Welcome to Scott’s School of Theology. The men and women who form our student body come from diverse backgrounds and are brought together at Scott Christian University (SCU) by a shared passion for serving Christ and his Church. It is always a joy to see the transformation that occurs throughout their time here at SCU.
The School of Theology is the oldest school at SCU, begun in 1962, and remains the cornerstone of the University since every programme and every course offered at SCU is taught intentionally from a Christian perspective. Our programmes within the School of Theology are designed to impart the biblical, theological, and ministry knowledge necessary to be an effective minister, church leader, and disciple of Christ in 21st century Africa. Furthermore, required field ministry, learning contracts, internships, and evangelistic campaigns help to shape the skills and character of our students under the supervision of qualified faculty mentors who themselves have extensive ministry experience.
Ultimately, our goal and prayer for all of our students is that they might address issues in the church and society biblically and with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, that they might be leaders who serve humbly and lovingly, and that they might grow in Christlikeness, bringing glory to God and building his Kingdom in all aspects of life. Currently, our alumni are spread all over the world in church leadership positions, as missionaries, and in private and public sector jobs, serving and working to transform society for the glory of God. We whole-heartedly welcome you to Scott Christian University, and specifically to the School of Theology.
The Master of Arts in Theology is a two-year programme offered at the Machakos campus in a school-based mode of study. The MAT provides advanced training in Systematic and Historical Theology, offered from an evangelical, African perspective, in order to equip men and women for service in the Kingdom of God in Africa at a high level. It is designed for pastors or church leaders who desire advanced theological grounding as well as for those who aspire to doctoral studies in Theology.
Masters of Arts in Biblical Studies (MABS)
The Master of Arts in Biblical Studies is a two-year programme offered at the Machakos campus in a school-based mode of study. The MABS provides advanced training in Biblical Studies, offered from an evangelical, African perspective, in order to equip men and women for service in the Kingdom of God in Africa at a high level. It is designed for pastors or church leaders who desire a firm foundation in Old and New Testament Studies as well as for those who aspire to doctoral studies in these disciplines.
The Bachelor of Theology, SCU’s most popular programme, provides quality training for pastors, Christian educators, missionaries, and church leaders. Extensive coursework in Biblical Studies and Theological Studies lay a solid foundation for courses in General Studies and Ministry Studies, where biblical and theological truths are applied and contextualized to holistic ministry in an African context. The B.Th. is offered as a four-year full-time programme, but is also available in a school-based mode of study for those who are unable to enroll full-time.
Both the Dip.Th. and B.Th. also entail requirements outside the classroom that contribute to the formation of the student in not only knowledge, but skills and character as well. Field Education provides students with weekly opportunities to grow in the practice of ministry in local church contexts. Learning Contracts, which are completed under the supervision of faculty mentors, enable students to focus on key areas of personal growth in Christlikeness, such as character formation, discipleship, and servant leadership. A 10-week internship provides a context for the student to apply their cumulative learning under faculty supervision.
Diploma in Theology (Dip.Th.)
The Diploma in Theology is a three-year full-time programme held at the Machakos campus designed for students who are seeking to be well-equipped for pastoral or church-based ministry. Extensive coursework in Biblical Studies and Theological Studies lay a solid foundation for courses in General Studies and Ministry Studies, where biblical and theological truths are applied and contextualized to holistic ministry in an African context. Students who excel at the Diploma level may upgrade to the B.Th., entering the third year of the B.Th. after graduation with a Dip.Th., thus completing a B.Th. within five years of total study.
Diploma in Christian Ministry
Diploma in Christian ministry is a program SCU hosts in collaboration with World Vision and Compassion International. Students are admitted to the programme at the beginning of each 2-year cycle with the next admission being in 2016. The partnership with World Vision allows students to be educated at different outposts nearer their home, while the partnership with Compassion allows students to come to Scott to study in the school based mode program which focuses on training church leaders.
