O Level & A Level Requirement – Subject Combination for Special Education 2024; including the List of Nigeria Universities Offering the Course, WAEC, NECO, GCE, JAMB UTME, Direct Entry, IJBM, JUPEB, CAMBRIDGE, NABTEB, Course Description and Career Opportunities


CourseSpecial Education
Qualification[B. ED/B.A.(Educ.)/B.Sc. (Educ.)/B.Ed. (Tech)
Duration3 – 4 Years
Cut off markvaries
EntranceNon Competitive
Related coursesSpecial Education related courses
Job AvailabilityLow and Competitive

This page literally covers answers to questions related to O level and A-level requirement to study Special Education. In other words, the WAEC subject combination (requirements), JAMB UTME subject combination (requirements), Special consideration (waivers) and the required documents for admission into Nigeria universities. In other to help you avoid having difficulties with getting admission in Nigeria Universities, we have some student guide articles that will be of benefit to you. You can ignore.


WAEC subject combination (requirements) for Special Education

The subjects needed to study Special Education in WAEC must contain five (5) credit. This subject combination is also applicable to NECO AND GCE… The required WAEC subject combination (O level requirement) for Special Education must include

  1. English Language
  2. A Trade subject


JAMB UTME subject combination (requirements) for Special Education 

Knowing JAMB subjects for Special Education is not enough. You should aim for a score of 180 – 200 and above in JAMB UTME to be on a safe side (Just a piece of advice) because anything short of that may deny you of Admission/Post UTME. Of course, if you have a score below 180, you can consider College of Education or Polytechnic… Please note – JAMB is not the only option for admission. If you’re having troubles JAMB UTME maybe it’s time you pass through IJBM, JUBEB, ND, HND or Predegree!..

These are JAMB UTME subject combinations (subjects to write in jamb) to study Special Education

  1. Any three subjects.

Direct Entry requirement (required A-level result) to study Special Education
(i) Two ‘A’ level passes in Arts or Social Science subjects.
(ii) NCE merit level passes in Arts or Social Science subjects.

If for some reason you are not satisfied or cannot meet up this admission requirement that is the subject combination above, perhaps you should consider other Special Education similar courses or take a look at Polytechnic or College of Education related course subject requirements. You can also study online with a foreign university right from your bedroom or apply for a scholarship to study abroad or within. Education is now a choice. And please before you make a decision on which University to choose, please consider

  • The Fees
  • The Distance
  • The Environment
  • The Degree Certificate
  • Vulnerability to Strike
  • Acceptable O Level and A-level Result
  • Academic Calendar

See useful guides on how to choose a course and university

This is the list of Universities offering Special Education in Nigeria

  1. University of Ibadan (UI)
  2. University of Calabar (UNICAL)
  3. Bayero University, Kano
  4. Federal College of Education, Pankshin
  5. Kwara State University, Ilorin (KWASU)
  6. Federal College of Education (special) Oyo
  7. University of Uyo
  8. University of Jos (UNIJOS) (with options in Visual Handicap, Learning
    Disabilities, Hearing Handicap, Rehabilitation Sciences)


Cut-off Mark for Special Education course

The cut-off mark for Special Education varies. You can check these universities JAMB UTME cut off marks here. Special Education is a good course and you can also check the top best Educational courses. This should not influence you. Follow your heart or seek my counsel.

Special Education is how many years course and under which faculty?

Depending on your mode of entry, Special Education is a three to four years course in Nigeria. According to JAMB, this course is under Faculty of Education but may be under a different faculty in some universities.

Where can I work with a Degree in Special Education 
I believe you now know the subjects required to study Special Education. I urge you to also find out where you can work with the degree. Please take your time to read Fatherprada’s Career Guide – so that you can have knowledge on how the labour market operates after graduating. Career opportunities will be added when we revisit this page.

Special Consideration
The SSCE O level and A-level subject needed to study Special Education have been listed above but, some Universities may accept D7 or E8 in some a compulsory subject instead of Credit. And some may accept or reject two sittings. That is combinations of WAEC, NECO, or GCE results. You will know more when you take a look at the special consideration (waiver) for this course

What is Direct Entry Special Consideration to study Special Education?
(i) University of Calabar (UNICAL) accept three-year programme for candidates with NCE or Diploma in Special Education/Physical and Health Education.
(ii) University of Ibadan (UI) insists on teaching subjects offered at University of Ibadan
(iii) University of Jos (UNIJOS) accepts three (3) ‘A; level credit at Principal levels, Two (2) NCE passes at Merit levels, IJAMB passes at Principal levels, all in the relevant subject. Diploma in Special Education. Candidates must have met SSCE entry requirements.
(iv) Kwara State University, Ilorin (KWASU) accepts a) NCE or A ‘Level certificate, plus At Least FIVE Credits in O’ Level including English Language, and any FOUR of the following subjects: Health Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography and Economics, at one or two sittings. b) At least a PASS is required for the Inclusive Education programme. c) No direct Entry Admission for 2013/2014.

What is WAEC, NECO GCE Special Consideration to study Special Education
(i) University of Jos (UNIJOS) requires five ‘O’ level credits including English Language and Mathematics. TC II Merit Pass in English and NCE General English are taken as equivalent of ‘O’ level credit in English. Candidates without credit in ordinary level Mathematics may be admitted but must either register and pass remedial Mathematics or pass Mathematics at credit level before graduation
(ii) University of Ibadan (UI) requires 5 ‘O’ level credits at one sittings including English Language and others from Arts, Social Sciences and Sciences.
(iii) Kwara State University, Ilorin (KWASU) requires credit in English Language, Mathematics, any one of Health Science, Biology, Chemistry or Physics, Plus two of Geography, Economics or Government.

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