Brief History of the Department

Department of Primary Education Studies was introduced into the College as a minor subject for two years during the 1973/74 session. The course became a full fledged NCE major subject in 1974. The first set of candidates of the Programme graduated in 1977.

During the 1994 accreditation visit, the Department was given full accreditation status by the National Commission of Colleges of Education (NCCE).

 The Department made a lot of impact on the College Community and the State at large. This is because it ensured the establishment of the College Staff Primary School and supervises it effectively. Further more the establishment of Primary Education Studies Students Association (PESSA) was enhanced by the Department.

Primary Education (PED) aims at training students to become teachers with sufficient knowledge of the Primary School Curriculum, skills, attitude and methods to enable them teach the subjects of Primary 1 – 6 as contained in the National Curriculum, produced by the Nigeria Educational Research and Development Council.


At the end of the course students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate familiarity with the contents of the Primary School Curriculum.
  • Communicate effectively in a classroom situation
  • Teach effectively at Primary School level;
  • Exhibit a working knowledge of at least one major Nigerian languages, other than mother tongue;
  • Exhibit appropriate behavior in classroom management;
  • Demonstrate school management skills and supervisory roles;
  • Implement the curriculum, write a lesson plan, and teach effectively;
  • Improvise/produce instructional aids using local materials; and
  • Develop the attitude to continue learning.
  • Write an intelligible report of a project which he/she has undertaken;


  • A Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSC) or G.C.E. ‘O’ Level with credits in 4 subjects (including English Language and Mathematics )at no more than two sittings.
  • A Grade II Teacher’s Certificate (TC II) with 4 credits or merits in 4 subjects including English and Mathematics.
  • All candidates wishing to be considered for admission must write and pass the selection examination organised by JAMB.
  • Successful candidates in the Pre-NCE final examination who take and succeed in a selection examination organised by JAMB are also qualified for admission.

The present scope of the Primary School Curriculum in Nigeria Covers;


  • Maths
  • Basic Primary Science and Technology
  • Social Studies
  • Cultural and Creative Arts
  • French

 Nigerian Languages

  • Hausa
  • Igbo
  • Yoruba
  • Home Economics
  • Agricultural Education
  • Religious Studies (CRK/IRS)
  • PHE
  • English Studies
  • Computer Studies
  • Arabic