On May 28, 1982, the College happily matriculated the pioneer students of the degree programme. By the end of the 1983/84 academic session, a total of 3,169 students had successfully passed through the various programmes of the College. Out of this figure, 2,504 went through the NCE Programme, 531 passed through the ACE programme and 134 in the B. Ed. programme. It is note worthy that, of all the Colleges of Education affiliated to the University of Ibadan, Rivers State College of Education was the only one offering the Bachelor of Education degree programme. Were :Other achievements of the college between 1982 and 1984
- the creation of some new academic departments: Secretarial Studies, Integrated Science and Social Studies;
- the construction of three science laboratories for Physics, Chemistry and Biology in 1983; and
- the construction of staff office accommodation in December 1983.
On 1st September, 1984, Professor G.O.M. Tasie was re-appointed Provost by the Rivers State Military Governor. Within this period, Prof. D.M.J. Fubara was the Chairman of the Governing Council of the College. From 1984 to 1987, it was observed that Rivers State College of Education made giant strides in the improvement of its structures, facilities, funding and conditions of service, particularly by providing the Visual Arts Laboratory building and by the construction of twin standard-size lawn tennis courts. Within the period 1984-88, the College Management dealt with a lot of problems, which included:
- the certificates of occupancy for two campuses, viz. Ndele and St. John’s Diobu campuses, were collected;
- the fight for the adoption of the University Salary Structure (USS) in the College was started and fought a long way; and
- the enactment by the Council of an effective statute on financial regulations of the college.