NTI Kaduna: Admissions for PGDE, BSC ED, and NCE

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The National Teachers’ Institute, Kaduna was one of the distance learning options I recommended for candidates who wanted to consider crossing from polytechnic to university for degree courses. And in a similar post, I guided HND and BSC holders who wanted to change their disciplines to education to consider NTI.

It’s time to talk about this institute and give all you must know about their program before considering them for admission.

About NTI Kaduna

NTI is a single-mode distance education institution dedicated to teacher training. It was established in 1976 by the Federal Government primarily because of the pressing needs in the country for trained and qualified teaching staff at all levels of the educational system. With headquarters situated at KM 5 Kaduna – Zaria Express Way, Rigachikun, PMB 2191 Kaduna, Nigeria, the institute now has studies centre across the nation. 
Talk to NTI Support for the nearest study centre to you.
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Prospects of Studying at NTI Kaduna

Strictly at any of the available study centres, NTI admits applicants into various academic programs leading to an award of education e.g Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE), Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE), etc.
NTI academic awards/qualifications are as recognized as qualifications from any university, college of education, or institute in Nigeria. And in most cases, their graduates could be given priority while seeking teaching positions.

Courses You Can Apply For at NTI Kaduna

First, let’s break things down to the list of available courses at the nearest centres. Below the list, I explain more – who can apply, how to apply, and the requirements for admission/entry.
  1. Nigeria Certificate In Education (NCE)
  2. Bachelors Degree Programme (BDP) 
  3. Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE)
  4. Advanced Diploma in Education ADE Advanced Diploma in Environmental Education ADEE 
  5. Pivotal Teacher Training Programme PTTP 
  6. Continuing Professional Development CPD 
  7. The Capacity Building Programmes
I will equally restrict my explanation to four of these as the focus of the post is to help prospective applicants make immediate admission decisions. 

1. NTI Nigeria Certificate In Education (NCE)

NTI offers admission into a 3-year NCE course like every other college of education in Nigeria. There are study centres across the nation where you can attend and obtain your qualification on a part-time and distance learning basis. NOTE that NCE is now the minimum qualification for all teachers in our schools.
As such, to be admitted, candidates must:
  • N.C.E Entry Requirements
  • The MAIN requirement is 5 Credits passes in any of the following certificates. One of the Credit passes MUST be in the Subject for which the candidate intends to make it his chosen Teaching Subject.
  • Grade II Teachers’ Certificate (TC-II)
  • Pivotal Teachers’ Certificate (PTC)
  • West African School Certificate (WASC)
  • National Examination Council (NECO-SSCE)
  • General Certificate Examination (GCE)
  • National Business and Technical Examination Board (NABTEB) Certificate
  • Higher Islamic Studies Certificate (HISC)
  • Existing teachers with Five (5) Years of Teaching Experience but who are without the number of Credit passes mentioned above can be considered.
The last option may be more relevant to grade II candidates who had been teaching. Since the qualification is longer for teaching, they may choose to further to acquire NCE.

2. Bachelors Degree Programme (BDP)

NTI Kaduna also offers a Bachelor’s Degree in Education for applicants who intend to become teachers after their university program. Just like any conventional university, your qualification after the programme will be B.SC Ed. or B.A Ed. without any limit.
Courses available for NTI Kaduna Bachelor’s Degree Program include:
  • B.A. Ed (Primary)
  • B.A. Ed (Social Studies)
  • B.A. Ed (English)
  • B.Sc. Ed (Mathematics)
  • B.Sc. Ed (Integrated Science)
  • B.Sc. Ed (Physical and Health Education)
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It should be noted that NTI Kaduna BSC education courses and admissions are opened to NCE/ND holders. In order words, the admission is by direct entry (not JAMB DE) with no option for SSCE holders.
The Degree course usually runs for 3 to 4 years depending on the course. Each course is organized into two semesters per year for a minimum of three/four years and a maximum of six/eight years depending on the entry qualifications of the candidates.
Having emphasized that entry qualifications will determine the duration of your degree course, below are the requirements for NTI degree.
  • Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) with merit pass or (C) grade in addition to the minimum UTME requirements. Candidates in this group will spend a minimum of 3 years if admitted
  • Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) with pass grade lower than (C) grade and with a minimum of 5 years teaching experience in addition to the *minimum UTME requirements*. Candidates in this group will spend a minimum of 4 years if admitted.
  • National Diploma at upper credit from a recognized Institution and in relevant areas. Candidates in this group will spend a minimum of 3 years if admitted
  • Candidates offering B.Sc. Ed must in addition to English and Mathematics possess at least a credit in Physics, Chemistry or Biology.
  • Candidates offering English as the main teaching subject must, in addition to credit in English Language possess credit in Literature in English or credits in English Language and literature in English in the Teacher Grade II Certificate (TC II).
NOTE: *minimum of UTME requirements* means such candidates must have been admitted to the previous NCE/ND programme through JAMB UTME. Also, he must have passed the required O’level results for the proposed course.

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3. Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE)

This is a postgraduate, 15-month course to convert your HND (or non-education BSC course) to BSC Education. In order words, as an HND holder, you’re not a qualified teacher. But with NTI PGDE, you’re now a qualified and recognized teacher.
NTI PGDE is officially is affiliated to the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN). The programme is targeted at graduates of other disciplines who do not possess a professional teaching qualification but are currently teaching or intend to teach in the future. 
By this, it means, if admitted, candidates will be attended to through the National Open University of Nigeria distance learning centre and awarded therethrough. Also, candidates who were, though, university graduates but not from education disciplines can opt-in for this program to upgrade to the teaching profession.
NTI Kaduna PGDE Admission Requirements

  1. a minimum of a First degree (BA/B.Sc), from various disciplines with a minimum of 2nd Class Lower Division. 
  2. Higher National Diploma (HND) or its equivalent in any disciplines with a minimum Lower Credit
  3. Candidates must also satisfy the UTME requirements.
NOTE: *minimum of UTME* requirements means such candidates must have been admitted to the previous NCE/ND programme through JAMB UTME. Also, he must have passed the required SSCE results for the proposed course.

 4. NTI Kaduna Advanced Diploma in Education (ADE)

This programme is meant for two classes of people:
  1. NCE holders who wish to upgrade their knowledge into some specialized Field in Education. These fields include School Supervision and Inspection, Early Childhood Education, Guidance & Counselling, etc.
  2. OND holders who want to upgrade to NCE without obtaining NCE form. The diploma will upgrade their ND certificate to NCE within a year of the course.
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NTI Kaduna Admissions Method of Application and Payment

  1. To apply to NTI Kaduna, visit myNTI Application portal.
  2. Click on New Students to create an application account
  3. Fill your bio-data and select course on the page
  4. Proceed to view the amount to pay and RRR 
  5. You can generate RRR and make payment at the back or pay directly online with Mastercard
  6. If you pay at the bank, return to continue the application. If online, continue after the payment
  7. Fill your academic details, work experience (if any), and upload documents
  8. Review & print the application form.

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