Top 20 Best College of Education in Nigeria

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List of top 20 best college of Education in Nigeria. After so many question and request online from our readers seeking to know the best colleges in Nigeria we had to go on a research then come up with our list of 20 best colleges in Nigeria.

Best College of Education in Nigeria

There are 152 colleges of education in Nigeria, consisting of 21 federal, 82 private and 49 state colleges of education.

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Top 20 Best College of Education in Nigeria

This article will help you select the Best College of Education in Nigeria just in case you are planning to go into any. College of Education is primarily designed to train primary and secondary school teachers. College of Education along with Nigerian Teachers Training Institute are solely responsible in training of teachers for Primary and secondary school level.

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Top 20 Best College of Education in Nigeria

1. Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo

This is unarguable the best college of Education in Nigeria for the past few years now. According to statistics, it is the most sought after college of education in Nigeria. Located along Ore-Ondo road, Ondo state, the college is in affiliation with Obafemi Awolowo University. This institution was established and named after Canon M. C. Adeyemi owing to his sole contribution in Education development (1963).

2. Federal College of Education, Zaria

Sitting second on our list is the Federal College of Education Zaria. This great institution is highly rated when it comes to training of teachers in the country. Established on November 1 st 1962 the popular college was later authorized to operate the next year (1963). Cited in Kaduna, this college was among the few selected by government at some point to train teachers as recommended by them.

3. Niger State College of education, Mina

Owned and managed by the Niger state government, the Niger state college of education was initially founded as an advance teachers college by the then Northwestern state government to meet the hugely demanded need for primary and secondary school teachers as at that time. The college has grown from strength to strength ever since and now boast a massive six schools which include Education, Art and Science, Languages, Science, Technical and Vocational education.

4. Federal College of Education, Oyo

Established in 1977, Federal college of education Oyo was initially called Federal Advanced Teachers college not until 1993 when the name was changed. The federal college of education, Oyo are in affiliation with the University of Ibadan, delivering a high standard of Education and training quality teachers.

5. Federal College of Education, Kano

Federal college of Education Kano sits 5th in our ranking list, this is undoubtedly one of the best College of Education in Nigeria at the moment. Located in the ancient city of Kano, the college was established in 1961 as Kano Men’s training college which was later taken over by federal government and name changed in 1990. The institution is boost of school of Education, Art and Science, Languages, Science, Technical and Vocational education.

6. Federal College of Education, Abeokuta

The Federal college of Education, Abeokuta is another big name on our list. Established in 1976, this great institution is located in Osiele axis of Ogun State, Nigeria. This institution has been responsible for producing top class teachers in the country since its establishment till date with their three years accredited courses.

7. College of Education, Warri

Founded by the Delta state government, this college of Education is also run and control by the same body. Though it was initially established as Advanced Teachers College at Ihogbe, Benin back in 1979 by the then Bendel State Government, the college was later moved to Warri in 1980. However, this college are now running some degree programs adding a great value to its students.

8. Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Oyo

Built by Church Missionary Society in 1896 and known as St Andrew’s College, the naming was later changed. Emmanuel Alanyande College of Education, Oyo is one of the oldest college in the country. Originally established as Grade 11 teachers training college the institution was later upgraded to college of Education.
The institution currently boost a massive schools which include Art and Science, Education, Languages, Vocational, Science and Technical Education.

9. College of Education, Agbor

Established in 1979, the College of Education, Agbor was official open for educational activities in 1981. Incorporated by the then Bendel state government with mission of training quality and sound teachers, the college has lived up to expectation with their Educational standards.

10. College of Education, Ikere

Rated as the number 10 in our list, College of Education, Ikere are in affiliation with the University of Nigeria, Nsukka which speaks a lot about the Educational standard in this very institution. College of Education are among the colleges that admits the highest number of students in the country.

11. Federal College of Education, Obudu

The Federal College of Education, Obudu was established as a regular College on November 30, 1982 by the first Executive President of Nigeria, His Excellency, Alhaji Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari. At inception, the College operated in a temporary site within the premises of Government Secondary School, Obudu. Today, however, that initial temporary site is now the permanent site while the then proposed permanent site of the College at the Bebi village in Obanliku Local Government Area, eighteen kilometres on the Obudu- Cattle Ranch Resort road has become a satellite campus.

