Faculty of Education


I welcome you to the website of the Faculty of Education


Dean's Welcome Address

On behalf of the entire Faculty, it is my distinct pleasure to welcome you to the Faculty of Education, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife. Our faculty has a long-standing tradition of excellence in education, research, and community engagement, and it is an honour to share our vibrant academic community with you. This website serves as a gateway to our Faculty, offering a wealth of information about our academic programs, research endeavours, and the exceptional people who make up our community. As the Dean of this great Faculty, I am proud of the diverse and dynamic environment we have cultivated here. Our faculty members are not only leaders in their respective fields but also dedicated mentors who are committed to fostering the intellectual and personal growth of our students. We believe that a collaborative and inclusive atmosphere is key to advancing knowledge and addressing the complex challenges of our time.
At the inception of the Faculty, Professor A. Babatunde. Fafunwa was appointed in October 1966 to plan the development of a Department and Faculty of Education at Ife.
The first teacher education courses started during 1967/68 session in the new Department of Education, which was organized as an academic unit in the Faculty of Arts. In October 1967, the Provincial Council approved the creation of Faculty of Education in the University comprising four units of Department of Education, Department of Adult Education, Institute of Education, and School of General Studies, with the foremost educationist, Professor A. Babatunde Fafunwa as the Pioneer Dean. The Department of General Studies was dissolved in 1976 and Institute of Physical and Health Education which was later changed to Department of Physical and Health Education came into existence. Department of Educational Technology which was previously an autonomous service unit then known as Audio-Visual Centre was made part of the Faculty. By a re-organization proposed by the Faculty and approved by the University Senate, the Department of Educational Foundations and Counselling came into limelight on 1st March, 1978.
As time went on, the Faculty became more decentralised with seven departments of:
Department of Educational Administration and Planning;
Department of Educational Foundations and Counselling;
Department of Continuing Education;
Department of Educational Technology;
Department of Physical and Health Education;
Department of Special Education and Curriculum Studies;
Institute of Education.
In response to the developments in the global arena of educational delivery and best practices, the Faculty in 2014, approached the Governing Council of the University for a restructuring. The Council then approved the splitting of the former Department of Special Education and Curriculum Studies into two Departments: (i) Science and Technology Education; and (ii) Arts and Social Science Education. Four other Departments were renamed as Department of Educational Management (formerly Department of Educational Administration and Planning); Department of Adult Education and Lifelong Learning (formerly Department of Continuing Education), Department of Educational Technology and Library Studies (formerly Department of Educational Technology) and Department of Kinesiology, Health Education and Recreation (formerly Department of Physical and Health Education). In the Institute of Education, the moribund Language Arts programme was reappraised into Language and Communication Arts; in addition is Early Childhood Education, both of which resource verification was carried out for by National University Commission and admission into the programmes had commenced. The Faculty now has seven Departments and one Institute. The Faculty offers both undergraduate and postgraduate courses. As at present, the undergraduate programmes offered by various Department in the Faculty and those under processing are listed below:

Department of Educational Foundations and Counselling

i. B.Ed. Guidance and Counselling

ii. B.Ed. Special Education (In process)

iii. B.Ed. Social Work (In process)


Institute of Education

1. B.Ed. Social Studies

2. B.Ed. Integrated Science

3. B.Ed. Language and Communication Arts

4. B.Ed. Early Childhood and Primary Education

5. B.Ed. Environmental Education (In process)


Department of Adult Education and Lifelong Learning

1. B.Ed. Adult Education

2. B.A.Ed. Adult Education/English (In process)

3. B.A.Ed. Adult Education/Religious Studies (In process)

4. B.Sc.Ed. Adult Education/Political Science (In Process)

5. B.Sc.Ed. Adult Education/Economics (In process)

6. B.A.Ed. Adult Education/Yoruba Language (In process)


Department of Educational Management

1. B.Ed. Educational Management/English

2. B.Ed. Educational Management/Economics

3. B.Ed. Educational Management/Social Studies

4. B.Ed. Educational Management/Political Science

5. B.Ed. Educational Management/Accounting

6. B.Ed. Educational Management/Geography

7. B.Ed. Educational Management/Mathematics


Department of Educational Technology and Library Studies

1. B.Ed. Educational Technology

2. B.Ed. Library and Information Science


Department of Arts and Social Science Education

1. B.A.Ed. English

2. B.A.Ed. Fine Art

3. B.A.Ed. French

4. B.A.Ed. History

5. B.A.Ed. Music

6. B.A.Ed. Religious Studies

7. B.A.Ed. Yoruba

8. B.Sc.Ed. Economics

9. B.Sc.Ed. Geography

10. B.Sc.Ed. Political Science


Department of Kinesiology, Health Education and Recreation

1. B.Ed. Physical and Health Education

2. B.Ed. Physical Education (In process)

3. B.Ed. Health Education (In process)


Department of Science and Technology Education

1. B.Sc.Ed. Physics

2. B.Sc.Ed. Chemistry

3. B.Sc.Ed. Biology

4. B.Sc.Ed. Mathematics

5. B.Sc.Ed. Agricultural Science (In process)

6. B.Sc.Ed. Computer Science (In process)

7. B.Sc.Ed. Home Economics (In process)

At the postgraduate level, most of the courses listed above are offered at the postgraduate levels such as PGDE, M.Ed. M.A.Ed. M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees Furthermore, the Faculty provides for professional development of in-service teachers by running Part-Time degree programmes in all the courses that exist at the undergraduate level (Coordinated by the Institute of Education). Adeyemi College of Education (now Adeyemi Federal University of Education), Ondo is affiliated to the Faculty and the Faculty is currently processing affiliations with four other Colleges of Education (about to be concluded) in order to extend service delivery and leadership to wide areas in the nation. Our academic programs are designed to provide students with a rigorous and enriching education, equipping them with the skills and knowledge necessary to thrive in an ever-changing world. We offer a wide range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional courses that are continually updated to reflect the latest advancements in research and industry practices. We are deeply committed to our role within the community. Through various outreach programmes, partnerships, and initiatives, we strive to make a positive impact locally, nationally, and globally. Our goal is to not only impart knowledge but to also instill a sense of responsibility and a passion for service in our students. We welcome collaboration and partnerships with colleagues from other institutions. I encourage you to explore our website to learn more about our faculty, programs, and the many opportunities available to you here at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife. Whether you are a prospective student, a current member of our Faculty, or a visitor, you will find a wealth of information and resources designed to support your journey with us.
Theodora O. Bello is a Professor of Physics Education with over 29 years of teaching experience in physics and science education. She has B.Sc. Physics, M.Sc. (Physics), M.Ed. (Curriculum Studies), M.Phil. and Ph.D. (Physics) all at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. She belongs to many professional organizations. Her research interests include science education, gender-studies, space science education, e-learning and physics. She has published widely in national and international journals. She has more than 45 published articles including co-authored books.
She has supervised and still supervising 31 Masters and six doctoral theses. She is a trainer in proposal writing, a resource person for National Teachers’ Institute and training teachers in Basic Science, Integrated Science, ICT and Mathematics, a former Director and current Dean of Education. A moderator, a reviewer, and a curriculum developer. She has been trained to conduct programme accreditation in physics, physics education, integrated science/environmental education, and also received training in the conduct of institutional accreditation and in academic planning, monitoring and evaluation, dashboard management, strategic planning, university laws and currently, application of AI into research, teaching and learning in higher education.

She was certified by the Global University Network for Innovation (Africa) and the African Quality Assurance Network as a Certified Accreditor for Programme and Institutional Accreditation and also as a Certified Academic Planner in Higher education.