Nigeria is a country that is blessed with a lot of higher institutions, universities, polytechnics, and colleges of education are scattered all over the 36 states in Nigeria including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. Every post-secondary school has its own unique attribute irrespective of how they are ranked.
For instance, people tend to favor university in Nigeria above the rest, while polytechnic comes closer but these are gradually changing. People are now appreciating that polytechnics are better equipped for most courses than their counterparts because they adopt practical knowledge while most universities in Nigeria tend to use theoretical knowledge. Notwithstanding, there are some institutions that fully apply both.
On the part of Colleges Of Education in Nigeria, they have been making a positive impact, these institutions are training colleges for teachers or students who want a career in teaching.
Although most secondary school certificate holders should be able to teach in primary school, some can even get a place in secondary school but if you want more, colleges of education could give you the platform. For instance, the Nigerian government accepts National Certificate in Education (NCE) as part of the requirement to get a teaching job in public schools. Even an HND Holder or BSC holder would need a PGDE/NCE to be considered for a teaching post.
Colleges of education are not getting the credit they deserve, without the teachers to set the foundations, there may not be much of an improvement in the education sector in Nigeria.
Therefore, we will be looking at the best colleges of education in Nigeria. This ranking, as usual, will be based according to the ever-reliable Webometrics.
List Of Best Colleges Of Education In Nigeria
1. Adeyemi College of Education Ondo
Adeyemi College of Education Ondo is currently the best College of Education and also ranked 109th best tertiary institution in Nigeria.
The journey did not properly begin until 1963 when the school was created to breed teachers with the required skills to teach in the secondary schools and teachers’ training colleges and as well improve the quality of education in Nigeria through research and experiments.
After its approval in 1963, it waited till 1964 before it can fully commence academic activities. In 1964, it started with just 93 students comprising of 24 women and 69 men,
The school now has 5 schools – Vocational and Technical Education, Arts and Social Sciences, Education, Languages, and Sciences, giving the applicants 28 academic departments to choose from.
The school is located in Ondo, State, in the same town that Ondo State University of Medical Sciences and Wesley University of Science and Technology are placed and currently acclaimed to be the only town in Nigeria with three specialized degree-awarding institutions.
For additional info, visit Adeyemi College of Education Ondo via https://aceondo.edu.ng.
2. Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education Owerri
Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education Owerri also has a place at the table, a result of the determination of the management to see that students get the best while they are in the system.
The school was founded in April 1963 and named Advanced Teachers Training College by the extinct Eastern Nigeria Government on the grounds of the Old Shell Camp in Owerri, Nigeria. In short, the school is known for training teachers to become better part of themselves using a quality framework set down by the founding members and also improve on it.
One of its milestones is that it does not just award NCE to qualified graduates, but also the Professional Diploma in Education (PDE). It is also in affiliation with the University of Nigeria, Nsukka the Bachelor of Education (B.ed).
As a student of the school, you will not just be getting a qualification, but also associated with a school that is known both locally and globally. What is more, the courses are taught with quality standards, and also has in its possession some of the best and most experienced lecturers in the country.
For more details, visit their website on https://www.alvanikoku.edu.ng/.
3. Nwafor Orizu College of Education Nsugbe
Nwafor Orizu College of Education, Nsugbe was established in 1976 as a college of education to help booster education in Nigeria.
Since its inception, it has grown to become one of the highly-rated institutions in Nigeria. The school is named after the blessed memory of Prince Abyssinia Akweke Nwafor Orizu, Nigeria’s second Senate President during the Nigerian first republic.
It is ever determined to be the standard for other colleges of education, by providing the training and skills to would-be-teachers using its well set of staff, modern techniques and technology. Aspirants would find the school a good alternative to university and polytechnic.
Get more information from Nwafor Orizu College of Education’s website via http://www.nocen.edu.ng.
4. Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education
Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, was formerly called Lagos State College of Education, and originally founded in 1958 as a higher education institute in Nigeria to give students proper training in becoming a teacher and also award certificates to qualified students at the end of the programme. AOCOED offers award of NCE and undergraduate first-degree courses in Education, having affiliated to Ekiti State University.
The college of education started with just ninety students who could give teaching at the primary level. Within ten years, the school became a Government Teacher Training College and was charged with the responsibility of producing Grade II teachers. Since then, a lot of transformation has taken place to the extent that school now trains teachers at all levels and also serves as an affiliate College of the Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti awarding first degrees.
The aim of the school is to advance the horizons of knowledge among would-be teachers and in-service teachers. An applicant who has a passion for teachings would no doubt find the school inspiring.
