The Bauchi state government decided to establish an Advanced Teachers’ College at Azare, sometime in 1977, a little after the state was created out of the then North Eastern States. In 1976 there were only 18 post-primary institutions in the state. The government depended on teachers from other states as well as expatriate staff to run these institutions. This situation coupled with the introduction of the Universal Primary Education (UPE) necessitated the state government to sourced teachers for the institutions. Thus Advanced Teachers’ College Azare was established.
College of Education, Azare had a humble beginning. It was housed in a primary school complex donated by the Katagum local government Authority. In 1984, the Advance Teachers’ Colleges at Gombe and Bauchi were merged with Advanced Teachers’ College, Azare. The College moved to its present site in September, 1984.
When the College started in 1977, it had staff strength of 71 comprising 36 senior and 35 junior members of staff. Presently, there are more than 929 staff. The College is growing, as more and more courses are added to the existing ones. Currently, all the courses in National Policy on Education except French and Fulfulde have been mounted. The academic excellence and constant good performance of the College prompted the former Military Governor, Colonel Chris Abutu Garuba to upgrade the College to a College of Education in 1986. The College has Directorate of Pre-NCE and Remedial Studies. The College had started the undergraduate programme in affiliation with the University of Maiduguri in the 2009/2010 Academic Session. Nine (9) courses which include Agricultural Education, Chemistry, English, Health Education, Islamic Studies, Mathematics, Physical Education, Hausa and Physics are currently being run by the School of Undergraduate Studies. The ambition of College of Education, Azare is to be THE VERY BEST in the country.