Kotebe College of Teacher Education
1959 - 2007

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Brief History (1959-2006)

Kotebe College of Teacher Education was set up within the Haile Selassie I University (HSIU) in 1959 under the simple name College. In July 1968,The University, The Ministry of Education and UNESCO reached an agreement to phase the junior secondary teacher training programme of the University. Thus, the College left HSIU in 1969 and went to currently known as Addis Ababa technical and Vocational College where it came to be known as Teacher Training College. Later the name was changed to Addis Ababa College of Teacher Education. It was in  1976, the College  transferred to the present site and got its name, Kotebe College of Teacher Education.

In 1979, The Ministry of Education handed over the responsibility of running the college to the Commission for Higher Education in accordance with the proclamation of Higher Education (No,109 1977).  Upon the approval of the Commission of Higher Education, the college launched degree programme in six areas of study: English Language Literature, Ethiopian Language and Literature, Geography, History, Health and Physical Education and Mathematics in 1989. However, this programme was discontinued in five of the six areas. At present the College offers a degree program in Health and Physical Education.

In 1997, based on a new proclamation issued then, the Addis Ababa City Administration took over the responsibilities of running the College

The College has now diversified its programmes. Apart from 12+2 program   (which is now Phasing out) and the B.Ed program in Health and Physical Education, the College runs three other programmes: the Pre-school training program and the 10+1 Certificate programmes, the 10+3 program and the Principalship and Supervision training.

The College has the capacity to reinstate the B.Ed Programme which was discontinued since 1996. This will make its programme all rounded and complete, and it will help in alleviating the shortage of trained teachers for higher secondary schools.

During the nearly four decades of its history, the college has established itself as a good model in the field of teacher education. It has trained nearly 28,300 teachers through its innovative in Regular, Evening-extension and Summer In-Service training programmes. A considerable number of teachers, teacher educators, educational administrators and other functionaries have also been benefiting a lot from the college programmes.


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