Master of Education Degree in Guidance and Counseling

Master of Education Degree in Guidance and Counseling

There is a great need for adequately prepared personnel at the postgraduate level to provide guidance and counselling services to the schools, industries other mental caretaker partners and institutions. This is necessitated by the emerging issues of discipline and the evolution of behavioral modification and mental care approaches in the society. The Counsellor education programme places a dual emphasis on the development of professional school counsellors and on the academic/scholarly aspects of the counselling profession. Students are provided with an opportunity for practical experience in a variety of settings .Counsellor education graduates are prepared to entry level positions as counsellors in Secondary Schools. Graduates are educational leaders who are able to promote and enhance student living through three broad and inter-related areas of student development – academic, career, and personal / social .Graduates are skilled in the primary delivery methods for effective school counselling programmes, counselling, consultation, collaboration, coordination, case management, guidance curriculum and programme evaluation.

Aim and Objectives

The programme aims to provide graduates with skills in media management and practice, development communication, and corporate communication.
The objectives of the programme are to:

  • Produce professionals capable of taking up leadership, management positions and providing services in communication-related areas.
  • Develop graduates’ ability to think critically, organize and present arguments and effectively strategize communication-related solutions.
  • To provide graduates with skills to independently gather, analyze and evaluate data and information.


Admission Requirements

University Rules and Regulations for the Master’s of Education Degree Programme

The common university rules and regulations for the Master’s Degree programme specified in the Kisii University Statutes shall be applicable.

7.0 Degree Structure

There shall be two options for a Masters degree programme in Guidance and Counselling which shall be by:

(i) Course work, examination, practicum and thesis.

(ii) 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 Education (M.Ed.) degree in Guidance and Counseling .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 (6) credit factors.

5.0 Duration of Study

5.1 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.

5.2 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.

5.3 Full-time candidates shall be required to spend the first twelve months of study in residence at the university.


8.1 All courses registered in each semester shall be examined at the end of the semester.

8.2 Examinations shall consist of continuous assessment which shall account 40% of the final grade and the end of semester examination which shall count 60% of the final grade.