Maseno University

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The field of Special Needs Education faces complex and continually changing issues. The programme of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Special Needs Education will produce highly qualified and well-trained personnel who can meet the growing needs of Special Needs Education. The programme will also enable students to develop advanced research and intellectual skills in the field of Special Needs Education.


The Doctor of Philosophy degree in Special Needs Education intends to prepare the students to:

a) Acquire and develop advanced knowledge and skills in the area of Special Needs Education;

b) Provide sound leadership in Special Needs Education at the level of university, government and other institutions of higher learning;

c) Apply knowledge and skills acquired in solving issues in the area of Special Needs education;

d) Enhance critical thinking in the examination and analysis of contemporary and emerging issues in Special Need Education

By the end of the programme, students should be able to:

a) Have acquired and developed knowledge and skills in the area of Special and Inclusive Education.

b) Demonstrate sound leadership in Special and Inclusive Education at various levels.

c) Apply knowledge and skills in the area of research in Special and Inclusive Education.

d) Have acquired critical thinking in the emerging issues in Special and Inclusive education.


To qualify for admission into this programme, the applicant should be a holder of either of the following:

a) A Masters degree in Special Needs Education from Maseno University or any other recognized University; or

b) Other qualifications considered by Senate as equivalent to a Masters degree in Special Needs Education.


The duration of the PhD programme shall normally be a minimum of three (3) years and a maximum of five (5) years for a full time student. A part-time student may be registered for a minimum of four (4) years and a maximum of seven (7) years. Continuance of registration will depend on evidence of satisfactory progress reports.


Research and Supervision

a) A candidate registered for the PhD programme shall be required to pursue research under the guidance of a supervisor.

b) Senate shall normally appoint two supervisors for a candidate according to the University Examination Rules and Regulations for Post-Graduate Studies.


The University Examination Rules and Regulations shall apply.


The doctoral programme shall normally consist of thesis research only. However, level 8 (Masters level) course auditing shall normally be undertaken in areas of student deficiency. All audited course work shall normally be done within the first three semesters for both full time and part-time students.