ACADEMIC PROGRAMMES

NCE and Remedial Studies (Full-Time Course) The college runs full time courses in NCE, and remedial programmes in Pre-NCE, Grade II TC and SSCE. Currently there are twenty-seven academic departments offering over sixty course-combinations in NCE. It also provides part-time study programme through consultancy services.

All the courses are usually advertised in public media around August/September of each year, and admission forms are obtained from the registry upon the payment of the stipulated fees. 

The pre-NCE and NCE programmes are overseen by the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) which serves as the regulatory body. Refer to appendix ‘A’ for details of the NCE and Pre-NCE course-combinations being run by the College. Degree Programme The College is also offering seventeen courses in B.ED, B.A ED/ B.Sc. ED Degree Programmes in multiple affiliations with the Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto (UDUS) and Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria. Under the UDU Sokoto affiliated programme which commenced in 2000/2001 session, the College runs eleven degree courses. The course-offering departments are Arabic, English, History, Islamic Studies, Hausa and Primary Education Studies. Other departments of the College that provide B.Sc.ED degree include Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Geography and Mathematics. Similarly under the A B U (Zaria) affiliated degree programme, the College offers courses in ‘Agricultural Science Education, Business Education Studies, Home Economics Education, Integrated Science Education, Physical & Health Education and Social Studies Education.’ Part-Time Programme Through its Consultancy Services Unit, the College offers the following courses on part-time basis: NCE Sandwich, NCE Intensive Programme, Graduate Diploma in Education (GDE) and Certificate in Education. Professional Diploma in Education (PDE) The programme is equivalence of PGDE being offered in various tertiary/higher institutions across the world.

The course is designed to prepare graduates from tertiary and higher educational institutions who are interested in acquiring teaching qualification.

(b) Objectives:

i) To prepare non-teaching graduates with high Diploma or Degree or higher Degree certificates for teaching profession

ii) To produce professional educators with adequate knowledge of the modern theories of education, modern techniques of teaching and learning and thereby acquiring professional competence.

iii) To expose the students to improved teaching-oriented activities in conformity with professional standard,

iv) To sensitize the students to issues and development in teaching profession.

(c) Duration The College operates the GDE programme during the weekends thus: Fridays from 3:00 pm to 6:30 pm and Saturdays from 9:00 am to 6:?0 pm.
The course work takes three terms or two semesters (i.e. one calendar year).

It also involves a research project and a minimum of twelve weeks of teaching Practice by each student. See appendix ‘B’ for the details.

(D) Other courses Similarly the College offers courses in Certificate in Education (CED). This programme was introduced in 2002/2003 session. It is meant for candidates with WAEC/NECO-SSCE, TC II and OND Admission Requirements (A) Minimum Entry Requirement for NCE and Pre-NCE Programme i) Single Major Courses: For the minimum entry requirement in most of the NCE single major courses, a candidate must have 3 credits and 2 passes in SSCE results or 2 merits and 2 passes hi ease of Grade II teacher certificate.. However, two of the credits/merits must be relevant to the chosen course of study with at least a pass in English Language and Mathematics. ii) Double Major courses:

The minimum admission requirement generally for NCE double major courses is as follows: a) Business Education Studies: A candidate must record a minimum of 3 credits out of which 2 credits must be in business related courses, or 2 merits in case of Grade II teacher certificate. The third credit / merit should be in English Language b) Agricultural Science:

A minimum of 3 credits or 3 merits (TC II) is required of a candidate in any three of the following courses: Agricultural Science, Biology/Health Science, Physics, Chemistry, Geography and Economics

iii) Science courses: A candidate for NCE science courses must have at least 3 credits/merits (TC II), 2 of which must be related to the chosen course of study; and a credit in mathematics. iv) In each of the cases stated above, the results (i.e. number of credits/merits) must be attained by the candidate at a single sitting examination. A minimum of 4 credits and 3 passes from 2 separate sittings of examinations will be required for the same admission.

v) Pre-NCE courses: Admission into the Pre-NCE courses requires a candidate with at least a credit and passes in related chosen courses plus English Language and Mathematics.

vi) Acceptable Results: For the purpose of admission into the NCE and Pre-NCE courses, the College mainly recognizes the post-primary educational certificates or statement of results issued by the national examination bodies such as the WAEC, NECO, NABTEB and NTI or their equivalence.

(B) Admission Requirements for the Degree Courses

1 General Information i) Admission into the College degree programme is by direct entry only.

ii) Each candidate should indicate in the application form, two different courses of choice in order of preference.

iii) Any candidate who indicates one course as first and second choice limits his/her chance to only that course.

iv) Only the ‘O’ Level /SSCE results passed at not more than two sittings would be considered.

v) All TC II sittings must be compiled in one statement of result or certificate.

vi) Only the candidate short-listed by the University of their Choice would b communicated to.

vii) Candidates awaiting results need not apply.

viii) Each application must be accompanied with photocopies of the following documents:

a) All academic credentials.

b) Birth Certificate/ Declaration of Age.

c) Letter of state of origin.

d) Satisfactory proof of change of name (if any).

