|Higher National Diploma|
One of the aftermaths of the Higher National Diploma (HND) is you’re restricted to certain jobs. In fact, as an HND holder, you’re not a recognized teacher and you can’t lecture with that award. Why?
You’re not trained or groomed to be in classes.
Mind you, you can be good at teaching, that doesn’t make you a professional teacher. A professional teacher is someone who is recognized to be a teacher – possessing NCE or a Degree in Education. And unfortunately, the same law only favors university graduates or master’s holders to lecture at universities, polytechnics, or colleges of education.
And in case you’re hearing the Federal government had abolished the dichotomy between HND and BSC, I gave you the latest development in my post, “Abolishing HND and Bsc Dichotomy: Latest Developments You Must Know“. That doesn’t mean HND can now become a teacher or lecturer.
That takes us back to your question.
With your HND, how can you become a teacher (recognized one)? How can you convert HND to Bsc Education? How can use your HND to become a teacher or a lecturer?
Sure Approaches to Convert HND to BSC Education
If you intend to use your Higher National Diploma (HND) for teaching and without starting all over, consider any of the available options below:
1. HND to BSC Education Conversion Programme
I’ve covered a great deal of information about the Top-Up degree also called the HND/BSC conversion programme in my post, “HND to Bsc/Top-Up Degree (18+ Universities in Nigerian and Abroad)“. However, not all the universities, in the post, offer education courses. Therefore, below is a list of the universities that run education courses for the conversion programme.
- Ignatius Ajuru University of Education
- Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo
- Osun State Polytechnic Iree (Affiliate with Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo)
- HEGT University, Cotonou Benin Republic
- Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin
HND/BSC conversion course is usually a one- to two-year part-time (and sometimes distance learning) course. When you’re done, you’ll be awarded Bsc (Ed) or BED. With this, you can teach at any secondary school. And if combined with a Master’s Degree, you can lecture at a university, polytechnic, or college of education usually as an assistant lecturer (to start with).
2. NTI Kaduna PGDE Programme
This is a distance learning/part-time programme administered by the National Teachers’ Institute, Kaduna. The institute has study centres across the country where you can enroll with HND for Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE).
When done, you’re awarded PGDE at your HND course or a related one as registered and trained for by the institute. With this, you’re a recognized teacher for any secondary school and if combined with a Master’s degree, you can be a lecturer or assistant lecturer in any higher institution.
3. Sandwich Education Programme
Several universities running sandwich education part-time or contact programmes do accept HND holders into their one-year or two-year duration course. For instance, UNILORIN Sandwich Programme.
In most cases, these universities may accept you into 200 or 300 levels of the course. When completed, you’re awarded a Bsc Education certificate qualifying you to be a teacher. See Sandwich Programmes in Nigeria: Universities, Courses, Application Processes, etc.
4. Universities Master’s (MSC) or Postgraduate Programmes (PGDE)
With the Masters or Postgraduate Diploma (especially in education), you’re qualified to be a teacher. Meanwhile, with your HND, you may not be able to obtain any postgraduate form directly. This is because a majority of universities do only accept Bsc holders for their Masters and postgraduate programmes.
I’m happy to inform you that there are some universities now accepting HND for postgraduate courses. The postgraduate course is usually a one-year programme. When completed, you’re a qualified teacher or lecturer.
Check the following resources for any school you can consider:
5. Direct Entry for 300/200 Level
If you don’t mind, you can obtain a direct entry form and consider some universities. Of course, a direct entry application will give you 200 level admission. However, we have a few universities that can consider you into 300 level with higher or competitive grades.
In brief below is a list of the universities accepting HND for direct entry admission for education courses.
- EDALV accepts ND/NCE/HND
- MAIDUGURI accepts ND/HND
- TASUED accepts OND/HND
- Nwafor Orizu College of Education, Nsugbe accepts HND
- UNICAL accepts HND
- and others
6. National Open University of Nigeria Postgraduate Programmes
You can opt-in for any of the following NOUN Postgraduate programmes in education. The following courses accept HND from various courses.
- M.ED. Educational Technology
- M.ED. Science Education
- PGD. Education
- M.ED. Administration and Planning
- M.ED. Guidance and Counselling
If you visit the programme page to check the list of the requirements, the distance learning University accepts HND for any of the courses above.
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