The School of Education was restructured in line with the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) Minimum Standard in December 2019. The restructuring carved out two Schools from the School of Education namely: School of Adult, Non-Formal and Special Education and School of Early Childhood and Primary Education. The School of Education was renamed School of General Education. The School of General Education is one of the foundation Schools established on 1st January, 1985. It mainly provides compulsory education service courses for students in other Schools in the College. School of General Education offers the students in the College courses in education aimed at improving teaching and inculcating professionalism in the students. The school is the fulcrum of the teaching essence of the College as it offers courses in pedagogy, school management, counselling, educational technology and educational foundation. The school presently has five departments, namely: Department of Educational Psychology and Counselling (EPC), Department of Curriculum and Instruction (CAI), Department of Educational Foundations (DEF), Department of Educational Technology (DET) and Department of General Studies (GES). The Departments in the School engage in research on critical issues in education through which future teachers are prepared who will assume position of educators, school administrators, researchers and policy makers at the state and federal levels.
The School of Education had been administered by the following Deans since its inception in 1985 till when it was restructured to become School of General Education in 2019:
* Dr. S. A. Adediran – 1st August 1982 – 31st July 1984
* Dr. A. O. Aboderin – 1st August 1984 – 31st July, 1986
* Dr. E. A. Abiodun – 1st August 1986 – 31st July 1991
* Dr. A. O. Olarewaju – 1st August 1991 – 31st July 1993
* Dr. M. O. Akindehin – 1st August 1993 – 31st July 1997
* Dr. R. A. Adeboyeje – 1st August 1997 – 31st March 1999
* Dr. W. O. Olaniyi (Acting) – 1st April 1999 – 31st July 1999
* Mr. B. A. Abanikannda – 1st August 1999 – 31st July 2001
* Dr. G. B. Olaniyi – 1st August 2001 – 31st July 2005
* Mr. J. B. Arogundade – 1st August 2005 – 31st July 2007
* Dr. S. O. Oyekan – 1st August 2007 – 31st July 2011
* Dr. (Mrs.) I. F. Alao – 1st August 2011 – 31st July 2013
* Dr. (Mrs.) O. A. Oyinloye – 1st August 2013 – 31st July 2017
* Dr. (Mrs.) A. B. Loto – 1st August 2017 – 31st July 2019
* Dr. S. O. Olugbeko – 1st August 2019 – Till Date
Professional competence and ethics of teaching are imparted to teacher trainees in all the Education courses, especially the Teaching Methods courses in specialized subject curricula. The school currently boasts of 85 academic members of staff with over 40 possess doctorate degrees and others with Master degrees. The school is effectively servicing all departments in the College and runs a degree in Guidance and Counselling. The school has experienced, competent, highly professional and committed staff, academic and non-academic who run and provide professional services to the students. The College Teaching Practice Committee (TPC) is housed in the School being the hub of education courses in the College and the College-based training machinery, TPC has the Dean, School of Education as Chairman; all Heads of Department in the School; and representatives of other Schools as members. The School also housed Teaching Practice Unit which is being coordinated by the Head, Department of Curriculum and Instruction with two representatives from departments in the School as members. Annually, TPC makes concrete arrangement with primary and secondary schools in Ekiti, Ondo and Osun States for teaching practice exercise; mobilizes qualified Supervisors for the exercise and submits a comprehensive report on the teaching practice to the Academic Board. Teaching practice is, therefore, an indispensable exercise that exposes the NCE and Degree students to practical teaching and professional ethics in real classroom situations.
The School also has a functional Centre for Education Technology (CET) which anchors micro-teaching activities of the student teachers. Our Counselling Laboratory is equipped with necessary facilities and qualified guidance counsellors, who readily assist the students on varying academic, personal and career matters.
Furthermore, the School has a number of academic publications, including the Journal of Educational Innovation and Practice, and Journal of Educational Administration and Planning; and referenced books authored by erudite scholars. The annual national conference of the School brings to the College many researchers, lecturers, teachers and representatives of professional organisations. Hence, the School focuses on effective teaching, productive research works, and vibrant community services for sustainable human capital development in all aspects of nation building
ABOUT THE DEAN
Dr. Smart Odunayo Olugbeko attended the then Ondo state University, Ado-Ekiti now Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti where he studied English Education and graduated in 1992. He has a Master Degree in Personnel Psychology from the University of Ibadan in 1998 and another Master Degree in English Language Education from the same University of Ibadan, in 2003. He bagged his PhD in September, 2018 at the Staffordshire University, United Kingdom and he specializes in Reading Strategies. He bagged a postgraduate Certificate in Strategic Health Communication from the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA. in 2005. In 2011, he attended Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherland and bagged postgraduate certificate in Bilingualism. He joined the services of Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo in 2001 as a Lecturer III and rose to become a Chief Lecturer in 2018. He was the Head, Department of Special Education and Curriculum Studies (SEC) from 2007 to 2009. In July 2019, he was elected Dean of the defunct School of Education and in July, 2020, he was elected the first Dean of the School of General Education. He is at present the Chairman, School of General Education Board of Studies and Examiners and the Chairman College Teaching Practice Committee. He is a member of the College Management Committee and College Academic Board. He has served as Chairman and Member of many Committees in the College. He was the Public Relation Officer (PRO) of Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) between 2007 and 2009 and the Chairman of the Union between 2009 and 2013. He later served as the National Vice-President of the Union between 2013 and 2017. Dr. Smart Olugbeko is an External Examiner and Assessor to some Colleges of Education in Nigeria. He has published widely in both national and international journals, books and chapters’ contribution; he has authored two books and co-authored one and has presented papers at national and international conferences.