The Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT), with the South African Council for Educators (SACE) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) aimed at improving the teaching profession. This was signed on 26 July at the university’s Bloemfontein campus. Prof. Nosisi Feza, dean of Humanities, and Maruping Marumo, SACE provincial head, officialised the two-year partnership dating back to 2017. This has made it the first MOU of its kind to be signed between a public higher education institution and SACE, a professional body for educators which aims to enhance the status of the teaching profession through appropriate registration, management of professional development and inculcation of a code of ethics for all educators.This partnership’s positive result has seen SACE issuing registration certificates to 393 CUT Bachelor of Education (B. Ed.), and 99 Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) graduates. Graduates were presented with these SACE certificates simultaneously with their CUT qualifications at their graduation earlier this year.In terms of the MOU, the two parties will continue to work together ensuring a high quality of professional development of future teachers via training professional development programmes to best prepare teachers to keep up with changing trends in education. The university’s role undertaken via the Faculty of Humanities is to offer fully accredited courses with respectable professional bodies.“In the past, universities used to just train teachers and send them to their career field. “Things have changed, we need to know what they are up to in their placed schools and what informs our practice, that is the purpose of this MOU,” said Feza. “Our teaching practice needs capacity and support from the professional body to empower the theories they are learning throughout their training.” Marumo has expressed joy at formalising the relations saying the MOU will benefit both parties.