain from pursuing a PGDE…

These are teachers who are planning to pursue a Master of Education (MeD.) degree, maybe for promotion reasons but were employed with a Bachelor of Arts/Science degree.

For this lot, TSC requires that you undertake a PGDE then use it to apply for admission into the MeD program in any university offering the course in Kenya.

Lastly, teachers planning to pursue enhancement courses in certain subjects may be required to have a PGDE (please contact the TSC official in your sub county education office for specific advice depending on the enhancement subject).


Where to pursue a PGDE in Kenya

Now that we’re through with the TSC requirements for PGDE, the next question that comes to mind is where to take the course in Kenya.

In general, a good number of universities offering teacher education degrees in Kenya offer the programme.

These include:

  1. MMUST (Masinde Muliro University)
  2. UoN- University of Nairobi
  3. Machakos University College
  4. KU- Kenyatta University
  5. Moi University
  6. Kisii University
  7. CUEA – The Catholic University of Eastern Africa
  8. Baraton University (officially referred to as the University of Eastern Africa Baraton)
  9. MKU- Mount Kenya University (they also offer an online postgraduate diploma in education)
  10. PUEA- The Presbyterian University of East Africa
  11. UoE- University of Eldoret
  12. KCA University (Thika Road)
  13. Egerton University
  14. Chuka University
  15. Maseno University
  16. Daystar University

Overall, you are supposed to adopt a subject methods course when studying.

And since you’re preparing to teach in two approved curriculum subjects at the secondary school level, you should take subject combinations like:

  • Mathematics /Fine Arts
  • Biological Sciences/biology and Geography
  • Religious Education and Physics/Physical Sciences
  • Economics/Commerce and Chemistry
  • English /History
  • French /Kiswahili

Post graduate diploma in education fees

Fees for the PGDE vary from one institution to the next.

To give you an idea of how much you can expect to spend, we compiled a fee guide from a couple of higher learning institutions offering the course.

Take a look:

Post graduate diploma in education fees guide

Institution PGDE fees Statutory /administrative charges
Kenyatta University  Kshs. 130,000 Kshs. 23,500
University of Eldoret Kshs. 100, 000 (arts) and Kshs.120,000 (sciences) Kshs. 60,650 (arts) and Kshs.65,650 (sciences)
Maseno university Kshs. 76,000 About Kshs. 15,000
KCA university (distance learning) Kshs. 85,345 0
Mt Kenya University (as per the MKU PGDE fee structure ) Kshs. 49,550.00 per semester (count 2 semesters) Kshs.120000


TSC requirements for PGDE – Frequently asked questions [FAQs[

How long does it take to complete a PGDE?

Answer: The PGDE extends for a period of just one calendar year (minimum).

There are two semesters of relevant course work, examinations, and a project.

You spend the last months in teaching practice in a secondary school/an equivalent educational institution.

Note that the teaching practice lasts for the duration of a single academic term (which is 3 months in secondary schools).


Is PGDE equivalent to Masters?

Answer: Nope. This is not a degree course like the Masters but rather an advanced diploma education course.


Can I teach abroad with a PGDE?

Answer: Well, it depends on the country. Some countries won’t consider a PGDE for fulltime teaching positions overseas without some additional teaching certificates.

Others are just fine and recognize PGDEs from Kenya.

UPDATE: Those who keep asking if they can take PGDE and be registered by TSC as secondary school teachers in Kenya should understand that TSC does not accept all undergraduate courses. In truth, only those with a Teacher Education undergraduate degree (BeD are guaranteed to get registration with TSC (after completing the PGDE).

For any other degree, we advise you to write an email to TSC (use the email address info@tsc.go.ke) to enquire if your undergraduate course is acceptable for PGDE (Fundamentally, TSC only registers persons who have undertaken a Teacher Education Course for PGDE)



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  1. Hi I have a concern, I have a degree in B.COM (Accounting) i have an interest in teaching, can I be considered for PGDE???

  2. Good morning,
    I hereby enquire about whether a degree holder in Business Administration (Procurement & supply chain Option) can qualify to pursue a Postgraduate Diploma in education and other necessities to fulfill the requirements of the Teachers Service Commission.
    Kindly advice.

  3. Hello, what if I have a degree in Bachelor of science (bsc) and I have not taken 8units in a teaching subject. Can i take it in my PGDE?

  4. It sounds tricky but I really need a genuine answer I have a BSc IT but didn’t do computer as a subject when I was in high school. Can I qualify for PGDE in maths and computer?

  5. Hello? I hold a ‘Bachelor of Economics’ degree which is neither classified as a BA or BSC degree but has many units for math/business studies combination. Can I be employed by TSC after doing a PGDE?

  6. In my BA I did literature, Linguistics and religious studies but when I was a third year I dropped religious studies and majored in literature and Linguistics. In my PGDE can I be allowed to complete religious studies units as well?

  7. Dear Sir/Madam,
    Good afternoon, I have gone through the requirements and i noted that i did seven units of a teaching subject. My request is, is their any enhancement so that i met the set requirements.

  8. Hi,ni Chirchir,am inquiring if its possible to take a PGDE(Chem $Bio) I pursued Bsc Chemistry and graduated with second class honours upper division

  9. Hello I did BSC agriculture (crop science) i passed well in bio and chem And I was placed in the course.Agriculture I got a D+ .can i do a pgde in teaching bio and agriculture since TSC stipulate you can teach agriculture if you had above C+ in biology?

  10. Hi it’s Alice I have a bachelor of arts degree, having specialized in sociology and gender and development studies,can I do a pgde and qualify as a secondary teacher?

  11. Hello. I a dregree with a padd on BSc. zoology. Several Biological courses and 7 Chemistry courses. Can i persue a PGDE in Bio/ Chem?

  12. i did bsc. in agribusiness management from university of nairobi. Iam i eligible to pursue pgde and considered by tsc

  13. Dear admin am a Bsc Chemistry graduate and intend to join teaching profession specially Chen/Bio teaching subjects but my worry is I don’t have enough units for Bio guide on the way foward as by the requirements at least 8 units are required in order to be employed by tsc

  14. Hae,I did applied Statistics with computing as a degree,I didn’t take computer in secondary but have A plain in mathematics,Can I do a pgde and be registered and employed as a maths/computer teacher?I have five units of computer,what can i do to make them eight?

  15. Dear admin, I did Bachelor of science in Applied statistics with computing. Am I eligible to enroll for PGDE as a teacher in Maths/computer considering I didn’t do computer in secondary school. Thanks

  16. Thanks adm for this piece ,majority of disturbing questions on PGDE have been answered correctly. with the change in technology and rising numbers if covid 19 cases ,majority of university have now turned to online teaching.

  17. Thank admin for great advise,i did BSC.Mathematics and computer science,am i eligible for tsc registration after completion of my pgde?

    • Please note that the available subjects are as indicated. Plus, you must have undertaken a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degree from a recognized university in Kenya.
      Then, you must have scored a mean grade of C+ in your O levels in addition to obtaining a C+ grade (minimum) in the two teaching subjects you intend to specialize in.

  18. Hello admin, I did Bsc Chemistry and hoping to go for a PGDE but I was shocked by the latest tsc teachers minimum requirements, some degrees have been scrapped like industrial Chemistry so my worry is will I be absorbed having done Bsc Chemistry and now that they have banned Bsc industrial chemistry and the two courses have alot of similarities, kindly help

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