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Undergraduate Programmes





The Department offers three (3) undergraduate programmes. These are;

  • The Bachelor of Education (Primary Education)
  • The Bachelor of Teacher Education
  • The Diploma in Sports Studies







1. B.Ed (primary) Degree

The degree programme is an in-service programme that was designed for curriculum specialists, teacher trainers, standards officers and classroom teachers.  The programme has four distinct areas of focus: subject knowledge, education foundation courses, teaching methods in specific subject areas, and a practicum/ or a period of school experience in a primary school.


The programme was mainly instituted to upgrade and improve professional knowledge, skills and attitudes of teachers and other trained personnel operating in the primary sector so that they provide leadership and educate children more effectively in schools.  Thus the programme’s objectives are to equip teachers for such roles as teacher educators, curriculum developers/leaders, standards officers and as classroom teachers.

The programme provides an opportunity to primary sector personnel to strengthen their subject knowledge.  Therefore, subject knowledge studies in two areas form a major component of the programme, followed by general and specific educational courses at primary level, teaching methods and a period of supervised experience at a primary school.  Subject knowledge constitutes 41% of the programme, which has 29-semester courses altogether.

Duration of the programme

The duration of the B.Ed primary degree program is three years, with students taking five courses per semester.

At first-year level students are required to take two courses from subject studies area of their choice. (The available subject areas are; Art, Music, Home Economics, Physical Education, Religious Studies, English, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies).  Students also take three compulsory education courses offered at first-year level.  At the second year level of the programme, students are expected to continue with their chosen study areas and also take on the associated teaching methods courses.  Students are also required at this level to take one course in Inspection and Supervision.  At the end of this second year, students undertake school experience of at least eight weeks.  In the final year of their study programmes students continue with their chosen study areas and also take general education courses focusing on educational administration, history of education, curriculum studies, gender studies and research methods.

Entry Requirements

To enroll on the programme, candidates must have at least 5 ‘O’ levels, a professional qualification such as Zambia Primary Teaching Certificate or a Primary Teacher’s Diploma or an equivalent teaching qualification from a recognized institution.  They must also have at least three years teaching experience.

2. Bachelor of Teacher Education Degree – B.TED

This degree aims at improving the professional competence of teachers’ college academic staff for the purpose of enhancing the quality of education.  It attained University Senate approval in 2002.

Admission requirements
Admission is open to all serving teacher educators in teachers colleges of education, resource centre coordinators and standards officers in the Ministry of Education who meet entry requirements of 5 “O” levels and have served for 3 or more years.

Modes of Delivery and Assessment
The features of the degree programme fall into two categories:


(a)          those to do with the mode of delivery, and
(b)          those relating to the mode of assessment.


In terms of the mode of delivery, the programme is designed to be by distance learning and in modular form.  The programme is offered purely by distance learning.  The School of Education liaises with the Directorate of Distance Education in terms of measures to ensure and safeguard quality.  The logistics are organized similarly; that is the production of modules by University lecturers for the candidates to interact with independently in their colleges and other instructional settings, and then face-to-face contact residential sessions during the college vacations.  The distance mode is preferred because it does not require the candidates leaving their duty stations thereby depleting staff in the colleges and other instructional settings.

With respect to the mode of assessment, each candidate will compile a portfolio comprising the assessment of practical skills mastered by the candidates during the module delivery especially in classrooms.  In addition to the assessment of the portfolio, the candidate will take the written examination consistent with the nature of the module; each module will be graded separately.  The portfolio will constitute 70% of the final mark, while the examination will carry 30%.

3. Diploma in Sports Studies – DSS

The Diploma in Sports Studies aims at producing professionally competent sports coaches, managers and administrators.


Target group

The programme is designed to draw candidates from among Grade 12 school leavers, serving physical education teachers, sports administrators and or sports managers in government ministries and departments, sports officers of various categories in sports associations and NGOs, and any other people who meet the admission criteria.


Admission criteria

To be admitted to the programme, the candidate must fulfill the following criteria;

  • 5 ‘O’ levels which must include English, Mathematics and Biology.
  • A diploma or certificate in Physical Education from a recognized College or University will be an added advantage.



Two Years.

Mode of delivery

The programme will be delivered in Modular form by distance learning with defined short-term residential contacts at UNZA, two (2) sessions of two (2) weeks duration in each year.


It is a modular two-year Distance learning programme. To graduate, a candidate is required to take twelve (12) modules as follows;

·         Ten (10) core modules

·         Two (2) practical modules

·         Field attachment to a sports associations or NGOs or clubs for three (3) months in the second year.


To be awarded a Diploma in Sports Studies, the candidate must pass:

·         Continuous Assessment (60%)

·         Final Examination (40%)





This is a list of the courses offered in the Department of Primary Education.



  • DPE 1020-  Fundamental Of Nutrition Science
  • DPE 2020-  Textile Science and Clothing
  • DPE 2120-  Home Economics Teaching Methods
  • DPE 3020-  Community Health and Nutrition
  • DPE 1050-  Introduction to Social Studies
  • DPE 2050-  Current Issues in Social Studies
  • DPE 3050-  Contemporary issues in Social Studies
  • LSE 2090-  Teaching Methods in Social Studies
  • DPE 1010-  Basic of Art and design
  • DPE 2110- Methods in Art & Design
  • DPE 2010- Primary School Art & Design
  • DPE 3010-  Contemporary Art & Design
  • DPE 1030-  Fundamentals of Music
  • DPE 2030-  Musical Arts of Africa
  • DPE 2130-  Music Teaching Methods
  • DPE 3030-  Music of Other Cultures
  • DPE 1040-  History Of Physical Education and Sport
  • DPE 2040-  Kinesiology of physical Education and Sport
  • DPE 2140-  Physical Education Teaching Methods
  • DPE 3040-  Administration and Managment of Physical Edu
  • DPE 2015- Inspection and Supervision in Education
  • DPE 2019- Primary School Curriculum and Instruction Design
  • DPE 1080- Nature of Children's Learning