The University College of the Cayman Islands has reached another landmark in the history of the institution with an endorsement from the University of Miami for the Diploma in Education programme.
A memorandum has been signed by UM’s Dean of the School of Education, Professor Isaac Prilleltensky, and the Chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning, Professor Walter Secada.
Dr. Louise Malcolm of UCCI explained the agreement provides graduates of the UCCI Diploma in Education programme with an opportunity to enter more advanced levels of study at UM, agreement provides graduates of the UCCI Diploma in Education programme with an opportunity to enter more advanced levels of study at UM.
‘The recognition of the UCCI Post Graduate Diploma in Education by the University of Miami’s prestigious School of Education is a signal that the product we are offering to our clients is of a very high standard,’ Dr. Mark Minott, Professor in the Faculty of Education at UCCI, commented in the release.
‘The course offerings are consistent with international standards, and so we can say with confidence that the UCCI is training teachers who have the necessary skills to contribute effectively to the teaching-learning dynamics in the Cayman Islands.’
Professors Prilleltensky and Secada expressed their desire to continue working with UCCI. ‘We hope that, in the future, we can build a successful collaborative enterprise with yourselves and the larger University College of the Cayman Islands.’
Dr. Minott alluded to future developments with the Diploma in Education programme, noting that UCCI will not limit its collaborations to the US. ‘Additionally, our pursuit of membership and further accreditation by the Joint Board of Teacher Education University of the West Indies will serve to fortify and give further currency to the programme locally, regionally and internationally.’
The Chair of the Faculty of Education at UCCI, Dr. Allan E. Young, complimented the efforts made by faculty within his department. ‘Our mission as a department is to provide quality teacher education for all Caymanians interested in making a difference in the lives of children. This endorsement is proof that we are on the right path. The team of Dr. Malcolm and Dr. Minott is to be commended for spearheading this initiative.’