GENERAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS INTO 3-YEAR NCE REGULAR PROGRAMME
(i) A West African Senior Secondary School Certificate (WASSSC), NECO or GCE ‘O’ Level with passes in 5 subjects including English Language, three of which must be at credit level at the same sitting or four credits at two sittings. Two of the credits must be relevant to the course the candidates wishes to offer. Credits in English and/or Mathematics may be required in some courses to meet departmental requirements.
(ii) A Grade II Teacher’s Certificate (TC II) with credit or merit in three subjects, two of which must be relevant to the course the candidate wishes to offer. Credit/merit in English Language and/or Mathematics may be a requirement in some courses.
(iii) Teachers Grade II Certificate with at least (5) years of post qualification teaching experience with or without the number of credit/merits in at least four subjects are acceptable qualification.
(iv) For candidates wishing to offer courses in Vocational and Technical Education, R.S.A. or City and Guilds/Intermediate Certificate or the Federal Craft Training Certificate or the National Business and Technical Examination Board (NABTEB) Certificate with credit/merit in at least four subjects are acceptable qualification.
(v) Associateship certificate in Education at merit level awarded by an approved institution in Nigeria or abroad, is also an acceptable qualification.
(vi) Successful candidates in the Pre-NCE final examinations who in addition take and succeed in a selection examination organized by an accredited body would also be qualified for admission.
(vii) All candidates wishing to be considered for admission must enroll for and write the selection examination organized by an accredited body such as JAMB.
(viii) It should be noted that some Colleges may, in addition to all of the above, administer their own elimination tests and or interviews for some courses. This is legitimate. The College is guided by the Kwara State Government, National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) and JAMB regulations on admission of suitably qualified candidates.
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) advertises each year, inviting applications from suitably qualified candidates for admission into all Colleges of Education in the country for the Regular 3-year NCE Programme.


Special Entry Requirements
The different schools of the College may have, in addition to the above general entry requirements, special requirements applying to them.
a. Schools of Junior Secondary Education and Early Childhood Care Education (ECCE) and Primary Studies (PES).
Prospective applicants/students must obtain at least a pass in English Language and Mathematics for those intending to study Computer, Integrated Science, Mathematics, Business Education and other Science combinations. They must obtain a credit in Mathematics.
b. Prospective applicants intending to study Languages must possess credit in the Language they intend to study (English, French, Arabic, Yoruba, Igbo, Hausa) and two other subjects which make for their combinations.
NOTE: Admission into the 3-year NCE programme is through the unified tertiary matriculation examination (UTME) conducted by Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB).


ONE YEAR PRE-NCE PROGRAMME
The College runs a one-year programme in all subjects, designed for students seeking admission into the College but do not possess the requirements for direct admission. Meanwhile, those students will still require to pass UTME, post UTME and the required number of credits before they can proceed to NCE I. Candidate for the programme must possess at the time of application, at least one of the following general entry requirements:
a. Senior School Certificate, GCE/OL with passes in English, Mathematics, and four credits in related courses intended to be studied. The four credits should include English for Language students and a pass in Mathematics and vice versa.
b. Teacher’s Grade II Certificate with at least four passes at credit/merit level including English and Mathematics and other two combinable subjects.


NCE PROGRAMME
a. Courses are provided in the College leading to the award of the Nigeria Certificate in Education which is denoted by the letters NCE.
b. Programmes of course normally extend over a period of three or four academic years in the following order.
i. Three years for students admitted into the direct NCE programme.
ii. Four years for students admitted into the preliminary programme. The first year will be spent in the College to prepare them for UTME examination which must qualify them for three years regular programme.
c. Course are numbered by years and distributed as follows:
Year I - 100 series
Year II - 200 series
Year III - 300 series


