Last updated on March 9, 2021
Teaching is a profession in the education field that is directly responsible for the development of the Intellectual capacity of the human society at large and it typically takes between three to four years of university education to become a teacher.
In Nigeria, all aspiring teachers are required to have a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) which is an undergraduate professional degree that prepares students for work as a teacher in private or government-owned schools. Although this academic degree title is the same for all student, there is a variation in the specific course of study under education.
For example, a student may obtain a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) in Early Childhood Education and another obtain Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction and another Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) in Economics.
It is expedient that obtain a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) in the area you want to focus on within the educational sector. Those who pursue a career at the university will be required to obtain a master’s degree.
Within these years, there is a period of TP called Teaching Practice which avails students an opportunity to understand the operations of the teaching profession and to understand the role and operation of how the business of schooling is done. This field experience provides a challenging yet rewarding experience of working with students in actual classrooms and acquiring professional competence.
Alternatively Colleges of Education in Nigeria
The College of Education system is one of the tripods of tertiary education in Nigeria and it has the primary role of training teachers who will be awarded the minimum teaching qualification of Nigerian Certificate of Education (NCE). This certificate qualifies one to teach in junior secondary schools and technical colleges in Nigeria and it takes three years to complete. You can use your NCE to gain admission into the university through direct entry