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The Graduate Certificate in Professional Development (Education) provides you with Continuing Professional Development (CPD) which will enable you to meet the NQT standards it is designed to provide professional development for practising teachers. Read more
The Graduate Certificate in Professional Development (Education) provides you with Continuing Professional Development (CPD) which will enable you to meet the NQT standards it is designed to provide professional development for practising teachers.

Both programmes aim to link theory with course participants’ own practice so that real benefits will be felt by both Newly Qualified Teachers and their schools.

Key Course Features

-Wrexham Glyndŵr University works in partnership with employers, related organisations and agencies. It works closely with schools, FE colleges and local education authorities to offer comprehensive CPD opportunities for teachers. These partnerships are central in ensuring that all programmes are fit for purpose and provide the highest possibility of employment and career progression.
-This course is designed in partnership with local education authorities, professional agencies and leading consultants.
-These courses will enhance your practice and strengthen your link between teaching and research.

What Will You Study?

The course is designed to provide professional development for practising teachers and is accredited by the University of Wales. Participants are required to study and achieve 60 credits in order to gain the Graduate Certificate in Professional Development (Education). The Graduate Diploma in Professional Development (Education) is made up of a number of different modules which may be grouped together.

Graduate Certificate in Professional Development (Education)
-The Reflective Practitioner
-Learning from Teaching
-Positive Behaviour Management

Graduate Diploma in Professional Development (Education)
-Accountability, Evaluation and School Improvement
-Strategic and Developmental Planning for School Improvement
-Leading and Managing Staff
-Classroom Observation
-Mentoring in Practice
-Action Research for School Improvement
-Working together for School Effectiveness
-Pedagogy for Wales in the 21st Century
-Developing thinking and assessment for learning
-Transition
-Y Curriculum Cymreig
-Inclusion/SEN
-Education, Citizenship and Critical Thinking
-Techniquest – Numeracy and Problem Solving
-Techniquest – The Development of Thinking Skills
-Techniquest – Sustainability, Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship
-Physical Development and Physical Education – putting theory into practice
-Developing Health and Emotional Wellbeing
-Working in Partnership
-An Introduction to Teaching Basic Skills Through the Curriculum
-Basic Skills in Transition - Numeracy
-Basic Skills in Transition - Literacy
-Assessment for Learning Strategies

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Assessment and Teaching

You will undertake practical-based assignments throughout the course. The course team is responsive to creative use of assessment strategies that facilitate and support learners’ styles of learning.

There are variable assessment methods including written work, portfolios, and presentations. In particular, the assessment will enable theory to inform practice and enable participants to reflect critically on and, wherepossible, improve the quality of leadership, management, learning and teaching within their schools.

Career Prospects

The courses offer continuing professional development for teachers which will give them the edge in a competitive employment market.

The Careers & Zone at Wrexham Glyndŵr University is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

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The MEd Professional Development is an advanced and flexible course. Read more
The MEd Professional Development is an advanced and flexible course. It meets the professional development needs of experienced educationalists, in particular the need to be able to engage in informed, sustained and integrated change-focused action based on sound theoretical principles and appropriate and evaluated practices.

You have the option to choose from a range of named awards within the MEd Professional Development scheme depending on your choice of modules and the subject you research during your dissertation. These named awards are: MA Educational Management, MA Inclusive Education, MA E-Learning for Educationalists, MA Technical and Vocational Education and MEd Technical and Vocational Education.

If you are interested in one of the named awards you should apply in the first instance for the MEd Professional Development.

All advanced courses in education at the University of Bolton focus on clear principles: learners and learning, professional practice in education and training, and quality and excellence in professional development.

What you will learn

This course enables rigorous academic investigation into education, with the objective of supporting your professional development in the field. At its heart is how, as an educational professional, you put advanced theories into practice. You will learn how to explore educational research and make informed comment on the applicability, relevance and usefulness of theories, concepts, models, methodologies and techniques applied to practice.

You will acquire a range of advanced skills and abilities necessary for you to pursue the demands of your chosen programme successfully and apply your skills and learning in the workplace.

As a practitioner and a reader you will develop advanced skills in the handling of educational research. You will learn how to apply the knowledge, skills and abilities you gain in your own professional context; enabling you to address areas of concern and any development needs in an informed and justifiable manner.

You will learn to evaluate, review and reflect upon your assignment/project work, and identify those areas requiring further development via action planning and target setting as part of the process of personal development planning (PDP).

For more information please visit http://www.bolton.ac.uk/postgrad

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This award provides an opportunity for practitioners and managers in a diversity of social professional settings to engage in substantial continuing professional development at Masters level, and in relation to complex and changing practice environments. Read more
This award provides an opportunity for practitioners and managers in a diversity of social professional settings to engage in substantial continuing professional development at Masters level, and in relation to complex and changing practice environments.