Departmental Requirements:
In addition to the College general requirements, candidates must satisfy the following respective departmental requirements.
1. Students who wish to offer English as a major teaching subject must have a Credit/Merit in English Language and at least, a pass in Literature in English at Senior School Certificate (SSC)/NECO Level.
2. Those who wish to offer Physics, Chemistry, Geography or Economics must, at least, have an O/Level pass in Mathematics.
3. Home Economics, Food and Nutrition or Family and Human Relationship Students must, at least, have a pass in one of these science subjects: Biology, Chemistry or Physics, plus a pass in Mathematics.
4. Business Education (Accounting Option): Accounting Education, Business Management: must have a Credit in Accounts and Mathematics plus Credit in Commerce and Economics.
5. Business Education (Secretarial Option): Candidate must have Credits at GCE O’ Level or WASC or NECO (SSC) in any of the following subjects: Typewriting, Shorthand, Business Methods, Introductory Management, Commerce and Economics.
6. Physical and Health Education (PHE): Candidates with Grade II Teachers Certificate (Passed) with Credit/Merit in P.H.E and a pass in any of the following General Sciences: Health Science, Agric, Science, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. GCE O/L holders with Credit in any of the following science subjects: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Integrated Science, Health Science, may also be considered for admission into NCE PHE.

NCE Arabic Medium
(a) Senior Islamic Studies Certificate (SISC)
(b) Thanawiyyah/Taojihiyyah Certificate from recognized Institutions in Nigeria.
(c) Candidates with Thanawiyyah Certificate from Arab countries shall be subjected to examination and interview before admission into the programme.
7. Social Studies: Those who wish to offer Social Studies must have Credit/Merit in Grade II Social Studies and any two of the following subjects: Government, Economics,

Geography and History.
8. Integrated Science: Credit/Merit in Integrated Science, General Science or in any one of the following: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics is a necessary condition for admission.
9. Technical Education: Federal Craft Certificate or City and Guilds or GCE (O/L)/WASSC or NECO (SSC) (with five passes at a sitting) or Teachers’ Grade II Certificate with minimum of two credits in any of the following: Wood Work, Metal Work, Block Laying and Connecting Electronics and Mechanics and at least, a pass in Technical Drawing plus a pass in Mathematics.
10. Accounting Option and Secretarial Studies (Option): The GCE (O/L)/WASSC or NECO (SSC) with at least passes in five papers at a sitting, two of which must be at credit level in the underlisted subjects or Teachers’ Grade II with at least two credits/merits in any of the underlisted subjects or RSA II or Pitman Examination (Intermediate) with passes in any two of the following: Accounts, Commerce, Typewriting, Shorthand, Introductory Management or Business Methods, Office Practice or Secretarial Studies, Economics and Mathematics.
11. Home Economics: Teachers’ Grade II Certificate or WASSC or NECO (SSC)/GCE ‘O’ Level, or SSC with at least five passes at a sitting. The passes must include one of the following: Chemistry, Biology, Physics, General Science, Integrated Science, Health Science, and Agric Science, plus a credit pass in Home Economics and any other subject, with a pass in Mathematics.
12. Fine and Applied Arts: Candidate must have credit in Fine Arts and/ or Painting and Decoration. WASSC, or NECO (SSC) Grade II, GCE (O/L), SSC, City and Guilds or any other similar qualification.
13. Music:
i. Candidates must have a credit in Music at WASSC, Grade II, GCE, ‘O’ Level or any other qualifications or a pass in the departmental aptitude and auditioning test (practical and written) in lieu of credit/merit passes in Music at the Teachers’ Grade II Certificate examinations. GCE ‘O’ Level or the WASSC, or NECO (SSC), at least a pass in Mathematics is required.
ii. A pass in Music at the Teachers’ Grade II Certificate Examinations or WASC/GCE ‘O’ Level at SSC plus a pass in the departmental audition (practical and written) test in Music.
iii. The Associated Board of the Royal School of Music (ABRSM) London Grade ii/iii/iv/v/vi/vii/viii theory certificate in lieu of credit/merit passes at the Teachers’ Grade II Certificate Examinations, GCE ‘O’ Level or the WASSC.
14. Primary Education: Grade II Teachers Certificate with at least three years post qualification teaching experience. All candidates must have at least a pass in English Language at Teachers’ Grade II Certificate or WASSC/GCE ‘O’ Level, SSC or IJMB ‘O’ Level.


