It may interest the reader to know that the Federal College of Education (formerly ATC/ABU) Kano, started froma very humble beginning in 1961 as Kano Men's Training College at the Native/Authority loaned premises of Gwale Senior Primary School before it moved to its permanent site in 1965. The college was established through the joint efforts of the United State Agency for International Aid (USAID) and the Ministry of Education of the then Northern Region under the distinguished leadership of Late Sir Ahmadu Bello, Sardauna of Sakkwato.
The inital intake of 34 students was of pivotal student teachers that were usually those who had a teacher grade III certificate or those who had completed high school and desired to qualify as grade two teachers. The five year teacher training course began in January 1962 with an intake of 121 post primary students. Exactly a year later, the name of the College changed from Kano Men's Training College to Kano Teachers College.
In 1965, the Nigeria Certificate in Education Programme was introduced in the College. This was based on the recommendations of the Ashby Commisssion (1960). With the commencement of the N.C.E. Programme, the name of the College became Advanced Teachers College.
In 1990, the Federal Government took over the college with the promulgation of Decree Number 4 of 1986. With this development, the name of the college once again and finally change to its present name, The Federal College of Education, Kano. The College has achieved autonomy in the running of the Pre-NCE, Remedial Certificate, Diploma and NCE Courses. The degree programmes are run in affiliation to A.B.U. Zaria