Professional Diploma in Education

Professional Diploma in Education

Professional Diploma in Education 

The Edo State College of Education shall offer highly qualitative academic and pedagogical Professional Diploma in Education programme in line with the Teacher Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) and National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) requirements that will be responsible and relevant to the educational aspirations of the people of Edo State, Nigeria and the World at large. The programmes will be organized on the specialized School System headed by a Director.

Features of the PDE

The PDE is developed along current trends in quality teacher education, that ofspecialization. The features of the PDE therefore include, among others that it:

  1. Is based on and allows specialization;
  2. Promotes professionalism through specialization;
  3. Allows flexibility both of time and location;
  4. Will locate teacher education in states and be more cost-effective;
  5. Will raise the level of state participation in teacher education;
  6. Will fast-track the production of more teachers critically required for theNigerian Education system.
  7. Allows TRCN to intervene to ensure that teachers in professional fields(e.g. those in Nursing, Legal, Military, etc. Education) attain the necessarypedagogical standards.
  8. Will raise the quality of teachers and consequently of instruction,
  9. Can be used as both pre-service and in-service teacher training/re-trainingCurriculum.

Entry Qualifications

Candidates who possess the following qualifications are eligiblefor admission into the programme:

  1. Higher National Diploma (HND)
  2. Degrees Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate.

Dr. Ewansiha J. Celestine Ph.D

Director of  PDE Program

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, provided the credit load provisions are observed and met.

Specializations (Level/Type) and Codes

  • Early Childhood Education                                         -PDEEC
  • Primary Education                                                       -PDEPR
  • Language Education                                                    -PDELE
  1. English
  2. French
  • Edo
  • Secondary Education                                                  -PDESC
  1. Computer
  2. Mathematics
  • chemistry
  1. Biology
  2. Economics
  3. physics
  • social studies
  • political science
  1. CRS
  • Technical Education                                                   -PDETE
  • Vocational Education                                                 -PDEVE
  1. agricultural science
  2. 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 an 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:

Code Title Credit load
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
Total 19


Second Semester – The courses here are strictly applied to specialization (level/type) of candidates.

Code Title Credit load
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 5208 Project. 4
PDE 5209 Teaching Practice. 6
Total   23


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

Fees are 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, and 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, assessments in workshops/laboratories/studios/fields/clinics/exhibitions/ 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 in 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 the 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, and 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 with another institution. TRCN shall be the central regulator of the programme in the 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.