7.0 Requirements for Admission into NCE Sandwich Programmes
The NCE Sandwich course is for a duration of five contact sessions. Candidates admitted for the programme will be required to attend a ten-week contact term per session during each long vacation. During the remaining part of each session, students will be required to submit assignments/projects as scheduled by their Departments.
Applicants for admission should normally be serving teachers in recognized schools and may possess any of the following qualifications:
(i) The Grade II Teachers’ with Credit or Merit in two Combinable subjects.
(ii) The GCE ‘O’ Levels/WASSC/NECO Senior School Certificates with five passes at a sitting, two of which must be at credit level and combinable.
(iii) Associateship Certificate in Education.
(iv) Grade II Teachers’ Certificate with flat pass and with at least five years post qualification experience.


SANDWICH PROGRAMMES
Adequacy of the Scale for Sandwich Programme
There are five contact sessions in the Programme, with each session lasting ten weeks. A 50-weeks Sandwich Programme is equivalent to the 84-weeks Regular Programme in contacts because:
i. There are more lecture contacts in the Regular Programme.
ii. The Sandwich Programme of 50 weeks excludes the 12-weeks of Teaching Practice, which is inclusive of the 84 weeks of the Regular Programme because the sandwich students are observed for teaching practice in their respective schools.
iii. The syllabuses being used for the two programmes are the same only that for the Sandwich programmes, a three year curriculum is broken into five years.
iv. There are occasional assignments in between the contact sessions in all courses. This is part of the continuous assessment of 40%.


8.0 REQUIREMENTS FOR ENTRY INTO SANDWICH DIPLOMA PROGRAMME

8.1 Diploma in the Teaching of Arabic and Islamic Studies
This is one of the programmes run by the College. It started in July 1985 following the approval of the Kwara State Ministry of Education and the College Governing Council. The course programme runs for three contact sessions of eight to ten weeks each (July - September) of every session for theoretical parts, and from September to June of the session for practical teaching in the schools of the students normal assignment.
The students do their Teaching Practice after their second year. They also write Long Essay during the last session of their programme.
Entry requirements: Any candidate with one of the following qualifications is eligible for consideration for admission:
i. Grade II Certificate with credit/merit in Arabic and Islamic Studies.
ii. The General Certificate of Education (GCE) O/L or the West African Senior School Certificate (WASSC) with credit in Arabic and Islamic Studies.
iii. Higher Islamic Studies Certificate from any College of Arabic or its equivalent Application and Admission: Advertisement for application for admission is always out in February and shortlisted candidates are expected to pass a written concessional examination in Arabic Language and translation before they are finally given admission. At the end of the course, successful candidates will be awarded a professional certificate Diploma in the teaching of Arabic and Islamic Studies by the College, that would enable the recipient to teach effectively at Primary and Junior Secondary Schools.

8.2 Diploma in the Teaching of Christian Religious Studies
Any candidate with one of the following qualifications is eligible for consideration for admission:
i. Certificate in Theology or Religious Education from recognized Bible College or Theological College or Seminary.
ii. Grade II Teachers’ Certificate with at least, a pass in Bible Knowledge.
iii. West African Senior School Certificate/NECO Senior School Certificate with credit in Bible Knowledge or GCE O/L.
iv. Diploma Certificate from a Christian Training Institute (CTI). Prospective candidates are expected to take a written concessional examination to test their knowledge in Christian Religious Studies.


9.0 ENTRY QUALIFICATIONS FOR PRE-NCE PROGRAMME UNDER NCCE MANDATE

1. A holder of SSCE/NECO or NABTEB with 3 credits and 2 passes including English Language in not more than two sittings. 2 of these credits must be in the relevant areas.
2. A holder of TC II with 3 credits/merits in the relevant area and some passes including English Language.
3. Other requirements (for Pre-NCE Islamic Studies only)
a. Candidates with the Senior Islamic Studies (S.I.S.) Certificate in Arabic and Islamic Studies from recognized institutions will be considered for admission provided they have not less than 3 credits/merits which include Islamic Studies and Arabic and at least two passes including English at not more than two sittings.
b. Higher Islamic Studies (H.I.S.) Certificate with at least 3 credits or merits and two passes including English, at not more than two sittings.


