Professional Diploma in Education


The Vision of Professional Diploma in Education (PDE)  programme is Promoting learning for service through an effectively regulated teaching profession in Nigeria founded upon robust teacher education and practice where teacher quality, discipline, professionalism, reward and dignity match international standard.


The mission of Professional Diploma in Education (PDE) is to ensure teacher excellence and professionalism among teachers at all levels of education and licensing of teachers; accreditation, monitoring and supervision of teacher education programmes; promotion of continuing professional development; maintenance of discipline that leads to the overall renaissance of the teaching profession in Nigeria.


The motto of Professional Diploma in Education (PDE) is “Teaching for Eexcellence”


The Professional Diploma in Education came as a result of clarion call by the National Council on Education (NCE) during its session in 2003 at Yenegoa, Bayelsa State. In that session, the NCE fixed the year 2006 as the deadline for unqualified teachers in Nigeria to get the requisite teaching qualification or leave the education system. Accordingly, it called on Teachers’ Registration Council (TRCN) and the teacher training institutions to come up with additional teacher education programmes that could be more flexible and yet meeting international standard in the training of teachers.

            In response to the call, the Institute of Education, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria and TRCN partnered and came up with the PDE programme. After the initial preparation of the curriculum, by the core group that worked on it,  TRCN passed it through the process of the National Council on education (NCE) that held in 2005 at Minna, Niger State.  Finally, the TRCN  Governing Board in accordance with the provisions of the TRCN Act 31 of 1993 approved the programme. It must be noted that TRCN is a distinguished gathering of the leaders of the various education sector in Nigeria.

            Following this development, the PDE National Minimum Standard was released in 2008 and the Senate of the Ahmadu Bello University approved that PDE be run by its Institute of Education. Other Colleges like FCEs Zaria and Kano, Niger State College of Education, Kaduna State College of Education and many more joined in the programme. The Federal College of Education Obudu got approval from the relevant authorities to run the programme on 8th July 2011 and immediately commenced operation the same year with an initial population of seventy eight (78) students.   

                                                            STAFF OF THE UNIT

Coordinator:                                                    Dr. Amechi Bonifae Oha

Other core staffs of the Unit include:

Ilufoye T. Kehinde                                         Assistant Registrar

Grace O. Oloruntomi                                      Executive Officer, General Duties

 Peace Chukwu                                               Clerical Staff

            Support staff comprises lecturers drawn from different departments with courses relevant to those offered in the programme as teaching staffs.

                                    COURSES OFFERRD

Following the Teachers’ Registration Councils (TCRN) approval, the following programmes are offered:

  1. Secondary Education PDESEC  (Arts, and other humanity subjects)
  2. Secondary Education PDESC   (Sciences subjects)
  3. Technical Education PDETE
  4. Early Childhood Education PDEEC
  5. Primary Education  PDEPR
  6. Nursing Education PDENS
  7. Nomadic Education PDEND
  8. Islamic Education PDEIE
  9. Adult and non-formal education PDEAN
  10. University Education PDEUV


The programme is a one-year, part-time study of two semesters.

                                    QUALIFICATION FOR ADMISSION

Admission is for candidates who possess:

i. Bachelors, Masters and/or Doctorate Degrees,

ii. Higher National Diploma (HND) in the relevant intended courses offered

These should be in addition to WASC/GCE or NECO O’ Level credit in five relevant subjects including mathematics and English.    


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