Early Childhood Development

The Bachelor of Education Honours in Early Childhood Development (Pre-Service Conventional) Programme is a four (4) year full-time programme of study designed for post ‘A’ Level candidates who want to pursue a career in teaching at early childhood development level. The programme intends to produce a practitioner who:

  • Has a strong knowledge base and is able to marry theory with practice within and outside the ECD classroom;

  • Is conversant with contemporary teaching methodologies and other emerging issues in early childhood development;

  • Is sensitive and able to meet the needs of young children;

  • Can design, implement and evaluate developmentally appropriate curricula for early childhood development and,

  • Is able to carry out action research/child study and other forms of research independently.


The programme is a response to the increasing demand for highly qualified and competent ECD experts. This is also in response to the need to complement the efforts of other universities in Zimbabwe and elsewhere who are offering similar programmes as a way of improving human resources development in ECD.


The following are possible areas of employment for the B. Ed. ECD graduates: Infant/

Nursery School Teacher, Head or Supervisor of an ECD centre, District ECD trainers,

Education Officers (ECD), officers in non-governmental organisations that deal with

family and children’s issues.


Pre-service Conventional Full Time-Four (4) years .

In-service Conventional Full Time-Two (2) years.

In-service Block Release-Three (3) years.


To be admitted to the programme, a candidate must normally have:

  • In-service Programme:

    •  Diploma or Certificate in teaching (i.e Pre-School, Infant Education or Early Childhood Development) or any other equivalent qualifications acquired by a candidate that may be approved by the Senate.

  • Pre-service Programme:
    • At least Five (5) 'O' Level Passes at grade C or better including English Language and Mathematics. In addition, a candidate must have at least Two (2) 'A' Level passes and/or any other qualifications acquired by a candidate that may be approved by the Senate.

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ZB Bank
Account Number 4564-679129-200,
Masvingo, Branch

Contact Details

Physical Address
Morgenster Mission
Morgenster, Zimbabwe
Postal Address
P.O Box 80, Masvingo
Tel: +263 772168102-5