Education in its broadest sense provides the backdrop against which development acquires its meaning. Nigerian governments are not oblivious of this critical need for balanced and sustainable human and national development.Hence the position which is clearly articulated in the National Policy on Education, that any existing contradictions, ambiguities, and lack of uniformity in educational practice in the different parts of the Federation should be removed to facilitate an even orderly development of the country. The Nigeria of our collective dream is one that is free and democratic, just and egalitarian, united, strong and self-reliant; with a great and dynamic economy,and above all ,a land full of bright opportunities for all the citizens. The senational goals also underlie the philosophical ideas of Nigerian education, of which Teacher Education is one concrete manifestation.
By the end of NCE programmes, the students should be able to:
Discuss intelligently the main ideas that have affected and still affect the development and practice of education generally, and in Nigeria inparticular;
Examine the main psychological, health and socio-economic factors that may help or hinder a childâ€™s educational performance;
Study learners appropriately to determine the most effective ways of relating to them to ensure their maximum achievement;
Professionally combine use of conventional and ICT or other innovational instructional/learning strategies in generating, and imparting knowledge,attitudes and skills at Basic Education level;
Develop, select, and effectively use appropriate curriculum processes,teaching strategies, instructional material and methods for maximum learner achievement:
Broaden their intellectual perspective through the General Studies Education programme for Basic Education;
Demonstrate desirable attributes in moral and character development;
Discuss intelligently major issues affecting teacher education and the teaching professional in Nigeria;
Identify major problems of education in Nigeria, and their corresponding solutions;
Demonstrate proficiency in measuring and evaluating learning outcomes,as well as in carrying out appropriate research on educational problems in Nigeria particularly at Basic Education Level.