Early Childhood and Primary Education Course Descriptions

STANDARD B.Ed DEGREE PROGRAMME IN EARLY CHILDHOOD AND PRIMARY EDUCATION (ECPE)

 

YEAR 1 FIRST SEMESTER

Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Available HOURS

Required

 GENERAL COURSES  
CSC101Introduction to Computer Programming 13 
GS 101Use of English 12 

 

 

11

GS 103Introduction to Logic and Philosophy2
GS 107Nigerian People and Culture2
GS 108Basic Igbo Language 12
  CORE EDUCATION COURSES  
EDU 101Sociological Foundations of Education2 

4

EDU  103Historical Foundations of Education2
 SPECIALIZATION COURSES (ECPE)  
CPE 111Introduction to Primary Education2 

6

CPE 123

CPE 171

Mathematics in Primary Education

Introduction to Social Studies

 

2

2

                         ELECTIVE – (Choose One Course Only)
CPE 173Primary Religious & Moral Education2 

2

CPE 175Our Environment – Home, School, Society2
CPE 191Physical & Health Education for Primary Teachers2
 TOTAL 23

 

 

YEAR 1 SECOND SEMESTER

Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Available HOURS

Required

 GENERAL COURSES  
CSC 102Introduction to Computer Programming II3 
GS 102Use of English II2 

 

9

GS 104History and Philosophy of Science2
GS 109Basic Igbo Language 112
  CORE EDUCATION COURSES  
EDU 102Philosophical Foundations of Education2 

5

EDU 111Introduction to Educational Psychology3
 SPECIALIZATION COURSES (ECPE)  
CPE 102Observation and Assessment of Young Children2 

 

CPE 106

CPE 132

The Nigerian Child

Reading in Primary Education

2

2

CPE 162Science in Primary Education 128
                  

                    ELECTIVE – (Choose One Course Only)

CPE 112Primary English Method2 

 

2

CPE 121Measurement and Shapes2
CPE 182Peace Education2
 TOTAL 24

 

 

YEAR 11 FIRST SEMESTER

Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Available HOURS

Required

  CORE EDUCATION COURSES  
EDU 212Psychology of Learning3 

 

7

EDU 221Fundamentals of Curriculum Development2
EDU 222Basic Methodology2
 SPECIALIZATION COURSES (ECPE)  
CPE 201History and Philosophy of Pre-Primary and Primary Education2 

 

 

 

UTME 12

 

   DE 10

CPE 225Mathematics in Primary Education  112
CPE 231

CPE 241

CPE 251

CPE 253

Children’s’ Literature

Child Psychology

Management in Early Childhood Education

Home School Partnership (FOR UTME STUDENTS ONLY)

2

2

2

2

                     ELECTIVE FOR UTME STUDENTS ONLY

                                   (Choose One Course Only)

CPE 271Introduction to Music2 

2

CPE 273Social Studies in Primary Education2
CPE 281Basic  Agriculture2
 TOTAL FOR UTME 21
FOR DIRECT ENTRY STUDENTS
CSC  101Introduction to Computer Programming 13 

7

GS  102Use of English 12
GS 108Basic Igbo Language Studies 12 
 TOTAL FOR DIRECT ENTRY STUDENTS 24

 

 

YEAR 11 SECOND SEMESTER

Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Available HOURS

Required

  CORE EDUCATION COURSES  
EDU 223Special Methods in Education2 

 

6

EDU 225Micro Teaching2
EDU 261Educational Technology2
 SPECIALIZATION COURSES (ECPE)  
CPE 242Principles of Learning in Early Childhood2 

 

 

UTME 12

 

DE 10

CPE 254Curriculum Planning & Management for ECPE2
CPE 264

CPE 274

 

CPE 204

CPE 214

Science in Primary Education 11

Creative Arts, Cultural Arts and Drawing in ECPE

(FOR UTME STUDENTS ONLY)

Principles of/and Practicum in Childhood Education

English Language in Primary Education

2

2

 

2

2

                     ELECTIVE FOR UTME STUDENTS ONLY

                       (Choose One Course  Only)

CPE 252Learning, Motivation and Classroom Management in Childhood Education2 
CPE 256Administration and Supervision of Primary School2 

 

2

 

 

 

CPE 292Fundamentals of Teaching Sports  and Health2
 TOTAL FOR UTME     20
FOR DIRECT ENTRY STUDENTS
CSS 101Introduction to Computer Programme II3 

