Early Childhood and Primary Education Programmes


5 O’ level credit pass to include English Language, Mathematics, and any other 3 subjects obtained at not more than two sittings.

Postgraduate Diploma (PGD)

The candidate must be a graduate of Nnamdi Azikiwe University or a recognized University with at least a Third Class degree or a minimum of Upper Credit in the Higher National Diploma, HND, from a recognized Institution

Master’s Degree (M.Ed)

  1. The candidate must have a first degree in the relevant discipline with an FCGPA of not less than 3.0 from Nnamdi Azikiwe University or a recognized University
  2. A candidate with a Postgraduate Diploma with an FCGPA of not less than 3.50 may also be admitted provided the University Matriculation requirements are satisfied

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree

A candidate who holds a master’s degree in a relevant discipline with an FCGPA not less than 3.50 on a 5 Point Scale or an average of 70%, from Nnamdi Azikiwe University or a recognized University may be admitted provided the University Matriculation requirement is satisfied


Early Childhood Education and Primary Education

Early Childhood Education

Primary Education




–     Full Time:        Minimum of 2 Semesters

Maximum of 3 Semesters

  • Part Time: Minimum of 4 Semesters

Maximum of 6 Semesters


  • Full Time: Minimum of 3 Semesters

Maximum of 6 Semesters

  • Part Time: Minimum of 4 Semesters

Maximum of 8 Semesters


  • Full Time: Minimum of 6 Semesters

Maximum of 10 Semesters

  • Part Time: Minimum of 8 Semesters

Maximum of 14 Semesters



Course work: 48 Credits

Project: 6 Credits

Total: 54 Credits



Course work    -30 Credits

Thesis              -12Credits

Total               – 42 Credits



Course work: 9 Credits

Seminar  – 3 Credits

Dissertation – 18 Credits

Total – 30 Credits




First Semester

Course CodeCourse TitleCredits
EDU 761Research Methods2
EDU 731Educational Psychology2
EDU 771Education Technology2
EDU 741

EDU 721

EDU 711

Curriculum  and Instruction

Philosophy of Education

Sociology of Education





EDU 781 Micro Teaching2
CPE 709Teaching Methods in Primary Education2
CPE 741Child Growth and Development2
CPE 733


CPE 761

Literacy Instruction in Preprimary  and  Primary Education

Science in the Early years




CPE 725Mathematics Instruction in Preprimary and Primary Education2
CPE 777The Nigerian Child2


Second Semester

Course CodeCourse TitleCredits
EDU 712

EDU 722

EDU 732

EDU 752

EDU 772

EDU 792

EDU 794

CPE 742

CPE 752

History of Educational Development in Nigeria

Measurement & Evaluation

Educational Administration & Management

Guidance &Counselling

Introduction to Special Education

Teaching Practice


Guiding Children’s Behaviour

Management of ECCE Centre










CPE 792Physical and Health Education in Pre primary and Primary Education2


CPE 774Society and Environment2
CPE 703Issues in ECPE 12
 Grand Total      56                                30



First Semester

Core CoursesCredits
EDU 811: Advanced Educational Research Method2
EDU 821: Statistical Method in Educational Research2
CPE 847: Advanced Child Psychology2
CPE 807: Ethics and Standards in ECPE2
Compulsory elective for students without degree in ECPE
CPE 809: Observation and Assessment in ECPE2
CPE 801: Curriculum  Development in ECPE2

Choose only 3 Courses from this Section

CPE 841: Learning Environment in ECPE2
CPE 893: Motor Education in Early Childhood2
CPE 871: Society  and the Nigerian Child2
CPE 803: Issues in ECPE II2
Second Semester  
Core CoursesCredits
CPE 862: Science and ICT in ECPE2
CPE 856: Organization and Management of ECCE Centre2
CPE 804: Professional Seminar I3
CPE 806 Professional Seminar II3
CPE 808: Thesis12
Electives (choose only 2 courses from this section) 
CPE 832: Reading and Literacy2
CPE 844: Child Care in ECPE2
CPE 876: Social Studies in ECPE2
CPE 824: Elementary Mathematics2
CPE 890: Safety, Health, and Nutrition in Children2

Grand Total                   





Faculty Core Courses (If not done before)Credits
EDU 901: Advanced Research Methods IITBA
EDU 902: Advanced Educational Statistics IITBA
Specialization Courses  
CPE 966: Teaching Science in ECPE3
CPE 913: Language and Literacy in Childhood and primary Education3
CPE 944: Guiding Children’s Behaviour


CPE 942 Play and Children’s Development


CPE 904: Advanced Principles of Learning in ECPE3
CPE 906: Professional Seminar3

 Grand Total                                                                                                  30





EDU 711 Sociology of Education                                                                 2 Credits

A discussion of the meaning, scope and methods of studying sociology of education as an academic subject, theories of social interaction and their relevance to educational theory and practice, meaning and types of socialization; agent of socialization like family, peer group and religion, education and culture.


