The Institute of Education was established in 1965 as “School of Education” in the then University College of Cape Coast. It was mandated to function as the foremost institution charged with the responsibility of maintaining continual improvement of teacher education in Ghana by collaborating with stakeholders in education including the Ministry of Education (MoE), Teacher Education Division (TED) of the Ghana Education Service (GES), Principals Conference (PRINCOF) etc. The name “School of Education” was changed by the then senate to “Institute of Education” in I973.
As the main examination body for Colleges of Education in Ghana, it currently examines and certificates students of thirty eight (38) public and four private Colleges of Education in Ghana.

The Institute of Education is a Department within the College of Education Studies of the University of Cape Coast. It is headed by a Director who is supported by a Deputy Director, Secretary (Senior Administrator) and administrative staff. Currently, there are four units in the Institute namely: Assessment, Research and Publications, Outreach and Quality Assurance. Each unit is headed by a unit coordinator.
The Institute is governed by a Professional Board (the highest decision-making body of the Institute). The Institute has in addition an Awards Committee which considers all examination results and reports to the Professional Board.

The objectives of the Institute of Education (IoE) are enshrined in its constitution (amended by Senate, U.C.C., 1975).
1.    Develop and review periodically the curricula of the various programmes in the Colleges of Education as well as moderate their examinations and award certificates and diplomas.
2.    Organize in-service-training and continuing-education courses for teachers at all levels of education. 
3.    Promote and organize conferences, seminars, symposia and workshops, on current issues in education.
4.    Promote educational research and secure expertise to engage in special projects of an educational nature.
5.    Provide advisory services to Teacher Education Division (TED) and organizations as and when required.
6.    Be a centre for professional activities for teachers and other organizations involved in educational work.
7.    Perform such other functions as the Professional Board and Academic Board may determine.


To continue to be a centre for excellence for innovative, professional programmes for teachers and other agencies involved in educational enterprise.


The mission of the Institute is:
To provide avenues for effective education and professional growth of teachers through the development and periodic review of the curriculum and organization of in-service training of teachers, and promoting educational research with the aim of producing quality and competent teachers.

The strategic plan of the Institute of Education is summarized under the following key thrusts:

Key Thrust 1: Create an environment that seeks to improve student life, foster student focused learning and train students with strong ethics and commitment to society
Key Thrust 2: Create a conducive working environment that recognizes equal opportunity for faculty, staff and student.
Key Thrust 3: Recruit, develop and retain high calibre and motivated faculty and administrative staff
Key Thrust 4: Create a learning organization culture that enhances teamwork, efficiency, discipline and commitment.
Key Thrust 5: Promote active and reflective teaching and learning, research and outreach services which strongly position the Institute of Education as a centre of excellence in teacher education.
Key Thrust 6: Develop new and relevant programmes, periodically revise existing ones and vigorously pursue sandwich education.
Key Thrust 7: Develop and strengthen integrated ICT infrastructure and facilities that robustly support teaching, research, outreach, administration and support services
Key Thrust 8: Improve upon physical infrastructure and support services that enhance teaching and learning, research and outreach
Key Thrust 9: Develop linkages with local and foreign institutions, and partnership with key stakeholders in education
Key Thrust 10: Improve upon management capacity and governance of Institute of Education
Key Thrust 11: Vigorously work to improve generation and enforce fiscal discipline
Key Thrust 12: Reposition the Institute of Education to make it more relevant to the Colleges of Education in their new status as tertiary institutions

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