How to Become a Lecturer in Nigeria

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This article is written in order to bring to your perusal the necessary step to step guide on how to become a Lecturer in Nigeria.

As Nigeria’s population grows, more and more people are getting enrolled in school, from pre-primary education to post-graduate school. The increase in enrollment figures automatically increases the number of education centers.

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How to Become a Lecturer in Nigeria

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An increase in the number of schools automatically increases the need for teachers and lecturers. Unfortunately, Nigerian has not been able to meet this need.

You might want to fill in the gap by becoming a lecturer in Nigeria. If you aspire or dream of being a lecturer in a tertiary institution in a Nigerian university, polytechnic, college of education, or any other post-secondary institution of learning, read this and know the steps to take to achieve it.

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Here are the steps on How to become a lecturer in Nigeria:

1. To become a lecturer in Nigeria, you need to go to school and come out with good grades.

From your primary to your secondary education, you need to have good results. For instance, you need a minimum of 5 credit passes at your O’Level in English Language, Mathematics, and other subjects relevant to your discipline.

2. After your secondary education, obtain admission to any university of your choice to acquire your first degree in any discipline.

The duration of your first-degree programme is determined by your course of study. It ranges from 3 to 6 years. You need to graduate with nothing lower than second class lower to pursue a lecturing career.

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If you graduate with a first-class honours degree, your chances of becoming a lecturer in Nigeria are doubly bright. Most Nigerian universities automatically retain their first-class graduates as assistant lecturers.

Some institutions do this only if there is a vacancy in the faculty or department of such a graduate. This also means automatic sponsorship for your master’s and doctoral degrees in any Nigerian university of your choice.

3. The next thing to do after obtaining a degree is to proceed for post-graduate studies.

A first-class first-degree holder will have to proceed to get a second degree while acting as an assistant lecturer. The next degree is a Master’s degree. You need to perform well at the master’s level too to be qualified for a lecturing job in Nigeria.

Sometimes, best graduating students with first-class honours are allowed to skip the master’s program and go straight for a Ph.D. To achieve this, it means your result and final year research work has to be extremely good.

With a good master’s result, you can be absorbed as a university lecturer in Nigeria. In short, most Nigerian lecturers have not gone beyond a master’s degree.

4. Finally, you can proceed to get a doctoral degree.

The Ph.D. usually takes between 3-5 years. It is advisable that you follow up on a doctoral program immediately so as to enhance your status in the faculty.

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Some Nigerian universities require that a doctoral degree applicant have at least 4.00-grade point average out of 5.00 to be admitted.

Failure to have this will mean the person has to do a Master’s in Philosophy before starting the doctoral program.

With your degrees complete and ready, you can choose to lecture in a university, polytechnic, college of education, or any other degree-awarding institution in Nigeria, be it private or public.


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