The Department of Educational Foundations and General Studies (EFOGENS) was created in August, 2006 following the split of the defunct College of Agricultural and Science Education into College of Science and College of Agricultural and Science Education by the Senate of the University. The Department is one of the University. The Department is one of the three department is one of the three department in the new college of agriculture and science and education. Before this wise decision of senate, the department was known as department of general studies.
Although the department is yet to start running undergraduate programmes, arrangements are at top gear to run these both at Sandwich and at the conventional levels. The proposed courses include:
B. Ed. English
B. Ed. Guidance and Counselling
B. Ed. Early Childhood Education.
B.Evn. (Ed) Environmental Education
B. Ed. Educational Management
B.Ed. Vocational and Technical Education
At the moment, the Department offers Postgraduate Programmes at Masters and Ph.D Levels in Guidance and Counselling. Besides, the GST courses offered by all undergraduates of the University are taught and examined by the Department at 100 level and 200 levels. In addition, all undergraduates and postgraduates in the College of Agricultural and Science Education take their foundation courses in Education from our Department. In the light of this, the Department of EFOGENS can rightly be all Colleges and indeed College of Agriculture and Science Education.
Within the five years of its existence, the Department has continued to make outstanding contributions in the areas of teaching, research and publication. For instance, the department is about the only department in the University that has a functional academic journal of international repute-Journal of Communicative English. In 2009, through the efforts of Professors Daniel I. Denga and Andrew A. Ekoja both of whom are erudite scholars in the Department of Educational Foundations and General Studies we were able to publish a mega book entitled: Education for the New Millennium: Foundations and Pedagogy. It is hoped that this pioneer effort – the very first of its kind in the history of UAM- would be sustained into an annual intellectual exercise. While we salute the efforts of these eminent professors and those of other academic staff of the department, we equally, most sincerely, appreciate the efforts of Dr. (Mrs) Adelabu, S.A. who, as the pioneer Head of Department worked tirelessly to nurture the department from infancy to childhood. It is hoped that in no distant future, the department would not only grow through adolescence to adulthood, but would continue to make significant contributions to the growth and development of the University in the areas of teaching, research, publication and community service. These critical contributions could, however be realized only through the co-operation and support of both staff and students of the department.
While we most heartily welcome all our students on campus, it is our earnest desire that they should find this information website a useful academic compass. It is equally hoped that reading through this website, the general public would be better informed about the programmes, roles and operations of the department in this University.
Dr. O. M. Nder
Ag. Head of Department