Brief History of the College


By October, 2020, Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto will fifty (50) years in existence as a progressive, active and thriving centre of learning. Certainly this represents a milestone in the historical development of this premier educational institution of Sokoto State. Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, which started on a modest note way back in 1970 as Advanced Teachers College (ATC) at a temporary site in Sokoto town, was then the first fully State-owned Advanced Teachers College in the Northern States of Nigeria. It commenced operation precisely on 14th October, 1970 with an initial intake of sixty-seven (67) students and six (6) teaching staff.

The primary purpose of its establishment was to address the acute shortage of post-primary school teachers in the then North-Western State, following rapid educational expansion at both primary and post-primary school levels. 

The College moved to its present permanent site in June 1974, and has to date, been headed by fourteen Chief Executives at different times under different nomenclatures.

On 1st April 1978, the Edict reconstituting the institution into College of Education, Sokoto was enacted, thus giving it the long-awaited autonomy. The objectives of the College according to the edict included the following:

To provide courses of study, training and research in arts, languages and science leading to obtaining the Nigeria Certificate in Education, (NCE);

To provide avenue for teacher in-service courses and curricular development.

In the year 1995, the Sokoto State Government approved the renaming of the College as Shehu Shagari College of Education, in recognition and honour of the worthy contributions of Alhaji Shehu Shagari to the development of education in the State. This Edict was amended in 2014 to capture areas that were not in the 1974 version. The amendment covered areas of National Commission of Colleges of Education programmes and nonmenclatures among other things.

Progress Report from the 2011/2012 Session to date:

The first major task tackled by the present administration of the College on assumption of office in the year 2012 was the strengthening of confidence in the College community as well as the outside community. This was achieved through the process of consultation and dialogue with all stakeholders within and outside the College. Efforts were made to address the challenges of late release of students’ results, improve the welfare of staff and students by ensuring adequate supply of water in campus as well as in staff quarters. In the case of late release of results two committees were constituted to identify outstanding results and affected students per session. This was done and all successful candidates were issued their results. At present no result is outstanding in the college In addition to this, the NCE certificate of graduates of the College from 1994 when the first set graduated to 2013 were procured and successful students were given. In the case of water shortage being experienced in the previous years in the College the present administration addressed it through construction of boreholes and intervention of the State Government couple with periodic maintenance by the management. This resultantly improved water supply in the college. Consequently, it led to the prevalence of a conducive atmosphere for teaching, learning and research in this premier educational institution.

The College witnessed a tremendous transformation in the academic and social development from 2011,2012 session to 2018/2019 session. Two ultra-modern lecture theatres each with 500 seating capacity were constructed in 2014, 38-staff office complex was constructed in 2013. All the offices were furnished. This has improved office accommodation in the College. Two School complexes were also constructed in 2014/2015 session. The Schools are Early Childhood care and Primary Education and Special, Adult and Non-formal Education which are all currently occupied by their respective staff. Multi-purpose Hall was constructed in 2012/2013 session. Eight Lecture Halls and ten Blocks were renovated in 2014 and 2015. Furthermore, the College Ultra-modern Library Complex was completed in 2016 logether with 43-office complex. Added to these projects is the Completion of 1 additional lecture hall with 150 seating capacity in 2017 and 3 lecture halls with same capacity, Early Childhood Complex and 19-office complex in 2018.  In 2019, construction of Entrepreneurship complex and indoor games hall are on-going right now. All these stated projects were made with the Intervention of Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND).

Due to these improvements, the College continued to maintain its position as the vanguard among other tertiary institutions, in assisting the Sokoto State Government and the nation at large towards achieving their laudable objective of providing qualitative education to the teeming populace.

In 2013, the College has changed its administrative and academic structures. It is currently made up of eight Schools which came up with the implementation of the 2012 edition of the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE)’s Minimum Standards. These Schools are: School of Secondary Education (Arts and Social Science Programmes), School of Secondary Education (Language Programmes), School of Secondary Education (Science Programmes), School of Secondary Education (Vocational and Technical Education Programmes), School of General Education, School of Early Childhood Care Education and Primary Education, School of Special, Adult and Non-formal Education and School of Preliminary Studies.  The Schools have a total of 32 Academic Departments and over 100 subject combinations. The number of academic staff  has grown tremendously from 550 in 2013 to 750 in 2019 while the College at present can boast of a total student enrollment of over 15,000.

Another area of achievement is in the Staff Development Programme. The programme was reactivated and a significant number of academic and administrative members of staff are currently on study leave in different institutions within and outside the country on the College’s sponsorship. Many have been sponsored to pursue Master’s and doctorate degrees through Tetfund interventions. At present the College has 64 PhD holders and 90 on-going PhDs in various programmes both within and outside the country.

 Similarly, some other fundamental transformations were introduced into the academic arena of the College.  These include:

Additional NCE courses in Early childhood Care Education, Adult and Non-formal Education and Special Education.

In its collaborative efforts, the College has been recognized as a centre for external examinations such as UTME, NECO (private), GCE (Private), TCII and also a study centre of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).

Meanwhile, the College NCE Sandwich programme, Graduate Diploma in Education, Certificate in Education and other consultancy programmes have continued to flourish under the College Centre for Continuing Education. The College Undergraduate Programme in affiliation with Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto and Ahmadu Bello University Zaria respectively had graduated many sets of students.

Another area of importance during the period under review is the infrastructural development of the College, specifically in the following areas:

Construction of Micro-teaching Laboratory which in use now

Construction of ICT Complex now in use and another ICT constructed by Total Oils Nigeria Limited in early 2019. Construction of Examination Complex for both UG and NCE Programmes and General Studies Office Complex; All construction were funded by Tetfund interventions. This development has helped greatly in improving office accommodation in the College.