Historical Background

This College was established in 1977 as Federal Advanced Teachers’ College for Special Education (FATCSE) but now known as Federal College of Education (Special), Oyo. School of Arts and Social Sciences is one of the six Schools in the College.

Until 1992 when the present School of Languages was carved out of the School of Arts and Social Sciences, there were five Schools in the College.

As at today, the School of Arts and Social Sciences graduates students in seven major disciplines.

i.        Christian Religious Studies

ii.       Economics

iii.       Geography

iv.      Islamic Religious Studies

v.       Music

vi.      Social Studies

vii.      Theatre Arts


Man, his complex nature and the increasingly more complex society in which he lives and his relationship with the metaphysical world (expressed in myths and religions), have been interesting subject for investigation by scholars. Using various instruments qualitative and quantitative (or a combination of both) the “Arts and Social Sciences” disciplines concern man, his society and his relationship with the metaphysical world. The NCE Arts and Social Sciences Programme seek to draw the teacher and his student to moral dialogue about their collective realities.


The goals of the Arts and Social Sciences programme include the following:-

1.       To produce NCE teachers of Arts and Social Sciences subjects who are capable of contributing meaningfully to the production of teachers of these subjects for the Primary and Junior Secondary classes in Nigeria.

2.       To help the student acquire the basic knowledge and values needed to enhance the quality of the lives of the nation.

3.       To help the student acquire the spirit of self-reliance positive self-image and balanced personality.


Mission Statement:

The mission statement is to ultimately produce graduates who are self-sufficient inculcate the spirit of independent mind and applying the logics of Arts and “Social Sciences” in solving practical challenges within and outside the classroom.

Vision Statement:

The vision statement of the Arts and “Social Sciences” discipline is to be the centre point of training of professional teachers who are equipped with relevant skills in the teaching of Arts and Social Sciences related subject in both Primary and Junior Secondary School levels.

The Goals and Objectives of the School:

The goals and objectives of the programmes are enumerated below:

1.       To train NCE teachers of Arts and Social Sciences subjects who have the ability and capability of producing teachers of those subjects in the Primary and Junior Secondary classes in Nigeria.

2.       To assist the students in acquiring basic knowledge and values needed to enhance the equality of their lives and the life of the nation.

3.       To assist the students acquiring the spirit of self reliance, positive self image and balanced personality.

4.       To prepare students for life long Education.


a.       A Senior Secondary Certificate (SSC), NECO or GCE “O” Level with Credit passes in five (5) subjects including English Language, here of which must be at Credit level at the same sitting or four credits at two sitting. Two of the credit must be relevant to course the candidate wishes to offer. Credits in English and Mathematics may be required in some courses.

b.       A Grade II Teachers Certificate (TC II) with credit or merit in five (5) subjects two of which must be relevant to the course the candidate wishes to offer as his/her specialization in some courses.

c.       For candidates wishing to offer courses in Vocational and Technical Education RSA or City and Guilds Intermediate Certificate and the Federal Craft Training Certificate (FCTC) with credit/merit in at least four (4) subjects are acceptable qualifications.

d.       Associateship Certificate in Education awarded by an approved institution in Nigeria or abroad is also an acceptable qualification.

e.       All candidates wishing to be considered for admission must enroll for and write the selection Examination organized by body such as JAMB.

f.        Successful candidates in the Pre-NCE final Examination who take and succeed in a selection Examination organized by an accredited body are also qualified for admission.

g.       It should be noted that some Colleges may in addition to all of the above, administer their own elimination tests, and or interviews for some courses. This is legitimate.


           Duration:     Four (4) years minimum.

Internship – one (1) year with pay followed by registration and full certification. Candidates for the award of B.Ed Certificates are required, among others to earn at least thirty-six (36) credits in General Education Courses, six (6) credits in Teaching Practice and fourteen (14) credits in General Studies Education (totaling fifty-six (56) credits in the Education Component of the B.Ed Programme to qualify for graduation viz:

General Education                        -         36 Credits

Teaching Practice                         -         06 Credits

General Studies Education             -         14 Credits

Total                                                   -          56 Credits


Teaching Practice:

Teaching Practice – Six (6) Credits, should be a separate unit, but must be co-ordinated by School of Education, specially the co-ordination is to be housed in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction under the supervision of a committee with the Dean of Education as Chairman. Teaching Practice is compulsory for all B.Ed students. It has to be done in the candidates teaching subject(s) and has to passed for the candidate to earn the six (6) credit required for graduating in this course. Bearing in mind the demands of the UBE and the Senior Secondary Education. Teacher Education Institutions are required to assign their students to both primary and the two tiers of secondary schools for the Teaching Practice to give them appropriate exposure at those levels and contexts respectively in their respective of their teaching subjects.


Every candidate for the B.Ed, irrespective of any other departmental project, is expected to pass EDU 323. There should be a co-ordinating committee for EDU 323 made up of a representative from each school and headed by the representative from the School of Education.

Regardless of the Department where the Research Project is done, his score should be sent to the School of Education for record and computation of Students grades.


The school has not developed any special curricula of its own, since they intend to adopt the one it formerly used at its before being separated from the (SPED) which is consistent with the current harmonized one being used by University of Ibadan affiliated College of Education. Each of the six (6) departments in the Colleges intends to adopt the respective relevant curriculum.

Prospective Student Population and the Curricula:

Each Department has designed curricula outfits for three (3) categories of students viz:

1.       Students with J.M.E results who will spend four (4) years for a B.Ed degree on a full time basis.  

2.       Students with NCE or equivalent qualifications who will spend three (3) years for a B.Ed degree on a full time basis and

3.       Students with NCE or equivalent qualifications who will spend four (4) years for a B.Ed degree on a part time basis terminal holidays and long vacations will be devoted for such programme.

Each category of students join the use of the curricula at the appropriate level.


The school has a vast land suitable for sporting activities. The play-ground which also doubles as College play-ground consists of fields for a large number of inter-departmental games including, football pitch, Tennis court, Basket court and Volley-ball court with facilities. The field sporting complex has a standard covered pavilion, goal-posts, dressing rooms for home and away teams, running tag, as well as first aid services.


An organogram of the school administration is herewith included:







Mr. O. O. Okediran



Mr. B. R. Ismaila

1993 – 1998


Mr. O. O. Okediran

1998 – 2000


Mr. A. O. Olanipekun

2002 – 2006


Mr. D. Y. Akinyemi

2006 – 2010


Dr. P. A. Ojebode

2010 to date

School Administration:

There is a School Officer who is the most Senior Administrative Officer responsible to the Dean in the daily Administration of the school. He has a number of Administrative and Clerical Officers as well as other supportive staff under him.