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Everything You Should Know About National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE)

The National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) was established by Decree (now Act) 13 of 17th January, 1989 (Amended Act 12 of 1993) as a completion of tripod of excellence in the supervision of higher education in the country.

The establishment of the commission was a resultant effect of the utmost importance accorded to quality teacher education by the Federal Government of Nigeria. Since inception, the Commission has continuously pursued goals of quality assurance in teacher education. The pride of the commission is based on the seminal philosophy in the National Policy on Education (NAPE) which states that “no education can rise above the quality of its teachers ….”

Also Read: Full list of accredited/approved colleges of education in Nigeria

What are the Functions of the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE)

The enabling Decree (now Act) No. 3 of January 1989 (amended decree No. 12 1993) mandated the Commission to perform the following functions:

  1. Make recommendations on the national policy necessary for the full development of teacher education and the training of teachers.
  2. Lay down minimum standards for all programmes of teacher education and accredit their certificates and other academic awards after obtaining thereof prior approval of the Honorable Minister of Education.
  3. Approve guidelines setting out criteria for accreditation of all Colleges of Education in Nigeria.
  4. Determine the qualified teachers needs of Nigeria for the purpose of planning facilities and in particular prepare periodic master plans for the balanced and coordinated development of Colleges of Education.
  5. Inquire into and advise the Federal Government on the financial needs of the Colleges to enable them meet the objectives of producing the trained qualified teachers of the country.
  6. Receive block grants from the Federal Government and allocate them to the Colleges of Education.
  7. Act as the agency for channeling all external aids to Colleges of Education in Nigeria.
  8. Harmonise entry requirements and duration of courses at the Colleges of Education.
  9. Collate, analyse and publish relevant information relating to teacher education in Nigeria.
  10. Advise on and take measures to improve immediate and long term prospects of technical and business education teachers with respect to status and remuneration.
  11. Provide encouragement for women to enter a wide range of pre-vocational courses in technical education.

Over the years, the commission could boast of continuously achieving all these objectives. In addition, it had gone extra mile to bring in new innovations towards the development of teacher education in Nigeria.

What are the NCCE Departments?

The following are the departments that exist in the Commission.

  • Executive Secretary’s Office
  • Academic Programmes Department
  • Planning, Research and Statistics Department
  • Physical Planning and Development Department
  • Finance and Supplies Department
  • Personnel Management Department

What is the official website of NCEE?

The official website of NCCE is

Who is the current Executive Secretary of NCEE?

The current executive secretary of National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) is Prof. Bappa-Aliyu Muhammadu

Where is the official head office of NCCE?

Below is the head office of NCCE:
Plot 829 Cadastral Zone A01, Ralph Shodeinde Street,
Opposite Akwa Ibom House, Off Ahmadu Bello Way,
P.M.B. 0394, Garki, Abuja Nigeria

Tel.: (234) -9 2346531, 2345484

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