A Brief History

The School of Vocational and Technical Education started in the late 1980s as a Division for Vocational and Technical Education, headed by a Dean. This is because the departments under the Division were not established at the same time. Fine and Applied Art for instance was established in 1977 while Business Education and Home Economics were established in 1980 while Agricultural Science and Technical Education were established in 1972 and 1988 respectively. In 1992 when the National Commission for Colleges of Education took over the overseeing of NCE Programmes, the Division of Vocational and Technical Education became School of Vocational and Technical Education with five departments. These departments are Agricultural Science Education, Business Education, Fine and Applied Art, Home Economics and Technical Education. There are about 86 academic staff members in the School. It is worth noting that the School of Vocational and Technical Education changed its nomenclature with the implementation of the NCCE 2012 Edition of the Minimum Standards. It is now called SCHOOL OF SECONDARY EDUCATION, VOCATIONAL AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION PROGRAMMES. PHILOSOPHY The philosophy of NCE Vocational and Technical Education programs is tied with the national philosophy on Vocational Education for self-reliance and employment. This is based on the need for provision of teachers endowed with knowledge of the vocational and technical subjects with a balanced approach between principles and practice for academic and vocational ends. Consequently the curriculum of Vocational and Technical Education in the college is designed to produce knowledgeable, highly motivated, professional and effective teachers of vocational and technical courses who will be able to develop in student an appreciation and understanding of the principles and processes of vocational and technical approaches for self employment and self-reliance. OBJECTIVES OF THE ATIONAL AND TECHNICATION EDUCATION PROGRAMMES The objectives of the programs shall be:

    1. To prepare graduates with the right attitude to, and knowledge/professional competence in vocational agriculture, business education, Fine and Applied Art, Home Economics and Technical Education:
    2. To produce teachers who will be capable of motivating students to acquire interest in and aptitude for the vocational and Technical subjects:
    3. To develop in the student-teachers the appropriate communicative skills for effective transmission of vocational and technical information and skills to the students in the context of their environment:
    4. To equip the student-teachers with adequate knowledge and ability to establish and manage herself or himself through creativity and self employment:
    5. To provide a sound background to enhance further academic and professional progression of the student-teachers.


  • A Senior Secondary School Certificate (SSCE), (of NECO or WAEC) or GCE O Level with passes in 5 subjects including English language, three (3) of which must be at credit level at same sitting or four credits at two sitting, of which the credit must be relevant to the course the candidate wishes to offer.
  • 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.
  • Associate ship Certificate in Education awarded by an approved institution in Nigeria or abroad, is also an acceptable qualification.
  • Successfully candidate in pre-NCE final examination or credit the in IJMB examination organized by an accredited body would be qualified for admission.
  • All candidates wishing to be considered for admission must enroll for and write the selection examination organized by an accredited body such as JAMB.
  • It should be noted that some colleges may in addition to all of the above, administer their own elimination tests and interviews for some courses. This is legitimate.


In addition to the general NCE requirement a candidate must possess at least a pass in English and Mathematics at the WAEC/NECO Senior Secondary Certificate level or its equivalent. PRE-NCE should have a minimum of D grade. Also see requirements under each department under the School.