EDU 712 History of Educational Development in Nigeria                                   2 Credits

A study of western educational practices, indigenous education, formal education in Nigeria under colonial governance. Different educational ordinances during colonial government; Post-independence educational policies and practices.


EDU 721 Philosophy of Education                                                                          2 Credits

Meaning of Philosophy and Philosophy of education; Scope and methods of studying philosophy and philosophy of education; A study of ideas of selected educational thinkers like Plato, Rousseau, Azikiwe, Dewey, Nyerere, Aminu Kano, Awolowo, Ukeje.


EDU 722 Measurement and Evaluation                                                     2 Credits

Concepts, definitions and nature of tests, measurement, evaluation, assessment etc. psychometric properties of tests-validity, reliability, usability etc.; Teacher-made test, non cognitive tests etc. Differences between different types of test, test administration, scoring, grading and interpretation of grades; statistics in education e.g concepts, descriptive and inferential statistics; examination bodies in Nigeria and their roles.




EDU 731 Educational Psychology                                                               2 Credits

Fundamental concepts of learning, study of major theories of learning, studying of major theories of learning and their implications for education, general theories and principles of human growth and development with special reference to Nigeria; implications of motivation, retention, readiness, and reinforcement for learning.


EDU 732 Educational Administration and Management                         2 Credits

The concepts of management, administration, planning, supervision and evaluation; Educational administration and planning in Nigeria; School and classroom management, supervision, inspection, budgeting, funding, recruitment practice; professional development; politics of education, policy implementation, resource mobilization and utilization; Links between the various sections of education such as the Federal Ministry of Education, State  Ministry of Education, State Universal Basic Education Board and Local Government Education Authorities.


EDU 741 Curriculum and Instruction                                                        2 Credits

This course will expose students to the following contents. Concepts of curriculum, curriculum planning process, models of curriculum planning, curriculum reforms and agents in Nigeria and description of domains of educational objectives


EDU 752 Guidance and Counseling                                                                        2 Credits

Concepts, philosophy and historical development of Guidance and Counseling in the educational setting in the world and Nigeria especially, it also examines its nature, and objectives, theories, methods, strategies techniques and services. Students needs and problems (educational, vocational and socio-emotional) are x-rayed and surveyed, and measures are proffered for treatment purposes. Psychological testing is learnt for assessment and diagnostic purposes. Tools for cumulative records are discussed.



EDU 761         Educational Research Methods                                           2 Credits

The nature and concept of research, types of research, theories in education and problem formulation; techniques for literature review, types of research design and instrumentation, techniques for data preparation and presentation, data analysis and interpretation of results, ability to write research reports.


EDU 771         Education and Information Technology                            2 Credits

The design, process, application and effects of technology on the teaching/learning situation; systematic production effective use and evaluation of inexpensive and local instructional materials for instructional purpose, concept application of ICT to teaching, improvisation using local resources and materials.


EDU 792         Teaching Practice                                                                  2 Credits

Students should be provided with opportunity for a period of practicalization of teaching and learning strategies, knowledge, and classroom skills in their subject areas; implementation and application of learning materials in the classroom situation for a period of twelve weeks.


EDU 794         Research Project                                                                   6 Credits

Student are expected to transfer/apply the knowledge, skills and competencies learnt in the Research Methods; to write on topical issues in Education. This serves as a field experience as they review the existing literature, collect and analyze data and write the research reports.

curriculum, school roles in early childhood health, security of children, motor skills, pedagogy etc.


CPE 709   Teaching Methods in Preprimary and Primary Education   2 Credits

Students are exposed to the different methods of primary education – Montessori method, Bank Street Approach, Waldorf Approach, Reggio Emilia Approach, High/Scope Approach, Direct Instruction Model, Creative Curriculum Approach and how these apply to the different content areas.


CPE 703         Issues in ECPE I                                                                                2 Credits

Students will be exposed to issues like over schooling, early literacy, play vs traditional teaching method, access to early childhood education, viewpoints of child development.


CPE 725 Mathematics Instruction in Preprimary and Primary Education 2 Credits

Students should be provided with skills that focus on fundamental concepts on which higher order concepts are built; use of everyday activities familiar to students to teach concepts of number and numeration, basic operation and fractions.


