Commenced in 1970 when the College was established, the School deals with the largest number of students in the College. It was one Division and one Department up to 1996 when it was converted, through the NCCE guidelines, into the School of Education. This was later followed with compartmentalization of Department of Education into three Departments viz: Educational Foundations, Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Psychology. The School of Education plays tremendous roles in the conduct and execution of Teaching practice to all the students. Education students’ grouping used to be A, B, and C from N.C.E. One to three. With the substantial increase in students’ population, grouping of Education students is now expanded to A, B, C, D, E and F respectively.
Even though, Education Department is compartmentalized into three, there is no distinct line of demarcation since all assignments/duties/responsibilities are interwoven and intertwined. It also should be noted that the Departments of General Studies, Early Childhood Care Education (ECCE) and Primary Education Studies (PES) were all under the school before 2009. However, in 2009 Departments of ECCE and PED were curved out of the School and they now stand as a school of their own. In short the School of General Education currently comprises of 4 departments with a Centre for Educational Technology (CET).
In order to maintain conformity and uniformity of educational practices throughout the Federation, the philosophical ideals of Nigerian education centred on creating a nation whose citizens are free and democratic, just and egalitarian; united, strong and self-reliant great and dynamic and full of bright opportunities.
The objectives are to prepare and train efficient and effective teachers for Primary and Post-primary Institutions. Thus, the mission of Teacher Education should among others include:
- Introducing them to useful knowledge in the foundation courses in Education.
- Providing them with skills regarding methods and techniques of teaching and training in the art of teaching.
- Helping to inculcate and develop desirable attitudes towards children, the teaching profession and the Nigerian Community they are trained and prepared to serve.
- Production of well-motivated teachers with high personal and professional discipline, integrity and competence for all the levels of the educational system.
- Preparation of teachers with appreciable expertise in curriculum planning, development and delivery, as well as competence in research, guidance and counselling.
- Continuous preparation and upgrading of teachers who can stand out for their professional competence, sense of social responsibility and commitments, to function effectively as constructive socio-economic, moral and spiritual change-agents needed to promote goodwill, peace and progress not only in the country, but also in the world of 21st century.
Specifically, at the end of the NCE, programme, the students should be able to:-
intelligently, the main ideas that have affected and still affect the
development and practice of education generally and in Nigeria in particular.
- Examine the main psychological, health and socio-economic factors that may help or hinder a child’s educational performance
- Study learners appropriately to determine the most effective ways of relating to them to ensure their maximum achievement.
- Professionally combine use of conventional and other motivational instructional learning strategies in generating and imparting knowledge, attitudes and skills.
- Develop, select and effectively use appropriate curriculum processes, teaching strategies, instructional materials and methods for maximum learner achievement.
- Broaden their intellectual perspectives through the General Studies Education Programme.
- Demonstrate desirable attributes in moral and character development.
- Discuss intelligently the main issues affecting teacher Education and the teaching profession in Nigeria.
- Identify major problems of education in Nigeria and their corresponding solutions.
- Demonstrate proficiency in measuring and evaluating learning outcomes as well as in carrying out appropriate research on educational problem in Nigeria.