The Department of Social Studies was established during the 1985/86 academic session. It started with only three (3) lecturers including the HOD and a total number of four (4) candidates. At present, it is one of the largest departments in the College with student population of over 5,000.
Prior to 1991 when the College affiliated its NCE Programmes with the NCCE, the Department offered Social Studies as a Single major. This programme was then affiliated with the Institute of Education, Ahmadu Bello University (A.B.U.), Zaria. The Courses were then designed by the Institute for all the Affiliated Colleges. Thus Social Studies was combined with English, Primary Education Studies, Hausa, History and Geography. However, with the establishment of the NCCE and implementation of its Minimum Standards in 1991, the College started operating the semester system as opposed the term system operated by A. B. U. Currently, Social Studies is combined with Economics, English, French, Fulfude, Geography, Hausa, History, Islamic Studies and is being offered as double major since 2013.
Social Studies is a core subject from Basic 1-9 schools in Nigeria. The large number of these institutions coupled with their ever-increasing enrolments have necessitated the production of specially trained teachers who are equipped with the knowledge and special skills for implementing the Social Studies programme in these schools.
The fundamental concern of social studies is with man and his complex relationships with the world around and beyond. It is in this context that the NCE Social Studies curriculum attempts to instil in the students; the basic knowledge, desirable values, and skills for investigating, analysing and explaining these interrelationships.
The social studies programme is therefore designed with the objective of producing teachers who are both professionally committed and academically competent in its philosophy, content and methodology.
The programme is designed to achieve the following:
- Produce professionally and academically competent NCE Social Studies teachers for the Junior Secondary Schools.
- Prepare teachers who will inculcate in their pupils rational adjustment to their physical and social environment through acquisition of knowledge, attitudes, values, appreciations and skills necessary for developing social and civic responsibilities.
- . Produce students who are capable of benefiting from further education in social studies and other related areas.
- A Senior Secondary School Certificate (SSC) or G.C.E >O’ Level with passes in four subjects including English Language, which must be at credit level in the same sitting or at two sittings. Two of the credits must be relevant to the course the candidate wishes to offer. Credit in English and mathematics are required.
- A Grade II Teacher’s Certificate (TC II) with credit or merit in four subjects, two of which must be relevant to the course the candidate wishes to offer. Credit/merit in English Language and/or mathematics are required. For candidates wishing to offer courses in Vocational and Technical Education; the Federal Craft Training Certificate, RSA or City and Guild Intermediate Certificate with credit/merit in at least four subjects, are acceptable qualifications.
- Successful candidates in the Pre-NCE final examinations who also take and succeed in a selection examination organised by an accredited body such as JAMB
- . It should be noted that colleges should in addition to all of the above, administer their own elimination tests and/or interviews. This is legitimate.
- In addition to the General Admission Requirements for NCE programmes, candidate with SSC wishing to read Social Studies must have a credit pass in any two of the following subjects:-
Social Studies, History, Geography, Economics, Government , Islamic Religious Knowledge and Christian Religious Knowledge.