Certificate in Christian Ministry
Certificate in Christian Ministry is a program SCU hosts in collaboration with World Vision and Compassion International. Students are admitted to the programme at the beginning of each 2-year cycle with the next admission being in 2016. The programme consists of fewer credit hours compared to diploma in Christian Ministry which are spread over a 2 year time span.
Welcome to the SCU School of Education. The School of Education team would like to extend a warm welcome to our incoming and continuing graduate students. Over the past few years, the School has undergone tremendous change in terms of growth in faculty, student enrollment, and scholarship. The school is comprised of excellent faculty and staff who are committed to teaching and scholarship and to making your academic learning a priority. Our faculty members are among the best within their fields of expertise and have been trained at various reputed national and international Universities. They have been recognized within the university and worldwide for their, research and teaching. They have worked hard to maintain the integrity and quality of the educational programs by conducting cutting-edge research and scholarship in action projects.
Together, as a team, we prepare students to live, work, and thrive in any educational setting and to be highly connected to the world. It is a great pleasure to welcome you to train and learn with us and hope that your academic experience will be enriching and fruitful. We expect that our students are committed to learning and academic scholarship and will enjoy their academic experiences here.
Master of Education
The Master of Education program (MED), is designed to provide an opportunity for the teachers with a BED degree or its equivalent and those who hold a Bachelor’s degree with bias in humanities are also potential students. The MED program provides students with an integrated cluster of courses in education, which exposes students to a wide range of contemporary educational thought.
From this they are expected to learn to develop their own coherent educational theory and practice within the framework of an articulate worldview. By using this worldview to critically evaluating all ideas and practices regardless of their source, Christian sources included, students should learn to adopt teaching practices that most effectively promote quality learning in the context of a Christian worldview.
Post Graduate Diploma in Education
The Postgraduate Diploma (secondary option) is designed to meet the needs of professionals who are first-degree holders in fields other than education for secondary schools, but have employment that provides services to the same. They require a concentrated course in secondary school education that enables them to develop knowledge, methods of service delivery and skills directly related to their service provision. This Post Graduate Diploma is designed to meet this need. The programme intends to train teachers who are moral, ethical, creative, innovative, competent and accountable. It also aims at providing an opportunity from self-development in relation to career and life-long learning
Early Childhood Development Education
The Post-graduate diploma (ECDE) is designed to provide an opportunity to the first degree holders in other areas other than early childhood development education, but have a passion to work with children. This programme is tailor—made to equip such people with skills and the necessary competencies for efficiency service delivery. We believe in producing professional competent Christian teachers; who are critical thinkers, creative, caring and making learning interesting
Bachelor of Education (Arts)
Our Bachelor of Education Arts programme is tailor made to equip high school teachers with competence in teaching skills. A mean grade of C+ in KCSE and C+ in two teaching subjects or a diploma or certificate in a relevant discipline from a recognized institution is the requirements for admission to this programme. The programme follows the demands and standards laid down by the Teacher Service Commission (TSC), and is regulated by the Commission of University Education (CUE). In addition to the teaching and education common courses, the programme incorporates the University common courses, which include spiritual formation, progress of redemption and Christian ethics for the work place. At SCU we endeavor to produce well-disciplined and godly, professional teachers, who will not only impart knowledge, but also provide mentorship for the high school students (teenagers) in our society.
Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education)
Early Childhood Education Bachelor programme is designed to equip ECDE teachers with skills, competence and attitudes needed to stimulate children in preparation for primary education. It is our core purpose to train and equip trainers because we believe that children at this stage need a firm foundation to develop their innate potential as individuals. The programme is designed to provide knowledge on how children grow, and help educators develop strategies to provide for these needs and serve effectively within communities as ECDE teachers.
Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE)
Both Early Childhood Development Certificate and Diploma programs are designed to equip ECDE teachers with skills, competence and attitudes needed to stimulate children in preparation for primary education. It is our core purpose to train and equip trainers because we believe that children at this stage need a firm foundation to develop their innate potential as individuals. The programme is designed to provide knowledge on how children grow, and help educators develop strategies to provide for these needs and serve effectively within communities as ECDE teachers.
Welcome to Scott’s School of Professional Studies. It is exciting to have you. The School provides an exciting education opportunity for students from all backgrounds. We are committed to making sure that you will feel supported and nurtured and do well. We honor and respect cultural diversity and go the extra mile to ensure a comfortable and friendly environment that will make students feel like home. We are here to ensure that support and guidance are always available as our ultimate goal is to develop future leaders in the respective areas of our economy. The faculty is dedicated professionals who excel in connecting with students and providing educational experience. It is a place where you are able to make close friends, study, learn and grow. Our students have access to the full resources of the University and can expect collaborative opportunities with faculty and fellow students.
The school offers an environment of intellectual openness, vigor and integrity that is conducive to the growth of ideas and learning. It seeks to inculcate in our students sound habits and discipline of mind, a high degree of ethical self-awareness, and a spirit of enterprise, innovation, and life-long learning. The school provides a curriculum of both breadth and depth, places strong emphasis on analytic and communicative competence as a desired learning outcome, and is committed to promoting internationalization and cross-cultural understanding, in the belief that the academic model we adopt will best prepare our students to successfully negotiate the complexities of a globalized world environment in the 21st century.
The school offers the following programs which have been developed by experts in the respective fields, approved and accredited by the Commission of Higher Education:
Master of Business Administration
Master of Arts in Leadership & Management
Bachelor of Business Administration
Bachelor of Information Communication Technology
Bachelor of Hospitality and Tourism
Bachelor of Leadership Management
Bachelor of Arts in Counseling Psychology
Bachelor of Arts in Community Development
Bachelor of Arts in Leadership and Management
Diploma in Leadership & Management
Diploma in Information Communication Technology
Diploma in Counseling & Psychology
Diploma in Community Development
Diploma in Agribusiness
Diploma in Business Administration
Certificate in Information communication & Management
This 55 credit hour curriculum integrates both the science of management and the art of leadership through its grounding in both business and the liberal arts. It is designed to enable students to acquire analytical techniques of management and develop the ability to apply these techniques to real life scenarios in a corporate, government, or non-profit environment. In addition to a solid core of management and leadership courses, students may choose the following areas of specialization.
Areas of Specialization;
Church Leadership and Management
Organizational Leadership and Management
Educational Leadership and Management
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
This 54 credit hour programme is designed to provide a broad range of academic courses and practical tools to prepare students for managerial careers in Finance, Marketing, and Strategic Management. Our emphasis on leadership and ethics makes the students’ experience really unique and prepares them for leadership and business in the global marketplace.
Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
This programme aims to develop students’ intellectual ability and managerial skills through an appropriate blending of business and general education. It enhances students’ professional and leadership development in the areas of Finance, Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Human Resource Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing and Purchase and Supplies.
Areas of specialization;
Human Resource Management
Management Information Systems,
Purchase and Supplies.
Bachelor of Business Information Technology (BBIT)
The Bachelor of Business Information Technology (BBIT) degree programme is designed to equip graduates with sufficient knowledge and skills in business management and information technology. It combines the key aspects of Information Technology with the key facets of business to equip graduates to be immediately productive in the modern business environment.
Bachelor of Hospitality and Tourism Management
The Hospitality and Tourism Management Programme aims to produce professionals with firm academic foundation in management and operation of most sectors in the tourism and hospitality industry. Graduates will be multi-skilled with transferable managerial skills within the tourism and hospitality industry.
Areas of specialization;
Bachelor of Leadership and Management
The purpose of this programme is to provide students with understanding of foundational leadership and management principles and practices. It is designed to prepare students for effective organizational and public leadership and management roles in an era of increasing complexity and dynamic operation environments.
