Ekiti State University

Brief History about the Department

The Department of Arts and Language Education was inaugurated in August, 2015. It is one of the nine departments in the Faculty of Education. The courses in the Department were initially domiciled in the Departments of Curriculum Studies and Educational Foundations and Management at the inception of the Faculty of Education in 1983/84 academic session. The creation of the Department was based on the recommendation of the Accreditation panel to restructure the Faculty to house programme properly in their corresponding Departments. Sequel to that, the Senate of the University proposed to the University Governing Council at its meeting on 10th of October, 2014, where the restructuring was considered and approved. The Department focuses on the methodology of teaching and coordinates students’ teaching practice programmes in the Arts and Languages.
The following courses are housed by the Department: English Language Education, Yoruba Language Education, French Language Education, Arabic Language Education, Christian Religious Studies, History and International Relations, Islamic Studies, Philosophy of Education, History of Education, Moral Education, Communication Arts Education, Language Teaching Methods, History and Religious Teaching Methods.The Department has produced Master’s and Doctorate degree holders as units under the Department of Curriculum Studies and Educational Foundations and Management and under its current state.

Some of the early lecturers and leaders of the Department were: Mr. C. O. O. Kolawole; Mr. S, A. Amuseghan, Mr. M.A Ayeni, Dr. J.O. Ayeni, Mr. G.O. Oyinloye and (Mrs) G. O Ofodu. The Department in its current form has Thirteen lecturers and two non – academic staff: Prof. G.O. Oyinloye, Prof. J. O. Ayeni, Prof. M. A. Ayeni, Prof. T.K. Akinwamide, Dr. (Mrs) G.O. Ofodu, Dr. (Mrs) E.M. Dada, Dr. J.O. Babalola, Dr. (Mrs) C.A. Ayodele, Dr.(Mrs.) B. R. Borode, Dr.(Mrs.) F. E. Jimola, Mr. A.S. Olaniyan, Mrs. Y.J. Akande, Mrs. O.B. Adeboye. Prof. M.A. Ayeni is the current Head of Department.

Philosophy of the Department:

The over-riding concern of the Department is the contribution of its quota to the attainment of the main objectives of the Faculty of Education through the provision of courses that are essential for the professional preparation for teacher educators at all levels of education.

Objectives and Mission Statement:

The main focus of the Department is the provision of a broad-based modern theoretical knowledge and skills for its students so as to enable them function effectively as professional teachers. To this end, it is expected that graduates of the Department should be able to:

  • Teach their chosen subjects effectively in the secondary schools and teacher training colleges
  • Inculcate in student’s sound, analytical and critical skills in solving personal and other problems.
  • Apply the knowledge of Language and literacy usage in communication

General Services and Academic Programmes:

The department runs Bachelor degree in Education French, Education Yoruba, Education English, History and International Studies, Arabic Studies, M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Language Education and Philosophy of Education.

General Information on Service Requirements and Operations:

(a).       The Head of Department (HOD) is the organizational head, the chairman in all meetings,

and Chief Examiner of the department in all examination at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The HOD manages the departmental affairs with the use of different committees such as:

  1. Examination Committee
  2. Course Allocation Committee
  3. Business Committee on Results
  4. Staff/Students, Welfare Committee
  5. Postgraduate Study Committee
  6. Publication Committee
  7. Staff Development Committee
  8. Disciplinary Committee

The Chairman and members of the different committee are selected through election during the general departmental meetings. Course advisers are also chosen for computation of students results. The various committees often meet periodically; their decisions are sent to the Director who sees to the implementation of the decision through the various committee chairmen. The Department also selects members as Department Officers: Examination Officers, Students Union/Advisers, and Officers in charge of allocation of project supervision allocation.

 Personnel Administration:

Members of staff are encouraged to attend academic seminars and conferences, at both local and international levels. Academic staff undergoing postgraduate programmes are encouraged to complete their academic programmes on time. They are also given opportunity to assist the senior lecturers in tutorial coaching. Staff is encouraged to embark on regular research and publications of papers to enhance their level of performance and career advancement. The department provides office facilities for convenience of members of staff to enhance the performance. The members of staff have track record of participation in national and international conferences.


The Department produces on annual basis, the International Journal of Arts and Language Education (IJALE). The objectives of the Journal include affording members of the reading public and policy makers the opportunity to access recent research/information findings for the development of the society. The Journal publishes quality and well researched papers in following areas: Early Childhood Education, Education, Sociology of Education, Innovative teaching skills and Pedagogies in all fields of Education, Information and Communication Technologies, Language Education.