List of Colleges of Education in Nigeria and Where They Are Located

There are over 100 colleges of education in Nigeria, and they range from federal, state, and private institutions. The colleges are located in different parts of the country in the 6 geo-political zones that encompass the 36 States and the FCT. 

The beginning of colleges of education in Nigeria traces as far back as the 1950s with the creation of Ansar-Ud-Deen College of Education and the Federal College of Education, Kano. Generally, the entire colleges offer Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE), and a number of them offer bachelor’s and have affiliations to other universities.

Among the colleges, the Federal College of Education (Special), Oyo, is said to be the only college of education in Nigeria that offers training in special education in order to provide help for special people. It has been listed as one of the best in central Africa.

List of Federal Colleges of Education in Nigeria and Their Locations

Federal College of Education, Kano (1961)

  • State/Federal: Federal
  • State: Kano City
  • Location(Town): Kano
  • Affiliation: Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria

Federal College of Education, Zaria (1962)

  • State/Federal: Federal
  • State: Kaduna State
  • Location (Town): Zaria
  • Affiliation: Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto

Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education (1963)

  • State/Federal: Federal
  • State: Imo State
  • Location (Town): Owerri
  • Current Status: Alvan Ikoku University of Education

Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo (1964)

  • State/Federal: 1964
  • State: Ondo State
  • Location (Town): Ondo City
  • Affiliation: Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) in Osun State

Federal College of Education, Okene (1974)

  • State/Federal: Federal
  • State: Kogi State
  • Location (Town): Okene
  • Affiliation: University of Ibadan, Oyo State

Federal College of Education, Yola (1974)

  • State/Federal: Federal
  • State: Adamawa State
  • Location (Town): Yola
  • Affiliation: University of Maiduguri, Borno State

Federal College of Education, Pankshin (1974)

  • State/Federal: Federal
  • State: Plateau State
  • Location (Town): Pankshin
  • Affiliation: University of Jos
  • Current Status: University of Education

Federal College of Education, Abeokuta (1976)

  • State/Federal: Federal
  • State: Ogun State
  • Location (Town): Osiele-Abeokuta

Federal College of Education (Technical), Potiskum (1976)

  • State/Federal: Federal
  • State: Yobe State
  • Location (Town): Potiskum
  • Affiliation: the Federal University of Technology Minna and now to Abubakar Tafawa Balewa

Federal College of Education (Special), Oyo (1977)

  • State/Federal: Federal
  • State: Oyo State
  • Location (Town): Oyo

Federal College of Education (Technical), Gombe (1977)

  • State/Federal: Federal
  • State: Gombe State
  • Location (Town): Gombe
  • Affiliation: Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi

Federal College of Education Kontagora (1978)

  • State/Federal: Federal
  • State: Niger
  • Location (Town): Kontagora
  • Affiliation: Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Kaduna State

Federal College of Education (Technical), Asaba (1987)

  • State/Federal: Federal
  • State: Delta State
  • Location (Town): Asaba
  • Affiliation: University of Benin, Benin City, Edo State

Federal College of Education, Eha-Amufu (1981)

  • State/Federal: Federal
  • State: Enugu State
  • Location (Town): Eha-Amufu
  • Affiliation: University of Nigeria, Enugu

Federal College of Education (Technical), Omoku (1989)

  • State/Federal: Federal
  • State: Rivers State
  • Location (Town): Omoku
  • Affiliation: University of Nigeria, Nsukka as well as the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom

Federal College of Education (Technical), Gusau (1990)

  • State/Federal: Federal
  • State: Zamfara State
  • Location (Town): Gusau
  • Affiliation: Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and the Federal University of Technology Minna

Federal College of Education (Technical), Akoka (1967)

  • State/Federal: Federal
  • State: Lagos State
  • Location (Town): Akoka
  • Affiliation: Federal University of Technology, Minna

Federal College of Education, Katsina (1976)

  • State/Federal: Federal
  • State: Katsina State
  • Location (Town): Katsina
  • Affiliation: Bayero University, Kano

Federal College of Education (Technical), Bichi (1987)

  • State/Federal: Federal
  • State: Kano State
  • Location (Town): Bichi
  • Affiliation: Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University(ATBU), Bauchi

Federal College of Education, Obudu (1983)

  • State/Federal: Federal
  • State: Cross River State
  • Location (Town): Obudu
  • Affiliation: University of Calabar, Cross River

Federal College of Education (Technical), Umunze (1989)

  • State/Federal: Federal
  • State: Anambra State
  • Location (Town): Umunze
  • Affiliation: Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Anambra State

Federal College of Education, Iwo (2020)

  • State/Federal: Federal
  • State: Osun State
  • Location (Town): Iwo

State Colleges in Nigeria, Their Locations, and Affiliations

Colleges of Education in Nigeria

Abia State College of Education (Technical) (1993)

