The department was established in 1974 and in 1977 the first batch graduated with a total of ten (10) students. The Department of Chemistry is one of the seven departments under the new School of Secondary Education (Science programmes), in the College. The department now runs Pre-NCE and NCE programmes. It also provides services to other science-based disciplines like Agricultural Science and Home Economics.
It should be noted that since the commencement of the NCE Chemistry Programme in 1974, the Department continued to expand gradually. With very few subject combinations in the 1980s, it is now combined with Biology, Physics, Integrated Science, Mathematics, Computer, and PHE. At present, its student population is second in the School.
The intrinsic as well as the utility values of Chemistry in all spheres of human activity have necessitate its inclusion in the school curriculum, the teaching and learning of chemistry at the Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) level should be such as to produce competent, effective and efficient teachers, who having acquired the requisite skills should be able to impart same to their pupils.
The objective of the Chemistry programme at NCE level is to produce highly qualified middle-level man power knowledgeable in the processes of chemistry and inculcating these in the students. Students should have competencies in chemistry teaching including ability to:
- Develop functional knowledge of chemistry concepts and principles.
- Observe and explore the chemical environment.
- Apply the skills and knowledge gained through the study of chemistry to solve day-day problems.
- Explains simple natural phenomena.
- Develop scientific attitudes such as curiosity etc.
- Manipulate simple apparatus for purposes of demonstration and use.
- Improvise simple equipment junk in the chemical environment.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS (GENERAL)
- The senior secondary school certificate of WAEC or NECO or any other equivalent certificate from recognized examination bodies with passes in 5 subjects including English language and mathematics. At least 3 of the passes must be in the subjects making up the combination the candidate wishes to offer. Credit in English and or mathematics may be required in some combinations.
- A grade II teachers certificate (TCII) with credit or merit in three subjects, two of which must be relevant to the course the candidate wishes to offer. Credits/merits in English and or mathematics are required for candidates wishing to study chemistry.
- A pass in Pre-NCE chemistry final examination or pass in IJMB chemistry final examination is required for admission.
- All candidates wishing to be considered for direct admission must enroll for and write selection examination organized by and accredited body such as JAMB.
- It should be noted that some colleges may in addition to all above, administer their own elimination test/ and or interviews for some courses. This is legitimate.
- Special programmes, educational visit i.e to industries and factories.
- Chemistry – Minimum 32 Maximum 34 Credits
- Second Teaching subjects – Minimum 32 Maximum 34 Credits
- Education including TP – Minimum 36 Maximum 36 Credits
- General Study – Minimum 18 Maximum 18 Credits
Total = Minimum 118 Maximum 122 Credits
There are 32 compulsory credits and students are required to take additional 2 credits from any of the 5 electives available in Chemistry.
Continuous Assessment [C.A] =40 marks and an externally moderated examination =60 marks
EDU 311:Teaching Practice is compulsory for all students and earns 6 credits.
The final year project is compulsory for all final year students. It may be written in Chemistry or Education or the second teaching subject and the result is credited to EDU 323.