Although the NCE, as a qualification, is common to all the graduates of the programme, each subject has its own unique features and demand. The general admission requirements common to all the subjects are set out hereunder:


  1. A senior secondary school certificate (SSC) WAEC, NECO or GCE ‘O’ L NABTEB and any other equivalent with Four (4) Credits at one or two sittings. Two of the credits must be relevant to the course the candidates wishes to, offer. Credits in English and/or Mathematics may be required in some courses to meet departmental requirement.
  2. A Grade II Teacher’s Certificate (TC II) with credit or merit in five subjects, two of which must be relevant to the course the candidate wishes to offer. Credit/merit in English Language and/or Mathematics may be a requirement in some courses.
  3. For candidates wishing to offer courses in Vocational R.S.A. or City and guilds/intermediate Certificate or the Federal Craft Training Certificate in Nigeria or abroad, is also an acceptable qualification.
  4. Successful candidates in the Pre-NCE final examination who in addition to taking and succeeding in a selection examination matriculation examination body would also be qualified for admission.
  5. All candidates wishing to be considered for admission must enrol for, write and pass the selection examination organized by an accredited body such as JAMB at a satisfactory level.



  1. The general education courses for each Specialist Areas of the programme is compulsory for all registered students.
  2. All registered students must submit a supervised project before graduation. The project may be written in General Education or any of the students’ special area. (This is without prejudice to long essays or seminar papers that may be required by some departments or in some special areas). Three copiesof such project typed double-spaced and bound (hard cover) must be submitted by each student before graduation. The credits earned shall be recorded under EDU 323.
  3. Teaching Practice is compulsory for all students and it must last for a minimum of eighteen (18) weeks. Colleges are free to make their own arrangements for Teaching Practice. The credits earned shall be recorded under EDU 311.
  4. All registered students must enrol for and pass General Studies Courses recommended for each Specialist areas before graduation.
  5. Industrial Attachment or SIWES is compulsory for all students registered for courses in Vocational, Technical and Computer Education. This is for a minimum of 16 weeks attached with 2 credit units.
  6. Acculturation/Language Immersion Programmes are compulsory for all students offering Arabic, French and Nigerian Languages at the officially designated centres for a period of twelve (12) weeks or any other acceptable institution within or outside the country.



A student must earn a total minimum 118 to 126 credits to graduate covering.- all the components of the programme as indicated in the course


  1. Continuous Assessment (C.A) 40%
  2. End of Semester Examination 60%


A registered student for the NCE programme must attain a 75% attendance before he/she is allowed to write the end of Semester Examination. This is very important students must comply with this policy


  1. A student of NCE regular has a minimum of six (6) semesters (i.e. 3 academic sessions) including teaching practice and maximum of ten (10) semesters (5 academic sessions)
  2. A student of NCE by correspondence has a minimum of four (4) contact periods and maximum of six (6) contacts including teaching practice.
  3. A student shall be considered not entitled to NCE certificate if at the end of ten (10) semesters or six (6) contacts as the case may be, if the candidate still has outstanding carry overs which are considered compulsory and of core status, such a student shall not be certificated.