The Department of Science of Education has two options (1) Counselling and (2) Science of
Education. The Department as a whole is geared towards the training and realization of the
ideals of the higher Technical Teacher Training College (HTTTC) in shaping the perception,
thinking, moral, physicaacl and emotional demeanour and sensitivities of the professionally and
technically trained teachers. Studies in the Department will emphasize on research training
which we hope will enable the trainees to have courage to venture into the unknown, to ask
critical questions and fearlessly proceed to find answers to them.
A student trained in the Department shall be able to demonstrate very high degree of thoroughness and diligence in the Science of Teaching and Learning, Training will be focused on the ability of trainees to be creative, divergent in problem solving techniques, have the intuition and originality of thought to break the barriers of mental inhibition and search for the extension of the frontiers of knowledge of new horizons in professional counselor and technical teacher education.
Aims and Objectives of the Department
Prepare high level counselors for technical institutions in Cameroon. Make Counsellors trained in the Department to be able to distinguish themselves as specially trained professionals with well-defined functions in the society.
Science of Education Option:
Prepare high level technical teachers for technical institutions in Cameroon. Promote excellence in the Science of teaching, research and project writing, encourage trainees to be creative, selective in what they say, teach or do throughout their life span. In addition, it aims to provide abilities/skills to all trainees to become competence teachers in his/her own specialty.
Skills to be acquired:
Trainee Counsellors shall be exposed to modern techniques of counseling. They shall also be
exposed to advanced skills in research and data analyses. Trainees shall be exposed to Blooms
taxonomy principles and advanced theories of learning. Counseling trainees shall have abilities
to resolve problems of clients through psychotherapeutic techniques.
Methods of Selecting Students for the Programmes
The Department admits students for the firs and the second cycle. The admission is through a Competitive entrance examination controlled by the Ministry of Higher Education under the distinguished supervision and directives of the Minister of Higher Education. The number of places for each programme opened for competition is determined by texts promulgated by government. The criteria for the final selection of candidates after the orals take cognizance of academic excellence, regional balance or representation and gender.
The Department expects candidates competing for the limited places for each of the options to be holders of any of the following academic qualifications:
- Ed/B.Sc in Educational Psychology
- Sc in sociology and Anthropology
- B in Law
- Sc in Social Works and other related disciplines
- Sc in the Physical and Natural Sciences
- A in the Humanities
- Acceptable equivalents from recognized Universities
- GCE “A” level/BAC/HND Qualifications for first cycle of the Science of Education Obtion.
Qualifications at the completion of studies
After two (2) years of successful training and passing in all the prescribed courses for the option for which the candidates were selected and based on merit, the trainees earn the postgraduate Diploma in Guidance and Conselling, Technical, (DEPCO Tech) and the Postgraduate Diploma Technical (DEPET II) in Science of Education. Students admitted for this first cycle of the Science of Education option spend three years for the DIPET I qualification.
Modes of Study
The mode of study for the two diploma options shall be by course work, field training experiences through internship for the counseling majors and field experiences through practice teaching for those with biases for the Science of Education option. There shall be the end of programme project report embodied in a thesis written by each candidate and defended before a constituted jury of examiners. The course work, internship training and teaching practice components shall predominate over the research work (thesis) and constitute not less than two thirds of the total credit units (120) required for graduation. Teaching is done through lectures, tutorials and practicals.
Duration of Programmes:
- Counselling: Two academic years or 4 Semesters
- Science of Education: Second cycle ; 02 years or 4 Semesters
First cycle; 3 years or 6 Semester
The course components for each semester shall be taught during the semester and examination in them conducted within the last two weeks of the semester. The range of total course units for each semester shall not be less than 30 credit units. The minimum total credit units for one academic year or two semesters shall not be less than sixty (60). One hundred and twenty (120) credit units are the minimum stipulated credit units for graduation. The DIPET I requires a total of 180 credits for graduation.
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