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Welcome Message from The Head of Department-


Welcome to the web portal of the Department of Guidance and Counselling, Faculty of Education at the University of Calabar, where we are globally recognized as the torchlight of a noble profession called Education. As Counsellors and Educationists, our department is technically designed to provide students with the foundation needed to enhance their learning activities and character moulding. We invite you to go through our web pages and equip yourself with our various academic programs, courses, curriculum, mode of admission, admission requirements, and other activities.


The Department of Guidance and Counselling is a dynamic department that stimulates both academic and personality progress through proposed courses and curriculum leading to the award of various undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. At the undergraduate level, the department offer programs that lead to the award of degrees on the teaching subjects chosen by the students. The areas are

  1. B.Ed. Guidance and Counselling (Social Studies),  
  2. B.Ed. Guidance and Counselling (English), 
  3. B.Ed. Guidance and Counselling (Religion), and
  4. B.Ed. Guidance and Counselling (Biology).

At the Postgraduate level, the department offer programs that lead to the award of M. Ed. and Ph.D. degrees in Guidance and Counselling with a specialization in Career Counselling, Family Counselling, Pastoral Counselling, Developmental Counselling, and Rehabilitation Counselling.


Our department has a crop of professionally qualified, licensed, highly experienced, and dedicated academic, technical, and administrative staff of national and international repute. The staff distribution comprises professors, associate professors, senior lecturers among others, who are very proficient in teaching, mentoring, and research. Our students are taught to acquire knowledge and skills, and consequently, develop mental capacity and enriching experience that will enable them to become professionals on graduation. Our department also has a well-trained and experienced administrative staff, who are effective and efficient in the discharge of their administrative duties. As a Guidance Counselling Department, we are deeply committed to raising men and women of proven integrity in character and learning. The experience gained in the course of their study will enhance their maximum functionality both in society and the world of work. A unique relationship abounds between the students, non-academic, and the academic staff. The staff showcases themselves as role models worthy of emulation by students.


Our mode of academic/lecture delivery is through classroom interactions, virtual learning, seminars, assignments, teaching practice, and practicum. Evaluation of students’ performance and progression is through continuous assessment, examination, research writing (project for undergraduate, thesis for M.Ed. and dissertation for Ph.D. Every academic staff in the department is registered by our national professional body- Counselling Association of Nigeria (CASSON). CASSON is a professional body of trained, registered, and licensed counselors, whose membership is drawn from all educational institutions, prisons, and the health sector among others.


Feel free to visit our websites for more information about our department. You are also free to ask questions via our email address [email protected]. We are obliged and delighted to offer our counselling services where necessary.


Thank you for visiting our web portal.


Best wishes.

Prof. (Mrs) Elizabeth G. Akpama

Head of Department

Mission / Vision / Philosophy / Objective



To produce high quality graduates and scholars in focal areas of learning with theoretical,practical and entepreneurial skills for the world of work in conducive environment through quality research and teaching.



To be a centre of excellence producing globally competitive graduates and contributing significantly to development through research.



The B.Ed degree programme in Guidance and Counselling is based on the philosophy that a well trained and developed counselor will properly inform youths and guide them into careers, professions and vocations as well as academic and present social choices that match their interest and the developmental needs of the instructional skills, abilities and competencies by the beneficiary of the programme.


The present B.Ed degree programme in Guidance and Counselling allows students to combine courses in Guidance and Counselling with courses in teaching subjects in Sciences, Arts and social sciences. The rationale is to ensure that graduates of Guidance and Counselling, who serve in the school system, could counsel and at times teach their respective subjects to students where the need arises.



The aims and objectives of the course are as follows:

a.      To provide a wide background in education as a field of study as basic tool for giving adequate education in guidance to clients

b.     To expose students to studies in educational psychology and other related disciplines which will enable them adequately perform their functions as guidance counsellors. To generally prepare students to be able to undertake the functions of teacher/counselors in order to give academic career and socio personal guidance to learners and others in need of such within the educational system.


The University of Calabar started academic work with the Faculty of Arts. At the beginning of the 1977/78 academic year, the Department of Education was upgraded to the Faculty of Education. Since then the Faculty of Education has been experiencing impressive growth. At a point, the Faculty had five Departments, namely: Department of Curriculum and Teaching, Department of Adult and Continuing Education, Department of Educational Administration and Planning, the Department of Educational Foundations, Guidance and Counselling, and the Department of Vocational and Special Education. But today there are thirteen Departments altogether. Our Department as currently constituted, emerged from the splitting of the former Department of Educational Foundations, Guidance, and Counselling. The other Department that emerged following this split is the Educational Foundations.
The Department is administered by the Head of Department in cooperation with the Departmental Board. Membership of the Departmental Board is open to all lecturers in the Department. The Departmental Board is the general policymaking body subject to the authority of the Faculty Board and the Senate. It deals with all matters of general interest to staff and students. There is also the academic staff who have graduate teaching responsibilities.
Some Academic Advisers handle students’ academic and even personal problems, for both the undergraduate and graduate programs. Besides, there is a staff Adviser for the undergraduate Departmental Students’ Association. Every stakeholder has unrestricted access to the Head of Department where matters are discussed, resolved, or escalated if the case is not resolved. All matters for the consideration of the Graduate school, University, Senate, or the Vice-Chancellor are routed through the Head of Department and Dean of Education.

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