Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for admission into Pivotal Teacher Training Programme (PTTP) by Distance learning system (DLS) for 2017/2018.
The Federal Ministry of Education in response to the shortage of professional teachers for the Universal Basic Education (UBE) programme of the Federal Government of Nigeria launched in 1999, mandated a Committee of Educationists to design the Pivotal Teacher Training Programme (PTTP). The National Teachers’ Institute (NTI) was thereafter mandated to implement the programme aimed at fast-tracking the training and production of professional teachers for effective implementation of the UBE programme. The Institute trained two sets of students under the PTTP free of charge (fully funded by the Federal Government). The PTTP was discontinued after “two sets” were trained and certificated. Thereafter, there have been calls and requests by the State Governments to re-introduce the abolished Teacher Training Colleges. The National Council on Education’s (NCE) meeting in Minna (2004) instead of re-establishing the Teacher Training Colleges resolved that States should partner with NTI in running the PTTP. This was re-affirmed at the NCE meeting in Sokoto (2009) which has given credence and boost in the implementation of the new PTTP by the Institute. Some States have, since, embraced the PTTP. By 2015 Academic Session, twenty (20) States are currently running the programme.

Objectives of the Programme

At the end of the programme, the participants would have;
i. acquired adequate knowledge of the subject matter
ii. acquired pedagogical proficiency for effective teaching
iii. imbibed relevant values and attitudes that would make them develop positive attitudes towards the teaching profession
iv. acquired basic background for further continuous upgrading and updating programmes in the teaching profession

Admission Requirements

Eligible candidates should possess any of the following qualification (s);

  1. “O” level with minimum of two credits and three passes in WAEC/NECO/GCE/NABTEB
  2. TC II referred
  3. PTC referred
  4. HIS Certificate
  5. Any other similar qualifications acceptable to the

Board of Studies as equivalent to 1-5 above.
Course Duration
The PTTP runs for 12 (twelve) calendar months. This consists of Contact Sessions, supervised Teaching practice of 8 weeks, continuous assessment for two semesters and final examinations.

The following listed subjects constitute the curriculum for the Pivotal Teacher Training Programme. These are divided into core and optional subjects:
Core Subjects
1. Education
2. English Language
3. Mathematics
4. Integrated Science
5. Social Studies

Optional Subjects
1.Physical and Health Education
2. One Nigerian Language (Hausa, Igbo, or Yoruba)
3. Christian Religious Studies (CRK)
4. Islamic Religious Studies (IRS)
5. Home Economics
6. Agricultural Science
Every student is expected to register for all the core subjects and at least two (2) others selected from the optional subjects. In addition, every student is expected to undergo 8 weeks supervised teaching practice exercise.

Other Information
Pivotal Teacher Training Programme (PTTP) is not the same as Teachers’ Grade II. Pivotal Teachers’ Certificate is higher than Teachers’ Grade Two Certificate. Holders of PTC will be admitted into NTI NCE Year Two provided they have entry requirements for the NCE DLS.


Schedule of Fees

Admission Form  2,500.00  –
Tuition Fee  19,000.00  24,000.00
Resit Charge  3,000.00