CPE 733         Literacy Instruction in Pre-primary and Primary Education 2 Credits

Students should be exposed to rudimentary skills for teaching reading and writing; literature-based method of teaching reading, phonics and spelling, vocabulary building, fluency, comprehension of texts.


CPE 741         Child Growth and Development                                         2 Credits

Students should be provided with a global view of the different stages of child growth and development from the neonal to physical environment. Theories of child development should be discussed; viz a viz their educational implication. Environmental influences and challenges to the growth and development of the child.


CPE 742    Guiding Children’s Behaviour                                                 2 Credits

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


CPE 752    Management of ECCE Centre                                                             2 Credits

Spacing of sitting arrangement, provision of conducive learning environment, relationship between caregivers and children, appropriate use of learning materials, adequate funding by government and other stakeholders.


CPE 761     Science in the years                                                                   2 Credits

Overview of science concepts, basic scientific processes, integrated scientific processes, experimenting as well as constructing models etc.


CPE 774         Society and Environment                                                     2 Credits

Students should be exposed to issues about the society in connection with the environment. Global challenges of the environment, societal influences on the environment, societal issues that affect peace and security.


CPE 777         The Nigerian Child                                                               2 Credits

Students are exposed to the rights of the child, who a child is; issues in the Nigerian child right acts, violation of the child’s rights, the child in the context of Nigeria, Education Law and the child.


CPE 792 Physical and Health Education in Preprimary and Primary Education 4Credits

Emphasis is on motor development, health and welfare of the child. Issues and challenges at the different stages of motor development and health should be discussed.







EDU 811 Advanced Educational Research Methods                                2 Credits

This course will cover different types of research, methods and data; types of instruments; types of procedures for data collection; methods of data analysis; application of computer in data analysis, presentation of results and conclusion.


EDU 821 Statistical Methods in Educational Research                            2 Credits

This course covers review of basic statistical concepts; descriptive, parametric, inferential and non-parametric statistics; ANOVA, ANCOVA, Regression Analysis, Chi-square and statistical techniques for post-hoc analysis; application of computer in statistical analysis; meaning and result of statistical analysis.


CPE  801 Curriculum Development in ECPE                                           2 Credits

This course covers design, planning, preparation and delivery of a developmentally appropriate curriculum for young children. Issues and trends in curriculum development will be examined, including models and approaches and principles of curriculum design. Students will explore the role of the teacher in curriculum design and delivery and curriculum in supporting the development of the whole child. Basic components and developmentally appropriate implementation of curriculum across content will be examined


CPE 803         Issues in ECPE II                                                                  2 Credits

Students will be exposed in-depth to issues like over schooling, early literacy, play versus traditional teaching method, access to early childhood education, viewpoints of child development, early ICT skills, curriculum, school roles in early childhood health, security of children, motor skills, pedagogy etc.


CPE 856 Organization and Management of ECPE Centers                    2 Credits

This course focuses on the skills needed by early childhood professionals to manage and lead in early childhood education settings. Students will explore application of the basic principles for the establishment, operation, supervision and evaluation of a preschool and primary school program, including overview and history of ECPE programs, philosophy development, licensing standards and assessment of management techniques.


CPE 804 Professional Seminar I                                                                 3 Credits

This Course explores contemporary issues in early childhood education in Nigeria. This. course involves study, discussion and debate of selected topics in ECPE, survey analysis or research and developments in the field. Students will be involved in the preparation and class presentation of individual projects and reports on different topics relating to ECPE.


CPE 805 Advanced Child Psychology                                                        2 Credits

This course covers the study of child growth and development from conception to I, primary school (0-12 years). Emphasis will be placed on the domains of development physical, social, emotional, cognitive and language development. Students will explore theories of development vis-à-vis the various stages of growth and development.


CPE 806 Professional Seminar II                                                                3 Credits

This Course explores contemporary issues in early childhood education in Nigeria. This course involves study, discussion and debate of selected topics in ECPE, survey analysis or research and developments in the field. Students will be involved in the preparation and class presentation of individual projects and reports on different topics relating to ECPE.

CPE 807 Ethics and Standards in ECE                                                      2 Credits

This course acquaints students with the importance of professional ethics in early childhood education. Students will develop skills in making responsible professional judgments based on the Code of Ethical Conduct and Statement of Commitment set forth by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, National Policy on Integrated Early childhood Development and Minimum Standards for Early Child Care Centers.


CPE 808Thesis                                                                                              12Credits

This course involves selection and completion of a project in ECPE under the guidance of a supervisor and the oral presentation of the finished work to departmental board, faculty board and external examiner on scheduled dates.