In a context of significant shifts in education, health and welfare services, professional enquiry is based on the idea that questions about direction and purpose ‘come with the territory’ of practice. Developing knowledge and understanding, using judgement in reflective, responsive and responsible ways, and an orientation to values of social justice, are all part of being an engaged and active(ist) professional at a time of great change and as we all, in different ways, think about how best we might proceed.

MA Professional Development and Enquiry challenges students to think deeply about their own professional contexts and settings, their place and role within this, and the possibilities for development, change, and generating practice knowledge and innovations. The award draws widely on (inter)disciplinary perspectives to think, and think forward, for practice.

We encourage applications from practitioners, professionals and leaders who might be working (or volunteering) in a diverse range of roles in education, health, social welfare/care, community, and other settings, and in the public, private, and voluntary or social enterprise sectors. We aim for an inter- and multi-professional student group on the award for the cross-fertilisation of knowledge, experience and expertise that can be brought to bear, and as it reflects complex challenges in practice and collaborative imperatives.

This award is part of the Manchester Met Faculty of Education postgraduate Professional Development Programme.

Special Features

• Weekend attendance – you will only need to attend the University for one weekend per unit (Friday evening to Sunday lunchtime)
• The course offers October and February (or June by request) start dates
• Masters level continuing professional development tailored for students own context, priorities and interests, drawing on
multi/interdisciplinary perspectives
• Professional development and recognition
• Contemporary partnership contexts fully explored
• Positive commitment to exploring issues of equality and diversity in an urban context
• Participation in a large, dynamic and forward-thinking taught postgraduate community

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Do you wish to gain further professional education and accreditation for CPD purposes to enhance your employment in the international marketplace? This course will enable you to integrate academic learning through exploration of educational, cultural and practice differences in an international context. Read more
Do you wish to gain further professional education and accreditation for CPD purposes to enhance your employment in the international marketplace? This course will enable you to integrate academic learning through exploration of educational, cultural and practice differences in an international context. There will be an opportunity to reflect on current theory and practice, utilising evidence to translate learning and enhance practice.

Visit the website: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/course/msc-professional-development-in-physiotherapy-ft-el

Course detail

- Description -

The primary aim of this course is to provide you with an opportunity to engage in advanced professional development to further enhance your knowledge, skill base and entrepreneurial leadership at masters level, ultimately enhancing your employability across the global marketplace.

- Format and assessment -

This course is unique as it is utilising online delivery to enable learning and wider participation for graduates worldwide. You will actively engage in learning using a varied suite of digital interactive learning tools which will promote student engagement, communication and collaboration within an international and peer supported learning community. A number of key, international experts will be involved in the delivery of this innovative programme which can be studied on either a full-time (one year) or part-time (within three years) basis. You will also engage in inter-professional learning alongside occupational therapy colleagues.

Modules (All Credit Level 7):

1. Long Term Conditions (30 Credit Points)
2. Professional Development in Practice (15 Credit Points)
3. Research Evidence in Health Science (15 Credit Points)
4. Global Healthcare Perspectives (30 Credit Points)
5. Entrepreneurial Leadership (15 Credit Points)

6. Research Project Preparation (15 Credit Points)

7. Research Project/Dissertation (60 Credit Points)

The PgDip Professional Development in Physiotherapy (120 Credits) is an optional exit route after completion of modules 1 to 6.

The PgCert Professional Development in Physiotherapy (60 Credits) is an optional exit route after completion of modules 1, 2 & 3.

Career options

Completion of this course will equip you with the necessary skills, understanding and confidence to live, work and study in international contexts, increasing your employability.

How to apply: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/how-to-apply#pg

Why Choose Ulster University ?

1. Over 92% of our graduates are in work or further study six months after graduation.
2. We are a top UK university for providing courses with a period of work placement.
3. Our teaching and the learning experience we deliver are rated at the highest level by the Quality Assurance Agency.
4. We recruit international students from more than 100 different countries.
5. More than 4,000 students from over 50 countries have successfully completed eLearning courses at Ulster University.

