Established in the year 1957, Govt Brennen College of Teacher Education, Thalassery became one of the leading institutions providing state-of-the-art knowledge in the field of Education. Prior to the establishment of the college, Captain Edward Brennen started a free school in the year 1862 for boys irrespective of caste, creed and colour for providing a sound English education. Later in the year 1957 the school was converted to Govt Training College. In 1994 the college was upgraded and renamed as Govt College of Teacher Education (CTE). In September 2008 the college is renamed as Govt Brennen College of Teacher Education (GBCTE). In November 2008 the college has been elevated to the status of a Research Centre in Education, the first of its kind at government sector in Kannur University. The college is presently running B.Ed Courses in Four languages (Arabic, English, Hindi, and Malayalam) and four subjects (Natural Science, Mathematics, Physical Science, and Social Science) with a total strength of 120 students and M.Ed course with an intake of 25 students. Presently this institution is recognized as a course work centre of Kannur university  offering Coursework leading to Ph.D every year. 

   Being a Research Centre in Education, the college is engaged in several research activities. Currently we are publishing a Peer-reviewed biannual Research Journal in Education  RESEARCH AND PEDAGOGIC INTERVENTIONS for disseminating up to date knowledge in the field of Research and Education. It also aims to familiarize the readers with the recent issues and trends in the field of Education. As part of the research activity every year we organize Research Colloquium for those who pursue research works. It is an opportunity for them to present the progress of their research activities and to keep abreast with the new trends in research.

For fostering various skills of the learners our institution organizes various programmes like Seminars, Workshops, Intercollegiate Quiz and Debate competitions, College magazine, Manuscript magazine etc. Various clubs have been functioning here not only  for promoting  academic activities but also for making the learners socially committed.

   In academic matters the college keeps the top position under Kannur University. During the Academic years 2011-12 and 2012-13 in the B.Ed Degree Examination the college has secured 100% result including top Ranks first and third. For the M.Ed examination the college secured the  first three Ranks.