12. African thinkers community of Inquiry College of Education

African thinkers community of Inquiry College of Education was incorporated in 2004 with the vision of facilitating self-awareness, self-development and self-empowered existence. The college was established by the great Philosopher, the very Reverend Father Stan Chinedu Anih. The institution has since then been providing quality education to its student.

13. College of Education, Igueben

Sitting at number 13 is College of Education, Igueben. Established by the then Bendel State government, the site was formerly used as army camp ground during the civil war. As at when established it was temporary three teachers college before being turned into College of Education, Igueben in 1977.

14. College of Education, Offa

College of Education, Ilemona via Offa, Kwara State was established in 2006, having been licensed by the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) to offer various education courses leading to the award of Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE). The College turned out its first set of NCE graduates in July 2009 and 10 years ago now have been delivering quality education.

15. Muftau Lanihun College of Education, Ibadan

This is one of the fast rising college of Education in Nigeria. Mufutau Lanihun College of Education (MULCOED) is a network of inclusive learning communities. Undergraduate, graduate students, and continuing professionals study with nationally recognized faculty to become teachers, clinicians, administrators, psychologist, educational research scientist etc.

16. Akwa Ibom State College of Education, Afaha Nsit

This is one of the few old colleges in the Akwa Cross region of Nigeria. Located in Afaha Nsit, Nsit Ubiumlocal Government Area of Akwa Ibom  State, the college boost a high number of student on yearly basis. The institution is not equally doing badly in terms of education standards as they produce quality teachers for the state primary and secondary schools.

17. Delta State College of Education

Delta state college of Education Warri fondly called COEWARRI was established in 1979 to meet the need for qualified teachers in primary and secondary schools. The institution was initially established as an advanced teachers college at Ihogbe, Benin city on the 2 nd of October 1979 by the then Bendel state government. Dr. H.S.A. Aliyu served as the founding provost as at then, but the college was made official
on the 5 th of May, 1980 by the late Professor Ambrose Alli.

18. Tai Solarin College of Education, Ogun

Established in 2005 Tai Solarin College of Education, Ogun is unique tertiary institution is known for its standard. Apart from being the first of its kind in Nigeria, she also shares a unique feature as the only institution in the country that offers both the Bachelor’s degree programmes in education (B.Ed.) and trains National Certificate of Education (NCE) graduates within the same academic environment.

TASUED is a transformation of the then Tai Solarin College of Education (TASCE) that was formerly Ogun State College of Education established in 1978. Students and staff statistics as at January 2005 showed that there were 12,544 both N.C. E. and Degree (full time and part-time) with a staff strength of about 669 of which 43% were teaching staff in all the 8 Schools in the College.

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19. Osisatech Polytechnic and College of Education, Enugu

Osisatech Polytechnic and College of Education, Enugu was established since 1988. The institution is well recognized across the country as one of the best in terms of their educational standard.

20. College of Education, Zuba

20th on our list is College of Education, Zuba. This institution was setup in 1996 and was initially sited at the defunct teachers college still in Zuba, F.C.T. Over time now the institution has grown now competing with even the older college of education in the country in terms of academics and other areas as well. In may 2000, the college was closed down due to need for restructuring and later reopen the next year 2001 with a more improve and quality academic standard.

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  1. Muhammad abdullahi hassan says:

    As you have mentioned the top 20 best colleges that are exist in nigeria, very unfortunate “aminu sale college of education azare has not being mentioned in your list” why?


    What of college of education katsina.

  3. Okunlola Ridwan says:

    This is unfair, I could you not have mentioned ADENIRAN OGUNSANYA COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

  4. Sani jibrin says:

    What’s about fcet gombe

  5. Prince says:

    But u don’t mention Adeshina college of education

  6. chibuike Michael says:

    what about Alvan ikeoku college of education Owerri, IMO state

  7. Gopep Shili Dauda says:

    What about FCEPankshin?

  8. Muhammad Abdullahi says:

    Aminu sale college of education azare
    Is one of the best 20 colleges in Nigeria
    But you have not mentioned it there why not.

  9. Sarah ishaya says:

    What of kaduna state college of education gidan waya

  10. Solomon Sule says:

    Aaminu Saleh collage of education Azare is
    of the best college of Education in Nigeria,and
    you don’t mention it why ?

  11. ZACCHS says:


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