Kenya, as a rapidly developing society, is undergoing drastic social, economic and Educational changes. Consequently, the problems brought about by these changes have made guidance and counselling services in Kenyan institutions a necessary component of individual development. There is a clear demand for guidance and counselling services in the community. This is due to the decline of traditional sources of guidance and counselling to assist children, students, and youth to develop decision making skills to enhance their transition from the protective home and school environment into the complex world of work. It is expected that the Master‟s Degree Programme shall provide highly trained counsellors needed for schools,colleges, universities, hospitals, prisons, churches, and other institutions.
Objectives of the Course
The programme should:
i) Develop effective communication skills and inter-personal relationships.
ii) Enable the graduate identify and specify client problems and needs.
iii) Impart skills in selected individual and group guidance and group counselling methods.
iv) Provide the graduate with skills in psychological measurement and evaluation techniques.
v) Impart consultation skills in guidance and counselling.
vi) Enable the graduate to organize and administer a programme of guidance and counselling services.
vii) Provide skills and techniques to conduct research in guidance and counselling.
viii) Enable counsellors to demonstrate social sensitivity in their approach and keep in touch with national trends and needs.
ix) Train stakeholder groups like NGOs, industries, hospitals, mental care units, churches, and private practitioners in guidance and counselling.
Candidates must satisfy entry requirements for Egerton University. In addition admission shall be offered to holders of first degree in Education, Sociology, Theology, Psychology, Philosophy, or any other related discipline, with at least upper second class honors or an equivalent qualification from a recognized institution by Egerton University.
Under special circumstances, admission may be offered to holders of a first degree with a lower second class honors and relevant experience in research, teaching, and work at an institution of higher learning recognized by the Senate.
Provisional status of admission shall be granted to applicants who have upper second class honors or equivalent but lack undergraduate courses considered essential for graduate study in the major field.
Provision status shall not qualify the applicant to be eligible for appointment to an assistantship or award of a fellowship by the university.
Full graduate standing shall be granted when provisional status are corrected, within the first semester of their Master‟s academic year or before, provided the student has maintained satisfactory academic record of „C‟ average and above in course work taken in graduate classification.
Course Structure and Duration
There shall be two options for a Master of Arts degree programme in Guidance and Counselling which shall be by:
Course work, examination, practicum and thesis.
Course work, examination, practicum and project.
Under the first option, candidates shall be required to successfully complete thirty (30) credit factors of course work and practicum and successfully complete a thesis worth fifteen (15) credit factors to qualify for the award of Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Guidance and Counselling. For those undertaking the second option, they shall be required to complete thirty nine (39) credit factors of course work, a practicum and a project worth six credit factors.
Full-time candidates shall be registered for a minimum of eighteen (18) months and a maximum of thirty six (36) months, and registered for a minimum of (9) credit factors (CF) per semester.
Part-time candidates shall be registered as students for a maximum of (4) academic years, and must register for a minimum of six (6) credit factors per semester.
Full-time candidates shall be required to spend the first twelve months of study in residence at the university.
Practicum: Students will be attached to schools, colleges or community agencies for a duration of one semester to practice guidance and counselling skills under supervision.
Candidates registered for a M.A degree in Guidance and Counselling shall be required to take all compulsory courses listed under 12.0. In addition, they shall select and take two
Courses from Elective.
The total number of credit factors (CF) for course work shall be at least thirty(30). To make for the 30 CF, the candidate shall select additional courses from the general courses (electives).
All examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with examination regulations as stipulated in the Egerton University Statute XXIX.
The grading of examinations for this programme shall be conducted in accordance with in Egerton University Statute XXIX.
To graduate a student shall be required to take and pass ALL scheduled courses within the stipulated period.
Degree classification shall be in accordance with Egerton University Statute XXIX.