The University of Cape Coast started with the Department of Educational Foundations in 1962. The Department was entrusted with providing professional education to would-be teachers in the basic and secondary schools in the country. In previous years, the Department focused on the training of educational professionals in Educational Psychology, Special education, Educational Measurement, Guidance and Counselling, and Social Foundations of Education and produced graduates with Bachelor of Education degrees in Psychology. It also trained teachers with specialization in educational psychology for appointments at the Senior High Schools and the Colleges of Education.
Currently, the Department of Educational foundations offers professional courses to undergraduate students of the Faculty of Education and runs the Bsc. Psychology programme in response to the increasing need to produce specialists in psychology to service the needs of the heath and security service and other sectors of the economy. The Bsc. Psychology programme offers a good opportunity for its graduates to fit in all sectors of the economy including the education sector. Graduates of the Bsc Psychology have found themselves fitting in all sectors of the economy including health, security and education. In the offing is the B.Ed Special Education programme.