Child Development and Children's Ministry

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.

 

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.

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.

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 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  

 

 

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