BRIEF HISTORY OF THE DEPARTMENT
Umaru Musa Yar’adua University came into existence in December 2006. The Department of Education started as one of the component departments which constitute the Faculty of Education.
The Department started with Mal. Ma’aruf Nuhu Batagarawa as the pioneer head until October 2008 when Professor Kabiru Isiyaku assumed duty on Secondment from Bayero University, Kano and took over as the head. In September 2009 Dr Mani Ahmed became the Head of the Department. Subsequently in October, 2011, Professor C. C. Okam took over from Dr. Mani Ahmad up to date.
The Department of Education has the requisite number of academic staff. It is the responsibility of these lecturers to design and implement curriculum programmes that will lead to award of degrees, especially Bachelor of Education B.A. (Ed) and B.Sc (Ed) degrees which will essentially be based on academic structures of 3 years and 4 years respectively. Thus, B.Sc is offered in the following: subject areas: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Economics and Geography while B.A. (Ed) is offered in Arabic, English, French, Hausa, History, and Islamic Studies.
PHILOSOPHY AND OBJECTIVES
The Philosophy of the B.A.(Ed) and B.Sc (Ed) Programmes is to train art and science teachers that will be equipped to handle all subject areas and other related education issues such as curriculum, guidance and counseling, special education and educational administration. Graduates of the programmes will be fully equipped with skills in tune with the modern trends in the educational enterprise. In line with the University’s mission, the training is geared towards producing all round teachers that are self-sustaining, self-reliant and innovative.
The objectives of the programmes are to:
- Produce capable and qualified teachers for various levels of education across all the subject areas for the State, Country and World at large;
- Provide broad and balanced foundation of knowledge, skills and attitudes for development of the teaching profession;
- Provide necessary training and exposure for graduates capable of handling issues related to special education, guidance and counseling, educational administration, etc in education and other related sectors;
- Provide a suitable avenue for continuing education for teachers that require re-training in the teaching profession through both the conventional and distance learning modes