Ekiti State University

Brief History of the Department

Guidance and Counselling programme started in the University in 1986/87 with Postgraduate Diploma in Guidance and Counselling and Master of Education in Guidance and Counselling in the Faculty of Education. The foundation staff included: Professor O. Akinboye, visiting Professor of Guidance and Counselling and Dr. M.F. Alonge, Lecturer (Tests and Measurement).  Following the return of Prof. Akinboye to the University of Ibadan on completion of his visiting appointment, Prof. J. B. Ipaye, a visiting Professor and Dr. D. O. Owuamanam, visiting Senior Lecturer, continued the development of the postgraduate programmes in 1987/88 session.  The design of the undergraduate programmes was initiated by Prof. I. O. Makinde in 1989/90 session.  A full fledged Department of Guidance and Counselling was established the same year, 1989/90, with Senate approval of the first degree programme in Guidance and Counselling. The Department took off in 1990/91 academic session with the admission of the first set of undergraduate students and Prof. I.O. Makinde was the foundation Head of Department. The setting up of the programme was based on the requirement of the New National Policy on Education i.e the 6,3,3,4 system which lays emphasis on the need for guidance counsellors in school.  Following the restructuring of the former five departments in the Faculty of Education into nine new departments in August 2015, the Childhood Education programme was transferred from the former, Institute of Education to the Department of Guidance and Counselling.

From the take off plan the department progressed under the successive leadership of Late Prof. I.O. Makinde of blessed memory (1990-1993), Dr. Adediran S.A. also of blessed memory (1993-1995) Prof M.F. Alonge (!995-1997), Dr. C.A Daramola 1997-1999), Dr.(Mrs) T.O. Owuamanam (1999-2001) and (2003-2004), Dr. (Mrs.) G.A. Akinleye (2001-2003) and (2006-2007) Dr.(Mrs.) B.K. Odu (Late) (2004-2006), Dr S.O.A. Adegoroye (Late) (2007-2009), Dr.(Mrs.) J.O. Ogunsanmi (2009-2011), Dr. M.S. Omirin (2011-2013), Dr. D.J Tenibiaje (2013-2015), Dr. (Mrs) E.O. Osakinle (2015-2017) Dr. E.O. Onijigin (2017-2019), Prof.. J.O. Babatunde (2019-2021), Prof. (Mrs.) F.A. Alade(August 2021 till date).

The Objectives of the Department

The objectives of the programme are to train Professional Guidance Counsellors who will be sufficiently equipped with practical, professional and theoretical skills to:

  1. enhance their clients’ positive self-regard, self-acceptance and acceptance of others.
  2. assist students to achieve optimal state of the mind.
  3. promote increased self-direction, problem solving and decision making skill through accurate understanding of themselves and their environment.
  4. develop a sense of responsiveness to the needs of others and the ability to relate effectively with others and
  5. develop a sense of responsibility and self-confidence of people in their day to day response to environmental demands

Our  Philosophy

The philosophy of the programme is based on the need to train Professional Guidance Counsellors whose responsibility is to assist individuals to determine their destiny. Individuals live in a society in which they have to face problems and are, therefore, problem solving organisms. Assisted individuals can improve on their problem solving skills.

Individuals can make decisions, set life goals, interact with and utilize the environment and select life options. The philosophy of the Department, therefore, is effective development of individuals through training of personnels who will assist in achieving these goals.

Specifically, it is to train professionals/psychotherapists who would be charged with influencing the personality of youths at the different levels of schooling to develop suitable/desirable character, traits and characteristics that would enhance their personal, social, spiritual and vocational lives.

 

The degree programme in Guidance and Counselling allows students to combine courses in Guidance and Counselling with courses in teaching subjects as Sciences, Art and Social Sciences. The rationale is to ensure that graduates of Guidance and Counselling, who serve in the primary and secondary school system, could counsel as well as teach their respective subjects to students. By teaching the subjects, they will have more contact with the students, thereby knowing them and their problems in order to nip such problems in the bud.