Guidance and Counselling

BRIEF HISTORY

The Educational Management and Guidance and Counselling Units of the Department of Arts and Social Science Education were two of the units in the Department in the College of Education of Osun State University.

Educational Management Unit was established and took off after resource verification during 2014/2015 session. The Unit offers Educational Management degree programmes, with options in B.Ed. Educational Management/Economics, B.Ed. Educational Management/English, B.Ed. Educational Management/Political Science B.Ed. Educational Management/Mathematics, B.Ed. Educational Management/Chemistry, B.Ed. Educational Management/Biology and B.Ed. Educational Management/Physics.

Guidance and Counselling Unit also was established and took off after resource verification during 2014/2015 session. The Unit offers Guidance and Counselling degree programmes, with options in B.Ed. Guidance and Counselling/Economics, B.Ed. Guidance and Counselling/English, B.Ed. Guidance and Counselling/Political Science B.Ed. Guidance and Counselling/Mathematics, B.Ed. Guidance and Counselling/Chemistry, B.Ed. Guidance and Counselling/Biology and B.Ed. Guidance and Counselling/Physics.

Each of the programmes took off with six academic staff who are specialists in Educational Management and Guidance and Counselling apart from other specialists in Education courses in the Department of Arts and Social Science Education. These are supported by a number of Adjunct/Visiting Lecturers drawn from other relevant Departments in the University or from other Universities. The Lecture rooms used by the programme are shared with the other programmes in the Department in the College. Sixty nine and forty five students registered as pioneer students of Educational Management and Guidance and Counselling respectively in the 2014/2015 Session, The total students’ population in each of the programmes currently stands at 138 and 136 respectively.

The students registered for the programmes offer Educational Management and Guidance and Counselling courses, Specialised subject courses and Education courses concurrently from 100 level through 400 level degree in the specialized area of both programmes.

The programmes of the Department operate academic curricular that are tailored along the stipulations contained in the National Universities Commission (NUC) Benchmark Minimum Academic Standards.

 

PHILOSOPHY:
The philosophy and objectives of the B.Ed. Guidance and Counselling Degree programmes in the Department of Arts and Social Science Education are as follows:

Global perspectives point to the fact that effective educational programme must involve well designed and articulated guidance and counselling programme implemented by a professionally trained Counsellor to a counsellee or client. Counselling refers to professional assistance giving to a client that has psycho-socio problem which include among others emotional, behavioural, vocational, marital, educational, rehabilitation and life-stage challenges etc. The deployment of counsellors to the educational institutions in Nigeria started with the 1981 revised National Policy on Education (NPE) which became the first document that unified education in Nigeria. The document specifically captured counselling as part of support services to be provided in the Nigerian educational institutions
Thus, the Guidance and Counselling programme is being undertaken to offer a wide variety of skills acquisition in the field of counselling psychology at the undergraduate level, to produce the right caliber of committed professionals counselling psychologists who shall be behaviour change agents with competencies in meeting the challenges of the 21st century and beyond. To also produce the scientists – professionals that has as its goal in the alleviation of human problems that often manifested as behaviour disorders, crime, delinquency, educational deficiencies, career misfits, cognitive deficits, developmental issues, academic underachievement and various forms of maladjusted behaviour problems. The clinical – practicum services of the programme include the assessment and management of educational, social and behavioural problems in individuals, groups, organisations and communities.

OBJECTIVES:
The specific objectives of the programme are to:

i.) Train Counselling Psychologists who are to acquire skills that can enhance the improvement and maintenance of human relationships in all spheres of human interaction, increase capability to cope with stresses and demands of everyday living.
ii.) Provide quality programmes that will be second to none in Nigeria for meeting the prescribed guidelines and objectives of NPE’
iii.) Contribute positively to the proper educational, vocational personal and social development of young Nigerians.
iv.) Produce knowledgeable and professional competent counsellors for meeting the manpower requirements of our schools, community, agencies, social welfare.
v.) Produce graduates who are grounded in their ability to integrate theory and research into clinical practices.
vi.) Complement the efforts of the few Universities that produce professional Guidance counselors.
vii.) To groom counsellors in trainee that will provide effective support services in school and non-school settings in other to eliminate acts of indiscipline, reduction of youth restiveness, drug related problems, cultism, examination malpractices and other anti-social behaviours, child abuse and neglect, kidnapping tendencies, adolescent abuse, child labour and human trafficking, terrorism, gender based violence, domestic violence and other crime related issues. These services also embrace the provision of educational, vocational and socio-personal counselling. Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
1. Understand the basic concepts of guidance and counselling.
2. Point out the distinctions between counselling and psychotherapy.
3. Identify the goals of counselling.
4. Understand the historical development of the counselling profession.
5. Understand counsellor credentialing.
6. Understand the role of the counsellor.
7. Identify the personal characteristics of effective counsellors.
8. Identify personal values in counselling.
9. Have basic knowledge of some theoretical approaches in counselling such as psychoanalytic, affective and cognitive-behavioural approaches.
10. Explore the characteristics of an effective counselling relationship.
11. Introduce the initial procedures and interview of the counselling process.
12. Explore counselling procedures such as: advanced empathy, theme identification, self-disclosure, perception check, interpretation, action strategies, goal setting, termination, and follow-up.
13. Explore counselling selected special; populations
14. Distinguish different models of helping such as counsellor as consultant, group counselling, and crisis intervention counselling.
15. Examine career counselling.
16. Examine diagnosis and assessment in the counselling process.
17. Clarify professional issues such as ethics, legal considerations, current and future trends, research and evaluation in counselling.
Thus, the programme is designed to provide students with intellectual and professional skills which will help them function effectively and fit into the changing academic situation in the nation. The programme provides:
a. Counselling personnel with competences for professional work in private and public sectors.
b. Teachers for effective teaching and learning.
c. Basic skills in techniques of counselling for vocational, educational and socio-personal matters

