Professional Diploma in Education
Duration of the Programme
The programme is a one (1) calendar year full time study of two semesters. However,flexibility allows other arrangements Such as during vacations or weekends, providedthe credit loads provisions are observed and met.
Specializations (Level/Type) and Codes
- Early Childhood Education -PDEEC
- Primary Education -PDEPR
- Language Education -PDELE
- Secondary Education -PDESC
- social studies
- political science
- Technical Education -PDETE
- Vocational Education -PDEVE
- agricultural science
- business education
- home economics
- Health Education -PDEHE
- Educational Management -PDEEM
The specializations already developed cover Education For All (EFA) and the critical areas of secondary, post-secondary and related education, This allows each candidate to choose area of specialization and for different specializations to be offered at the same time.
Course Units/Credit Loads and Related Matters
A minimum of 40 credits is stipulated for the programme. The credits are distributed across the two semesters as depicted below
First semester -The courses here are compulsory for all candidates:
|PDE 5101||National Policy on Education and Historical Foundations of Nigerian Education.||2|
|PDE 5102||Introduction to Teaching Profession.||1|
|PDE 5103||Psychological Foundations of Education, Guidance and Counseling.||2|
|PDE 5104||Curriculum Development and Instructional Methodology.||2|
|PDE 5105||Educational Technology and Information Technology.||2|
|PDE 5106||Philosophy of Education||2|
|PDE 5107||General and Subject Methodology.||2|
|PDE 5108||Measurement and Evaluation.||2|
|PDE 5109||Educational Research and Statistics.||2|
|PDE 5110||Educational Management.||2|
Second Semester – The courses here are strictly applied to specialization (level/type) of candidates.
|PDE 5201||Development of Education in Nigeria.||2|
|PDE 5202||Curriculum and Resources.||2|
|PDE 5203||Instructional Design and Methods.||2|
|PDE 5204||Management of Education.||2|
|PDE 5205||Current Educational and Health Problems.||1|
|PDE5206||Language and Communication Skills and Use of Library.||2|
Sociology of Education and Comparative Education.
|PDE 5209||Teaching Practice.||6|
Course codes for second semester:
Codes of courses in the second semester shall reflect the areas of specialization as given in this section, for instance, PDEEC 5201 Development of Early Childhood Education; PDEPR 5201 Development of Primary Education in Nigeria, etc.
Other Areas of Specialization
Other areas of specialization may be introduced into the PDE Curriculum by institutions but such addition must be submitted to TRCN for approval.
Accreditation of the PDE Programmes
It shall be the duty of institutions that wish to run the PDE to apply to TRCN for recognition and accreditation of the programme for the institution. TRCN may grant the application and subsequently send a panel of experts to visit the institution for the accreditation. The institutions shall bear the operating costs of the accreditation panel.
Registration and Induction of Graduating PDE Students
Institutions shall ensure that upon graduation, their PDE students get registered with TRCN and a very impressive ceremony is organized to induct them into the teaching profession, before they are officially discharged from the institutions. The ceremony shall entail the dressing of the graduands, institutions authority and TRCN in befitting academic regalia to administer oaths of professional practice on the graduands and to give them further professional advisory.
Fees chargeable for the PDE programme shall be regulated by TRCN to avoid complaints of exploitation by students especially as the programme has the prospects of being in vogue, given the national impetus behind it.
Evaluation of Students Performance
Students’ performances at examinations shall be evaluated through course examination and continuous assessment. 60% shall be the pass mark, continuous assessment will carry a maximum mark of 40% weighting of total course assessment in one course of study, depending on the discipline and the regulation of the relevant School Boards. Continuous assessment will comprise term papers, tests, assessment in workshop/laboratory/studio/field/clinics/exhibition/ assignments, etc. as applicable to examination results in each course shall be recorded as percentage marks or letter grades, and shall be converted to grade points as follows:
|% score||Grade Letter||Grade point|
70 – 100
60 – 69
50 – 59
45 – 49
40 – 44
0 – 39
Cumulative Grade Point Average
The level of performance of a student over a period shall be determined from the calculation of his or her cumulative grade point average (CGPA). The CGPA is obtained by multiplying the appropriate index (grade point) assigned to each range of numerical marks by the course credit and the product is added up to give the total weighted grade point. This total is divided by the total number of course credits taken (passed or failed). The CGPA is to be calculated to two decimal places.
The CGPA is calculated using the under-stated formula:
Where n is the total number of courses taken whether passed or failed, since entering the programme while GPi is the grade point scored in course ‘i’ with Ui. CGPA shall be calculated at the end of each semester.
Classes of Pass
This should follow the pattern in other teacher education programmes, namely,distinction, credit, merit, pass.
Classification of NCE Certificate
The students Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) is used to determine the class of certificate he/she has earned at the end of the PDE programme as follows:
|CGPA||Class of Degree|
4.50 – 5.00
3.50 – 4.49
2.40 – 3.49
1.50 – 2.39
Certificates are to be awarded by the institutions that are running the programme.
No Affiliation Required
As stated earlier, all institutions accredited by TRCN, NCCE and NUC for the production of teachers as the case may be are qualified to run the PDE without affiliating to another institution. TRCN shall be the central regulator of the programme in exercise of its statutory mandates provided in the TRCN Act 31 of 1993,
Moderation of Results of Examinations, Teaching Practice and Projects
All PDE awarding institutions shall appoint external moderators for the semester examinations, teaching practice and project and send their brief curriculum vitae to TRCN. The moderator shall be no less than the rank of Principal Lecturer in the colleges of education or Senior Lecturer in the universities. The moderators shall send directly to TRCN (Via the TRCN State or Zonal office in their states) a copy of their Standardized Moderation Report Form (SMRF) after the assessment of each semester’s examination, teaching practice and project.