List of Colleges of Education in Nigeria

Colleges of Education can be regarded as one of the ranks of higher educational institutions in Nigeria. The National Commission for Colleges of Education was established by Decree 13 (Now act) on the 17th of January, 1989 (later amended Act 12 of 1993). This commission was established to oversee and pursue excellent training for individuals seeking to pursue a career in the academics.

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List of Colleges of Education in Nigeria

List of Colleges of Education in Nigeria

The federal government made it a priority to have trained and qualified teachers as solid bedrock of good education in Nigeria. Therefore, these institutions were founded so as to train individuals to be certified teachers and lecturers.

In Nigeria, there are 82 colleges of education. 22 of these are established by the federal government, 14 are privately owned and 46 are states’ colleges of education.

Admission Requirements in Colleges of Education in Nigeria

The program offered by Colleges of Education is called the Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE). In order to be admitted for any course under this program, the following requirements must be met.

  1. A West African Senior Secondary School Certificate (WASSSC), a Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE) or General Certificate in Education (GCE) ‘O’ Level with credit passes in 5 subjects which includes English Language.

Three of these passes must be at credit level at the same sitting or four credits obtained at two sittings.

It is advised that all subjects offered be relevant to the course the candidate wishes to study. If not, two of the subjects must be so.

Credits in English and/or Mathematics are required in many courses to meet departmental requirements.

Candidates must also enrol for and write the selection examination organized by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and meet the cut off marks set for Colleges of Education. In addition to this, some Colleges of Education may decide to administer their own elimination tests or interviews. This is legitimate according to the National Commission for Colleges of Education and must be passed in order to be admitted.


Below is a list of accredited Colleges of Education in Nigeria, their locations and years of establishment.

 Federal Colleges of Education


Year of establishment


Federal College of Education[3] 1977 Oyo
Federal College of Education[4] 1987 Asaba
Federal College of Education, Osiele 1976 Osiele-Abeokuta[5]
Federal College of Education, Kano[6][7] 1961 Kano City
Federal College of Education, Eha-Amufu[8][9] 1981 Enugu
Federal College of Education, Okene[10] 1974 Kogi
Federal College of Education (Technical), Gombe[11] 1977 Gombe
Federal College of Education (Technical), Omoku[12][13] 1989 Rivers
Federal College of Education, Kontagora[14][15] 1958 Niger
Federal College of Education, Zaria[16] 1962 Zaria
Federal College of Education, Pankshin[17] 1974 Plateau
Alvan Ikoku College of Education[18] 1963 Owerri
Federal College of Education, Yola[19] 1974 Yola
Federal College of Education (Tech), Potiskum[20] 1976 Yobe
Federal College of Education (Technical), Gusau[21] 1990 Gusau
Federal College of Education (Technical), Akoka[22][23] 1967 Lagos
Federal College of Education, Kastina[24] 1976 Kastina
Federal College of Education (Technical), Bichi[25] 1987 Kano
Federal College of Education, Obudu[26][27] 1983 Cross Rivers
Adeyemi College of Education 1964 Ondo
Nigerian Army School of Education (NASE), Ilorin[28] Ilorin
Federal College of Education, Umunze[29] 1989 Anambra
Federal College of Education, Kano Kano


State colleges

State Colleges of Education

  • Yusufu Bala Usman College (Legal and General Studies) Daura, Katsina State
  • Nwafor Orizu College of Education, Nsugbe
  • Enugu State Technical College of Education in Enugu State
  • Aminu Saleh College of Education, located in Azare, Bauchi State
  • Taraba State College of Education, Taraba state
  • Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Ijanikin in Lagos State
  • Imo State College of Education, Ihitte Uboma.
  • Kwara State College of Education, Oro
  • Kwara State Technical College of Education, Lafiagi
  • Kwara State College of Education, Ilorin in Kwara state
  • Tai Solarin College of Education, located in Omu-Ijebu, Ogun state
  • College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti. Ekiti State.
  • Sa’adatu Rimi College of Education Kumbotso in Kano state.
  • Ozigis College of Education
  • Adamawa State College of Education


Private Colleges of Education, years of establishment and location

Institution Year of establishment Location
Piaget College of Education[30] 2015 Abeokuta
St. Augustine College of Education[31] 1971 Lagos
Our Saviour Institute of Science and Technology 1989 Enugu
Delar College of Education[32] 1990 Ibadan
Yewa Central College of Education[33] 2004 Ogun
Institute of Ecumenical Education, (Thinkers Corner), Enugu[34] 190 Enugu
Ansar-Ud-Deen College of Education 1953 Lagos
African Thinkers Community of Inquiry College of Education[37] 1990 Enugu
City College of Education, Mararaba[38] Nasarawa
Muftau Olanihun College of Education[39] 2003 Ibadan
Corner Stone College of Education 200/ Lagos
Muhyideen College of Education 2007 Ilorin
Bauchi Institute of Arabic & Islamic Studies 1994 Bauchi
Havard Wilson College of Education[40] 2001 Abia
College of Education, Offa[41] 1987 Kwara
Kinsey College of Education, Ilorin, Kwara State 2010 Ilorin


General Challenges faced by Colleges of Educations in Nigeria


Just like all other ranks of the Higher Education system, a persisting problem remains the severe underfunding of educational institutions.

It has been noted that over the years, the Federal government has not significantly increased the allotment of the Nigerian government allocated to the educational systems. This is in spite of the increase in population, student numbers and cost of living.

In 2003, 8.21 percent of the total budget was allocated to the educational sector while in 2009, it was increased to 6.42 and to 8.7 percent in 2013.

In 2014, there was a significant increase in 2014 when allocations were increased to 10.7 but even this was doubted at the time with many wondering if it could be maintained considering the oil crisis of the Nation at that time.

Now, it is reported that the allocation of the Educational sector is less than 10 percent of the total budget.

The problem of Underfunding plays out in different ways. These include deteriorating conditions of infrastructures, outdated equipment and facilities, overcrowding in learning halls, laboratories and dormitories.

There is also the problem of fewer teachers to students. It is reported that the University of Lagos has a lecturer to student ratio as high as 1:114.

Under qualification of lecturers is also included. A report from 2012 has it that only 43 percent of Nigeria’s higher education teaching staff holds PhD degrees.

Lastly, strikes are now becoming a most usual occurrence at Nigerian Educational institutions. This causes a delay in graduations, disruption in the flow of learning for students and generally low trust in the Nigerian educational system.

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