7

GS 102Use of English II2
GS 108Basic Igbo Language Studies 12 
 TOTAL FOR DIRECT ENTRY STUDENTS 23

 

 

 

YEAR 111 FIRST SEMESTER

Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Available HOURS

Required

 GENERAL COURSES  
GS 301Entrepreneurial Studies11
 CORE EDUCATION COURSES  
EDU 331Educational Research and Statistics2 

4

EDU 335Special Education2
 SPECIALIZATION COURSES (ECPE)  
CPE 305Theories and Practice of Early Childhood Education2 

 

 

 

 

14

CPE 325

 

CPE 331

Method of Teaching Mathematics in Primary Education

Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading Difficulty

     2

 

2

CPE 341

CPE 355

CPE 375

Basic Concept of Montessori

Studies in Primary Education Curriculum

Family Education

2

2

2

CPE 391Health and Living in the Society

 

2 
 

                      ELECTIVE – (Choose One Course Only )

    
CPE 311Teaching Igbo in Pre- Primary and Primary Education2 
CPE 321Technology-Based Mathematics for Primary Teachers2 

 

2

 

 

 

CPE 333Strategies and Materials for Teaching Reading2
 TOTAL  21
 

YEAR 111 SECOND SEMESTER

EDU 325Teaching Practice6 

6

  TOTAL  

 

YEAR IV FIRST SEMESTER

Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Available HOURS

Required

 CORE EDUCATION COURSES  
EDU 333 Measurement and Evaluation22
 SPECIALIZATION COURSES (ECPE)  
CPE 401Multicultural Perspectives in ECPE2 

 

 

16

CPE 411

CPE 415

Development of writing Skills

English for Primary Teachers

2

2

CPE 441Elements of Special Education      2
CPE 443

CPE 445

CPE 447

CPE495

Guiding Children’s Behaviour

Seminar in Classroom Behaviour Management

Contemporary Issues in Primary Education

Play in Early Childhood Education

2

2

2

2

 

  ELECTIVE (Choose One Course Only)  
CPE 431Igbo Literature2 
CPE 491Clothing and Care for Primary Schools22
CPE 493Caring for Our Physical Environment2 
 TOTAL 20

 

 

YEAR IV SECOND SEMESTER

Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Available HOURS

Required

 CORE EDUCATION COURSES  
EDU 433Research Project44
 SPECIALIZATION COURSES (ECPE)  
CPE432

CPE422

Content Area Reading

ICT in Primary Education Classroom

2 

 

 

 

11

CPE442

CPE456

CPE 472

 

 

Child Care in Early Childhood

Hands-on toys Production (practical)

Comparative Religion in Schools

2

2

3

2

 

 

 

  ELECTIVE (Choose One Course Only)  
CPE 412Language and Grammar for Primary Teachers2 
CPE 462Science Laboratory Corner Management22
CPE 494Calisthenics in Nursery /Primary Schools2 
 TOTAL  17

 

 

 

 

SUMMARY OF COURSES

 

 GENERAL COURSESCORE EDUCATION COURSESSPECIALIZATION COURSES IN ECPE ELECTIVE (TEACHING SUBJECTS)TOTAL
120914447
11DE1413UTME 24

DE   20

UTME 4

DE 0

41

DE  (47)

11111014227
IV 627437
TOTAL21

DE 15

38

DE29

79

DE61

14

DE6

152

DE (111)  

 

 

 

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

 

 

CPE 102:     OBSERVATION AND ASSESSMENT OF YOUNG CHILDREN

This course focuses on the systematic method of observing and recording the growth and development of young children ages 2-11 in an early childhood care and educational settings-child care Centre, nursery and elementary schools. It provides an opportunity for students to learn a variety of observation techniques and to use these tools to increase their understanding of young children in the various domains of development-emotional, social, cognitive, motor, language, and creative tendencies.

 

CPE 106: THE NIGERIAN CHILD

Students will be exposed to the rights of the child, who a child is with a particular reference to Nigeria, convention on the rights of the child, issues on the rights of the child, protection, violation on the rights of the child as well as the status of the child in Nigeria especially the educational and the emotional status of the child.

