St. Joseph College of Education (until 2007 St. Joseph Training College) was founded in 1948 by Rev. Father Joseph Moulders, the then Parish Priest of the Catholic Church at Bechem. It started as a two-year Teachers Certificate 'B' College with 21 male students and 3 members of staff. The College was housed initially at the Bechem Catholic Mission and moved to its present site donated in 1947 by Nana Fosu Gyeabour I, the then Bechemanhene and his elders. The first Principal was Mr. I. J. Nicholson. The College has since its establishment trained thousands of teachers in many different categories.


"Obi dan bi" Literally meaning "Interdependence" - based on mutual respect for one another and the common good (1 Corinthians 12:4-7, 12-27)


The College shall become a leading Teacher Training Institution in Ghana recognized for holistic and quality teacher education.

Missions & Statement

The College shall exist for the development of academic, professional and occupational competencies necessary for the preparation of dedicated, disciplined, committed, resourceful, creative and patriotic teachers capable of teaching in the basic schools in Ghana.

Core Values

The College shall be guided by the virtues of our Patron, St. Joseph: Obedience, Hard work, Honesty, Chastity and Humility, as well as the motto of the College: "OBI DAN BI" which stands for Interdependence for the common good of all in achieving our collective vision, mission and objectives rather than conspiracy to do evil.

JOSCO At A Glance

College Name
St. Joseph College of Education

Location St. Joseph College of Education is in Bechem, the capital of the Tano South District. Bechem is about an hour's drive from Kumasi on the Kumasi - Sunyani road.

Year Of Establishment

Current Principal
Matthew Kwaku Addai (Rev. Msgr.)

Staff Members
50 academic staff and 38 non-academic staff - total 88.

Students The total student population today is 961 (626 males and 335 females)


Accreditation Accredited by the National Accreditation Board, Ghana

Affiliated Institution
Affiliation University of Cape Coast (UCC) & Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)