  • State/Federal: State
  • State: Abia State
  • Location (Town): Arochukwu
  • Affiliation: Abia State University and the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture

Adamawa State College of Education

  • State/Federal: State
  • State: Adamawa
  • Location (Town): Hong
  • Affiliation: Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria

Adamu Augie College of Education

  • State/Federal: State
  • State: Kebbi State
  • Location (Town): Argungu, Kebbi State

Adamu Tafawa Balewa College of Education

  • State/Federal: State
  • State: Bauchi
  • Location (Town): Kangere
  • Affiliation: Bayero University Kano (BUK)

Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education

  • State/Federal: State
  • State: Lagos
  • Location (Town): Oto-Awori
  • Affiliation: Ekiti state university

Akwa Ibom State College of Education

  • State/Federal: State
  • State: Akwa Ibom
  • Location (Town): Etinan, AfahaNsit
  • Affiliation: University of Uyo

Aminu Saleh College of Education

  • State/Federal: State
  • State: Bauchi
  • Location (Town): Azare
  • Affiliation: University of Maiduguri

Bilyaminu Othman College of Education

  • State/Federal: State
  • State: Bauchi
  • Location (Town): Dass

College of Education and Legal Studies, Nguru

  • State/Federal: State
  • State: Yobe
  • Location (Town): Nguru

College Of Education, Akamkpa

  • State/Federal: State
  • State: Cross Rivers State
  • Location (Town):  Akamkpa
  • Affiliation: University of Cross River State

College of Education, Akwanga

  • State/Federal: State
  • State: Nasarawa State
  • Location (Town): Akwanga
  • Affiliation: Ahmadu Bello University

College of Education, Billiri

  • State/Federal: State
  • State: Gombe State
  • Location (Town): Billiri

College of Education, Ekiadolor

  • State/Federal: State
  • State: Edo State
  • Location (Town): Ekiadolor

College of Education, Gindiri

  • State/Federal: State
  • State: Plateau State
  • Location (Town): Gindiri, Mangu

College of Education, Katsina-Ala

  • State/Federal: State
  • State: Benue State
  • Location (Town): Katsina-Ala
  • Affiliation: University of Calabar

College Of Education, Lanlate

  • State/Federal: State
  • State: Oyo State
  • Location (Town): Lanlate, Ibarapa East
  • Affiliation: Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State
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College of Education, Oju (1981)

  • State/Federal: State
  • State: Benue State
  • Location (Town): Oju, Igede
  • Affiliation: Benue State University, Makurdi, Benue

College of Education, Waka-Biu (1986)

  • State/Federal: State
  • State: Borno State
  • Location (Town): Biu

College of Education, Warri (1980)

  • State/Federal: State
  • State: Delta State
  • Location (Town): Warri

Ebonyi State College of Education (EBSU, 1999)

  • State/Federal: State
  • State: Ebonyi State
  • Location (Town): Abakaliki

Edo State College of Education, Benin

  • State/Federal: State
  • State: Edo State
  • Location (Town): Edo
  • Affiliation: University of Benin, Benin City

Enugu State College of Education (Technical) (1981)

FCT College of Education, Zuba (1996)

  • State/Federal: State
  • State: FCT, Abuja
  • Location (Town): Zuba, Gwagwalada
  • Affiliation: Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria

Imo State College of Education (2010)

  • State/Federal: State
  • State: Imo State
  • Location (Town): Ihitte, Uboma

Isa Kaita College of Education, Dutsen-Ma

  • State/Federal: State
  • State: Katsina State
  • Location (Town): Dutsen Ma
  • Affiliation: Ahmadu Bello University

Isaac Jasper Boro College of Education (2012)

  • State/Federal: State
  • State: Bayelsa State
  • Location (Town): Sagbama

Jigawa State College of Education, Gumel (1976)

  • State/Federal: State
  • State: Jigawa State
  • Location (Town): Gumel

Jigawa State College of Education and Legal Studies (1992)

  • State/Federal: State
  • State: Jigawa State
  • Location (Town): Ringim

Kano State College of Education and Preliminary Studies 

  • State/Federal: State
  • State: Kano State
  • Location (Town): Sabon Gari, Kano

Kaduna State College of Education (1977)

  • State/Federal: State
  • State: Kaduna State
  • Location (Town): Kafanchan, Southern Kaduna
  • Affiliation Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria

Kashim Ibrahim College of Education (1981)

  • State/Federal: State
  • State: Borno State
  • Location (Town): Maiduguri

Kogi State College of Education, Ankpa (1981)

  • State/Federal: State
  • State: Kogi State
  • Location (Town): Ankpa

Kogi State College of Education (Technical), Kabba (2010)

