Ekiti State University

Brief History of the Department

The Department of Adult Education was recognized as a unit in the old Department of Educational Foundations and Management, Faculty of Education, since its inception in 1996. As a unit in the old department, it had produced more than 400 Graduates both from the Sandwich and regular degree Programmes. However, the process for the department of Adult Education to be carved out of the defunct Department of Educational Foundations and Management came up in year 2012, but eventually came to fulfillment and become a full fleshed department in 2015. This was as a result of the restructuring of the former five existing Departments of the Faculty of Education into nine new Departments. The department became an autonomous on August 17th 2015. The creation of the department along with others was based on the recommendation of the Accreditation panel to restructure the Faculty courses to house programmes in their corresponding departments. The department was therefore set to run two academics degree programmes, which includes: B.Ed Adult Education with teaching subjects in Arts, Social Science and Management Science and Adult Education in Specialists Areas. Moreover, at the 235th Senate meeting of September 28, 2016, Senate approved the change of nomenclature and status of the department and became the Department of Adult Education and Community Development.

The Department later commenced Post-graduate degree Programmes; including Diploma degree in Adult Education, Masters, M. Phil/Ph.D and Ph.D degrees to enable the University supply the higher manpower needed in the institution and other tertiary Institutions, International Organizations, Non-governmental Organizations and the Civil Societies. The Programme was approved in the year 2016 to enable the department trained facilitators and educators who would bear the burden of Adult Education and facilitate the teaching of such at all levels of education. The programme was also designed to advance the knowledge and skill of Adult Education manpower in the private and public sectors of our changing society. With this development, students and scholars from different fields of Academic and Careers opted for postgraduate degree programme in Adult Education and Community Development, so as to deepen their knowledge in the different areas of their discipline.

 Philosophy of the Department

The philosophy of the Department of Adult Education and Community Development is based on its various programmes and the roles of the stakeholders in the department,i.e. learners and instructors. It emphasizes training of teachers who will provide functional literacy education to people who had never had the advantage of any formal education. It will expose learners to its various programmes and techniques so as to equip them with the skills to facilitate the training of other people outside the university environment. It is hoped that the instructors are well versed in the key concept of Adult Education to the extent that they are able to put their learners through an understanding of each concept and enabling them to translate each concept into practical use.

 Objectives of the Department

More specifically, the main objective of the department is to produce middle-level manpower for services in the fields of Adult Education, Community Development, Social Welfare, Industrial Education and Economics of Adult Education.

Other objectives of the Department include to:

  1. train Teachers/Facilitators who will provide functional literacy education to those who had never had the advantage of any formal education, acquaint students with basic techniques of research in adult education,
  2. provide training and skills for planning and executing community development programmes, train teachers for remedial education of people who prematurely dropped out of the formal school system,
  3. provide in-service, on-the-job, vocational and professional training for different categories of workers and professionals in order to improve their skills,
  4. exposes adult education students to the necessary aesthetic, cultural and civic education for public enlightenment,
  5. equip students with the necessary skills and competencies to teach in both Junior and Senior Secondary Schools, most especially, students who opt for academic option of the programme,
  6. provide teachers who will also teach in Secondary Schools,
  7. provide leadership in the specialist areas.