The School of Early Childhood and Primary Education (SECPED) was established as a response to the policy directive contained in the 2012 edition of the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) Minimum Standard. The NCCE 2012 edition, classified teacher education programmes into six areas of specialization, including Early Childhood and Primary Education.
Rising from a Capacity Enhancement Workshop sponsored by the College (AOCOED) on the interpretation of the NCCE document, the Management of the College, through the Academic Board, approved the establishment of the School of Early Childhood and Primary Education from the 2013/2014 session. Precisely on the 14th of April, 2014, the Provost appointed a substantive Dean, Dr. G.O. Olaogun, to head the newly established School. The School has two Departments namely:
- Early Childhood Care Education (ECCE); and
- Primary Education (PED)
In the course of its existence, the School of Early Childhood and Primary Education has created wide awareness on the need to develop specialization in early childhood care, parenting, basic education, child rights, child abuse and strong pedagogical skills for care givers and teachers in Basic Education.
The School collaborated with the Lagos State University, Ojo and Early Childhood Association of Nigeria (ECAN) to host a National Conference on Parenting in the Twenty First Century in 2015.
Members of staff in the School collaborated with colleagues from the Lagos State University, Ojo to work on ‘Active Learning Model in Pre-primary Schools in Lagos State. The research was sponsored by the Lagos Research and Development Council (LRDC) in 2015.
SECPED has conducted school visits/observations to help improve teaching and learning in pre-primary and basic education in private and government owned schools in Lagos with the objective of strengthening capacities of personnel at those levels. The School has adopted three private and public schools in the neighbourhood for constant support in personnel and school improvement.
Equally, our interns are exposed to academic and professional skills on contemporary issues in Early Childhood and Primary Education. Lecturers in the School contribute to local, national and international journals and participate in workshops, conferences and seminars. The School assisted in facilitating the donation of play equipment to Adefemi Taire Crèche (ATC) by United Nations Children Education Funds (UNICEF) in 2014. Admission into programmes offered by the School has increased tremendously over the years.
The School offers academic and professional courses in Early Childhood Care Education and Primary Education at NCE and Degree levels. It provides advisory services to public and private schools on school improvement, personnel support and pedagogical enhancement through workshops to caregivers, helpers and teachers at our level of specialization. We are involved in innovative research activities and publish results of our findings to fill gaps in thoughts and practices in Early Childhood Care Education and Primary Education.
The core responsibilities of staff in the School are as outlined in the Conditions of Service and on directives issued by the College Management and the Governing Council.
Our scope of work is determined by the conditions in the Civil Service Rules.