Early Childhood Development

The aim of the course is to expose students to a full understanding of knowledge on developing children from 0-8 years, socially, emotionally, physically, intellectually and spiritually.

Theory of Early Childhood Development (TECD)

The aims of (TECD) is to exposé students to a vast body of theoretical knowledge in philosophy, sociology and psychological foundations of ECD in order to equip the students with skills and knowledge which should inform educational practices in any childhood setting.

The subject seeks to equip students with the philosophical background of ECD in Zimbabwe and abroad. The subject area covers some of  the following topics:-Pre and post-independence education; pioneers of infant education and early childhood philosophers.

The subject seeks to help students to acquire sound knowledge of child growth and development. The subject area covers some of the following topics:-Physical development; socio-emotional development; moral development; cognitive development and language development.

The subject intends to assist students gain and understanding of how society and family groupings affect the young learner. The subject area covers some of the following topics:-Culture and education; child rearing patterns; ECD social stratification and mobility; socialization of the baby; play in ECD and effects of poverty on ECD learners.

Main Subject

The aim of Main Study is to produce a student who is knowledgeable and skilled in the operations of a particular subject at a higher level , that is, at first year university level, so that they are able to act as resource persons and offer more specialised services in the schools. The course is offered for the pre-service programme.  Students are expected to choose one subject for specialization from any of the following area:-


The course aims to enable student teachers to explore the nature and meaning of existence in relation to religions; foster in student teachers an acceptance of people whose beliefs defer from their own; and also equip teachers with moral values through an academic study of religion.

The subject covers some of the following aspects:-Introduction to religious studies;  world religions; ethics; moral and contemporary issues; non-religious interpretations of life.

The subject intends to expose students to an in-depth study of the social, economic and political environment, and also help them to appreciate issues of interdependence within the global village.

Some of the topics covered are:-Introduction to Social Studies; human organization; the political environment; population studies; national and international economics; development studies; natural resources and ecosystems; settlement studies and contemporary issues.



Ukuze abafundi bathole ithuba lokulanda ukusungula kolimi lwe siNdebele lokuqakatheka kwalo phakathi kwesizwe; Ukuthuthukisa kubafundi ubungcitshi bokugabaza ngolimi lwesiNdebele


Izifundo zempilo lenhlalo yabantu


Kuumbiridza muvadzidzi hunyanzvi hwekutsvaka kukosha kwemutauro waamai mumagariro avaShona; Kupenengura maumbirwo emutauro wavaShona kusanganisira uvaranomwe hweraramo yavaShona

Zvipandi Zvikuru

Tsika namagariro avaShona.

Uvaranomwe: Mitambo



The subject aims to raise in students an awareness of the different language contexts; and develop in students an appreciation of different literary genres.

Some of the topics covered are:- Applied linguistics; Literature;- novels; plays; and poetry. Language; and creative writing

Practical Subjects

The subject seeks to adequately prepare student teachers to become knowledgeable and versatile by equipping them with relevant practical skills and attitudes to enable them to realize their full potential in the development and sustenance of quality art education in Zimbabwe. The subject covers some of the following topics:-General theory of Art; Zimbabwe Art; schools of Art; textiles; the design process; graphic design; drawing; painting; print making; sculpture and pottery

The subject aims to prepare student teachers to become self-reliant and self-sufficient by equipping them with functional skills and concepts for sustainable development.

Some of the topics covered are :-

Fashion and Fabrics:-  garment construction; fibres and fabrics and craftwork.

Food and Nutrition:-  food preparation; meal planning and food choice.

Home and Family Care:-  immunity; principles and elements of design.

The subject aims to help students acquire theoretical and practical competence in African and world music.

Some of the topics covered are:-

Interpretation of the staff notation up to the equivalence of grade 5 Associate Board of Royal School of Music; voice; introduction to ethnomusicology; instrument playing, that is organology, solo and   ensemble mbira or marimba playing, piano or guitar , recorder for solo or with accompaniment.

The aim of  the subject  is to produce expert sports personnel, one who can bring about sports culture in a given community.

Some of the topics covered are:-

Theory– applied anatomy and physiology; biomechanics; First Aid and sports injuries; sport organization; testing and measuring; health education; acquisition of motor skills; principles, values and concerns.

Practicals;- ball games; athletics; movement education and aquatics.


The subject  intends to broaden and deepen students’ knowledge of Mathematics. It also helps develop good habits such as thoroughness and neatness, and positive attitudes such as enquiring spirit, open-mindedness, self-reliance, resourcefulness, critical and creative thinking cooperation and persistence.

Some of the topics covered are:Indices; logarithms; polynomials; identities; equations; inequalities; coordinate geometry; functions; trigonometry; vectors; matrices; differentiation; integration; series; probability and statistics.   

Professional Studies Syllabus ‘B’ (PSB)

This aims to equip students with appreciation skills, develop moral values, scientific skills and language structures skillfully. It consist of four clusters namely:

The subject area covers some of  the following topics:-Rationale for teaching Expressive Arts; theories of teaching Expressive Arts; teaching strategies; cultural aspects; production of traditional musical instruments and    modern ones; percussion instruments and appreciation.

The subject area covers some of  the following topics:-Rationale for teaching Language Arts; theories of Language Arts; language experience approach; phonics approach; sentence method; eclectic method; educational media and technology; literacy skills; culture, norms and values and contemporary issues.

The subject area covers some of  the following topics:-Interpretation of Social Science syllabus; cultural values; theories of social environment; role play in developing       learning of Social Science; child abuse; gender issues and human rights.

The subject area covers some of  the following topics:-Interpretation of Science syllabus; managing natural resources; scientific skills; theories of natural sciences; experiments; excursion; problem solving; climate change; communicable diseases; balanced diet and preserving natural resources.

Professional Studies Syllabus ‘C’

The component aims at exposing students to basic research knowledge and skills, while at the same time fostering a positive attitude towards research work. Students choose a topic related to their area of specialization and should investigate using an appropriate approach.

The following are some of the topics covered:-Introduction to Educational Research; Action Research and methodology.

Contemporary Studies Professional Studies Syllabus ‘D’

All students doing  the different courses are required to take up subjects offered under contemporary studies.

The subjects on offer are as follows:

The subject area’s aim is to equip students with knowledge, life skills and attitudes that promote low risk behaviour as this contributes to the reduction of the incidence of Sexually Transmitted Infections, HIV and AIDS and other health related problems. It further intends to equip students with appropriate teaching skills and Methods.

The subject covers the following aspects:- Nature, origin and extent of HIV and AIDS; transmission and prevention of HIV and AIDS; HIV and AIDS policies; factors contributing to the spread of HIV, AIDS and STIs; relationship between HIV, AIDS and STIs; Life Skills, children’s rights and abuse; behavioural change; alcohol and substance abuse; human sexuality and gender issues; reproductive health issues; counselling; emerging issues; lesson preparation.

The subject aims at equipping students with computer skills that will enable them to offer instructions to primary school children and also be able to operate in a boundary-free global village.

Some of the areas covered in this subject are:-Introduction to ICT; computers and the education environment; file management; word processing; spread sheet; power point presentations; the internet; teaching ICT and using ICT in the classroom.

The subject aims at assisting students to able to articulate the socio-economic dynamics underlying Zimbabwean history and also appreciate the importance of national heritage

.It covers some of the following topics:-Pre-Colonial Zimbabwean States; colonial rule; struggle for independence; developments in post-independent Zimbabwe; civil education; international relations; entrepreneurship and conflict resolution strategies.

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