The current Dean of the Faculty of Education is Professor Joshua Emeka Umeifekwem, a Professor of Physical Education, Sports Psychology, and Exercise Physiology, and a member of the University Governing Council. As the Dean, his vision is to pursue positive mentoring for the development of academic staff, especially upcoming and budding researchers, as well as making informed decisions and taking necessary actions to promote motivation and job satisfaction among staff; to promote exceptional quality representation that engages and relies on strong feedback mechanisms from all staff; to provide accessible, accountable, and democratic leadership that will inform greater academic and administrative productivity in the university; to address and redress challenges which abound in the faculty, while harnessing the identified potential in his staff; and to attract the closer attention of the university central administration to the faculty especially in physical infrastructural and staff development.
The department started as Harden College of Education in January 1961, with 41 students for a two-years Diploma in Education Programme. In the 1961/62 session, the Department enrolled 40 studnets for the Bachelor Degree (B.A and B.Sc.) in Education. The students combined two teaching subjects with prescribed courses in Pedagogy.