HISTORICAL BACKGROUND OF THE COLLEGE
Tai Solarin College of Education, formerly Ogun State College of Education, was established in 1978 by the Ogun State Government to produce teachers for primary and secondary schools in Ogun State and Nigeria in general. At the time of its establishment, the College operated temporarily at Igbeba in Ijebu-Ode before it was moved to its permanent site at Ijagun village, a suburb of Ijebu-Ode. The College took off with an initial student’s intake of 187 for the Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE). The name of the College was changed in 1994 to Tai Solarin College of Education to honour Late (Dr.) Tai Solarin, a foremost educationist from Ikenne-Remo in Ogun State after his demise on 27th July, 1994 by the State Government for his laudable contributions to the development of education in Nigeria.
The College was ranked first among States and private Colleges of Education in Nigeria by the Supervisory body of the Colleges of Education, National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) for its academic excellence and also ranked fourth out of the then over 70 NCE awarding institutions in the country including Federal Colleges of Education in 2002.
The College was transformed into the first University of Education in Nigeria and second in West Africa, (University of Education, Winneba, Ghana is the first university of education in West Africa) by Otunba Gbenga Daniel led Administration in Ogun State in 2005.
After its transformation, the University of Education continued to run both degree and NCE programmes till 2008 when the College of Education was moved out of the University to stand on its own as requested by the supervisory body of Colleges of Education, National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE); and it was relocated to a new site which formerly housed Omu-Ajose Community High School in Omu-Ijebu with 474 staff which were disarticulated from the University of Education. A new edict was enacted for Tai Solarin College of Education, Omu-Ijebu.
VISION STATEMENT OF THE COLLEGE
To be a Centre of Excellence in Teacher Education, Driven by People, Technology and Global Best Practices.
MISSION STATEMENT OF THE COLLEGE
To continuously provide a Veritable Opportunity for Improving the National and International Educational Landscape through the Production of Highly Competent Professional Educators using Current Technique/Technology by a Highly Skilled and Capable Crop of Staff”.
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF THE COLLEGE
The aims and objectives of the College shall be:
- To provide facilities for study and professional training in the discipline of Education and provide graduates, undergraduates, diploma and proficiency course leading to the award of degrees, diploma (including the Nigeria Certificate in Education or its equivalents), proficiency certificate and other educational certificates;
- To foster professionalism and character development in practicing and student teachers;
- As far as possible within its resources, to meet the manpower needs of the State for professional teachers for the school system;
- To provide facilities for such educational programmes above the secondary school level as may directed by the Governing Council to meet the educational requirements of the state.
PROVOST WELCOME ADDRESS
On behalf of the Chairman, Governing Council, Prince Adeyemi Adefulu MFR, other members of the Governing Council, the Management, Staff and Students, I, Dr. Lukmon Adeola Kiadese, welcome you all to Tai Solarin College of Education, Omu-Ijebu, the 1st State-owned Higher Institution in Ogun State.
By the grace of God, I am the 2nd substantive Provost of Tai Solarin College of Education (TASCE) after its relocation to Omu-Ijebu in 2008. My appointment took off on 1st September, 2016.
During the first College Assembly I had with the College staff after my appointment, I told them that my mission was to restore the lost glory of TASCE and since then, all efforts are being geared towards lifting TASCE to an enviable height. It is noteworthy to let you know that all 25 courses being offered by the College have obtained FULL Accreditation status from the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE). Most importantly, the College is a degree awarding institution. Presently, the College is running Degree programmes in affiliation with Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye.
I believe that the Vision Statement of the College: “To be a Centre of Excellence in Teacher Education, Driven by People, Technology and Global Best Practices” and the Mission Statement of the College: “To continuously Provide a Veritable Opportunity for Improving the National and International Educational Landscape through the Production of Highly Competent professional Educators using Current Technique/Technology by a Highly Skilled and Capable Crop of Staff” should not just be mere words alone but must be a reality.