 

CPE 111: INTRODUCTION TO PRIMARY EDUCATION                                        

This course focuses on exposing children on the importance of primary education, the meaning and the importance of primary education, history of primary education, management of primary education, funding, problems, strategies in repositioning primary education, UBE scheme, philosophy of primary education, qualities of primary school teachers and the implication of the role of the teacher for effective teaching and learning.

 

CPE 112:     PRIMARY ENGLISH METHODS

This course focuses on the methods/strategies the teacher can use to teach the English Language in primary school. Methods such as drawing, matching, storytelling, read aloud, description, games, drills, practice, charts, pictures, repetition, use of objects, small group interaction, specifying rules of the language, categorization (for pluralization of nouns and verb tenses and pluralisation), songs, rhymes e.t.c. Great importance is attached to the use of class exercise, home works, error analysis, remedial teaching, testing and evaluation as strategies to facilitate knowledge acquisition. It also examines the principles that guide reading instruction, focusing on the age and reading ability of the reader. Phonemic awareness, phonics, spelling and vocabulary building are emphasized. Assessment tools and approaches to reading instruction including ability grouping are examined. Students are also exposed to strategies for helping struggling readers.

CPE 121:     MEASUREMENT AND SHAPES

This course exposes students to various shapes and kinds of measurements. The course also addresses the basic geometrical construction, shapes and properties, transformation, location and visualization. Developing measurement concepts and skills, measuring length, measuring area, volume and capacity, weight and mass, time and angles. Students will also learn to estimate measures and develop formulas for area, and volume. Emphasis is placed to a great extent on solving problems.

 

CPE123 MATHEMATICS IN PRIMARY EDUCATION

This course focuses on the fundamental concepts on which higher order concepts are built such as number and numeration, basic operation and fractions, while numbers, roman numerals etc. Emphasis is on problem solving with real number, patterns and relationship.

 

CPE 132:     READING IN EARLY CHILDHOOD

This course emphasizes literacy development. It examines the principles that guide reading instruction, focusing on the age and reading ability of the reader. Phonemic awareness, phonics, spelling and vocabulary building are emphasized. Assessment tools and approaches to reading instruction including ability grouping are examined. Students are also exposed to strategies for helping struggling readers. Students will also be exposed to basic language skills. Emphasis will be focused on the concept of language arts, listening skills, speaking skills, writing and reading skills.

CPE 162:     SCIENCE IN PIMARY EDUCATION

This course provides an overview of science concept; the basic scientific processes such as observing, classifying, communicating, measuring, predicting and inferring. The course also focuses on the integrated scientific processes. These includes, identifying and controlling variables, formulating and testing hypothesis, interpreting data. Experimenting as well as constructing models. Emphasize on detailed definition of each concept through the process-oriented inquiry method of teaching science. This course will also focus on teaching young children to use processes of discovery to learn and understand the scientific principles of common phenomena in their school and society. These include the earth and its surface e.g.  gravity and the solar system, eclipses, ecology and survival eg air pollution and food chain; heat and how we use it e.g. solar energy; how thermometer works; machines and how they work; magnetism and electricity e.g. telephone works; light and how we use it e.g. camera and how it works; flight and space travel e.g. what sustains aero plane in the air e.t.c.

 

CPE 171:     INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL STUDIES IN PRIMARY SCHOOL

This course introduces students to man’s interaction with his environment. Looks at the meaning of nature, scope evaluation and development of social studies in Nigerian schools. Examines how people influence their environment and how the environment affects the development of science and technology, population, environmental studies, population movements, urbanization and theory attendant problems. Addresses the inter-ethnic relationship. Students will also be exposed to meaning of civic education, aims/objectives of civic education, meaning of citizen, difference between a citizen and a non-citizen, common ways of protecting the rights of citizens. Meaning and functions of government and its structure. Universal Declaration of Human Rights.(UDRH) etc.

 

CPE 173: PRIMARY RELIGIOUS AND MORAL INSTRUCTION

This course covers the concepts of morals and moral education and agents of moral education, differences between moral and religion, theories of moral development, Piaget’s theory of moral development, Kohlberg’s stages of moral reasoning and Carol Gilligan’s theory etc.

 

CPE 175: OUR ENVIRONMENT- HOME, SCHOOL, SOCIETY

This course focuses on basic skills, orderly home, school and societal environments, expectations of students of their environment, roles school, home and the society play to achieve good environment etc.