  • State/Federal: State
  • State: Kogi State
  • Location (Town): Kabba

Kwara State College of Education, Ilorin (1974)

  • State/Federal: State
  • State: Kwara State
  • Location (Town): Ilorin

Kwara State College of Education (Technical), Lafiagi (1974)

  • State/Federal: State
  • State: Kwara State
  • Location (Town): Lafiagi

Kwara State College of Education, Oro (1976)

  • State/Federal: State
  • State: Kwara State
  • Location (Town): Oro, Irepodun
  • Affiliation: Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti

Michael Otedola College of Primary Education (1994)

  • State/Federal: State
  • State: Lagos State
  • Location (Town): Epe, Lagos
  • Affiliation: University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State

Mohammed Goni College of Legal and Islamic Studies (1981)

  • State/Federal: State
  • State: Borno State
  • Location (Town): Maiduguri

Moje College Of Education (2017)

  • State/Federal: State
  • State: Kwara State
  • Location (Town): Erin Ile

Niger State College of Education

  • State/Federal: State
  • State: Niger State
  • Location (Town): Minna
  • Affiliation: Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto

Nwafor Orizu College of Education (1976)

  • State/Federal: State
  • State: Anambra State
  • Location (Town): Nsugbe
  • Affiliation: University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State

Osun State College of Education, Ilesa (1977)

  • State/Federal: State
  • State: Osun State
  • Location (Town): Ilesa
  • Affiliation: University of Ibadan

Sa’adatu Rimi College of Education (1981)

  • State/Federal: State
  • State: Kano State
  • Location (Town): Kano
  • Affiliation: Bayero University, Kano, and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria

Shehu Shagari College of Education (1970)

  • State/Federal: State
  • State: Sokoto State
  • Location (Town): Sokoto
  • Affiliation: Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and Usman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto

Umar Ibn Ibrahim El Kanemi College of Science and Technology

  • State/Federal: State
  • State: Borno State
  • Location (Town): Bama LGA

Umar Suleiman College of Education (1986)

  • State/Federal: State
  • State: Yobe State
  • Location (Town): Gashua

Yusuf Bala Usman College of Legal and General Studies 

  • State/Federal: State
  • State: Katsina
  • Location (Town): Daura

Zamfara State College Of Education (2000)

  • State/Federal: State
  • State: Zamfara State
  • Location (Town): Maru

List of Private Colleges of Education in Nigeria

Ansar-Ud-Deen College of Education (1953)

  • State/Federal: Private
  • State: Lagos State
  • Location (Town): Isolo

St. Augustine College of Education (1971)

  • State/Federal: Private
  • State: Lagos State
  • Location (Town): Akoka

College of Education Offa (1987)

  • State/Federal: Private
  • State: Kwara State
  • Location (Town): Offa

Our Saviour Institute of Science and Technology (1989)

  • State/Federal: Private
  • State: Enugu State
  • Location (Town): Enugu

Delar College of Education (1990)

  • State/Federal: Private
  • State: Oyo State
  • Location (Town): Ibadan

African Thinkers Community of Inquiry College of Education (1990)

  • State/Federal: Private
  • State: Enugu State
  • Location (Town): Enugu

Havad Wilson College of Education (2001)

  • State/Federal: Private
  • State: Abia State
  • Location (Town): Aba

Muftau Olanihun College of Education (2003)

  • State/Federal: Private
  • State: Oyo State
  • Location (Town): Mararaba Gurku

Yewa Central College of Education (2004)

  • State/Federal: Private
  • State: Ogun State
  • Location (Town): Ayetoro

Nana Aishat Memorial College of Education (2009)

  • State/Federal: Private
  • State: Kwara State
  • Location (Town): Ilorin

Piaget College of Education (2015)

  • State/Federal: Private
  • State: Ogun State
  • Location (Town): Abeokuta

Institute of Ecumenical Education (Thinkers Corner), Enugu

  • State/Federal: Private
  • State: Enugu State
  • Location (Town): Enugu

City College of Education, Mararaba

  • State/Federal: Private
  • State: Nasarawa State
  • Location (Town): Mararaba Gurku

Nigerian Army School of Education (NASE), Ilorin

  • State/Federal: Private
  • State: Kwara State
  • Location (Town): Ilorin

Furthermore, the colleges of education in Nigeria may continue to increase in the progression of time. Also, they continue to increase the number of courses, and rather than sticking to only having students graduate with an NCE, they also offer undergraduate courses through affiliations with top Nigerian universities.

Finally, some of the colleges have transitioned to be changed into a university. One of the few is the Federal College of Education, Pankshin, which was upgraded to a Federal University of Education.

Nenpan Ngwan
Nenpan is a linguist, reader and writer who can spend hours thinking of the right words. She believes that with each thought comes words, and with each good word comes a great writing that can change how we see things.

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