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SUBJECT: UCCB Partners with Memorial University of Newfoundland to Offer Bachelor of Education Degree
DATE: June 24, 2003

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(Sydney, NS) - Today, the partnership between University College of Cape Breton (UCCB) and Memorial University of Newfoundland strengthened with the signing of a new program delivery agreement. Beginning this September, Memorial's Bachelor of Education (Intermediate/Secondary) Program will be offered to a Cape Breton cohort of students at UCCB.

The agreement formalizes the delivery of Memorial's (Intermediate/Secondary) Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) Program over a 16-month period. The two institutions currently run a successful collaboration through the Master of Education (Information Technology).

"Successful partnerships like the one we have with Memorial University are the foundation of UCCB's success. Students, faculty, staff, school boards and the Cape Breton community have worked together to make this initiative possible," said Gordon MacInnis, Interim president & vice-chancellor, UCCB. "Today's announcement is a wonderful achievement for all partners and ultimately for our Island students who can now obtain a Bachelor of Education degree here at home."

"This partnership between Memorial University and UCCB is a direct response to the need to develop teacher education opportunities in Cape Breton," said Dr. Axel Meisen, Memorial's president. "Our program will offer flexibility to students in the form of on-site delivery, as well as technology and distance education options. Memorial has been a leader in technology education and distance education for over 35 years and this is a wonderful opportunity to further extend our expertise outside of Newfoundland and Labrador."

Cape Breton Island continues to have the second largest population cluster in Nova Scotia. Prior to the signing of this agreement, Cape Breton students wishing to obtain a teaching degree were the only group in the province disadvantaged because they had to leave the Island to study this program. A significant cohort of Cape Breton students go to University of Maine at Fort Kent and other post-secondary institutions offering a B.Ed.

Since 1979, the then College of Cape Breton has operated under a formalized model of teacher education that continues to guide work in this area. Though non-traditional by some standards, UCCB has established a cooperative education model involving the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional, Strait Regional and Aboriginal School Boards, the Nova Scotia Department of Education, the Nova Scotia Teachers' Union as well as representation from the University College. The model is governed by a very explicit mandate to offer programs and services that are directly related to the needs of the community. UCCB's Institute for Education has provided training for certified teachers for nearly three decades. All teacher education courses and programs interface in a significant way with public education in Nova Scotia.

"Enabling people to stay in Cape Breton to obtain their Bachelor of Education Degree has been a goal of UCCB's for close to 25 years and now it is a reality," said Dr. Jane Lewis, Dean, Extension and Community Affairs, UCCB. "Our Institute for Education has a solid foundation in providing quality and timely programming for our students and teachers. This latest collaboration with Memorial University is certainly an exciting addition to our successful ventures." "Our Faculty of Education is pleased to continue its educational partnership with UCCB," said Dr. Alice Collins, Memorial's dean of education. "We look forward to welcoming students from Cape Breton into our B.Ed program this fall. The leadership of Memorial and our Faculty of Education in technology and distance education affords us this opportunity and will ensure an excellent program for UCCB students."

About UCCB:
An Atlantic Canadian post-secondary leader, UCCB provides opportunities and partnerships to help learners and communities meet educational, cultural and economic goals. Currently home to more than 3,300 students, UCCB education, training and discovery models have helped shape the progress of this region and its people for more than 25 years. The UCCB campus, located on scenic Cape Breton Island, is home to a diverse learner population pursuing a broad range of degree, diploma, certificate and skills development training options in an integrated learning environment. An impressive record of industrial outreach and an expanding distance education offering complement existing academic and skills training strengths. Visit www.uccb.ca for more information.

About Memorial University:
Memorial is Atlantic Canada's largest comprehensive university and one of the region's most important research institutions. With approximately 17,000 students, 900 faculty and 1,500 full-time staff, Memorial is committed to excellence in teaching, research and scholarship and service to the general public. Undergraduate, graduate, diploma and certificate programs are offered through six faculties (Arts, Business, Education, Engineering, Medicine and Science) seven schools (Continuing Education, Graduate Studies, Music, Nursing, Pharmacy, Social Work and Human Kinetics and Recreation), the Sir Wilfred Grenfell College and the Marine Institute St. John's. Memorial University has campuses and specialized facilities in Newfoundland and Labrador, St-Pierre (France) and Harlow (United Kingdom). Visit www.mun.ca for more information.

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Features of Memorial University Bachelor of Education Degree at UCCB

  • The Cape Breton cohort of Memorial University B.Ed students will be part of the Dual Certification option; students may be certified to teach in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland within 16 months.
  • No need to leave Cape Breton, all courses can be completed through facilities provided by UCCB; practica will place students in their local public schools.
  • The program will draw upon a wide spectrum of Educational expertise from UCCB faculty, Memorial University faculty, and Public School Educators.
  • Students will be subject to the entrance requirements set by Memorial University.
  • UCCB will work with the Cape Breton cohort of Memorial University B.Ed students to facilitate "Education Society" activities.
  • UCCB will provide course counseling for students who are completing their undergraduate degree and are interested in the Memorial University B.Ed program at UCCB.