 

CPE 182: PEACE EDUCATION

Students will be exposed to the use of teaching tools designed to bring about a more peaceful society. Topics to be addressed may include philosophical and practical issues such as, Human Rights, strategies for conflict management international relations, development and environment. It emphasizes empowerment and non-violence, and involves building a democratic community, teaching cooperation, developing moral sensitivity. Promoting self-esteem, and stimulating critical thinking.

 

CPE 191: PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND HEALTH FOR ELEMENTARY   TEACHERS

This course examines fundamental movement, components / activity areas in primary school education physical programme which include:

  • Movement exploration and body mechanics
  • Gymnastics -Stuarts, Tim burgs and apparatus work
  • Rhythmical activities
  • Simple games
  • Athletic and game skills
  • Simple Relays
  • Physical fitness exercises and testing
  • Outdoor/ Recreation

 

This course also examines the administration of physical and health education in primary school problems of physical and health education in primary schools including health and welfare of children.

 

CPE 201: HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY PRE-PRIMARY AND PRIMARY EDUCATION

This course focuses on the objectives of Pre-primary and primary education in Nigeria. Reviews briefly the historical development of pre-primary education in Nigeria. Brings to knowledge the contribution of leading philosophers and educators to the development of pre-primary education. Examines the problems of pre-primary education in Nigeria and the relevance of pre-primary and primary education to the Nigeria cultural background.

 

CPE 204:     PRINCIPLES OF/AND PRACTICUM IN EARLY CHILDHOOD

This course emphasizes field experience in childhood care and educational setting. It provides an opportunity for students to participate in field experience. Students will observe the normal stages of development of children from 2-11 years, and develop an understanding of how to respond to children’s needs by planning and implementing activities that are developmentally appropriate. Students will spend two hours each week during the semester observing specific areas of development in young children and participating in classroom activities.

 

CPE 214:  ENGLISH LANGUGE IN PRIMARY EDUCATION

This course equips primary education teachers with the skills for effective teaching of the English language ranging from teaching speaking skills, listening skills to grammar. It focuses on rules of the English language, and introduces students to phonics, grammatical categories, reading and writing skills.

 

CPE 225: MATHEMATICS IN PRIMARY EDUCATION 11

This focuses on strategies for addition facts, subtraction facts, multiplication and division. Teacher’s role in discourse, student’s role, tools for enhancing discourse, learning environment and analysis of teaching and learning.

 

CPE 231:     CHILDREN’S LITERATURE

This course is aimed at providing pre-reading experiences which will stimulate children’s desire to learn to read, providing opportunities for children to get acquainted with, handle, and ‘read’ a wide variety of high quality-children’s literature  providing daily opportunities for each child to see, hear, and respond to well-prepared literature experiences. Students therefore should be exposed to pre-reading experiences- motivating children to develop the desire to read and have insatiable curiosity about a word, page or volume says. Vocabulary enrichment, practice of letter sounds, blend sounds, words and rhymes should be taught. Culture-based literature books should be recommended for individual/cooperate reading (which promotes literature circle). Reasons why poetry should be taught is important to be highlighted. Children should be given the opportunity to freely express themselves. They can tell their own story; listening to stories help them develop listening skills.

 

CPE 241: CHILD PSYCHOLOGY

This course takes a global view of the different stages of child growth and development. Specifically, discusses the theories of development viz the cognitive development by Jean Piaget Moral theory of development by Lawrence Kohlberg.   Psychosocial theory by Erik Erickson, and language development by Vigotsky (each theory cover from childhood to middle childhood). The course examines and discusses the environmental influence and problems as well as the educational implication associated with each stage.

 

CPE 242:     PRINCIPLES OF LEARNING IN EARLY CHILDHOOD

This course reviews behavior and the types of learning that help children improve cognitively. Course emphasis is on the constructive theory of learning by Piaget and Vygostk. Construction encourages student to actively participate in their own education course, develops in teachers the ability for using cooperation, discovery and generative learning techniques.

 

CPE 251 MANAGEMENT IN EARLY CHILDHOOD AND PRIMARY EDUCATION    

This course emphasizes the administration and management in ECPE, the funding, the structure administration, the meaning and goals of administration and management, components of management, classroom management, management principles, and management of Centre as well as the problems of managing the centers etc.

 

CPE 252: LEARNING, MOTIVATION AND CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT

This course focuses on learning theories, motivational theories, strategies and learning styles teachers can use to achieve good classroom management which motivates students to learn. Behaviour management in the classroom setting is also emphasized.

