Thursday, July 7, 2011

Master of Education in Teaching and Learning accredited in Jamaica

The Master of Education in Teaching and Learning program has been accredited by the University Council of Jamaica (UCJ), effective May 1, 2010. Saint Mary’s and the Catholic College of Mandeville, partner institutions in this venture, were notified by mail of this very important milestone in mid-June. This accreditation is official validation of the M.Ed. program by officials in Jamaica, adding to the previous approval by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, the regional accreditor of Saint Mary’s, over two years ago. The effective date (May 2010) of this accreditation has been back-dated by UCJ to include the first graduating community in Jamaica, normal procedure for program accreditation by UCJ in Jamaica.

The M.Ed. program has graduated 50 students in its first two learning communities. Currently, there are 35 students in the second year of the program, with plans to begin another new community this September. The program began delivery in the summer of 2008 after three years of planning between the partner institutions.