WCU has been involved in providing education and training programs for Jamaican Teachers since the early 1970’s. The Bachelor of Science in Education (BSEd) in Middle Grades Education is offered to teachers who have completed a recognized three year teacher education program in Jamaica. Qualified Jamaican teachers are accepted into the program if they meet the following requirements: 1) each applicant must provide an official copy of a Jamaican Teaching Diploma; and 2) each must provide an official Jamaican teachers’ college transcript.
In recognition of completing the Jamaican Teachers’ College program, qualified students receive 85 credits toward the BSEd degree. Candidate applications are reviewed and adjudged on the basis of completion and compliance with the above requirements and academic success. Academic success is determined on the basis of a minimum GPA of 2.5 or greater.
The BSEd degree offers concentrations in Special Education, Early Childhood, and subject matter foci in Mathematics. The degree program is designed to meet the learning needs of teachers in Jamaica and does not qualify as a certification program for teacher licensure in North Carolina or any other state.
WCU also offers the Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) degree in Supervision in Jamaica for teachers who hold a baccalaureate degree in Education. Instruction for both the undergraduate and graduate is held in Jamaica at sites in Kingston, Mandeville, Montego Bay and Discovery Bay. Each program requires the completion of eleven courses in country and a summer residency on our Cullowhee, NC campus.
Interested candidates should contact the WCU Program Office in Kingston at 876-906-4404.