 

CPE 253:     HOME-SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP/COLLABORATION

This course focuses on the partnership roles played by the home and the school in education of children. Emphasis is laid on the need for collaboration. Problems areas like communication, shared leadership, knowledge and skills development are treated too.

 

CPE 254:     CURRICULUM PLANNING, DEVELOPMENT AND MANAGEMENT FOR ECPE

This course focuses on different conceptualization of curriculum, Concepts models and factors that influence curriculum planning. Meaning and steps in curriculum development; Patterns of curriculum Organization and teacher’s position in Curriculum planning development.

 

 

 

CPE256: ADMINISTRATION AND SUPERVISION OF PRIMARY SCHOOLS

This course outlines the concepts of administration and management, focuses on the organization and structure; proprietorship and control; inspection and supervision of early and primary schools as well as on the issue of primary school finance. Emphasis is also laid on the supervision, school-community relationship, the school administrator as a leader, leadership styles, Education Law and school administration. Generally, the students will also be exposed to the concepts in administration and management. It deals with the functions of the arms of government primary education. The functions of UBE, National Education Boards etc established by Federal Government Decrees and their various functions should also be discussed.

 

CPE 264      SCIENCE IN PRIMARY EDUCATION 11

This course provides an overview of science concept; the basic scientific processes such as observing, classifying, communicating, measuring, predicting and inferring. The course also focuses on the integrated scientific processes. These includes, identifying and controlling variables, formulating and testing hypothesis, interpreting data. Experimenting as well as constructing models. Emphasis on detailed definition of each concept through the process-oriented inquiry method of teaching science. This course also focuses on the use of different methods of teaching children science to acquire scientific knowledge, skills and attitudes. The course focuses on process- oriented inquiry which includes expository methodology, guided-inquiry methodology; inquiry methodology etc. emphasis is also placed on the use of appropriate instructional materials.

 

CPE 271:  INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC

This course focuses on the concepts of music and rhythm, importance of music and rhythm, age and stages of music form, benefits of teaching music, piano skills, musical notations, musical instruments, musical toys etc.

 

CPE 273: SOCIAL STUDIES IN PRIMARY EDUCATION

This course focuses on Social Studies as a subject aimed at inculcation of national consciousness and national unity, imbibing the right type of values and attitudes for self and national survival.  It teaches the acquisition of necessary skills, abilities and competences which individuals need to be able to contribute to national development. To achieve these aims, students should be exposed to the origin and nature of man, man in his environment (physical, social and economic activities). Students should be exposed to his environment (physical, social and economic activities). Students should be exposed to the curriculum of social studies, human resources in social studies, teaching aids and methods of teaching social studies, improvisation of social studies teaching materials, methods of evaluation in social studies. Man and his government, Nigeria as a nation, dynamics of group behaviours, environmental studies, Nigerian constitution and political life, religion in society and contemporary public issues; issues and problems of national development, science and technology in society, social services in Nigeria, citizenship education, socialization, Africa in world politics, social change in Nigeria, colonialism and neo-colonialism.                   Students should be exposed to human resources in social studies, teaching aids and methods of teaching social studies, improvisation of social studies teaching materials, methods of evaluation in social studies.

CPE 274: CREATIVE ARTS, CULTURAL ARTS AND DRAWING IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

This course teaches students to develop creativity, writing stories and poems which communicate messages and concepts, play presentation skills, imaginative compositions, graphic design, topography and type design and communication through pictures. Students will learn to develop in pupil’s self-expression in various forms – writing, singing etc. This course also focuses on image making through drawing, carving, basketry and leather works depicting the culture of a people. Use of posters, pictures, composition, colors, lettering and life drawing are emphasized. it focuses on image making through drawing carving, basseting and leather works depicting the culture of a people. The use of posters, pictures, composition, colours, lettering and life drawing are emphasized. Methods of teaching music, drama, dancing will also be emphasized.

