Course List to Study in the Department of Primary education


Many students want to know the kind of courses they want to do in chosen tertiary institutions before they decide on the course to enroll for. But they could not until they have enrolled before they are given the syllabus. This article will try to list and give a summary of some courses you can offer in tertiary institutions. The following are for the courses in Primary Education.

Number and numeration


This is a study of the basic concepts of number and numeration together with the operations on the subsets of the set of real numbers. Use of the inductive reasoning to discover rules and principles will be emphasized and simple opportunities will be given for required skills to be applied in solving problems.

Basic listening and reading skills

This course is aimed at developing and using specific skills sum as listening, reading, studying, library, and note taking with speed and efficiency for the personal development of the pupils; listening to models in the language, laboratory, and cassettes recorder. Techniques of faster reading, word recognition, sentence comprehension, reading comprehension techniques, and methods of teaming reading in primary schools.

Man and Energy

These are basic concepts of force, work, and energy, a survey of principal forms of energy (mechanical, chemical, heat, electrical, radiant, nuclear, wave, measurement and conversion, and sources and uses of energy.

Introduction to social studies

This course aims at introducing social studies’ nature, scope, meaning, and objectives; development as a curriculum objective and relationship with social science subjects.

Cultural and creative arts

This is the aspect of cultural and creative arts methodology in rhythms, folk music collection, folksongs from different ethnic groups; traditional musical instruments; a brief history of drama, forms of drama, dance drama in Nigeria’s cultural society, and dramatization of action songs.

Theory and practice of sports

More emphasis is placed on practical gymnastics, athletics, and games, pitches, courts, equipment and facilities, rules for the execution of the different sporting activities; teaching of physical education in the primary school – problems, constraints, and solution.

Introduction to agriculture

This is the development of agriculture in Nigeria’s farming systems; agriculture as an industry utilizing science and technology; the role of government in agriculture development (farm settlement scheme, ADPS, River basin Scheme, etc.); general concepts of soil composition and properties; general principles of agro metrology and equipment used; agricultural machinery and tools use and maintenance; problems of crops and livestock production; farm management, farm structures, and records.

Introduction to home management

This is to study the definition of concepts; principles of home management principles of selection and utilization related to family resources and needs; household budgeting; effect of family-like cycle on family economics; family health and safety in the home; food and functions; effects of malnutrition, methods of food preservation methods and principles of cooking, meal analysis of textiles types.

READ ALSO:  Learning Skills in Traditional Education

Geometry and measurement

This is the practical, descriptive, and intuitive study of plane shapes and common solid shapes; mathematical methods for calculation of perimeter, area volume, and capacity; geometrical properties of planes figures; use of geometrical instruments; emphasis on practical illustrations of the properties of straight lines, triangles, and parallelograms.

Basic witting skills

The course will expose learners to different types of writing. With an emphasis on essay writing with particular reference to sentence structure, outline paragraph, collection, and organization of materials; a long paper presentation by students at the of the course; methods of teaching writing in primary schools; problems of teaching writing skills.

Environment, science, and society

The course covers the evolution of man, concepts defined, interrelationships between science and society; application of science and technology to everyday life; basic scientific principles in the design and functioning of everyday appliances, devices, systems, and phenomena; problems created by science and technology; adaptation strategies; use of the computer.

Social studies methodology

This course covers lesson preparation and planning, evaluation technique in social studies; definition between curriculum, syllabus, scheme of work, unit plan and lesson plan; institutional resources in social studies, and micro-teaching in social studies.

Teaching primary school mathematics

This course captures lesson planning, presentation, and evaluation techniques in mathematics; model lessons demonstrated in micro-teaching sessions; diagnosis and remediation techniques/strategies of individual pupils’ difficulties.

Drawing, painting, graphics, and sculpture

This course captures basic drawing: lines for geometrical forms, curves, and circles (freehand/instruments), drawing solids, cuboids, spheres, cones, and circles; painting: coloring the spectrum, the primary, secondary, and tertiary colors, their analogous and complementary colors, (making use of the color wheel and rainbow color); graphics: calligraphy or lettering in construction for making greeting cards; illustration of posters and teaching aids; construction of letters upper/lower caps, life drawing and still life drawing using principles of proportion, shapes, volume and line.

Theory and practice of health education

This course comprises characteristics of a healthy personality; personal hygiene; health hazards and their prevention; culture and health; mental health ways and means of achieving/improving it.

Family living and relationship

This course comprises family types, family life cycle, and structure; changing family roles; factors that promote living together; types of marriage, marriage ceremony, marital problems, problems in family relationships and remedies; issues and opinions about sex education in public schools.

