Brief History of the Department

The department of Integrated Science, Shehu Shagari College of Education Sokoto, is one of the pioneer departments in the College, and it was established in the year 1990. The department was established solemnly for the purpose of NCE programme. The NCE programme in the department started with Double Major combination (Integrated Science Double Major) since it was established in 1990, and later in 2005 it enrolled with other combinations like Biology and Chemistry. In 2008 another combination was added to the department i.e. PHE, and in 2010 Double Major combination was abolished based on the new NCCE regulations. In that particular year (2010) Single Major Combinations were adopted to the department which is: Biology, Chemistry, Physics and PHE, this continued till 2014, when another NCCE regulation was created. The 2014 NCCE regulation came with the reintroduction of Double Major combination together with other new combinations like Computer, Mathematics and Special Education and one Single Major Combination was abolished which is PHE. Currently, the department has more than 500 hundred students and is manned by a team of nineteen academic staff in both academic and non-academic.

NCE INTEGRATED SCIENCE (SINGLE MAJOR)

PHILOSOPHY

The philosophy of the Nigerian Certificate in Education NCE Integrated Science is anchored on the following areas:

  • Fundamental unity of science
  • The use of scientific method as a common approach in solving
  • The role and function of science in everyday life
  • To prepare students for further studies in Integrated Science

Integrated Science has been described as that science which has not been disintegrated. It supposes to be an approach to the study of the environment, free of the limitation imposed by the separate subject disciplines. This is not to’ decry the value of a subject discipline approach; it clearly has its uses. However, at the level of readiness for learning of secondary school students, the boundaries between the disciplines can only appear as artificial, man-made constructs which interfere with unified view of nature as a whole, which children bring to the classroom with them.

Integrated science emphasizes those concepts which are common to all of science, the process of science and the skills associated with them. The great themes of science such as energy, field and particle theories, conservation, balance and cycles in nature are also emphasized as it’s the relevance of science to everyday life. Integrated Science also emphasizes inquiry into the nature of the environment. The scientific method of inquiry can be learned by everyone, and a prime aim of the programme is to provide students ‘with an introduction to this method and allow them to follow their own inquiries. The method of inquiry has cognitive and practical aspects.

These cognitive aspects include the ability to formulate questions, to identify variables and design experiments, to interpret results, recognize patterns, generate hypotheses, draw conclusions and develop theoretical models. The practical skills required include general skills such as ability to observe and to measure, and more specialized skills in the handling and use of laboratory apparatus, living material, and chemical.

OBJECTIVES

In preparing teachers of Integrated Science, the principal objectives include:

  • Enabling students to gain the concept of the fundamental unity of science;
  • Installing in students a commonality of approach to problems of a scientific nature i.e. the scientific method;
  • Increasing students’ understanding of the role and functions of science in everyday life and in the world in which they live;
  • Making students well informed and scientifically literate;
  • Enabling students to acquire and demonstrate the intellectual-competence and professional skills necessary to the teaching of Integrated Science in Primary and Junior Secondary Schools, as an inquiry-based subject, in conformity with National Curriculum;
  • Developing in students the ability to impart and encourage in their pupils the spirit of inquiry into living and non-living things in the environment;
  • Developing the ability and motivation in students to work and think in an independent manner;
  • Enabling students to carry out scientific investigations, emphasizing co-operation, development of appropriate scientific processes and skills, and improving their written and oral communication skills.
  • To develop in students the interest to pursue higher studies in integrated science.

GENERAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Senior Secondary School Certificate (WAEC) or NECO or any other equivalent Certificate from recognized examination bodies with credit passes in four (4) subjects including English Language and Mathematics at not more than two sittings. Two of the credits must be in the subjects making up the combinations the candidates wish to offer
  • A Grade II Teacher’s Certificate (TC II) with credit or merit in four (4) subjects, two of which must be relevant to the course the candidate wishes to offer. Credits/Merits in English Language and Mathematics are required for candidates wishing to study Chemistry.
  • A pass in Pre-NCE Chemistry final examination or a pass in IJMB Chemistry final examination and a pass in JAMB is required for admission.
  • All candidates wishing to be considered for direct admission must enroll for and write the selected examination organized by an accredited body such as JAMB.
  • It should be noted that some colleges may in addition to all the above, administer their own elimination tests and/or interviews for some courses. This is legitimate.

Note;

A credit in Mathematics and credit in English Language at the Senior secondary School Certificate/equivalent are required of all science-based specializations.

(ii) ADDITIONAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Candidates wishing to study Integrated Science at the NCE level’ must satisfy the general admission requirements. For candidates with Senior Secondary School Certificate or GCE ‘O’ Level, the credit passes must be from any two of the following groups:

  • Biology/Health Science/Agricultural Science
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • General Science/Integrated Science

For candidates with Grade II Certificates, the credit or merit passes must be from any two of the following groups:

  • Biology/Health Science
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • General Science/Integrated Science
  • Agricultural Science

There should be introduction of Pre-NCE Integrated Science for the Double major students in Colleges of Education(the head of the department could guide the lecturers in selection of the basic courses that would introduce the students to the course at Pre NCE level.)

