The Department of Curriculum Studies and Instructional Technology, is one of the servicing departments in the faculty of education, currently it has no students unlike other departments in the University. This handbook is peculiar to the department of curriculum studies and instructional technology.
In view of this fact, students intending to graduate with a B.ED degree Certificate must take some courses from the department.

The department of Curriculum Studies and Instructional Technology is poised to produce teachers that can be reckoned with, in and outside Nigeria. Therefore, our philosophy is -
‘effectiveness and efficiency in Teaching and Learning through functional content, strategies and tools’.

In line with the National Policy on Education, the objectives of the Department of Curriculum and Instructional Technology are:

  1. To produce highly motivated, conscientious and efficient classroom teachers.
  2. To encourage further, the spirit of inquiry and creativity in teachers
  3. To help teachers fit into the social life of the community and society at large and to enhance their commitment to national objectives.
  4. To provide teachers with the intellectual and professional background adequate for their assignment and to make them adaptable to any changing situation not only in the life of their country but in the wider world.
  5. To enhance teachers’ commitment to the teaching profession.

To be eligible for admission to an undergraduate programme of Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, candidates must possess:
minimum of 5 Ordinary Level credit passes at not more than two sittings at the GCE/WAEC or NECO to include English Language, Mathematics and three other subjects relevant to the candidates proposed course of study; or
higher level qualifications such as GCE 'A' level or equivalent, NCE, NO, HND with the appropriate classification for Direct Entry admission provided candidates also satisfy the general entry requirements for admission into the university. In addition, candidates must satisfy the departmental entry requirements. The departmental entry requirements for admission into undergraduate programmes of Ignatius Ajuru University of Education are presented below.

Programme Admission Requirements Remarks
UTME Direct Entry
Guidance and Counselling Five credit passes SSCE (or its equivalent) including English Language,relevant subject of specialisation and three other Arts subjects.

Two A level credit passes in relevant teaching subjects in subject of specialisation.NCE with credit or merit passes in two relevant
subiects.

UTME subjects are: English, subject of specialisations and one Arts subject and any other subject.

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Primary Education Five credit passes SSCE (or its equivalent)including Mathematics, English Language and other relevant science subjects. Two A level credit passes/NCE in relevant Science subject. UTME subjects are: English, relevant Science and two other Science subjects.
Curriculum Studies Five credit passes SSCE (or its equivalent) including English Language,relevant subject of specialisation and three other Arts subjects. Two A level credit passes in relevant teaching subjects in subject of specialisation.NCE with credit or merit passes in two relevant
subiects.
UTME subjects are: English, subject of specialisations and one Arts subject and any other subject.

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The department came into existence in the 1988/1989 session with Dr. (now Prof.) T.W. Yoloye, a Sabbatical staff as the first Acting Head. He handed over to Dr. (now Prof.) C.O. Iwundu in 1989. The department had only four staff which included Miss Ona (who had since left), late Mrs. Bekee, Miss T. Sampson (now Dr. (Mrs.) T. Jamabo) and Prof. C. O. Iwundu.

The department was established to admit direct entry students coming in to study Guidance and Counselling at the degree level. It was not until in 1995 that Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UME) Students were admitted into the programme.The department became enlarged and was known as the department of Educational Psychology, Guidance and Counselling, and thus incorporated some former staff of the department of Educational Foundations. The new staff who joined from the department of Educational Foundation included Dr. (Mrs) Andah, Mr. (now Prof.) Asuru, Mr (now Dr.) Agomoh, Miss B. Inko-Tariah, and the late Dr. Igwe.

In 1992, the Counselling Unit was established, particularly in response to the growing psychological needs of the students. The department mounted a "Radio Counsellor" programme in Radio Rivers, FM Station, Port Harcourt in which two lecturers of the department, Dr.(now Prof.) K.C. Uzoeshi and Dr.(now Prof.) J.B. Kinanee were major participants. In the year 2000, two members of the department were selected by Rivers State Ministry of Education for a Master training programme m Adolescent Reproductive Health Counsellmg Skills organized by the United Nation as Population Fund (UNFPA) in conjunction with the Federal Ministry of Health in Ijebu-Ode. Since after the two-week training, they have been regularly used by the State Ministry of Education as resource persons in the Family Life and HIV/AIDS Education (FLHE) programme in the training of school counsellors in the state. The Department at present has over 400 students who have been known to be hard-working, highly disciplined and above anything that will tarnish the good image of the department.

On behalf of the members of staff and students of the department, I congratulate every student admitted into this prestigious department and pray that you have a successful, fruitful, focused and memorable time of studentship. Welcome and remain blessed.

  Prof. K. C. Uzoeshi

Head of Department of Educational Psychology, Guidance and Counseling.

VISION:

The VISION of the department of Educational Psychology, Guidance and Counselling is to produce well-adjusted scholars who will be able to contribute meaningfully to societal development and in helping our youths to resolve their educational, vocational and personal social problems. The students at the post graduate level are to specialize in Guidance and Counselling, Educational Psychology, Measurement and Evaluation and Special Education. The graduates of the department are expected to compete excellently with their counterparts from related disciplines in other universities all over the world.

