Department of Special Education and Curriculum

Aims of the Department

In line with the pursuance of the overall aim and objectives the Faculty of Education, the Department of Special Education and Curriculum Studies seeks with vigour the aim of training science and Mathematics teachers both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The aim of the Faculty of Education, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, is to produce teachers and educators with a solid background in the concept, knowledge and understanding of education and teaching, as well as the application and use of such knowledge for general improvement of themselves and mankind.

Consequently, the Department of Special Education and Curriculum Studies aims at contributing to the achievement of the goals of the Faculty by training students at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The Department has among its goals, ensuring educational evaluation, carrying out research and dissemination of research findings in the area of curriculum at all levels and on issues affecting classroom teaching and testing. Undergraduate students are equipped with the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes for delivering effective lessons in the secondary school.

The postgraduate programmes are aimed at producing competent educators in all disciplines as well as equipping students with the knowledge and skills necessary for conducting and evaluating research studies in the fields of curriculum and instruction. As a result, the Department teaches courses in curriculum and instruction to all undergraduate students in the Faculty and to postgraduate students who desire to deepen their knowledge of curriculum and instruction.

Generally, courses offered in curriculum cover issues of theory, design, practice, evaluation, and revision while those in instruction focus on subjects listed in the National Policy on Education, which are taught in Nigerian secondary schools. Consequently, the Department teaches 26 undergraduate and 32 postgraduate courses. Courses offered in the Department are expected to provide adequate professional and academic training for teachers in the nation’s secondary and tertiary schools and personnel for other education oriented sectors anywhere in the world.

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