The College of Education Studies (CES) is the foundation of the University of Cape Coast. In October 1962, when the then University College was established, it was entrusted with the task of training graduate teachers in Arts and Science for the secondary schools, teacher training colleges, polytechnics and technical institutions in Ghana. Consequently, in 1964 it was named ‘The University College of Science Education’.

That year, Education, which had previously formed part of the Arts, was established as a separate faculty in view of the crucial role it was to assume within the re-organised degree structure. Thereafter, education became a compulsory component of the three subject teaching course leading to the B.A. and B.Sc. (General) Education degrees offered by the University College. This structure continued through 1971 when the institution became a full-fledged University by an Act of Parliament until 1998 when only students belonging to the Faculty of Education were required to study education courses.

As the Ghanaian population grew, the University expanded through the introduction of new programmes resulting in significant increase in student population. The need to run the University on Collegiate basis therefore emerged in line with key Thrust 10 of the University of Cape Coast Strategic Plan (i.e., to improve upon management capacity and institutional governance system). Consequently, the University went Collegiate in August, 2014 and the then Faculty of Education became a two-tier College called College of Education Studies.
However, in the two-tier system, the departments that comprised it were too large, with disconnected activities and mandates which hampered smooth administration and management. There was therefore, the need for a restructuring into a three-tier system that will allow the large departments to be broken down into smaller departments, units and centres and reorganized into faculties and schools with related programmes to improve management, sharing of expertise, efficient use of resources and effective running of academic programmes.

Therefore, in August 2016 the college went three-tier making it possible for departments running similar programmes to come together to form faculties and a school. This restructuring allowed the new departments to pool resources and synergize to increase output to meet the rising need for personnel in Education in Ghana.