For more information about the school activities, visit the school website @ https://aocoed.edu.ng/.
5. College of Education Zing Jalingo
After the establishment of College of Education, Jalingo on the 4th August, 1977, the school properly began academic activities the following year it acquired a temporary site at Nukkai Primary School Jalingo.
In order to raise the bar so high, College of Education Zing was affiliated to Ahmadu Bello University Zaria and then went on to graduate about first five sets in 1979/80, 1980/81, 1981/82, 1982/83, 1983/84 under the guidance of Ahmadu Bello University Zaria. In 1983, it was then affiliated to University of Maiduguri.
Things took a different shape when the supervision normally provided by the University of Maiduguri was taken over by NCCE in 1986 which also affected other colleges of education in Nigeria. How
College of Education Zing website can be reached via https://coezing.edu.ng.
6. Federal College of Education, Eha Amufu
Federal College of Education Eha Amufu was founded in 1981 by the State Government. After the official declaration of the college of education, the then Anambra State Commissioner Education met up with the Permanent Secretary to the Ministry at that time to secure a permanent site. The site used to be occupied by the Federal Government-owned Teacher Training College, (TTC), Eha-Amufu.
In 1993, The Federal Government took over the college in response to the amended Decree No. 34 of 1993 and Decree No. 6 of 1993 as established the Federal College of Education, Eha-Amufu.
Federal College of Education, Eha Amufu is a leading College of Education in Nigeria with a great method of studies often adopted by outstanding lecturers. Like every college of education that made the top 10, you must be committed to work very hard if you want to get a certificate at the end of your programme.
For more information about the school, visit the school website using the link, http://fceehamufu.edu.ng.
7. Federal College of Education, Obudu
Federal College of Education, Obudu, was founded in 1983 and it has grown to become the 7th best college of education in Nigeria. The school is located in Cross River State, South-South in Nigeria.
The college, being a federal owned school has no religious or tribe affiliation, anyone from any state or tribe are welcome to join the growing ranks of students who wish to make a substantial impact in the Nigerian education sector. Therefore, applicants who seek entry into the institution will have no much issue during the selection process.
Another point to note is that you will be joining an academic institute that has dedicated and experienced lecturers at their helm of affairs. What is more, the school fee is affordable like most federal colleges of education in Nigeria.
To get started or get more information, visit The Federal College of Education, Obudu website @ https://www.fceobudu.edu.ng.
8. Federal College of Education, Zuba
In 1996, Minister of FCT, Jeremiah Timbut Useni, set up a committee with the view of working out the modalities for the establishment of a college of education in Abuja. After several meetings, the proposal agreed by the committee gave way to the Federal College of Education, Zuba in 1996.
This move was aimed at helping the educational sector and also aid the intending teachers and experienced teachers have a chance at getting the teachings and skills needed to be better at the end of the programme.
However, the school faced some challenges in May 2000 and was closed down. This called for proper restructuring and reorganization in order to ensure students get the best while they are at the citadel of learning. After meeting the target set, the school was eventually reopened the following year and now equipped with more staff than before and with material resources to back them.
Today, the school is among the highly-rated college of education in Nigeria, a testimony that the restructuring and reorganization that the school had to pass through, eventually turned out well.
Visit the school website via http://www.fctcoezuba.edu.ng/.
9. Emmanuel Alayande College of Education Oyo
The St. Andrew’s College, Oyo, now Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Oyo was founded in 1896 as part of the plan in improving the quality of education in Nigeria by the Church Missionary Society. It is ranked as the oldest Teachers’ Training College in Nigeria
After some years of operation, there was a clamour for the college to be upgraded to an NCE awarding institute. The request was later met by the Oyo state government – for more proper monitoring, the college operated under Oyo State College of Education, Ila Orangun and then went on to become a college of education.
It is many years since its inception and still one of the top leading post-secondary schools in Nigeria.
For more details, visit the school website via the following like – https://eacoed.edu.ng.
10. Michael Otedola College of Primary Education
Michael Otedola College of Primary Education, formerly called Lagos State College of Primary Education (LACOPED) was founded in 1994 and then became the first specialized college of primary education in Nigeria. However, academic activity officially began the following year.
The school was founded to serve as a platform that provides required training and guidance to prospective teachers. In short, the school runs the National Certificate in Education Programme and also awards degree certificates as it is currently affiliated with the University of Ibadan. However, it is located in Epe, Lagos State.
For more information, visit the school website @ www.mocped.edu.ng.