Faculty of Education

Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria - Nigeria

About Us

The Faculty of Education came into existence in 1968. But before then, department of Education had existed as one of the departments in the faculty of Arts. At that point in time, the Department offered programmes in Education, Library Science and Postgraduate Diploma in Education

In 1968, when the Faculty of Education was founded, the department of Education became one of its constituent component with staff strength of about seven, mostly expatriates. It was vested with the responsibilities of designing and implementing curricular that led to the award of degrees, especially B.Ed degrees which were run essentially based on academic structure of two years.

In the course of time, the department grew both in number of academic programmes and staff size. For example, in 1970-1971 academic session, the Bachelor of Science Education programme was started alongside the B.Ed programme. Other programmes later introduced include B.Sc (Ed) Mathematics Education (1970); B.Ed (Mathematics) 1978; B.Ed(Islamic Studies) about 1983 and B.Ed (Christian Religious Studies) in 1990. The expansion continued to induce introduction of other programmes such as B.Ed (Creative Arts); B.Ed (Language Arts) in English and Hausa, B.Ed (Educational Administration and Planning); B.Ed (Social Studies) and B.Ed (Arts and Social Sciences). Even though some of the latter programmes were suspended some five years back by the erstwhile University Administration, there is high hopes that they will soon be revived.

With the introduction of the 4-year degree programme accompanied with the credit unit system course structure, the programmes were re-designed to fall in line with the demands of the 4-year degree programme and the course credit unit system. At present, the Department has seventy two academic staff and sixteen non-academic staff offering nine academic programmes. Department of Education, is by far the largest department in the entire university.

Based on its size, a proposal was made to split the department into four new departments in June 2008. The new departments are as follows:
1. Department of Mathematics and Science Education
2. Department of Education Foundation
3. Department of Religious Studies and
4. Department of Psychology and Human Development.
The Department of Mathematics and Science Education has eight (6) programmes on the ground namely B.Ed Mathematics Education, B.Sc (Ed) Mathematics Education, B.Sc (Ed) Integrated Science, B.Sc (Ed) Biology Education, B.Sc (Ed) Chemistry Education, B.Sc (Ed) Physics Education and B.Sc (Ed)Geography Education and two newly introduced programmes namely B.Sc Computer Education, B.Ed Integrated Science. The new departments and the programmes were all approved by the senate in the year 2008 during one of the preliminary sittings. Also the National University Commission sent a powerful delegate to monitor facilities meant for the departments.

To advance the frontiers of learning and break new grounds, through teaching, research and the dissemination of knowledge of the highest quality; to establish and foster national and international integration, development and the promotion of African traditions and cultures; to produce high-level human power and enhance capacity-building through retraining, in order to meet the needs and challenges of the chatchment area, Nigeria and the rest of the world.

The Faculty of Education shall be a world-class Faculty comparable to any other, engaged in imparting contemporary knowledge, using high quality facilities and multi-disciplinary approaches, to men and women of all race as well as generating new ideas and intellectual practices relevant to the needs of its immediate community,. Nigeria and the world at large.