Welcome to the Institute for Educational Planning and Administration (IEPA). I hope that you find the information you require and gain a good impression of our activities. We are very proud of our track record of excellence in both research and. teaching. The IEPA, is the premier institute in the country that conducts research in educational issues to inform educational policymakers, as well as train educational planners and administrators at all levels of education in Ghana.

The Institute has had and continues to collaborate with international institutions to conduct research. Examples of institutions we collaborate with are the Centre for Commonwealth Education, University of Cambridge, UK, University of Bristol UK , Dfid, JICA, UNESCO and University of Twente in the Netherlands.

IEPA runs MPhil programmes in Educational Administration, Administration in Higher Education and Educational Planning. The institute also runs a sandwich professional master’s programme in educational administration. It also has an active PhD program. Over the years IEPA worked and continues to work closely with and for the Ministry of Education as well as the Ghana Education Service in developing the capacity of its staff.

The IEPA can boast of a highly skilled, knowledgeable, experienced, energetic, committed and hardworking professional workforce. We have a total staff strength of 12 men and women, each with a minimum academic qualification of a Ph.D. We also have other supporting staff, including 3 research associates and 5 administrative staff.

As you browse through our website, I hope you will sense the excitement and enthusiasm amongst faculty and both current and former students that our programs generate. I encourage you to contact us with any questions, and requests for more information. I welcome you and invite you to share the experience.

A critical review of educational policy and practice suggests that formal academic preparation in educational administration has not been a pre-requisite for the appointment of school heads and educational administrators in Ghana. Appointments to such positions are based on years of experience in teaching. However, research evidence of best practices in education globally indicates that for school effectiveness, there is the need for school heads to integrate theory and practice of educational administration. The IEPA was established in August 1975 based on a joint agreement between the Government of Ghana and UNESCO/UNDP. The Institute  was  mandated by the Ministry of Education to fill up this lacuna which is yet to be achieved and at the vanguard in preparing personnel in educational leadership, management, and planning.

The IEPA has a highly qualified staff with expertise in Educational Management and Leadership, Curriculum Planning and Development, Educational Planning, Policy Analysis, Research and Consultancy. As a centre of excellence, the IEPA maintains its position as the lead institute for the training of highly qualified personnel through the organization of regular graduate programmes, seminars, conferences, workshops and specialised professional courses. From a publicly founded institute, IEPA is increasingly moving towards becoming an autonomous entity. 


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Our Vision is to become a centre of excellence for training educational planners and administrators.


As a lead Institute for educational administration, management and planning in the West Africa Sub-region, the IEPA generates and disseminates reliable educational information through collaborative research to inform educational policy formulation, planning and implementation. As an equal opportunity Institute, IEPA invests in people by providing professional training, research and consultancy services for practitioners both in public and private sectors.

The overarching objective of the IEPA is to provide innovative and quality education aimed at improving leadership, managerial and planning capabilities of personnel in the
educational sector by raising their levels of competence and involvement in their areas of operations. In particular, the IEPA aims to:

  1. Maintain position as an institute of excellence to produce high calibre educational leaders, managers, and planners.
  2. Create an environment for providing opportunities and support to foster student-focused learning and graduate students with strong ethics and commitment to society
  3. Create a conducive working environment within the institute which recognises equal opportunities for faculty, staff and students
  4. Create a learning organisation culture that enhances teamwork, efficiency, discipline and commitment
  5.  Promote active and reflective teaching and learning, research and outreach that strongly positions the Institute as a centre of excellence
  6. Develop innovative programmes, periodically revise existing ones and pursue distance and sandwich education to meet the needs of our clientele
  7.  Develop and strengthen integrated technological infrastructure and facilities that robustly support teaching and learning, research and outreach
  8.  Improve upon physical infrastructure that enhances teaching and learning, research and outreach
  9. Develop links with national and international agencies to enhance the relevance of IEPA’s programmes and courses to improve the employability of IEPA graduates
  10. Pursue financial management and discipline
  • Intergrity
  • Excellence
  • Leadership Skills