Philosophy

The philosophy of Integrated Science is anchored on: The fundamental unity of science, the use of scientific method as a common approach in solving everyday problems; and the role and function of science in everyday life.

The objectives

The objectives of physical and Health education programme are as follows:-

  • Enabling students gain the concept of the fundamental unity of science.
  • Installing in students a commonality of approach to problems of scientific nature i.e. the scientific method;
  • Increasing students’ understanding of the role and functions of science in everyday life and in the world in which they live;
  • Making students well informed and scientifically literate;
  • Enabling students acquire and demonstrate the intellectual-competence and professional skills necessary to the teaching of Integrated Science Secondary and tertiary schools, as an inquiry based subject, in conformity with National Curriculum;
  • Developing the ability and motivation in students work and think in an independent manner;
  • Enabling students carry out scientific investigations, emphasizing co-operation, development of appropriate scientific processes and skills and improving their written and oral communication skills.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENT

Integrated Science (Single Major)

Integrated Science – 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

NCE INTEGRATED SCIENCE (DOUBLE MAJOR)

PHILOSOPHY

The philosophy of the Nigerian Certificate in Education NCE Integrated Science is anchored on the following areas:

  • Fundamental unity of science
  • The use of scientific method as a common approach in solving
  • The role and function of science in everyday life
  • To prepare students for further studies in Integrated Science

Integrated Science has been described as that science which has not been disintegrated. It supposes to be an approach to the study of the environment, free of the limitation imposed by the separate subject disciplines. This is not to’ decry the value of a subject discipline approach; it clearly has its uses. However, at the-level of readiness for learning of secondary school students, the boundaries between the disciplines can only appear as artificial, man-made constructs which interfere with unified view of nature as a whole, which children bring to the classroom with them.

Integrated science emphasizes those concepts which are common to all of science, the process of science and the skills associated with them. The great themes of science such as energy, field and particle theories, conservation, balance and cycles in nature are also emphasized as it’s the relevance of science to everyday life. Integrated Science also emphasizes inquiry into the nature of the environment. The scientific method of inquiry can be learned by everyone, and a prime aim of the programme is to provide students ‘with an introduction to this method and allow them to follow their own inquiries. The method of inquiry has cognitive and practical aspects.

These cognitive aspects include the ability to formulate questions, to identify variables and design experiments, to interpret results, recognize patterns, generate hypotheses, draw conclusions and develop theoretical models. The practical skills required include general skills such as ability to observe and to measure, and more specialized skills in the handling and use of laboratory apparatus, living material, and chemical.

OBJECTIVES

In preparing teachers of Integrated Science, the principal objectives include:

  • Enabling students gain the concept of the fundamental unity of science;
  • Installing in students a commonality of approach to problems of a scientific nature i.e. the scientific method;
  • Increasing students’ understanding of the role and functions of science in everyday life and in the world in which they live;
  • Making students well informed and scientifically literate;
  • Enabling students acquire and demonstrate the intellectual-competence and professional skills necessary to the teaching of Integrated Science in Primary and Junior Secondary Schools, as an inquiry based subject, in conformity with National Curriculum;
  • Developing in students the ability to impart and encourage in their pupils the spirit of inquiry into living and non-living things in the environment;
  • Developing the ability and motivation in students to work and think in an independent manner;
  • Enabling students carry out scientific investigations, emphasizing co-operation, development of appropriate scientific processes and skills and improving their written and oral communications skills.
  • To develop in students the interest to pursue higher studies in integrated science.

GENERAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Senior Secondary School Certificate of WAEC or NECO or any other equivalent Certificate from recognized examination bodies with credit passes in four (4) subjects including English Language and Mathematics at not more than two sittings. Two of the credits must be in the subjects making up the combinations the candidates wish to offer.
  • A Grade II Teacher’s Certificate (TC II) with credit or merit in four (4) subjects, two of which must be relevant to the course the candidate wishes to offer. Credits/Merits in English Language and Mathematics are required for candidates wishing to study Biology.
  • A pass in Pre-NCE Biology final examination or a pass in IJMB Biology final examination and a pass in JAMB is required for admission.
  • All candidates wishing to be considered for direct admission must enroll for and write the selected examination organized by an accredited body such as JAMB.
  • It should be noted that some colleges may in addition to all the above, administer their own elimination tests and/or interviews for some courses. This is legitimate.

ADDITIONAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Candidates wishing to study Integrated Science at the NCE level’ must satisfy the general admission requirements. For candidates with Senior Secondary School Certificate or GCE ‘O’ Level, the credit passes must be from any two of the following groups:

  • Biology/Health Science/Agricultural Science
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • General Science/Integrated Science

Pre-NCE Integrated Science courses can be mounted in the department for the double major students.

For candidates with Grade II Certificates, the credit or merit passes must be from any two of the following groups:

  • Biology/Health Science
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • General Science/Integrated Science
  • Agricultural Science