CPE 281: BASIC AGRICULTURE

This course focuses on the meaning of agriculture, the development of agriculture in Nigeria and the World. It addresses farming system and land tenure systems; agriculture and the natural environment with emphasis on such phenomenon as soil enrichment with humus and soil erosion; farm implements and machine tools. It also focuses on the role of government in agricultural development, general principles and climate conditions that affect agriculture. Addresses agriculture machinery and tools, and maintenance. It also involves field experiences. This course also focuses on the principles of agriculture and animal husbandry which includes preparation of land for planting, labour in crop production, planting methods, material spacing and selection. Different terminologies, livestock types and breeds, factors influencing livestock distribution and general problems of livestock production are emphasized

 

CPE 292: FUNDAMENTALS OF TEACHING SPORTS

This course focuses on the various sporting events and the skills and techniques in carrying out each of them, involves field experiences. Stresses the importance and advantages of sports; and its relationship with health.

 

CPE 305: THEORIES AND PRACTICES OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

This focuses on the discussion critique and application of conceptual framework of early childhood education theories- cognitive theories- Piaget, Montessori, social and cultural theories- Vygotsky, and psychosocial theories.

 

CPE 311:  TEACHING IGBO IN PRE- PRIMARY AND PRIMARY EDUCATION      

Students will be exposed to basic language skills. Emphasis will be focused on the concept of language arts, listening skills, speaking skills, writing and reading skills and methods of teaching the skills.

 

 CPE 321: TECHNOLOGY- BASED MATHEMATICS FOR TEACHERS  

This course focuses on technology and the mathematics. The course emphasizes the acquisition of basic concept and skills of computer operations, the use of calculator and computer software, including internet-based applications/applets in helping children to learn mathematics, the computer as a tool in mathematics, electronic manipulative for numeration, instructional software as well as surfing and using mathematics education resources on the internet.

 

CPE 325: METHOD OF TEACHING MATHEMATICS IN PRIMARY EDUCATION

This course focuses on the use of counters, pictures, objects, games etc to teach the basic concepts in mathematics such as numbering and numeration, learning to write numbers and mathematical signs in tens, hundred etc teacher guided lesson are emphasized. This also course focuses on procedures and processes of teaching mathematics in primary schools with emphasis on teachers shifting from a teacher – centered to a child-centered approach in their instructions. For example, shifting away from mere memorizing procedures towards mathematical reasoning and shifting away from the teacher as sole authority for right answers towards logic and mathematical reasoning and evidence as verification. The course emphasize on the six standards talk about the worthwhile mathematics as well as drills of efficient method such as strategies for addition facts, subtraction facts, multiplication facts and division facts. While the standards, talk about the worthwhile mathematics tasks, teacher’s role in discourse, students’ role in discourse, tools for enhancing discourse, learning environment and analysis of teaching and learning.

 

CPE 331: DIAGNOSIS AND REMEDIATION OF READING DIFFICULTIES

This course emphasizes reading as a very important leaner-activity in the learning process. The learner’s ability to read meaningfully and fluently too, determines how the information relayed is grasped. This course therefore is designed to equip students with the necessary skills that would enable them diagnose and remediate the different types of reading difficulties encountered by children. Students should be exposed to the factors/reasons for failure in reading. Students should be taught important operational procedures diagnosticians use to make diagnosis. Specifically, students should be taught diagnosis and remediation of letter knowledge and sight words, words analysis skills, comprehensive, vocabulary development and study skills. Students should be exposed to diagnosis and remediation of psychological and sociological problems, physical abilities of the eye, ear, speech problems and severe reading disabilities. Students should be exposed to the use of reading inventories, analysis of oral reading errors, use of interviews, record keeping and writing case reports in remedial reading; and interpreting test and research results in reading.

 

CPE 333: STRATEGIES AND MATERIALS FOR TEACHING READING

This course aims at training students to read for information. It specifically teaches strategies that should be applied before reading, during reading and after reading. Students should be exposed to targeted reading skills while applying reading strategies such as dense questioning, inferential reading, key concept synthesis, frame of reference etc. Teacher should highlight the ,materials needed for teaching reading such as book materials, pictorials, charts etc.

 

CPE 341: BASIC CONCEPTS OF MONTESSORI

This course explains the circumstances of Maria Montessori’s career that influenced her educational methods. Examines and critiques the basic characteristics of a good Montessori programme. Identifies and describes those features of the prepared environment unique to the Montessori Method. Addresses the role of the teacher (directoress) in a child’s house. Discusses how the Montessori Method can or cannot meet the basic needs of children as well as the ways the Montessori system could be adopted to a regular classroom setting. Critique of the method.