3.0 ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
3.1 GENERAL
For admission into any of the first degree programmes of the University, a candidate shall be required to possess the following minimum qualifications:
1. Senior Secondary School Certificate (SSCE) or its equivalents with credit level passes in five (5) subjects at not more than two sittings. The candidate must also earn an acceptable score in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
2. Candidates seeking admission by direct entry into the 200 level, must have at least five (5) O/L credits, two of which must be at Advanced Level or approved equivalents.

3.2 DEPARTMENTAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENT
Candidate seeking admission to read B.Ed. degree in Guidance and Counselling must have the Senior Secondary School Certificate (SSCE) or its equivalents with credit level passes in five (5) subjects: English Language and Mathematics to form the core subjects, with credit in three other relevant arts; social science or sciences subjects at not more than two sittings. The candidate must also earn an acceptable score in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

3.2.2 Direct Entry Candidates

Candidate seeking admission by direct entry into the 200 level Guidance and Counselling programme must have Advanced Level passes in at least two (2) social science subjects, in addition to credit level passes in five of the subjects as stated in 3.2.1 above at the SSCE or its equivalents. Candidates with NCE and approved equivalents in relevant subjects with at least a lower credit may be considered for direct entry into the programme.

3.2.3 Post UTME Screening
All Candidates seeking admission into the University irrespective of their UTME scores shall be required to pass the University post UTME Screening test before being admitted.

3.2.4 Registration Procedure
(a) Students shall normally complete registration at the beginning of the semester.
(b) Any addition or deletion from the courses for which a student is formally registered must be made with the consent of the course coordinator.
(c) A student may be allowed to withdraw from a course by the course administrator before a third of lectures have been given. Such a student who withdraws after this time or who fails to sit for examination without reasons acceptable to the appropriate Faculty/College Board shall be deemed to have failed the course. A Grade point of 0F shall be recorded for the student in the course.
(d) Late registration in the course may be allowed with penalty of up to 4 weeks after the commencement of registration.

3.2.5 Duration of Degree Programmes
The minimum number of years to be spent to be awarded a first degree in a programme of study in non-professional area in the university shall be four years (or three years minimum for direct entry candidates). Registration shall not exceed an additional 50% of the duration of the programme if the student fails to graduate within the minimum number of years.

3.2.6 Graduation Requirements
To qualify for the award of a degree of the Osun State University, a student is required to have:
(i) completed and passed the prescribed number of units including all compulsory courses specified by the University.
(ii) completed and met the standards for all required and optional courses.
(iii) obtained the prescribed minimum CGPA.

3.3 Post UTME Screening
All Candidates seeking admission into the University irrespective of their UTME scores shall be required to pass the University post UTME Screening test before being admitted.

3.4 Registration Procedure
(a) Students shall normally complete registration at the beginning of the semester.
(b) Any addition or deletion from the courses for which a student is formally registered must be made with the consent of the course coordinator.
(c) A student may be allowed to withdraw from a course by the course administrator before a third of lectures have been given. Such a student who withdraws after this time or who fails to sit for examination without reasons acceptable to the appropriate Faculty/College Board shall be deemed to have failed the course. A Grade point of 0F shall be recorded for the student in the course.
(d) Late registration in the course may be allowed with penalty of up to 4 weeks after the commencement of registration.

3.5 Duration of Degree Programmes
The minimum number of years to be spent to be awarded a first degree in a programme of study in non-professional area in the university shall be four years (or three years minimum for direct entry candidates). Registration shall not exceed an additional 50% of the duration of the programme if the student fails to graduate within the minimum number of years.

3.6 Graduation Requirements
To qualify for the award of a degree of the Osun State University, a student is required to have:
(i) completed and passed the prescribed number of units including all compulsory courses specified by the University.
(ii) completed and met the standards for all required and optional courses.
(iii) obtained the prescribed minimum CGPA.

 

 

 

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