A winning combination

Would you like to learn how to become a more effective classroom teacher or educational leader especially in a multicultural context? Well, the Master of Science in Education programme will help you achieve your objective of becoming that educational professional. The M.S. Ed is jointly being offered by the University of Miami and the University College of the Cayman Islands; this is a winning combination. Firstly, the offering provides individuals in education and those aspiring to become leaders in education, with a quality accredited programme that is recognised all over the world. Secondly, this degree will be taught using experienced and well qualified professors from both institutions.

Imagine that you have had an interest in completing an advanced degree in education, but family and other responsibilities prevented you from achieving this professional objective and although the Island has access to advanced degrees in education, you do not fit the mold of “self-directed” learner, a requirement of such programmes. The M.S. Ed provides the perfect opportunity for you to achieve your objective while attending classes on island. The programme provided by both institutions will provide participants with a relevant, quality world class education based on international standards.

The Cayman Islands boasts the presence of more than 92 nationalities; this is testimony to the diverse nature of the populace in the country. This is a degree that will provide participants with the skill set to function in a multicultural and international environment.

This is the third time this degree is being offered on island. Previous graduates are working in the classroom as teachers and leaders, others who left the Island are using their degrees in a positive way to enhance their professional development.

The M.S. Ed degree will consist of 10, three-credit courses and a final research project. The research project will be a continuous portion of the programme, which will culminate in a formal final paper and presentation. Courses in the programme will concentrate on the following three cognate areas:

Teaching and learning across the curriculum;

Measurement, testing and assessment;

Leadership, management and administration.

Courses will be taught on the UCCI campus in the executive centre. Courses will be offered from 5-8pm on Fridays and 9am-4pm on Saturdays. The courses will meet for four weekends during the semester with time in between to focus on assignments and projects. It is expected that no more than two courses will be offered each semester. The cohort will begin classes in September 2011 and end summer of 2013. The programme schedule will be sensitive to the Cayman context by taking into consideration the various holidays and vacation schedules.

Since research is a vital part of this programme and each student will be expected to complete a project which is research based, students will be given full online access to all resources available to UM students. In addition, students will be able to use the Learning Resource Center at UCCI. As a UM student you will be able to use the on-campus resources while travelling in the Miami area.

As with all educational programmes there are requirements that must be met before one can be admitted. Most applicants will have a rich professional background and experience. The following are the minimum requirements for admission into the programme:

Official transcripts must be submitted from all post-secondary institutions attended;

A writing sample addressing a topic found in the online application; (http://www.applyweb.com/aw?mgred)

Three signed letters of recommendations, of which two must be from faculty members familiar with your academic background.

A degree in education especially if you are in the field is a win-win situation and you will be able to pursue additional graduate work. UM and UCCI’s graduates have distinguished themselves in many quarters and you will be able to follow in their footsteps and you can even blaze your own significant trail so that others could follow you.

Classes will begin in early September on Fridays and Saturdays in the Executive Training Centre (2nd floor of the library) at UCCI.