 

CPE 355:  STUDIES IN PRIMARY EDUCATION CURRICULUM

The students will be exposed to the conceptual and theatrical concepts of curriculum development, difference between curriculum planning and development, theories of authorities in curriculum development like Plato, Froebel, Montessori, Rousseau, Piaget, and Dewey as well as be exposed to determinants of curriculum.

 

CPE 375:  FAMILY EDUCATION AND VALUES                                           

Focus is on the basic concepts of the family, family structure in traditional and modern times, roles of parents, family life, parental styles, communication patterns etc

 

CPE 391: HEALTH AND LIVING IN SOCIETY

This course focuses on health in the society. Emphasize how man applies himself in his society to achieve health, e.g personnel hygiene, environmental hygiene, diseases and their preventive measures, balanced diet etc. Keeping the environment safe from pollution and stresses need for healthy lifestyles. Teaches strategies for coping with/avoiding stress.

 

CPE 401:     MULTICULTURAL PERSPECTIVE IN TEACHING

This course studies the influence of diversity on teaching and learning in a democratic and multi-cultural society like Nigeria with a philosophy of equal opportunities without any form of discrimination based on gender, ethnicity, religion and physical exceptionality.

 

CPE 411:     DEVELOPMENT OF WRITING SKILLS

This course is aimed at developing writers. To be able to achieve this, students would be exposed to the mechanics of writing such as word choice, word economy, wordiness, roots, affixes, dialect, slangs, use of imageries, sentence variety, fragments, run-ons etc. students should be exposed to  writing of fictions, non-fictions, poetry. Students should be exposed to the three approaches teachers use to help children develop writing skills-traditional approach, readiness approach and natural approach. Students be exposed to the three writing developmental level of children, and children’s developmental spelling, drawing experience, play and writing and expose to books.

 

CPE 412: LANGUAGE AND GRAMMAR FOR PRIMARY EDUCATION TEACHERS

This course focuses on equipping students with skills for effective communication both in speech and writing. It as a result, focuses on phonics and common grammatical errors found in use of the English Language. Students should be exposed to phonemes, phonetics symbols, consonants sounds, consonants clusters and blends single consonants and diagraphs, points of articulation and shape of the lips, schwa should, diphthongs, allophones, syllabication and accent. Students should also be exposed to the common errors in the application of grammatical rules found in expressions and writing. The teachers should cover as many as possible all the ungrammatical usage of all the grammatical categories ranging from parts of speech, punctuation marks, determiners to articulation of sounds (speech).

 

CPE 415: ENGLISH FOR PRIMARY EDUCATION TEACHERS

This course is designed to expose students to the rules of grammar in English Language. These rules govern everyday usage in the language. Students should be exposed to the English Language curriculum for Early Childhood and Primary Education. Students should be taught the different parts of speech-nouns, verb, adjective, adverb, pronoun, preposition, conjunction and exclamation mark. With the exception of exclamation, students should be exposed to different syntactic positions of occurrence in sentence structures and their types. Students should be taught punctuations marks – use of full  stop, question mark, exclamation mark, capital letter, comma, apostrophe, dash, colon, semi-colon, hyphen, quotation marks and bracket. The usage of the above mentioned punctuation marks should be taught, vocabulary building, idioms and essay writing. Use of determiners should also be taught.

 

CPE 422:     ICT IN PRIMARY EDUCATION CLASSROOM

The course covers the study of concepts, types and instructional values of ICT in primary education, justification for teaching young children ICT skills and capabilities; examinations of various ways in which ICT can support subject learning; planning for ICT and organizing the learning environment. Effort will be made to expose student – teacher to the instructional use of ICT facilities especially white board and computer (Computer Assistant Learning –CAL).

 

CPE 431: IGBO LITERATURE

This course is designed to expose students to the way of the Igbo people their values, tradition and customs. Student would also develop interest in reading Igbo language. Teachers are expected to recommend literature texts to be read by the students, teach poetry and drama. This course will also expose students to the use of imageries and idioms in Igbo language. Students can then make a comparative analysis of children’s literature by different authors.

 

CPE 432: CONTENT AREA READING

This course emphasizes that every subject area has reading strategies that best facilitate grasping of information for learners. This course is designed to equip students with strategies that can apply to the different subjects for better comprehension. The teacher should expose students to framework for content reading instruction, impact of effect on reading, determining readers background for content material, building the reader’s background, assisting reading by setting purposes, assisting the reader develop comprehensive, reflecting on learning through critical thinking, teaching vocabulary through PAR, supporting at-risk readers e.t.c.