READ ALSO:  Top 7 Primary Education Philosophers with their Views

Primary integrated science methodology

This course covers lesson plans, presentation, and evaluation techniques in integrated science; model lessons demonstrated in micro-teaching; the teacher as manager of the learning environment; the teacher as facilitator and organizer of learning opportunities; emphasis on observation, measurement, classification, and safety in the environment.

Early childhood and childhood psychology

This course captures the principles of development – physical, motor, emotional and social development; intellectual development: Piaget, Erickson, Bruners, Dewey’s theories measurement of intelligence; the role of hereditary and environment, the implication of development studies of the child for early childhood and primary education.

Literary studies

This course consists of modern trends in children; literature and understanding language focus on understanding the philosophy, structure techniques, and ideological focus of the large body of literature produced for children by African writers.

Origin and development of pre-primary and primary education

This course consists of the origins of primary school education in selected countries; a detailed review of the historical origins of formal Western Education in Nigeria preschool provisions in selected countries; development of pre-primary and primary education in Nigeria and some selected countries of the world such as USA, Canada, Germany, Egypt, Ghana, Japan.

Our socio-political environment

This course covers social community and cultural heritage, social, economic, political, and religious practices and problems; social changes since independence and their impact on our society; social services; national identity and integration; ethnic groups in Nigeria; population movements and effects.

Philosophy of nursery and primary schools

This course captures the theoretical rationale for nursery/primary education; the aims of nursery/primary education; the place of the child in society; the nature of the society and society and the child’s needs; the concepts of autonomy, authority, freedom in child’s upbringing; concepts of nursery education/universal nursery education and the society; a comparative history and descriptive analysis of the nature and purpose of nursery/primary education.

Textile design

This course comprises simple geometric design with colors, simple motifs (Floral and animal abstract) curing materials into dresses and sewing (life-size or miniature); creative art tools and objects (potter’s wheel, kiln, silk screen, stencil, cutlers, canvas, cartridge paper, etc.); relief printing (Wood Linoleum, Lamcorks, Stencil Printing, Tie and dye, Batik.

Living and non-living matters

This course comprises the classification of objects in the environment. Non-living matter: classification by physical state; classification by composition; properties of each category; processes of change from one category to another; air, water, weather, and soil as components of the living matter; characteristics of living things; the structure of the all and included important cell processes and elementary genetics; plant and animal cells; comparative study of selected organisms in their environment.

READ ALSO:  The Contributions of Articulate 360 and Google Classroom to Education

Organization of nursery and primary education

This course covers detailed procedures in the organization of nurseries and primary; an examination of the role of government; federal, state, and local councils; education laws and school management; the role of the government agencies; commissioner, directors-general, inspectorate, local schools board, central school board, central school board, etc in the organization structure of the nursery/primary school; the continuous analysis of the organization UPE in Nigeria; major local and international reports on childcare and children education and their implication for Nigeria.

Nursery and primary education

This course captures preschool learning styles; principles underlying teaching methods in nursery/primary education; major theories of teaching infants – Rousseau, Pestalozzi, Frobel, Montessori contributions of psychology to nursery/primary education methods of teaching various primary school subjects; organization of learning in nursery/primary schools; the role of the3 teacher learning recourses.

Nursery and Primary education

This course covers an examination of the traditional conception of education aims and objectives; the changing conception of murders/primary education; examination of different approaches to curriculum planning e. g. Taba, Wheeler; detailed analysis and discussion on NIGERIA curricula in the nursery and primary schools; theoretical principles of curriculum planning; assessment of textbook and other learning materials used in the schools; comparative study of teacher training courses and primary school curriculum.

Pre-school and primary School projects in Nigeria

This course examines the preschool and primary education projects in the USA, UK, and Nigeria, for example, the Head Start Primary School projects; the project selection criteria findings and relevance to pre-primary and primary education.

Evaluation techniques in nursery/primary education

This course consists of an evaluation of nursery methodology and primary education methodology; analysis of teaching strategies in each area of primary school subjects including method, assessment, and evaluation procedure; record keeping; a systematic organization of teaching methods using modern teaching aids: radio, television, laboratory, computer, etc.

Planning and financing of nursery/primary schools

This course comprises costing of education; data collection for educational planners; staffing of school; training educational planners; training and retraining program; the varieties affecting the planning of nursery/primary schools; structuring nursery/primary schools within the overall national educational system e. g. planned provision for post-primary institutions; supplementary procedure in primary education.

Research Project

This is the final project in which the students will do a thorough study supervised by the lecturer.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like