Teacher-training programs at the University College of the Cayman Islands recently received validation by the Joint Board of Teacher Education.
The accreditation by the board, based at the Mona, Jamaica campus of the University of the West Indies, certifies that UCCIs teacher education programs meet both regional and international standards.
UCCI was also recently granted international accreditation by the U.K.-based Accreditation Service for International Schools.
“The validation of the education programmes is one more step towards the University College’s obtaining international benchmarks for all its programmes,” UCCI President Roy Bodden said in a press statement. “I welcome this achievement as it now means that Caymanian students need no longer go abroad for teacher education at the levels offered by UCCI.”
UCCI offers an Associate of Arts degree in primary education, a Bachelor of Science degree in primary education and a Postgraduate Certificate in primary education.
UCCI’s teacher education programs are designed to prepare students for teaching in a government or private school at the primary level, and the programs have been tailored to meet the needs of schools and schoolchildren in the Cayman Islands, according to the UCCI press statement.
The quality of teaching in Cayman Islands’s schools has recently been criticized in a series of reports that recommend substantial changes in the education system.
“One of the most critical links to student success is the quality of teaching,” Education Minister Tara Rivers said in the UCCI statement.
“Therefore, this validation is an important step for UCCI in ensuring that graduates of the teacher education programme have the skills necessary to start a successful and exciting teaching career.”