Overview

The Bachelor of Child Development and Children’s Ministry (BCDCM) programme was established in 2006 in response to the training needs identified by leading child development agencies, churches, and other practitioners.  The objective was to promote professionalism in child care and development. This programme has been designed for those who have an interest in working with children and young people to give them an opportunity to play a key role in raising a new generation. This programme offers insight for all who seek to answer the Lord’s longing: “Let the children come to me” (Matthew 19:14).

This course emphasizes four key components in children’s work:

1) Child development

2) Children at risk

3) Church and community-based ministry to children

4) Programme management skills

This programme is uniquely inter-disciplinary, involving development, counseling, health sciences, and law. Our children’s ministry bachelor’s degree course cuts to the heart of the challenges facing children today. It will help you to examine human growth and development theories, exploring how children learn, live and how you can share with them the gospel of Jesus Christ. You will acquire skills how to address the challenges faced by children at risk and the knowledge and skills required in the areas of leadership and management of projects.

Duration: The BCDCM programme is a three year full-time day programme with six semesters of study.

 

 

Entry Requirements

MINIMUM ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Applicants should hold at least EITHER:                             

  • UCE & UACE certificate with at least 2 principal passes obtained at the same sitting OR                                    
  • A Diploma from a recognized institution of higher learning OR                     
  • A Pass in Mature Age entry examination                                                      

Applicants for undergraduate Diploma should hold at least EITHER:

  • UCE & UACE certificate with 1 principal pass OR                         
  • Certificate from a recognized institution of higher learning   

 

Certificate & Diploma

We offer certificate and diplomas courses at our study centres in Mbale and Namugongo.

 

Course Details

 

Name

Course Code

LH

PH

CU

Year One, Semester One

       

Biblical Theology of Children

CDCM 1101

30

30 

3

Introduction to Child Development (Theories and Processes)

CDCM 1102

30

30 

3

Introduction to Management

CDCM 1103  45    3

Understanding the Old Testament

FS 1201

30

30

3

Writing and Study Skills

FS 1101

30

30 

3

Total

 

165

60 

15

Year One, Semester Two

       

Introduction to the New Testament

FS 1202

30 

 30

3

Basic Computing FS 1102 30  30 3

Children in Context; Social Psychology

CDCM 1201

45 

 

3

Evangelism and Discipleship

CDCM 1202

30

30 

3

Understanding Children at Risk

CDCM 1203

30

30 

3

Project  Design and Management

CDCM 1204

45

 

3

Total

   210  60

18

Year Two, Semester One

       

Research Methods

CDCM 2101

45

 

3

Child Counseling in Context

CDCM 2102

30

30 

3

Development Theory in Practice

CDCM 2103 

45

 

3

Understanding Worldviews

FS 2101

30 

30  3

Elements of Mathematics

FS 2102

30

30 

3

Health and Wholeness

FS 2103

30

30 

3

Total

 

210

60 

18

Year Two, Semester Two

       

The Role of the Church in Child Development

CDCM 2201

45

 

Assessment and Intervention

CDCM 2202

30

30 

3

Fundamentals of Christian Leadership

CDCM 2203

30

30 

3

Special Needs Children

CDCM 2204

30

30 

3

Understanding Ethics

FS 2201

30

30 

3

Ministry Placement

CDCM 2205

 

90 

3

Total

 

165

105 

15

Year Three, Semester One

       

Children and the Law

CDCM 3101

 45  

3

Curriculum Development and Evaluation for Children

CDCM 3102

 45

3

Training of Trainers

CDCM 3103

30 30

3

Financial Management and Human Resource

CDCM 3104

45

3

Total

165 15

12

Year Three, Semester Two

 

Research Project or Dissertation

CDCM 3201

  90

3

Youth Ministry CDCM 3202 30 30 3
Early Childhood Intervention CDCM 3203 30 30 3
Community Development and Entrepreneurship CDCM 3204 30 30 3
Social Policy and Planning CDCM 3205 45   3

Total

   135 90 

15

Staff

 

University-wide Staff Resources

 

To find contact information for our Faculty staff, use the public Uganda Christian University directory. The links below provide pathways for staff resources and information. More information can be found on the websites of each faculty or in the Staff & Administration section of the main website.

 

Click here Faculty Staff Directory for resource.

 

Research

 

Research in Child Development

 

The Child Development Children Ministries (CDCM) Department developed a comprehensive targeted and focused research agenda in June 2015.  This is a key pioneering milestone in meeting the requirement of the 2014 UCU research policy; for development of a research agenda on a periodic basis, based on priorities of academic departments and faculties.  This UCU child development research agenda is a consolidated framework to guide the focus of Child Development (CD) research by faculty, students, inter-faculty collaboration at UCU, and with strategic external collaborative partners.  It has the following strategic objectives:

 

  • Excellence in education and training: Improving the teaching of child development graduates with capacity, outlook, and motivation for applied research in service and career development
  • Faculty development:  Research training and career development for staff (further training, published research, etc.)  This will strength teaching, consultancy, and outreach activities
  • Inter-/multi-disciplinary: Research and training in multifaceted dimensions of child development and constructed on the platform of biblical worldview or purposively placed under the spotlight of Christian perspectives
  • Inform and influence Child Development policy and practice: At all levels (family/community; institutional/faith-based settings/civil society, local and national government, regional, international)
  • Nurture the institutional profile of UCU:  Through CD research and its dissemination as a credible child development education, training, and research Centre
  • Mobilize resources:  Consultancy also brings income to the university and staff members concerned.

 

UCU Child Development Research Agenda 2015-2020: Priority Themes

 

1. Child development curriculum development research

2. Children access to social services 

3. Children and law reform

4. Adolescents challenges as they transition into adulthood

5. Child nurture (parenting) and family impact on child development

6. Child health and nutrition 

7. Holistic child nurture, protection, and development through the church ministry

8. Violence against children – its determinants and impacts; its prevention and mitigation

9. Child and adolescent development and media

10. Child protection: Policy development, analysis, implementation, and evaluation