The Kwara State College of education, Ilorin which has as its Motto: “EDUCATION FOR EXCELLENCE”, was established in September, 1974. It was then christened School of Education,and administered by the Kwara State College of Technology, Ilorin.
The School started with only thirteen academic staff,Some of the staff of the school of Basic Studies were drawn to teach the academic subject contents while those of the school of education taught other pedagogical aspects of the Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) courses. Such a method of training NCE teachers later proved unsatisfactory. Consequently, the school was changed to advanced Teachers’ College in order to reflect the true purpose for which it was established. It was also given an advisory body. By1976, the college was completely detached from its parent body, Kwara State College of Technology Ilorin, with its own Edict and governing Council. In 1978,its name was changed to Kwara State College of Education to be sited in Oro, and its Edict was accordingly amended. It was also affiliated to the Ahmed Bello University, Zaira, for the purpose of moderation of examinations and certification.