The University of Cape Coast established the Centre for Continuing Education in 1997. The Centre is an affiliated member of the West African Distance Education Association (WADEA). The Centre, apart from being a sub vented sector of the Ministry of Education, maintains active collegial relationship with the sister universities in Ghana and Simon Fraser University of Canada.
The Centre has been established, primarily, to:
- provide opportunities for people to pursue higher education;
- train more professional teachers for all levels of Education in the Ghana Education Service (GES);
- train high caliber personnel for national development;
- raise the professional competence of serving teachers and personnel of the Ghana Education Service, as well as accounting and secretarial personnel in civil/public service, commerce and industry through Continuing Education.
- provide opportunities for applicants who, even though qualify for admission, fail to enter the University due to constraints in physical facilities.
The main focus of the Centre, currently, is directed at:
- mounting distance education programme in Basic Education leading to the award of Diploma, Post-Diploma Degree and Master’s Degree;
- limiting the Diploma in Basic Education (DBE) programme, initially, to serving teachers in the Ghana Education Service, such as certificate ‘A’, Pupil Teachers and specialists;
- mounting all the other viable academic programmes in the University, especially B.Com and Bachelor of Management Studies (BMS) on distance.
- using the multi-media mode of delivery for its distance education – print, audio cassettes, video cassettes, radio broadcast; television, etc.