 

CPE 441: ELEMENTS OF SPECIAL EDUCATION

This course is an introduction to child care services for young children with special needs. Description of special needs and characteristics of young children with special needs. This course will provide knowledge and skills required for collaborative special education services. It will also discuss current issues in exceptionality including the management of autism; inclusion in nursery and primary schools; the gifted child etc. it will also explore family and community resources that support children with special needs.

 

CPE 442: CHILD CARE IN EARLY CHILDHOOD

This course focuses on principles and practices of quality early childhood care giving. Emphasis is on the relationship between childhood development and the typical condition that foster development of security, confidence and identity in early childhood. The roles of the care-giver is also emphasized.

 

CPE 443: GUIDING CHILDREN’S BEHAVIOUR

This course focuses on discipline, punishment and guidance. Planning for guidance in the classroom- preventing behaviour problem, strategies for guiding behaviour; behaviour management system- Classer Model, Ginnot Model, Dreikin’s Model and assessing behaviour model systems.

 

CPE 445: SEMINAR IN CLASSROOM BEHAVIOUR MANAGEMENT             

This focuses on practical presentation papers by the students. Emphasis is on skills on paper presentation knowledge of work presented, skills needed for effective management of behaviours in classroom.

 

CPE 447: CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN PRIMARY EDUCATION

This course exposes the students to the concept of education especially primary education. It deals with issues in primary and basic education such as literacy, free compulsory education, community participation, inclusion, enrollment, security, and protection, rights of children, school feeding programme etc, as well as administration and finance.

 

CPE 456: HANDS-ON-TOYS PRODUCTION

This is a practical oriented course designed to guide students to create instructional and dramatic materials. The emphasis is on creativity which assess the student’s ability to create play/instructional materials in problem-solving (in form of teaching or drama) in the classroom. The materials include toys such as animals, dolls, cars, cars, puppet like finger puppet, animal purposes, father Christmas, firefighters, Humpty Dumpty etc.

 

 

 

CPE 462: SCIENCE LABORATORY/CORNER MANAGEMENT

This course focuses on safety in the laboratory, nature of science physical facilities (e.g. laboratory room, nature corner, and storage facilities), storage of laboratory equipment (i.e. sorting out, assembling, labeling inventory of apparatus), collection and care of specimen (e.g plants, fish etc), method of teaching science (e.g. demonstration, experimentation, field trips) and laboratory rules.

 

CPE 472: COMPARATIVE RELIGION IN SCHOOLS

This course is aimed at developing sound moral ethics in learners; which will help them grow to be responsible citizens co-existing peacefully with people of other religion. The teacher is expected to teach learners the beliefs of different religion and their practices. These are to be done in details. The course should cover as many religions of the world as possible. Based on the background knowledge gathered by learners, the teacher can make comparison, discussing differences and similarities. The teacher is expected to pick certain sensitive moral issues in the society and discuss based on the beliefs of the different religion.

 

CPE 491: CLOTHING AND ITS CARE FOR PRIMARY SCHOOLS

This course reviews clothing and textiles terms such as seams, stitches, fastening, smocking, embroidery etc. includes construction of simple household material and garments such as gloves, aprons, bibs etc application is to be encouraged.

 

CPE 493: CARING FOR OUR PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT

This course emphasizes the need for improving the aesthetic dimension of our environment. Discusses environmental pollution and its dangers and ways of removing the hazards of a poor environmental upkeep. It encourages some practical work by students on taking care of the physical environment, as a community service.

 

CPE 494:     CALISTHENICS IN NURSERY/PRIMARY SCHOOLS

This course examines the theories and practice of fundamental movement and creative use of the body in dancing, drills and human formations with particular reference to the early age shall be studied. Study of the essential basic movement in calisthenics shall lay more emphasis on practical that will impact the desired calisthenics/movement skills on the learner.  The components of physical fitness like agility, flexibility, strength, endurance and condition should be emphasized in all the movement patterns.

 

CPE 495: PLAY IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION

 

The meaning of play, the role of play in early childhood development, indoor games, the play environment, the playground and the environment, caring for children during play, improvising and care of play equipment. Description, importance and social role of play. Factors affecting play, different phases of play parallel to child development, ways to encourage play, diagnosing behavioral disorder through play. The play method in early childhood education.