Department of Adult Education and Community Services
In October, 1988, the Bachelor of Education (B.Ed Adult Education) with specialization in either Adult Education or Community Development was introduced, the first of its kind in the Northern Region. Today, the programme is subsumed under a B.Ed Adult Education and Community Development programme, with B.A. (Ed) and B.Sc. (Ed) options. Through these, this Department is able to meet the need for professionally- trained staff in various State Agencies of Mass Education, Public and Private Educational Establishments, Schools (e.g. Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education), Community/Social Development Departments and Non – Governmental Organisations as well as graduates for further academic educational pursuits here and elsewhere.
In order to enhance the quality of our students, efforts were made, and are still being made, to provide teaching and research equipment and to emphasise the practical component of the various courses offered. In this regard a Life- Long Learning Resource Room was established in 2004. This reading facility is stocked with Computers (with the Electronic Library), current journals and books for use by staff and students. For the practical component of the various courses offered, an Entrepreneur Skills-Development Workshop for practical demonstration purposes was set-up in 2009.
At the moment, there is an increasing demand for our B.Ed Programme as evidenced from the geometric rise in the number of applicants seeking admissions into the Department. We have quite a large number of in – service clientele from Mass Education Agencies and Local Government Community Development Departments, Non-Governmental Organisations, far and wide, and various other categories of learners.
Over the years, the Department has become a major capacity – building one, generally producing personnel for Adult Education and Community Development. In addition to the Bachelor’s degree, the Department now offers a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree, Master of Education (M. Ed) degree with specializations (in Adult & Non-Formal Education; Community Development; Extension Education; Social Welfare Education, and Gerontology) and a Post-graduate Diploma in Community Development and Extension Education (PGDCDEE) programmes as well as Part – time Professional Courses, viz. Advanced Diploma in Educational Management (ADEM) and Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Management (PPGDEM), in addition to an array of out- reach, need – meeting community service programmes (e.g. Basic and Post-Literacy classes; JSS and SSS Exams-coaching, etc.).