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.
Upon completion of the Bachelor of Theology degree, a graduate can serve as a:
Pastor (or a related ecclesiastical title)
Leader in church and parachurch ministries
Youth ministers and workers
Non-profits such as World Vision and Compassion International
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.
The School of Education team extends a warm welcome to our incoming and continuing graduate students.We congratulate you on taking the first step towards achieving your educational and career goals at Scott Christian University.
Scott Christian University is a Chartered University in Kenya. We have our main campus located in Machakos town. We offer courses that have been approved and accredited by the Commission for University Education (CUE) and are listed in the CUE’s website. Currently at the school of Education we offer; Masters, Bachelors, Diploma and Certificate Courses.
At the School of Education, we provide a stimulating learning environment interactive-learner centered and quality driven approach to teaching, learning and Assessment. We train, advise, guide, mentor and prepare our students to achieve their highest potential which is essential in the realization of one’s potential and preparation for the job market. Those who choose to study Education at Scott Christian University get access to a wide-range of courses that form a springboard to a sea of opportunities. At the School, we endeavor to promote a record of achievement and success in academic excellence and job prospects. As a student of talent and ability, you will be exposed to programmes that present a sound theoretical foundation and a strong practical background.
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.As a team, we have, and continue to work hard to maintain the integrity and quality of the educational programs by conducting cutting-edge research and scholarship in action projects.
Together, 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 in Education Leadership & Administration – Program Description
The Master of Education in Education Leadership and Administration is designed for educators who are seeking to be equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to become effective leaders /administrators in educational institutions and agencies. Graduates from this 2-year program are trained to provide leadership that is contextual, relevant and comparable to international standards.
The program consists of academic coursework, classroom seminars, and tutorials, engagements with classmates and a major thesis. The modular courses are offered through blended learning. Applicants should possess a Bachelor’s degree in Education. Students without the requisite background may be required to do qualifying courses.
EDU 500: Foundations of Christian Education
EDU 501: World views in Educational Leadership and Administration
EDU 510: Curriculum Theory and Practice
EDU 512: Curriculum Assessment and Evaluation
EDU 520: Teaching Methods
EDU 530: Research Methods in Education
EDU 534: Graduate Writing and Skills
EDU 536: Educational Statistics
EDU 543: Economics of Education
EDU 560: Educational Leadership, Theory and Practice
EDU 561: Human Resource Management in Education
EDU 562: Theory and Practice of Educational Planning and Policy Formulation
EDU 535: Instructional Supervision
EDU 504: Financial Management and Stewardship
EDU 532: Minor Thesis
EDU 533: Major Thesis
School Principals/Vice Principals
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
The Bachelor of Education (Arts) Programme is designed to prepare teachers and Educators within the teacher training prescriptions of the Ministry of Education and the Secondary School system in Kenya. The BEd programme is run on an integrated basis where the professional and academic contents are offered as determined by the Teacher Service Commission (TSC) and the Commission for University Education (CUE). The Bachelor of Education (Arts) curriculum includes Foundation Courses in Education which are taken by all education students. Students are expected to choose two teaching subjects that are offered in the Program. These subjects must correspond to the curriculum offered in Secondary Schools and other equivalent institutions in Kenya’s Education system. Students select two teaching subjects from the following subject areas:-
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.
Upon completion of the Programs, the student will be well prepared to:
Take active and excellent career in all facets of the profession of Education;
Teach two subjects at the secondary school level;
further Education and training in their areas of interest and specialization and obtain a Master of Education degree;
work and contribute to the national goals of Education and development through Educational Agencies and Departments in the Ministry of Education and devolved government.
KCSE certificate with mean grade C+
Mean grade of C+ in each of the TWO teaching Subjects.
Course Structure and Duration
The Bachelor of Education (Arts) programme (BEd Arts) takes a period of four academic years. Each year consists of two semesters of seventeen (15) weeks each. In addition, the students shall take twelve (12) weeks of Teaching Practice in approved secondary school. During Teaching Practice, the students shall be assessed twice in line with Ministry of Education requirements.
Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) Profile
Early Childhood Development is one of the most sought after courses of study in the field of Education. It focuses on the way our minds learn and the different methods to increase this ability from birth up until the age of eighteen has continued to baffle Researchers, governments, parents and teachers.
The Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood degree seeks to equip the student with knowledge, skills and attitudes for fostering a holistic approach to child growth and development. The holistic approach seeks to simultaneously address the physical, emotional, relational, intellectual, and spiritual aspects of a child’s life. The importance of the Holistic Approach is that Children learn different things at different stages of growth and development. The mandate of ECD is therefore to provide holistic child growth and development which include cognitive, physical, social, moral and spiritual aspects of development.
Across the globe, governments are requiring teachers and early childhood educators to get back to the basics by focusing their teaching methods to a holistic approach to support early childhood development and help leaners to acquire competencies, foster learning and interaction with the natural world and create opportunities for challenge, risk-taking, and social development.
The Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Education prepares the student to possess skills that enable children to explore and discover as a way of learning by becoming highly engaged and actively involved in their interdependence between people, plants, animals and the environment.
If you are looking for a career that is in-demand and which has no shortage of job opportunities now and in the future, early childhood education is a good choice. All around the world, the population is increasing at a significant rate. As we proceed into the future, the number of children with the need to learn will also continue to increase, potentially at an even higher rate than we are seeing today. What this means is that there will be a continued need for teachers, researchers, advisors, lecturers, family care advisors with expertise in early childhood education
The general objectives of ECD programme are to:
Provide education geared towards development of the child’s mental capabilities and physical growth
Enable the child enjoy living and learning through play
Develop the child’s self-awareness, self-esteem and self confidence
Enable the child to develop understanding and appreciation of his/her culture and environment
Foster the child’s exploration skills, creativity, self-expression and discovery
Identify children with special needs and align them with existing services
Enable the child build good habits and acquire acceptable values and behaviors for effective living as an individual and a member of a group
Foster the spiritual and moral growth of the child
Improve the status of the child’s health, care and nutritional needs and link him/her to health services such as immunization, health check-ups and growth monitoring
Enrich the child’s experiences to enable him/her to cope better future school life
Develop the child’s aesthetic and artistic skills.
Career opportunities for Early Childhood graduates
Child care directors and administrators
Family care Consultants
Researchers in education
Mean grade C+ (plus) at KCSE or its Equivalent OR
Mean grade C (Plain) at KCSE or an Equivalent with Diploma in Early Childhood education from a recognized Institution. OR
P1 Certificate with a mean grade of C- (Minus) at KCSE level, Diploma in Early Childhood education from a recognized Institution and two years teaching experience. OR
KACE or equivalent Certificate with a minimum of the two principal passes and O-level Credit in Mathematics and one other subject.
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.
Human Resource specialists
Training and development specialists
Logistician and procurement officers
Real estate officers
Buyer or purchasing agent
Compensation and benefits analyst
Convention and event planners
Labor relations specialist among many others.
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.
Business IT manager
Information architect or system tester
Teaching Assistant among many others
Bachelor of Information Communication Technology (BICT)
The Bachelor of Information Communication Technology essentially equips students with the much needed technical know how to prepare them to handle today’s job needs like design of accounting softwares and databases like human resources.
Management Information developer/officers
Cyber security analysts
IT technical support officer
Teaching Assistant among many others
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;
Hotels and Resorts.
Airline Travel and Luxury Cruise
Food and Beverage Services
Teaching Assistant among many others
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
Administrative Services Managers
Company Branch Manager
Credit Manager/Loan Officer
Customer Service Manager
Human Resource Administrator
Small Business Owner/Manager
Teaching assistant among many others
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 psycho-social needs, and promote counseling professionalism through assured competence.
Further education teacher
High intensity therapist
Psychological well being practitioner
Sport and exercise psychologist
Teaching Assistant among many others
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.