Brief History

Guidance and Counselling programme started in the University in 1986/87 with Postgraduate Diploma in Guidance and Counselling and Master of Education in Guidance and Counselling in the Faculty of Education.

The foundation staff included: Professor O. Akinboye, visiting Professor of Guidance and Counselling and Dr. M.F. Alonge, Lecturer I (Tests and Measurement).   Following the return of Prof. Akinboye to the University of Ibadan on completion of his visiting appointment, Prof. J.B. Ipaye, a visiting Professor and Dr. D.O. Owuamanam, a visiting Senior Lecturer, continued the development of the postgraduate programmes in 1987/88 session.  The design of the undergraduate programme was initiated by Prof. I.O. Makinde in 1989/90 session.  A full fledged Department of Guidance and Counselling was established the same year, 1989/90, with Senate approval of the first degree programme in Guidance and Counselling.  The Department took off in 1990/91 academic session with the admission of the first set of undergraduate students and Prof. Makinde was the foundation Head of Department.

The setting up of the programme was based on the requirement of the New National Policy on Education i.e. the 6,3,3,4 system which lays emphasis on the need for guidance counsellors in schools.


The philosophy on which the Department of Guidance and Counselling is founded is based on the need to train professional guidance counsellors whose responsibility is to assist individuals to determine their destiny.  Individuals live in a society in which they have to face problems and are therefore problems solving organisms.  Assisted individuals can improve their problem solving skills.  Individuals can make decision, set life goals, interact with and utilize the environment and select life options.  The philosophy of the Department, therefore, is effective development of individuals through training of personnel who will assist in achieving these goals.

The objectives of the Department:

  1. To  train counsellors who will be sufficiently equipped with practical, professional and theoretical skill :
  2. Enhance positive self regard, self acceptance and acceptance of others.
  3. Assist children to achieve optimal state of the mind.
  4. Promote increased self direction, problem solving and decision making skill through accurate understanding of themselves and their environment.
  5. Develop a sense of responsiveness to the needs of others and the ability to relate effectively with others.
  6. Develop a sense of responsibility and self confidence in day to day response to environmental demands.

Programmes and Admission Requirements.




Applicants for admission into the four (4) year

To qualify for admission into the undergraduate programme leading to the award of Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) Programme in Guidance and Counselling, a candidate must have five O’Level credit passes at one sitting including English language and Mathematics.
Direct Entry Applicants:

Any one of the following qualifications is admissible for the four (4) year Education degree programmes:

(i)  A pass at merit level in a relevant Diploma Programme (provided the O/L requirements are satisfied).

(ii) Two  (2) passes in relevant subjects areas at Advanced level with SC/GCE ‘O’ Level credit passes in five (5) subjects at not more than two (2) sittings or

(iii) Passes in two (2) major subjects in relevant arears in the NCE with GCE ‘O’ Level credit or its equivalent in five (5) subjects.

(iv) Two (2) passes at the IJMB (Interim Joint Matriculation Board) examination or Cambridge Modrated Schools of basic Studies Terminal Examinations or International Baccalaureate from a recognized institution with school certificate credits or equivalent in five (5) subjects (subject to university requirements)


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