Flexible payment

To help spread the cost of your studies, tuition fees can be paid back in monthly instalments while you learn. If you study for a one-year, full-time master’s, you can pay your fees up-front, in one lump sum, or in either five* or ten* equal monthly payments. If you study for a master’s on a part-time basis (e.g. over three years), you can pay each year’s fees up-front or in five or ten equal monthly payments each year. This flexibility allows you to spread the payment of your fees over each academic year. Find out more by visiting https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-finance/postgraduate

Scholarships

A comprehensive range of financial scholarships, awards and prizes are available to undergraduate, postgraduate and research students. Scholarships recognise the many ways in which our students are outstanding in their subject. Individuals may be able to apply directly or may automatically be nominated for awards. Visit the website: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/apply/fees-and-finance/scholarships

English Language Tuition

CELT offers courses and consultations in English language and study skills to Ulster University students of all subjects, levels and nationalities. Students and researchers for whom English is an additional language can access free CELT support throughout the academic year: https://www.ulster.ac.uk/international/english-language-support

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This professional development programme is part of a framework of awards which enables you to address your individual learning requirements and to reflect your individual or your employer's needs, while offering you the opportunity to gain a recognisable academic award. Read more
This professional development programme is part of a framework of awards which enables you to address your individual learning requirements and to reflect your individual or your employer's needs, while offering you the opportunity to gain a recognisable academic award.

Based on the principles of credit accumulation and transfer, the Professional Development Award framework allows you to negotiate your own programme of study and to gain a University of the West of England (UWE) qualification with the title Professional Development. Uniquely, you can choose from learning opportunities from within and outside UWE (subject to availability) to maintain, improve and broaden your knowledge and skills and to develop the personal qualities required in your professional life.

In addition to a compulsory UWE work-based learning project module you can negotiate a study route to meet your requirements, which will be assessed and allow you to accumulate the credits you need for your target award. These can be made up of a combination of taught academic modules, work-based learning and different forms of enquiry.

Course detail

The Award Framework allows you to use a larger amount of blended learning than you can on more traditional courses as it will allow for the acceptance of credit from other awarding bodies and enable the integration of short courses, CPD and experiential learning into the qualification.

UWE work-based learning project modules provide a means of assessing experiential and other non-credit rated learning. Further study to extend your knowledge and skills can be negotiated from within and outside UWE in the context of your specific professional and personal development. The different learning opportunities can be consolidated within your personal programme.

From an employer's perspective this programme could be a way of addressing skill shortages by re-skilling existing employees and meeting overall objectives of staff development. One of its advantages is that it could be tailored to provide a bespoke qualification addressing the specific needs of an organisation, whilst also offering a University award as an outcome which would be valued by employers and employees alike. We can also work with you to accredit your in-house training programmes so contact us to discuss your workforce development needs.

Format

There are no common pathways through the Professional Development (PD) programmes. Other than completion of the compulsory UWE work-based learning project module the content will reflect individual choice. You can choose taught modules from a wide range of UWE courses, as well as bringing credits obtained from other Higher Education Institutions, which UWE will assess and accredit to your award.

There is also the opportunity to achieve a bespoke award consisting of a number of focused work-based learning modules, based on your employment needs.

Assessment

Assessment for the work-based learning elements of the programme is carried out through coursework, which typically comprises reflective essays and interviews, and work-based projects. Assessment methods are used which reflect both the practical and applied nature of the programme. Assessment should include formative assessment of learning in context.

Assessment of more formally taught modules and modules for the assessment of experiential learning will use a range of approaches, negotiated between the academic facilitator, learner and the workplace.

How to apply

Information on applications can be found at the following link: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/study/applyingtouwebristol/postgraduateapplications.aspx

Funding

- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –

The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.

Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

More information can be found here: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/feesandfunding/fundingandscholarships/postgraduatefunding.aspx

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Culture, Adaptive Leadership, Change and Transcultural Competence. Professional Development International | Postgraduate Work-based Learning | London | United Kingdom. Read more
Culture, Adaptive Leadership, Change and Transcultural Competence

Professional Development International | Postgraduate Work-based Learning | London | United Kingdom

The Masters degree in Professional Development: Culturally Adaptive Leadership is designed to develop the perspectives and skills needed for leading in today’s global business and social environment.

The MSc programme involves the understanding and application of transcultural competency, organisational culture, adaptive leadership, and culture change in local and global communities. Professionals completing the programme will be better prepared to operate in the diverse and complex world of organisations and communities.

The focus is on concepts and methods for enhancing culturally adaptive leadership to deal with professional situations in business, education, healthcare, community and international development, military, social work, the social sciences and psychology. Anyone who deals with culture will benefit from this programme.

There is also a one-semester Culture and Adaptive Leadership certificate available. This uniquely online Master degree is run in conjunction with the Professional Development Foundation and is awarded and quality assured by Middlesex University.

Middlesex University is listed among the top universities worldwide according to the IELTS world university rankings.

