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Department of Special Education

Welcome Message from The Head of Department- Special Education

The Department of Special Education welcomes staff, students, parents, well-wishers, guardians, and all stakeholders to its web page. The department is one of the “third-generation” departments at the Faculty of Education, University of Calabar. The University of Calabar was a campus of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, which began functioning during the 1973/1974 academic session. The Calabar campus was transformed into a full-fledged University designated as the University of Calabar in 1975. Academic work at the University of Calabar began with the Faculties of Arts, Science, and Social Science in October 1976. Education was then a Department in the Faculty of Arts. It was upgraded to a full-fledged Faculty at the commencement of the 1977/1978 academic session.

Special Education was formerly a unit in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching until 1998 when the Department of Vocational and Special Education was carved out. The new Department of Vocational and Special Education was made up of six units including Vocational Education, Business Education, Special Education, Agric Education, Physical and Health Education, and Home Economics. Upon the recommendation of the accreditation panels, the former Dean, Prof. Florence Obi, in July 2014, made a proposal to the Senate of the University for the split of three of the seven departments in the faculty including the Department of Vocational and Special Education. The approval was graciously given for additional six departments in the faculty. Consequently, Professor Eno Peter Ntukidem was appointed the pioneer Head of Department on October 1, 2014.  
Currently, the department has six areas/units of specialization, including Learning Disabilities, Intellectual Disability, Giftedness, Hearing Impairment, Visual Impairment, Speech and Language Pathology. We pride ourselves on one of the leading centers in Special Needs Education in Nigeria. It is offering an outstanding range of research and teaching expertise within a thriving special needs education community. The department has 30 academic staff, 14 post-doctoral researchers, 80 postgraduate students, 370 undergraduate students, and 20 support staff, including sign language interpreters and braillists.

The young Department of Special Education of the University has built an enviable tradition of excellence in teaching and research since its creation. This was confirmed in the 2016 National Universities Commission Accreditation exercise where it was given full accreditation thus becoming one of the topmost Departments of special needs education in Nigeria. The department is striving to be among the best in special needs education in the world. It also has one of the highest graduate employment rates in the university.

In addition to teaching and research, the department offers intervention and remediation services, outreach programs in early identification, and guidance and counseling services to persons with special needs, their parents, schools, and organizations.

Feel free to visit or contact the department for inquiries, comments, and suggestions and we will readily attend to you.

Thank you for visiting and we hope to meet you soon.


Dr Emmanuel U. Ikwen

Head of Department

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Mission / Vision / Philosophy / Objective

Mission

To run a Special Education programme that will be able to train adequate professionals and support personnel using modern assistive technology to meet the needed manpower in special schools and inclusive education settings.


Vision

 

To train world-class special educators with competence in research and teaching capable of meeting the challenges of children with special needs.


Philosophy

The philosophy of Special Education as in general education is derived from the National Policy on Education which states that every Nigerian child shall have a right to equal educational opportunities irrespective of any real or imagined disabilities each according to his or her ability.  The philosophy of Special Education is therefore geared towards the development of internationally recognized special education teachers and professional teachers for the increasing population of children with special needs in the inclusive education settings and special schools.


Objective

 

1.            Provide access to specialized knowledge and skill in Special Education that will equip students to function effectively in the local and global market.

2.     Develop manpower need for the economy of training qualified special education teachers for the education sector.

 

3.            Develop, invent and innovate specially designed instructional materials from practicum experience for use in the instruction of exceptional children and youths.

 

4.            Inculcate in the students research skills, attitudes and knowledge in respect to causes, prevention, intervention strategies, methodologies of instruction, support services, accommodation, and inclusive practices in special education service delivery.

 

Provide students of special education at the undergraduate level with solid foundation and intellectual capacity sufficient for further studies at the graduate level.

History

 

Special Education was formerly a unit in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching until 1998 when the Department of Vocational and Special Education was carved out. The new Department of Vocational and Special Education was made up of six units including Vocational Education, Business Education, Special Education, Agric Education, Physical and Health Education, and Home Economics. Upon the recommendation of the accreditation panels, the former Dean, Prof. Florence Obi, in July 2014, made a proposal to the Senate of the University for the split of three of the seven departments in the faculty including the Department of Vocational and Special Education. The approval was graciously given for additional six departments in the faculty. Consequently, Professor Eno Peter Ntukidem was appointed the pioneer Head of Department on October 1, 2014. 

Currently, the department has six areas/units of specialization, including Learning Disabilities, Intellectual Disability, Giftedness, Hearing Impairment, Visual Impairment, Speech and Language Pathology. We pride ourself as one of the leading centers in Special Needs Education in Nigeria. It is offering outstanding range of research and teaching expertise within a thriving special needs education community. The department has 30 academic staff, 14 post-doctoral researchers, 80 postgraduate students, 370 undergraduate students, and 20 support staff, including sign language interpreters and braillists.

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