Areas of specialization;
Public Sector Leadership
Leadership of Nonprofit Organizations
Bachelor of Arts in Counseling Psychology
This programme is designed to prepare counseling specialists capable of guaranteeing individual, institutional and national wellness, equip learners with relevant competences for responding to emerging psychosocial needs, and promote counseling professionalism through assured competence.
Bachelor of Arts in Community Development
This programme is designed to help enhance self-sustainability among entire populations in communities by developing leaders who are transformational and thus transform the attitudes and abilities of the communities that they lead. Students can graduate as gender specialists or international development workers.
Certificate and Diploma in Leadership & Management
The Diploma in Leadership and Management is designed to provide leadership and management skills to mature students who are actively involved in community and/or institutional leadership. It aims at providing students with foundational understanding of leadership and management principles and practices that encourage further study and life-long growth in the area of leadership, with special attention to the students’ context of work and calling.
Certificate and Diploma in Information Communication Technology (ICT)
The SCU Certificate and Diploma in IT programmes are aimed at producing highly employable citizens of integrity who are well equipped with latest skills necessary to provide reliable ICT solutions to business and industry. These courses are designed as a sequence that allows a student to progress from the Certificate to Diploma level and later to transfer credits into an ICT degree programme.
Certificate and Diploma in Agribusiness Management
This programme aims at developing basic agribusiness entrepreneurs (agripreneurs) capable of starting micro-enterprises and small businesses and/or becoming practical agribusiness advisors with primary production and basic value-addition expertise. A certificate holder should effectively be able to work as an assistant to a first-level manager, while a diploma holder can effectively serve as a first line manager with a supervisory role.
Computer Application Programmes
SCU offers training in computer packages for anyone who wishes to become fully competent in the use of computers and common computer applications. These are offered in modules or as a full package, depending on the need of the trainee.
Harrahs Malinda, PhD.
Dean, School of Education
Harrahs Malinda, PhD.
Dean, School of Education
Dr. Harrahs Malinda is a Senior lecturer and the Dean, School of Education at Scott Christian University. She was the Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs at Scott Christian University from May 2018 to July 2019. From 2008 to 2015, Dr. Malinda served as the Director of the Institute of Child Development at Daystar University. In 2001 to 2002, she served as the Provincial Aids Control Coordinator for Eastern Province.
Dr. Malinda holds a Doctorate degree in Education (Child Development) from the University of Osnabruck, Germany, a Master of Arts Degree (International Child Development and Welfare) from the University of East Anglia in the United Kingdom and a Bachelor of Arts degree (Social Work) from the University of Nairobi. She also holds a Diploma in Project Management, a Diploma in German Language from the Goethe Institute, certificate in Conflict Resolution and Peace Building with the Les- Aspin Center for Leadership Development in USA among others.
She has served as Reviewer for Academic Programmes as well as Resource Person in Audit for Commission for University Education. On publications, she has published widely and authored university level books published by Lambert Publishing Company (Germany) and Daystar University. Her works have also been published widely in high impact international journals on ‘Character Formation,’ ‘Integration of Children with Disabilities in Mainstream Education,’ ‘Spiritual Nurture,’ ‘Child Protection’ and ‘Responsive Parenting.’ Dr. Malinda is an Editorial Board member of Global Educational Research Journal, International Journal of Social and Development Concerns, The Global Alliance of Child Development and Association of Child Development Professional of Kenya.
In 2000, Dr. Malinda was recognized and awarded distinguished service award for governance to study Conflict resolution and Peace Building at Marquette University (USA). In 2002, she was recognized as the best manager in coordinating HIV&AIDS KHADREP Project as the Provincial Aids Control Coordinator, Eastern province. She has taught, supervised and examined Doctorate and Masters Students and theses, and served as an External Examiner.
In community service, Dr. Malinda teaches in the Bible Study and Children Ministry in her local church and participates at various community and youth mentorship projects.