Education is a peculiar discipline and most of the courses offered in other faculties can be found in Education. They usually have “Education” attached to them. For example, while there is Political Science as a major course under the Faculty of Social Sciences or Arts (depending on the institution), the Faculty of Education offers “Political Science Education.”
This also applies to a number of other courses in the University. Most of the courses offered in other Faculties can also be found in the Faculty of education.
Most times, students resent taking up courses in this faculty. Many others turn down the offer when it arises. There is a perception that getting a degree in this faculty translates to automatically being a teacher.
What is wrong with teaching anyway?
Students who reject education sometimes go back to the classroom after graduation because it is one of the easiest fields to be employed in. As an educator, you can work anywhere according to the field of your study. For example, if you read Agriculture Education, you can choose to practice agriculture or work as an Agriculture graduate or focus on been an educator.
As an educator, you can teach in primary/secondary and higher institutions, or work at other various organizations and government agencies. You can decide to be self-employed in any business of your interest where you can apply your educational skills.
Most of the courses in Education have been described in other faculties above and below in this part. I will describe education courses collectively as departments and would explain in detail few that are not common in other faculties.
Graduates of Education are awarded certificates bearing a title of; B.ED/B.A. (Educ.), B.Sc (Educ.), and B.Ed. (Tech.) depending on the institution.
All Education courses have duration of four (4) years.
Graduates of Education work with a variety of institutions and organizations according to their fields of study. They can be self-employed as proprietors of schools or have businesses where they can apply their skills.
Career Opportunities include: Teacher, Educator, Counsellor, Psychologist, Consultant
Essential Skills for Educators
- Teamwork and collaboration skill
- Continuous learning skills
- Good communication skills
- Leadership skills
- Listening skills and attention to details
- Confident and commitment
- Computer skills
- Ability to empower
- Analytical skills
- Critical and creative thinking