TRANSITION FROM PRE-NCE TO NCE I
To qualify for transition from Pre-NCE to NCE I candidate must:
i. Have participated in the Pre-NCE academic programmes for two semesters.
ii. Obtain a terminal CGPA of not less than 1.50
iii. All Pre-NCE examinations must be externally moderated.
iv. Satisfy other government extant rules on Admission e.g. PCE, JAMB.
v. Where candidates fail to qualify for transition, the College may at its discretion allow for repeat, but not more than once.
vi. The College arranges the Pre-NCE programmes in such a way that the candidates registered for minimum of 18 credits and maximum of 24 credits per semester.
vii. All Pre-NCE candidates are required to register and attend lectures in English and Mathematics as appropriate to their programmes.
Pre-NCE Science and Vocational Subjects
i. WASSC/NECO SSC and GCE (O/L) with at least four passes in English Language, Mathematics and two other Science-related subjects or
ii. Teachers’ Grade II Certificate with passes in English Language, Mathematics/Arithmetic processes, General/Integrated Science and any other science related subjects such as Health Science, Agricultural Science, Applied Biology, Home Economics etc. or
iii. WASSC/NECO (SSC), GCE O/L with four passes at a sitting or five passes at two sittings including English Language, Mathematics and other relevant science subjects.
iv. Federal Craft Certificate (FCC) with passes in four academic subject including Mathematics Science, English Language and Social Studies.

Pre-NCE Technical
i. WASC/GCE (O/L), SSC with at least four passes at a sitting or five passes at two sittings including English Language, Mathematics and any 2 other subjects in the Technical area.
ii. City and Guilds Certificate with at least a pass grade in Mathematics, English Language, Physics and Technical Drawing or
iii. WASC Technical/Craft/Intermediate Part II/Course B Certificate in Technical related subjects.
iv. Federal Craft Certificate with at least a pass in four academic subjects including English Language, Mathematics and Science related subjects or
v. Federal Craft Certificate with at least pass in four academic subjects including English Language, Mathematics and Science.
vi. T.C, II Certificate with at least four passes in English, Mathematics and Science related subjects.
vii. National Business and Technical Education Board (N.B.T.E.B.) certificate with at least 4 passes including English Language and Mathematics.
Pre-NCE Business Studies
i. WASSC/NECO (SSC)/GCE ‘O’ Level with four passes at a sitting or 5 passes at two sittings including English Language, Mathematics and Business related subjects i.e. Accounting, Commerce, Economics and Shorthand.
ii. Teachers Grade II Certificate with at least, a pass in English Language, Mathematics/Arithmetic processes, Integrated Sciences, Geography or Social Studies.
iii. National Business and Technical Education Board Certificate with at least four passes including English Language and Mathematics.

Pre-NCE Nigerian Languages
i. WASSC/NECO (SSC)/GCE (O/L), with passes in at least four subjects at a sitting, one of which must be at credit level in either English Language or Literature in English at least a pass in one of the three major Nigerian Languages (Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba).
ii. WASSC/NECO (SSC)/GCE (O/L) with at least, five passes at two sittings including a credit in English Language, or Literature in English and a Nigerian Language or
iii. A Teachers’ Grade II Certificate with at least a pass in a Nigerian Language.
Pre-NCE French
i. WASSC/NECO (SSC)/GCE (O/L), with at least, four subjects at a sitting one of which must be at credit and include English Language or English Literature or
ii. A Complete Teachers’ Grade II Certificate.
Pre-NCE Music
i. WASSC/NECO (SSC)/GCE (O/L), SSC with passes in at least, four subjects at a sitting, one of which must be at credit level in either English Language (Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba) or
ii. WASSC/NECO (SSC)/GCE with at least, five passes at two sittings including a credit in English Language, or Literature in English or
iii. A Complete Teachers’ Grade II Certificate.
Pre-NCE Social Studies
i. SSCE/GCE (O/L) with 4 passes at a sitting or 5 passes at two sittings including English Language and two Social Science related subjects, preferably Economics and Geography.
ii. A Complete Teachers Grade II Certificate with at least a pass in Economics, Geography and Social Studies.