In 1999, the first group of students were admitted to pursue degree programme in Guidance and counselling in Department of Educational Foundations. The first group of students graduated in 2002/2003 academic year. In keeping with the minimum standard of the NUC, this programme is known as Guidance and counselling. Admission is by both direct entry and UME. Direct entry students must have NCE or HND or the equivalent.
Objectives of the programme are to:
i. Produce graduates in the areas of Educational Foundations with specialization in the professional areas of Guidance and Counseling
ii. Produce graduates to teach, guide and counsel students in the education system since they are required to choose teaching subjects from other department of the university.
iii. To produce graduates who can take up the organization and administration of guidance and counseling services in the country’s education system.
iv. To equip graduates on the skills of attaining the psychological needs of learners in the country’s education system.
v. To equip graduates with appropriate skills for taking care of special needs children in education system.
vi. Produce graduates who can take up the organization and administration of guidance and counselling services in the country’s educational system. .
vii. Produce guidance counselors that will help the youths in educational, vocational, and persona-social areas of human development. .
viii. Get the students identify, discuss and internalize the general principles of organization and guidance, improve their understanding of the factors that affect organizational behaviour and productivity, and expose them to the basic issues in personnel and learners guidance and counselling services.
ix. Inculcate in students the ability to study learners appropriately so as to determine the most effective ways of relating with them to ensure their maximum achievement.
x. Enable students discuss the theories of counselling, teaching and psychology and apply these theories in real classroom situations and relate psychology and counselling theories as dynamics to curriculum and teaching.
xi. Enable students interpret, appreciate and analyse the growth, problems and issues in education in general, and Nigerian education in particular with a view to relating these to other branches of education such as guidance and counselling.
xii. Help students to interpret meanings and purposes, and to appreciate the need for guidance and counselling.
xiii. Accept principles, theories and practices in guidance and counselling, with a view to improving both theory and practice.
xiv. Enable students to analyse and distinguish between guidance and counselling and the role of the school as a socializing agent.
xv. Enable students appreciate the contributions of the great counselling theorists as well as educational philosophers.
xvi. Enable graduates understand the value of rational and critical thinking and inculcate in them the importance of objectivity in guidance and counselling practices.
In addition to the Ebonyi State University and Faculty of Education minimum entry requirements as contained in the University Brochure, the following Departmental entry requirements must be met:
The philosophy is based on the development of the individual into a sound and effective citizen and the full integration of the individual into the society.
The philosophy of Guidance and Counselling as a programme in Educational Foundations is in line with that of the department and hinged on the national policy of education. It emphasizes self-reliance in the helping profession aimed at producing competent counseling psychologists endowed with balanced approach in principles, techniques, practice and skill development that will help learners to maximize their potentials. The programme is meant to produce graduates that address the counselling needs of learners at various school level and
institutions in addition to non-school setting. It equally focuses attention on special needs children by helping them to become fulfilled in life.
There is a wide range of interest areas in counselling Psychology education, which enables people with different backgrounds, aptitudes and temperaments, to select satisfactory careers through various counselling approaches such as educational counselling, vocational counselling, social personal counselling- marriage counselling and others.
These specializations come at the post graduate level, but first, the fundamental knowledge of guidance and counselling psychology is required.
A part from teaching and research in basicand applied areas, avenues are open in organizations where they serve as administrators in management position.
In addition opportunities for service at appropriate levels exist where they can serve as, counsellors in hospitals, prisons, industries, remand homes, rehabilitations centres, old peoples’ homes and others.
Furthermore, prospects for self-employment for counsellors / psychologists are quite bright in such areas as opening up private counselling clinics.