2. Entry Requirements: Applicants with one of the following qualifications may be considered for admission by Direct Entry:

a) A minimum of five (5) subjects passed at credit level with at least two sittings at the ‘A’ level and the other at the SSCE/ GCE O/ level. No subject shall be counted at both Ordinary and Advanced levels.

b) A minimum of Lower Credit in the major subjects in the NCE with SSC O/ Level credits and equivalents in THREE other subjects^ Education is accepted as a third ‘A’/Level subject.

c) (C) A minimum of ‘C’ grade at the IJMB examination with three other subjects passed at credit level in SSCE/GCE ‘O’Level or equivalent.

d) A minimum of Lower credit pass at Diploma with at least three other credit passes at ‘O’ Level. Note: Holders of diploma certificate applying for ABU Zaria courses should note that only the diploma awarded by ABU is acceptable for admission

(C) Entry Requirement for GDE The GDE programme is opened to candidates with high Diploma or Degree or higher Degree certificates, without teaching qualification, from recognized universities or Polytechnics or their equivalence from within or outside Nigeria. Interested candidates with degree certificates must attain a minimum of Second Class Honours Division. Candidates with Third Class Degree or Pass Degree or HND with low grade must possess a minimum of 5 years practical teaching experiences. Registration Procedure All new students, whose names appear on the College admission lists for various courses, are expected to collect their admission letters from the office of the Academic Secretary, and to commence registration immediately. Individual student should complete registration formalities at all registration points in person. In addition, students from non-catchment area are required to pay additional amount (i.e. tuition fees and other charges) as stipulated by the management from tune to time. In order to register, every student is required to observe the following; 

a) Payment of the registration and/or tuition fees into the stipulated College bank account. 

b) The students are then issued with certified bank tellers, which must be submitted, to the Accountant of the Student Affairs Division to obtain the college receipts. 

c) The students then collect the college registration forms. 

d) Students undertake academic departmental registration. Each fresh student must bring original copies of his/ her credentials for the purpose of screening and confirmation. For the purpose of documentation, items to bring include Originals of FSLC, SSCE—WAEC or NECO, etc Certificate(s) or Statement(s) of Result and at least 10 copies of recent passport photograph. Each new student shall also present original copy of:

 i) Birth Certificate or Declaration of Age 

ii) LGA Indigene Certificate iii) Admission letter Note: No student is allowed to participate in the College activities without proper registration before hand. Any student that violates the College registration rules shall face disciplinary action. 7.5 Change of Name i) It must be emphasized that every new student must register in the College with only the name(s) that appear(s) in his/her admission letter.

 iii) No student is allowed to change his/her name(s) during the registration.

 iv) The College does not accept complete change of name or part of the name of any student during the first session or the final session. iv) A student who wishes to change all or part of his/her name and wants the College approval, must submit to the Registrar, a written application with a sworn affidavit and a page of recognized newspaper or a newspaper cut-out, carrying the published change of name.

 v) The College approval regarding the change of name shall be communicated accordingly to the relevant departments including the Student Affairs’ Division. vi) A student must produce the original copies of certified documentary evidence in case of any change of name prior to admission into the College.. Any student that violates the College registration rules shall face disciplinary action.

Course Credit System a) In nearly all its academic programme, the College operates, course credit system. Course credit system involves organizing academic courses into Credit Units’ across the ‘levels’. Credit units of most of the NCE courses range from 1 unit to 3 units. Also the weight assigned to credit units of most the U G courses in the College ranges from 1 unit, to 4 units.

 b) In this system, course credit units are arranged in levels. The levels are graded from 100 – 400 levels. -A level denotes one academic session and there are 2 semesters in a level or a session. One credit unit is assigned 15 hours of lectures or 45 hours of practicals per semester. Bearing this in mind, the number of credit units of a course, usually determines its total number of lectures in a semester. Thus, 2 credit units course requires 30 hours of lectures per semester. 

c) One of the advantages of the course credit system is that every student studies at his/her own pace within the approved mandatory period. In addition, it allows a student to retake or ‘Carry-over’ the course(s) he/she has failed in the previous examination. However, students pursuing study programmes like Pre-NCE, TC II and Remedial, do not ‘Carry – Over’ their failed courses, instead they repeat the entire programme. d) In each semester, a student must record a minimum of 75% lecture attendance in every academic course credit unit(s) registered for and full participation in the prescribed practicals. Course Registration


i) At the academic department, each student must register for his/her courses with not less than the prescribed total minimum number of credit units and not more than the maximum number of credit units in each level per semester or session. Student must be aware of the distinction in status between the Core-courses and the Elective courses during the departmental registration. The NCE and Pre-NCE students should refer to the tables below for guide. 

They are also advised to consult their respective Heads of Departments to ensure compliance with the regulations regarding the registration of core-courses. The tables below show the current number of courses, the total number of core-courses, their credit units, the total number of elective courses and their total credit units available in the academic departments and by level across the Schools.