Now that you have decided to become a teacher in Nigeria, we must congratulate you! Teaching is one of the major education jobs in the country which can be challenging and quite rewarding.

Indeed, it wasn't easy getting to this state, your teacher training must have made sure of that. Just as it is in other countries in Africa, the Nigerian government ensures that their teachers are trained with at least a minimum of the NCE qualification.

Even as you have chosen teaching careers, this article will serve as a guide to help you achieve a good foundation as a teacher in Nigeria.

Choosing Education Jobs In Nigeria

Before you begin your professional education journey, you need to be sure of what part you'd like to choose. First, you should understand that educational jobs are not limited to just teaching.

Think about it personally. When you imagine the learning world, what do you make of it?

Do you imagine yourself passing knowledge and helping primary, secondary or tertiary school students study to pass each level and boost their personal development?

Or are your thoughts inclined to help the school make a curriculum that will be interesting to the students? The decision is solely yours.

However, you must make this decision before starting your teacher education. Knowing what career you intend to go for in the world of education will help your personal development and give you easier access to overcoming challenges later during your practice years.

Once you have successfully been able to figure out why you want to be in education and the people that'll benefit from your skills, it'll help you narrow down your goals to a more specified level. You may, for example, find that you're better off being a school administrator than a primary school teacher.

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A learner that's satisfied with an instructor's tutoring methods usually excels in academics and personal life. Photo Credit: Unsplash

Different Teaching Qualifications In Nigeria

There are several ways you can become a certified teacher in Nigeria. One of the most popular minimum teaching certification is the Nigerian Certificate of Education (NCE). It allows you to teach in primary and junior secondary learning institutions.

However, before you kickstart your professional career, you should consider volunteering as a teacher in Nigerian schools. Indeed, it's quite difficult to get professional teaching gig without at least an NCE qualification. However, being a volunteer in any international or national NGO in Nigeria will make it less stressful.

Your experience as a teacher within the years can help you practice well during your teacher training. Also, it'll allow you to understand teaching methods properly and you can use your experience to overcome certain challenges you may encounter during your teacher education.

In Nigeria, there are three most popular routes to teaching. The first is the Nigerian Certificate of Education (NCE). As a candidate, you'll need to have at least 5 credits in any of the following national and international certificates:

  • Grade II Teachers’ Certificate (TC-II)
  • Pivotal Teachers’ Certificate (PTC)
  • West African School Certificate (WASC)
  • National Business and Technical Examination Board (NABTEB) Certificate
  • Higher Islamic Studies Certificate (HISC)
  • National Examination Council (NECO)
  • General Certificate Examination (GCE)

All of these certifications can be classified as secondary level qualifications and can grant you access to taking teaching courses at the NCE.

Another alternative is to study this educational degree at the university level. Candidates or intending teachers must possess at least 5 credits in any of the national and international qualifications listed below:

  • National Examination Council (NECO)
  • General Certificate Examination (GCE)
  • West African School Certificate (WASC) or any other national or international equivalent qualification.

Teachers who have acquired this certification have access to offering quality training to students in primary schools as well as junior and senior secondary schools. This is unlike the NCE that only allows you to teach up to the junior secondary school.

If you would like to improve the quality of your training, you can opt for the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE). It is specifically for teachers who intend to advance their learning quality and tutors who intend to teach in higher institutions.

As a prerequisite, you need to have attended a government-approved university in any part of Nigeria before you can access masters and PhD teaching courses.

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Researching possible interview questions can boost your confidence even when you have little to no tutoring experience. Photo Credit: Unsplash

Undergoing Teacher Training and PGDE In Nigeria

To reiterate, it's really important to research the level you intend to reach before starting your teacher training. Knowing what state you intend to be in will help you determine how and where to start.

For teachers who have made enough research, you would understand why it's important to gain some training experience years before opting for PGDE in Nigeria.

Of course, it's not compulsory to get a job after your undergraduate university programme. You can easily proceed with your masters and PhD in Education. However, for the sake of personal and professional development, getting an educational experience would make things a lot easier for you.

If you have decided to start your PGDE classes, you should be prepared to focus on a lot of research papers and fieldwork.

Student-teachers who are struggling to get a job in the educational sector can seek certified tutoring platforms like Superprof online. Superprof allows teachers to teach students within their locality as well as online via the webcam.

In essence, the platform provides a work-study learning opportunity for student-teachers. In addition to this, they get to practice their skills and grow their knowledge in the course as they train each student.

To qualify for PGDE, you must have attended a university in any of the states in Nigeria with a minimum of a third-class. If you eventually meet the requirements to graduate, you can work as a lecturer in Nigeria. You can also gain this position in other parts of Africa given that you have met their national requirements for teachers.

Interview Questions For Teaching Jobs In Nigeria

Getting an educational job in Nigeria can be quite competitive. You want to make sure that you're confident before you apply for any position in schools or learning institutions in Nigeria.

After you have successfully graduated from your course-study, your next move is to discover your motivation for choosing the profession. Being fully aware of what your service is as a teacher will serve as a great advantage to win your interviewers over.

To be fully prepared for your interview, you must imagine a lot of challenging scenarios and give adequate answers to them. Since you will likely face many challenges as a teacher in Nigeria, you should be fully prepared to answer questions posed in this manner.

Besides, your service as a teacher in schools or as a private teacher can prepare you for interview questions. In any case, ensure that you make inquiries about the work ethic of the institution you're applying for, review past interview questions and never stop practising.

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Figuring out what training method suits your personality can greatly improve your interests in training learners. Photo Credit: Unsplash

Teaching In Nigeria: How To Manage a Class

As a tutor in any of the states in Nigeria, you must be able to manage a class. Offering your service as a trainer is not the only thing you will be doing in the classroom. You'll also need to discover what your teaching style is and use it to make students adhere to the academy's policy.

When you finally grasp what your training style is, it will influence the overall activities in your classroom. It will also define how students see you.

It's advisable to balance fun and discipline when managing a class. You should also create rewards and punishments suited for best and erring students. Passing on knowledge also involves transferring values and disciplines that your learners must live by.  So, you must come up with ways your students can learn without feeling forced and unenthusiastic.

One surefire way is using several teaching techniques to cater for different learning methods. You can pass knowledge through fun games and other thought-provoking activities.

Learning how to become a teacher can be easy if you follow the guidelines listed in this article. And one thing that makes education worthwhile is that you never stop learning.

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