MISSION:

Production of graduates in guidance and counseling, who will help in developing the educational, vocational and personal - social- talents of our youths at the secondary and tertiary institutions, thereby helping in reducing the huge gap in the shortage of manpower in counseling and to help our youths live a social vice free life that will help them become responsible citizens of Nigeria.

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE DEPARTMENT

  1. To produce graduates in guidance and counseling who will compete with other graduates in the same discipline all over the world.
  2. To help in counseling students in the university who have educational, vocational and personal -. Social problems.
  3. To initiate programmes that will help in curbing deviant behaviours and social vices among students and staff.
  4. To help in producing manpower in related areas like industrial psychology, social service, special education, mental hygiene.
  5. To help in resolving conflict(s) between students and students, students and staff.
  6. To take active part in organizing orientation programme for the university annually.
  7. To help in maintaining peace and stability in the university.

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The Department of Primary Education Studies was established in 1971. It is among the first programmes that were introduced when the institution was established. In Septemberl975, UNESCO, OMEP, UNICEF and other Childhood Education World Organizing bodies recommended the establishment of the Faculty of Primary Education Studies in Rivers State College of Education Port Harcourt, by then the University was a College. In its inception, Dr. Younge and three other Lecturers were sent from Canada to Rivers State College of Education, Port Harcourt to establish a Faculty of Primary Education Studies. The Faculty was first sited at Oromenike, in D-Line area of Port Harcourt. It had a total number of 23 Lecturers and Dr. Younge was the Dean of the Faculty while Dr. (Miss) Amadi was the Co-ordinator of studies. In 1979, UNESCO sent Mr. M. J. Ohaka to Canada for an M.Ed, degree in Curriculum Studies and Mr. Jonan Eteli for Science Education in the United States of America. In 1980, late Prof. C. S. Akpe joined the Faculty and in 1982, he took over from Dr. Young as Dean, Faculty of Primary Education Studies. This explains that the present Department of Primary Education Studies started as a faculty.

 

The Faculty of Primary Education Studies had departments/units as its minors, in accordance with the specification given by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to its' member nations. The departments were as follows:

  • Mathematics
  • Language Arts
  • Integrated Science
  • Creative Arts
  • Pre-Primary (Nursery) Education
  • Physical/Health Education
  • Education courses (philosophy, psychology, sociology)
  • Social Studies
  • Christian Religious Studies
  • Music

 

Thus NCE programme major and minor courses were also offered in the faculty under the following combinations.

  • Primary Education Studies/Social studies
  • Primary Education Studies/Integrated Science
  • Primary Education Studies/Physical and Health
  • Primary Education Studies/English Language
  • Primary Education Studies/Mathematics
  • Primary Education Studies/Agricultural science
  • Primary Education Studies/Human kinetics
  • Primary Education Studies/Music
  • Primary Education Studies/French
  • Primary Education Studies/Business Education

 

The faculty of Primary Education Studies also offered ACE programme for teachers with teachers training certificates.

 

Each of the departments in the faculty had adequate number of students on enrolment. It is important to note that the Faculty constantly prepared and updated its curriculum. It also had lecturers who studied primary education and specialized in foundational and curriculum courses. In 1986, there was a merger by Prof. G. O. M. Tasie, the then provost and the faculty became a department. Most
of the lecturers in the faculty were distributed into secondary departments in the then college of Education. From 1986 till date, Department of Primary Education Studies had been under the Faculty of Education.

 

It is interesting to note that the department produced the first professor of the institution when it was a college in the person of late Professor C. S. Akpe. The department has produced to hid credit some very good students at both NCE and BED levels who now serve the department as lecturers. Some of whom are: Dr. A. A. Okujagu, Dr. Hellen Sokari A-Okujagu, and Dr. Nnamdi Anero. In 2014 the department officially registered with the Worldwide Organization for Early Childhood (OMEP) and was inaugurated by the National President Mrs. Patricia Okeke. Staff of the department are also members of well renowned national and international academic organizations.

THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF PRIMARY EDUCA TION STUDIES (PES)

Primary education is the foundation of the entire educational system in Nigeria, hence Primary Education Studies (PES) aims at equipping teachers with the relevant knowledge, skills, attitudes and methods to enable them teach all subjects effectively in the primary school. The curriculum of what is taught is as contained in the National Policy on Education.

The Primary Education Studies Department, of Ignatius Ajuru University of Education is established to train teachers and teacher trainers at the B.Ed level. With the upgrading of the institution to degree awarding status in 1982, the department started running the degree programme in Primary Education Studies even when the institution was a college.

OBJECTIVE OF PRIMARY EDUCATION

The department therefore considers the training of well qualified, competent, highly motivated, conscientious and efficient, teachers as its main business. This is handled such that by the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Effectively teach all subjects in the Nigerian Primary School Curriculum
  • Manifest desirable leadership skills and supervisory roles.
  • Participate effectively in curriculum development in primary schools.
  • Participate in and cope with innovation in the primary school system.
  • Initiate and participate effectively in community development.
  • Improvise/produce instructional aides using local content materials.
  • Pursue further studies in primary education and related areas.
  • To train qualified teachers for primary level of education.
  • To train highly motivated teachers who would want to further their education in the area of primary education
  • To train supervisors and administrators for the primary education system.

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