|BACHELOR OF SCIENCE DEGREE IN AGRICULTURAL EDUCATION AND EXTENSION||| Print ||
Agriculture is a critical pillar of all economies.Â It plays a central role in supplying food and providing raw materials for the manufacturing sector. The modernization of Agriculture is, therefore, of primary economic, social and political importance to all nations.Â Human resource is a major input in the modernization of agriculture. Training and education in agriculture is at the core of producing the kind of manpower needed in agriculture. Programmes in agriculturalÂ education and extension are intended to prepare producers, researchers, extension professionals and managers of agribusinesses who have gone through an extended period in training in agriculture. School agriculture gives individuals the capacity to easily adopt innovations in agriculture.Â Tertiary level trainingÂ provides the higher level manpower for teaching, research, extension and the private sector.Â Â The Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Education and Extension programme is intended to produce graduates who can assume position in teaching, extensionÂ and rural development.Â The programme consists of courses in basic sciences, technical agriculture, communication, planning, management, and monitoring and evaluation.
Agriculture contributes about 26% directly and 27% indirectly to Kenya?s GDP and provides income to over 70% of Kenyans.Â Modern agriculture is complex and only individuals who have gone through an extended period of preparation in agriculture can effectively participate and contribute in it. The data justifies investment in school and tertiary level education in agriculture. The philosophical basis of the degree programme in agricultural education and extension is the need to produce a critical mass of producers and manpower needed for research, extension and management in agriculture. The Bachelor of Science degree programme prepares the manpower essential for school agriculture, agricultural extension and rural development. The graduates are also sufficiently qualified to assume responsibilities in the private sector and set up their own businesses.
The primary aim of this programme is to prepare graduates with appropriate technical and professional competencies in agriculture, biology and extension education. The specific objectives are to enable graduates:
Egerton University rules and regulations for admission into undergraduate studies shall apply.
In addition a candidate must have passed KCSE or an equivalent examination in the following subjects at minimum grades indicated:
Agriculture or Biology B-
Physics or Geography C+
Biological Sciences B
Physical Sciences B
A holder of a diploma with credit or above in Agricultural Education or related field from a college or University recognized by Egerton University.
Duration of Study
The programmes shall extend for a period of four academic years. Each academic year shall consist of two semesters, each comprising of 17 weeks.
Diploma holders may be allowed to transfer courses towards the degree programme.
Diploma holders who qualify for credit transfer may take not less than two and half academic years.
he Department and Senate will determine courses for which credit transfer is allowed.
Credit transfers can be offered to a maximum of 30 percent of credit factors for the programme.
Teaching Practice and Field Attachment will be conducted for 12 weeks and 8 weeks at the end of the third and fourth year of study, respectively.
Courses offered in this programme by the department are coded as AGED followed by three digits.Â AG denotes Agricultural and ED for Education.
Use of the three digits is as follows:-
Area of Study