CPE 809 Observation and Assessment in ECPE                                      2 Credits

This course will offer opportunities for students to develop in-depth knowledge and skills on observation and assessment of children with a focus on research, policy, and best practices in early childhood assessment and link assessment to curriculum planning and program evaluation.


CPE 832 Reading and Literacy                                                                   2 Credits

This course focuses on language and literacy development for young children. Students will examine theories of language development, including theories of language acquisition and the needs of English language learners. Emphasis will be placed on ‘ strategies for listening, speaking, reading and writing experiences. Students will explore psycho linguistic determinants of reading, reading problems, teaching beginning, intermediate and advanced reading skills and social functions of literacy.


CPE 824 Elementary Mathematics                                                          2 Credits

This course will explore child-centered approach in teaching math; use of concrete objects; model diagrams and technology in teaching math, problem-solving strategies, drills and construction of basic geometric shapes.


CPE 844 Child Care in ECPE                                                                   2 Credits

This course will focus on the basic principles and practice of quality child care. Students will learn how to create appropriate safe, healthy and learning environments for children aged 0-5 years. Emphasis will be on understanding and supporting children’s development in the physical, cognitive, communication, creativity, self and social development areas. Students will explore building relationships that promote healthy development in children.


CPE 862 Science and ICT in ECPE                                                                       2 Credits

This course focuses on the basic concepts and content of the operation of computers, examination of various ways in which K’T can support subject learning, assessment record keeping, and home-school collaboration. Students will explore traditional and advanced educational technologies; develop technological skills and strategies of implementation to build an integrated plan of utilizing technology for improving classroom teaching and children’s learning.


CPE 890 Health, Safety and Nutrition for Young Children                     2 Credits

This course focuses on healthy practices that promote safety, nutrition and wellness for young children. Emphasis will be placed on attitudes and knowledge early childhood educators must have in order to support the health and safety of children.


CPE 893 Motor Education in Early Childhood                                                 2 Credits

This course focuses on the basic systems of the body in relationship to movement and physical growth. Spontaneous and planned experiences, media, methods and materials and theoretical foundations will be explored. Theories and practice of movement experiences of pre-school children; basic motor skill development, sequence of development of fundamental motor abilities, projection and reception skills will be explored.




EDU 901 Advanced Research Methods II                                                  TBA

This course covers concept and nature of research; scientific processes in research; problem definition, variable identification; sources of research topics; theory construction and hypotheses formulation; techniques for literature review; principles of design; instrumentation, data collection, techniques for data analysis and presentation of results.


EDU 902 Advanced Educational Statistics II                                            TBA

This course explores the concept of educational statistics in education; descriptive statistics and the various areas of application in education; classroom data, school records, school demography, social relations in school; school administration and finances; Inferential statistics; population and sampling theory; non-parametric statistics in education; hypothesis assumptions, types, applications and limitations.


CPE 904 Advanced Principles of Learning in ECPE                                3 Credits

This course focuses on child development and learning process. Emphasis will be placed
on theoretical foundations of how learning occurs, children’s construction of knowledge, domains of human development, their inter relatedness and impact on learning. Learning
differences, exceptionality in students learning, approaches to accommodating various learning styles; motivation and learning environment will be explored.


CPE 913 Language and Literacy in ECPE                                                3 Credits

This course examines how critical the early years of a child’s life are for developing language and literacy. Emphasis will be placed on students understanding of the interrelatedness of oral language, reading and writing skills and development of teaching strategies to facilitate this growth, including setting up an effective language and literacy environment and how to facilitate quality early language and literacy experiences.


CPE 942 Play and Children’s Development                                                           3 Credits

This course will explore the role of play in children’s development and how play is integral to a child’s developmental needs. Students will develop an understanding of the relationship of play to the different domains and stages of development as well as the role of the environment and the early childhood practitioner in enhancing children’s play.

CPE 944 Guiding Children’s Behaviour                                                    3 Credits

This course covers the development of typical childhood emotions and behavior. It provides students with practical techniques for encouraging prosocial behavior, conflict resolution and problem solving along with basic skills and techniques in child guidance. Students will explore their role in supporting emotional and social development of children. Prevention of behavior problems through developmentally appropriate practices and interventions will be emphasized


CPE 966: Teaching Science in ECPE                                                         3 Credits

This course focuses on integrated scientific processes, identifying and controlling variables, formulating and testing hypothesis, defining operationally interpreting data, experimenting and constructing models; assessment of attitude, content and science beyond the classroom; computer-based technology in ECPE science education.


EDU 999 Dissertation                                                                                               18 Credits

This course requires students to demonstrate research competencies by selecting a thesis topic in ECPE.