The philosophy of early childhood and primary education, is to demonstrate intellectual curiosity and rigor in students. This will enable the students to manifest competency and creativity in learning and observing cultural sensitivity and awareness. Knowledge of child growth and development will take the center stage. Appropriate practice in curriculum implementation partnerships among the home will be encouraged. School and community; Reflective, research-based practice; Field-oriented service and community outreach will be pursed as policy.
The aims and objectives of the programme among others is to enable our graduates to have broad based knowledge of the early childhood and primary education. The following specific objectives of the programme. At the end of the programme our graduates will be able to:
1. Apply knowledge of child growth and development to curriculum design and implementation.
2. Provide developmentally appropriate programmes for all areas/domains of a child’s development through an integrated approach.
3. Demonstrate an appreciation for diversity by providing multicultural, no stereotyping materials and instructional practices to enhance children’s self-concept and self-esteem, support the integrity of the child’s family, and enhance the child’s learning process.
4. Develop and implement integrated learning experiences in curriculum content areas including language and literacy, mathematics, science, health, safety, nutrition, social studies, art, music, drama, and movement through projects, learning centres, and playful activities that reflect children’s interest, abilities, and learning styles.
5. Use arithmetic assessment as an interactive process to adapt curriculum to match the developmental and special needs of children, to communicate with the child’s family, and to evaluate programme effectiveness.
6. Design programmes for a wide range of developmental interests and abilities including children in the inclusive environment.
7. Provide effective ways and strategies of communicating with students, parents or families, colleagues, other professionals and agencies, and the community.
8. Apply knowledge of children, curriculum practice, assessment, and professional code of conduct over time with children of diverse ages, abilities, cultures and family structures.
The Entrance Examination is conducted by JAMB. In addition to attaining required standard in Entrance Examination, candidates must satisfy the general University as well as specific Faculty requirements.
For Early Childhood and Primary Education programme, candidates must have at least five credit passes at not more than two sittings including English Language and Mathematics. Those credits could be in the Arts, Sciences and Social Sciences. The department accept General Certificate of Education (GCE) ‘O’ level, West African School Certificate or Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE), National Examination Council (NECO) or National Business and Technical Education Board (NABTEB).
Admission by Direct Entry
Candidates must possess one of the following qualifications:
1. Two passes at the Principal or Advanced Level with GCE O’ Level approved equivalent credit passes in three other subjects at not more than two sittings.
2. Three passes at the Principal or Advanced Level with GCE. O’ Level approved equivalent credit passes in two other subjects at not more than two sittings; (Passes at the Principal or Advanced Level may be obtained at the G.C.E. A’ Level, HSC. or IJMB).
3. At least three merits in related subjects from recognised Colleges of Education in Nigeria.
4. At least seven points in Interim Joint Matriculation Board (IJMB, A level) and Joint Universities Preliminary Examinations Board (JUPEB) from a recognised institutions.