Duration – 2 years -Block Release

The Diploma in Adult Education is a programme offered on a block release basis for two years and on a full-time basis for one and half years. It is structured to meet human resources needs for the successful implementation of the development projects in the broad fields of adult education such as Non – Governmental Organisations (NGOs) Commerce, Adult Education, Agriculture, Health and Security among others. The programme is meant to equip Adult Educators with knowledge, attitudes and skills.


The objectives of the programme are to enable students to explain basic concepts in adult education, identify various adult education provisions with specif reference to Zimbabwe and identify adult education needs based on contemporary issues and apply research skills to solve problems in their special fields.


As trainers in NGO, industry, health, army, prison, education, rural development, entrepreneurs, peace mission officers (conflict management)


At least 5 ‘O’ level subjects including English at grade C or better.


Each student shall be required to take a total of fourteen modules as follows:

At level 1: a student shall register for eight modules including Communication Skills and Information Technology.

 At level 2, a student shall register for six modules of which one is a research  project and one is an elective module.




6.1 Final assessment shall be continuous assessment and formal examinations

6.2 Continuous assessment shall constitute 40% of the final assessment.

6.3 Written examinations shall constitute 60% of the final assessment.

6.4 In order to pass the Diploma, a candidate should obtain at least 50% of continuous assessment and examinations combined.


Diploma Structure


DAE 101 Introductions to Adult Education
The module seeks to assist students develop a better understanding of what Adult Education is. It also focuses on the purposes of Adult Education by an introduction to an array of Adult Education provisions. The students are also exposed to the various historical perspectives which
are the basis of the field of Adult Education. Finally, it explores the role of Adult Education in the process of development.

DAE 102 Foundations of Adult Education
This module seeks to equip students with a broad understanding and appreciation of the Philosophical, Psychological and Sociological factors that influence the development of adult education. An analysis of theories in these felds is made with a view to coming up with implications for adult education.

DAE 103 Communication Skills
This module exposes students to effective communicative roles and skills. It is meant to assist students to be familiar with the University’s expectations and demands on how to tackle academic work. This module enables adult educators to communicate effectively and deliver meaningful presentations.

DAE 104 Information and Communication Technology
This module aims to introduce adult students to Information, Communication Technologies (ICTs) used in education and training environments and to provide them with an opportunity to explore criteria for the appropriate use of Information Communication Technology. In this module, adult education students identify and monitor issues arising from the use of ICT in the workplace, emerging technologies that can be applied in their workplace and conduct an ICT audit and devise an ICT plan for their workplace. Adult education students shall also establish the criteria to evaluate the suitability of specifc multimedia and online learning packages to their teaching and learning environment. Finally, the students shall evaluate the potential of Information and Communication Technology in an education and training context.

DAE 105 HIV and AIDS Education
This module raises the H.I.V science literacy. When students study the science of H.I.V they are able to study the structure and replication of H.I.V and identify its weak points, which can be taken advantage of by researchers. The module assumes that when students understand the science, they are better able to advocate for access to treatment and care and be in a better position to influence public policy around H.I.V and develop effective H.I.V and AIDS education programmes to curb the disease in their organisations.

DAE 106 Guidance and Counselling in Adult Education.
This module assumes that it is important for the adult educator to be acquainted with some techniques of guidance and counselling. Therefore, the requirement for adult educators to learn about and apply the principles of Guidance and Counselling cannot be over emphasized. In this
module, the students should be able to state the role and function of a counsellor and state how they can be applied in the work environment. Students should be able to give guidance and counselling services that promote self-direction and growth among individuals in their organisations.

DAE201 Research Methods and Statistics
This module seeks to expose adult educators to introductory courses in quantitative and qualitative research methods. Because the Adult Education programme consistently seeks to develop adult educators that integrate practice and research, all graduate adult educators are expected to develop and demonstrate a command of various approaches to research. This should enable the adult educators to solve various organisational problems they come across.

DGS 101 Introduction to Gender Studies
The module empowers the students with knowledge and skills that enable them to be gender sensitive in the University, workplace and in all their interactions. Topics covered include: understanding gender, theories of gender inequalities, historical development of gender, gender analysis, gender
issues in society, redressing gender imbalances, empowerment and strategies for creating a gender responsive environment. Every student has to pass the module in order to graduate.

DAE 202 Programme Planning, Implementation and Evaluation
This module exposes adult-education students to a growing body of knowledge and techniques for planning Adult Education programmes which keep pace with the dynamic and expanding feld of Adult Education. The basis for programming, the concept of programme and the different types of programmes are explored. Students are made aware of the need for the Adult Education programmer to develop a working philosophy based on their beliefs about education, learning, the learner, the programmer and programme development. Concepts considered relevant for effective programme development are identifed. Finally, programme development models/ framework are presented for students to adopt based on informed decisions.

DAE 205 Human Rights
The Human rights module aims to develop analytical skills which enable students to understand the relationship of law and human rights to the processes of globalisation and development. Students also develop evaluation skills which enable them to contribute to capacity building within their organisations or institutions.

DAE 206 Environmental Management
This module is designed to train adult educators in a broad range of skills for employment in environmental management education roles: Cleaner production waste minimisation and economically sustainable development. The module includes methods of minimising, managing and re-using industrial and domestic by-products with regards to the environment and enables the graduate to advise management on its legislative duties.

DAE207 Entrepreneurship
In this module, students are expected to develop a conceptual framework of entrepreneurship and distinguish between wage employment, self-employment and entrepreneurship. They further examine the entrepreneurial personality, opportunity identifcation and product selection. Ways
of enterprise launching and formalisation are explored and the role of support institutions to promote small entrepreneurs examined. Students are also exposed to what a project report is, its constituents and the advantages of preparing a project report, cost of production, pricing and break- even analysis concepts are also explored. Students also examine production, marketing, human resource, fnance and entrepreneurship management. Finally, labour legislation, taxation and export markets are examined.

EAD 102: Appreciating Economics
This module introduces Adult Education students to basic economic in order to an appreciation of the subject. It covers basic economic concepts such economic systems and structures theory of production, theory of distribution demand and supply and inflation and employment.

DAE 209 Dissertation
Students are expected to conduct independent scientific studies on or in a subject related to Adult Education. This study should culminate in a research report of 10 000 words based on wide research with the close assistance of a supervisor. Its weight is equivalent to that of two core modules.

HSC115 Introduction to Information Technology
The Information Technology module aims to give students an understanding of the basics of the computer and its processes. How to use computer systems to make their work easier in their learning process and even after. It is also combined with the information literacy
training programme at the Midlands State University Library which is aimed at making students aware of the limitless possibilities of information available to them. It also entails, basic Computer Concepts, Data processing Cycle, Number System, Computer Arithmetic, Types of Computer, Computer Peripherals, System Software and Application Software, Data Communications, Introduction to Application Packages:- Word Processors, Spreadsheet,
Graphics, etc.