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University College of the Caribbean (UCC) report - New bachelor degrees launched

Published:Sunday | March 7, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The University College of the Caribbean (UCC) launched its bachelor of education with an information session at the Hilton Kingston hotel on Tuesday, February 16. This was the inaugural session in a series to introduce persons to its newest degree offering in collaboration with Florida International University's (FIU) College of Education.

The degrees will be UCC degrees. However, UCC will be using FIU's curricula, other materials and guest lecturers from FIU to help in delivering the course content alongside our local Jamaican lecturers.

The programme is designed to provide current diploma holders and others seeking to acquire skills and education in teaching with relevant insights and cutting-edge teaching tools to assist them to effectively deliver in the current Jamaican education system, lead educational organisations in today's competitive and global environment and to export these skills in places where our Jamaican teachers are in demand.

These new programmes seek to provide:

Persons with current qualifications such as the diploma in education with the opportunity to proceed to attaining higher level qualification leading to the bachelor of education.

Persons with higher education qualifications, who desire to teach, the opportunity to enter the programme at the upper-division level and complete the degree using transfer credits from prior learning.

Another viable bachelor-degree programme that would increase the UCC's offering and enhance Jamaica's plethora of tertiary level qualifications.

An avenue by which persons may advance to the master of curriculum and instruction with FIU.

The UCC offerings are two bachelor of science degrees in Education: primary education and secondary education.

The first cohort will start on Sunday, March 28, for its Sunday modular programme and Monday, March 29, for its weekday-evening cohort. Registration will be on March 22 at 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and orientation will be on March 23, 5:30 -7 p.m.