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Counsellor Education


The programme Guidance and Counselling forms part of the very few degree programmes with which the University of Ilorin started her academic programmes in 1976. 
Since then programmes in Guidance and Counselling had continued to wax stronger at the University of Ilorin. When the University of Ilorin produced its first graduate in 1979, there were 12 grandaunts with specialization in Guidance and Counselling. Since then there had been grandaunts every year in B.Ed. Guidance and Counselling.

The programme in Guidance and Counselling started as part of the Department of Educational Guidance and Management. As a result of greater demand and expansion during the 1981/82 session,the Senate of the University on the recommendation of the Faculty of Education created a full-fledged Department of Guidance and Counselling. The University of Ilorin became at that time the second University to have a full-fledged department of Guidance and Counselling in Nigeria. In 1980/81 Courses at the Postgraduate level i.e. M.Ed. became available in Guidance and Counselling. Since then the department’s graduate programme has steadily grown in strength. The department registered its first set of M.Phil/Ph.D. students in the 1984/85 session. The academic programmes of the department at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels have remained second to none in the entire country. In order to meet market demands and expand is activities the department was renamed as Department of Counsellor Education in 2006.   The department has continued to contribute its own quota to the development of education as well as in meeting the dire, urgent and relevant needs in educational services in Nigeria. 

The Department of Counsellor Education University of derives its aims and objectives from the national philosophy which is based on the general aspirations of Nigeria as contained in section 1, paragraph 1 of the National Policy on Education. 
NPE: 1981, rev.): 

  • A free and democratic society; 
  • A just and egalitarian society; 
  • A United strong and self-relevant nation; 
  • A Great and dynamic economy; 
  • A Land of bright and full opportunities for all citizens. 

Therefore, in line with the general national aspirations stated above, the department has the following specific philosophy and objectives: 

  • To provide quality programmes that will be second to none in Nigeria for meeting the prescribed guidelines and objectives of the NPE cited above;
  • To complement with its services, the total national educational efforts of government; 
  • To contribute positively to the proper educational, vocational and personal-social development of young Nigerians; 
  • To promote proper understanding of the nation and need the  of counselling as a necessary and integral part of the educational system; 
  • To produce knowledgeable and professional competent counselors for meeting the manpower requirements of our schools, community, agencies, social welfare etc.


Department of Counsellor performs the following functions: 

  • Assist in the training of individuals through the use of appropriate tools and techniques to develop the ability necessary for self direction, personal understanding, self confidence and mental maturity necessary for a healthy growth and proper adjustment; 
  • Assist in the training of individuals to have a clearer understanding of themselves, their personal traits, social values, habits, attitudes and belief which go to make a well discipline adjusted being; 
  • Assist in the training of individuals to identify their motivation ambition, resources and limitations; 
  • Assist in the training of individuals to acquire a better knowledge of the opportunity and prospects in different fields of work. 
  • Assist in the training of individuals to gain better knowledge of available educational facilities and learn how to study effectively to achieve academic aspirations; 
  • Assist in the training of individuals to develop positive self concept and awareness of self within the changing complex society such as Nigeria. 


The department derives its aims and objectives largely from the National Policy on Education. Specifically, the department is committed to producing knowledgeable and professionally competent Counsellors for meeting the manpower requirement of schools,community agencies, social welfare centers etc.

Our programme has a primary objective of producing counsellors who are competent professionals, trained to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. Our goal is to produce scientist-professionals who will be able to combine the strategies of research methodology with analyses, definition, assessment, treatment and evaluation of professional counsellors to manage the various socially maladaptive behaviours plaguing the world.

Admission by Entrance Examination - U.T.M.E.

The Entrance Examination is conducted by JAMB. In addition to attaining the required standard in Entrance Examination, candidates must satisfy the general University as well as specific Faculty requirements. 
For the general requirement, candidates must obtain at least a credit pass in five subjects at G.C.E. 'O’ Level or approved equivalent at not more than two sittings. (See tables for specific faculty requirements).

Admission by Direct Entry (DE)
Candidates must posses one of the following qualifications:

  • Two passes at the Principal or Advanced Level with G.C.E. 'O' Level or approved equivalent credit passes in three other subjects at not more than two sittings.
  • Three passes at the Principal or Advanced Level with G.C.E. 'O' Level or approved equivalent credit passes in two other subjects at not more than two sittings; (Passes at the Principal or Advanced Level may be obtained at the G.C.E. 'A1 Level, H.S.C. or IJMB).
  • Passes in two recognised NCE subjects with G.C.E 'O' Level credits or equivalent in three other subjects. Education is accepted as a third 'A' Level subject for those taking courses in Education.
  • Candidates who successfully pass the final examination of the following Institutions shall also be considered eligible for admission. The International Baccalaureate obtained from an accredited Institution with relevant grading.

National   Diploma   from   Polytechnics   or   Colleges   of   Technology-only applicable to some faculties (See table on Special Faculty requirements). 

The Defense Academy Certificate as moderated by recognised University or Universities. 
Other conditions to note:

  • No subjects may be counted at both 'O' and 'A' Levels.
  • General Paper at H.S.C. or in any other examination will not be accepted as a substitute for English language.
  • A credit in pass in English of the IJMB at the 'O' Level is acceptable as equivalent to SSCE/GCE 'O' Level for admission purpose.

Graduation Requirements
In Counsellor Education:
To be eligible for the award of a degree, a student must obtain a total of 120 credits in a 4-year degree programme, or 90 credits in a 3-year degree programme including those earned in GSE 301; GNS 111,112, 211, 212 and 311.

Status of a Course
Our courses are classified as 'Compulsory', "Required" or "Elective" in the following order:
(a) Compulsory Courses
These are courses within the student's discipline which must be taken and passed. Marks scored will count towards graduation and students cannot graduate without passing the courses.