The Ada College of Education was previously called Ada Teacher Training College. It was founded by Dr. Kwame Nkrumah in 1965.
Ada College of Education was founded with a vision to be a centre of excellence in the production of disciplined, resourceful and self motivated teachers always ready to offer services anywhere in Ghana. Its mission is to train teachers imbued with professional and academic competences and skills in general and technical education for basic schools in Ghana. The college has its motto as ‘ Awareness, Curiosity and Compassion . The first batch of students numbered 24 with Mr. J.M.T. Dosoo after whom the college Library has been named serving as the first principal and was supported by Messrs J.N. Dzeagu, E.A.K. Kuworno, J.T. Antonio, and S.E.K. Loh. Mr. Aaron Kitcher who was the Regional Education Officer then and Lawyer Narter Olaga contributed immensely in the pioneering days of the college.
In 1974, the college replaced teacher trainees and started admitting students for vocational and secondary courses.
There are four halls serving the residential needs of the students: these are Same Hall, Lorlorvor Hall, Songor Hall and Okor Hall. The college has ICT facilities. A Library, Science block and had a lot of classroom blocks constructed.
The college started as a four-year post middle institution. Since then, it has gone through the following programmes:
- 2-year Modular course for untrained teachers from 1985 to 1991
- 3-year post secondary
- 3-year Diploma in Basic Education which started in 2004
- 2-year sandwich course for Certificate ‘A’ teachers for the award of Diploma in Basic Education.
The college has six departments and offers various programmes.
- Vocational Skills
- Education Studies
- Mathematics & ICT
- Social Sciences
1.General Specialisation in Primary and Junior High School
2.Early Childhood Education Studies
5.Technical & Vocational
Visually and Hearing Challenged