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- Professional Development through Contract Learning. - Specialist Skills Development. Work-based Learning (in the area of choice). Read more

Course units

- Professional Development through Contract Learning
- Specialist Skills Development: Work-based Learning (in the area of choice)
- Negotiated Group-based Learning
- Leadership Skills for Allied Health Professionals
- Understanding Cancer Care and Management for Allied Health Professionals
- An Introduction to Counselling Skills for Health Care Professionals
- Practice Educators Course
- Intravenous Administration of Pharmaceutical Substances for Diagnostic or Therapeutic Purposes
- Occupational Therapy for People with Severe Mental Health Problems
- Occupational Therapy for the Elderly
- Outcome measures for Occupational Therapists
- First Line Image Interpretation for Patient Management
- Musculo-skeletal Triage for Physiotherapists
- Medical Imaging in the Management of Musculo-skeletal Pathology
- Research Methods and Processes
- Integrating Study
- Understanding Research and Evidence-based Practice
- Research Dissertation

Assessment Method:
A variety of methods are used that are tailored to the unit content. This includes written essay and report submissions, viva, presentation and objective structure clinical examination. Full briefing information on assessment requirements is provided at the start of each unit.

Course description

These programmes are particularly suitable for radiographers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists and operating department practitioners. It has professional body approval where this is relevant, e.g. College of Radiographers.

We aim to provide a high degree of flexibility in response to the local service needs. Therefore, you can pursue a range of awards in professional development, utilising the units available within the scheme and wider Faculty framework. This flexibility enables you to develop in the context of service requirements that is aligned with the NHS knowledge and skills framework.

A major feature is the work-based learning option that enables you to develop in your specific area of work. You can construct a unit or programme with the possibility of achieving a postgraduate award. For example, if you are a radiographer, you could gain clinical or reporting skills in a wide range of areas such as barium studies, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound or x-ray guided biopsy.

You can use the programme to register for a specified award, and agree at entry all of the units to be
undertaken or for example, register for a PgCert, and later opt to move on to a PgDip or MSc, undertaking a variety of units as stand alone courses and building this over time into an award.

The BSc (Hons) route will be of specific interest to Operating Department Practitioners by providing a ‘top-up’ option. Those holding an NVQ will be considered for entry onto the BSc (Hons) programme using accreditation of prior learning, or via a bridging programme.

The flexible nature of this programme means that all of the options and routes available cannot be described here. You are advised therefore to contact the administrator for initial guidance on options and to explore how your needs can best be met.

Career opportunities

Because units are linked to the Knowledge Skills Framework (KSF), they provide a flexible and responsive training provision, which is increasingly important to practitioners and their managers. This programme will assist in developing your career options as a practitioner, or into specialist, advanced and consultant practice, research or management areas.

Professional contacts / Industry links

Units are designed to offer Continuing Professional Development linked to professional regulation and Knowledge Skills Framework (KSF) requirements.

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The Professional Development (Coaching Science) programme is designed to allow coaches from all sporting environments to develop their practice and professional network by completing a range of portfolio projects negotiated in partnership with personal tutors from Hartpury College’s HE Sport department. Read more
The Professional Development (Coaching Science) programme is designed to allow coaches from all sporting environments to develop their practice and professional network by completing a range of portfolio projects negotiated in partnership with personal tutors from Hartpury College’s HE Sport department. Portfolio projects can be completed by individuals or may form a component of a group effort with coaches working together to investigate an aspect of personal practice before creating an output, such as a report or presentation, that can be published to the wider coaching community. These portfolios can therefore focus on part of the learner’s current workplace responsibilities or be used to plan future ventures directly linked to the coach’s environment and career progression plans.

This innovative approach to postgraduate study allows coaches to focus their research on a number of possible coaching contexts including teaching, coach education and supporting high performance athletes, and therefore to design their own powerful professional development experiences. Core coaching modules are studied alongside students completing the MSc Coaching Science programme, allowing valuable sharing of perspectives and resources across and amongst two related courses that each have individual development needs and group collaboration as their key concern.

All students complete three core modules that focus on the craft of coaching practice, and related areas of concern such as coach philosophy, language, behaviour and planning. Whilst involved in these key debates coaches will also be developing a personal learning plan via an appreciation of reflective practice. These experiences are collated in a Professional Development Portfolio with discussions amongst learning peers and with personal tutors central to this course component. Upon completion of the programme’s core modules students qualify for a Postgraduate Certificate and may choose to continue their studies via focused research into a single coaching context (perhaps due to it mirroring their current workplace or career aspirations) or through study of a broader range of topics, each negotiated by themselves and their tutor. Completion of this phase of the programme sees students eligible for a Postgraduate Diploma and able to carry out an extended final project that once successfully completed results in the award of a Master’s degree.

Module delivery will be supported by a range of student-centred approaches (e.g. distance learning and practice-based activities) and will include peer learning sets which could be face-to-face and/or supported electronically. The programme design team is committed to adult learning approaches that include the development of learning contracts and critical and independent enquiry for the coaching practice-based elements. Assessment methods reflect adult learning principles also, allowing students to shape and develop academic work that focuses on current coaching practice and personal development. Students will benefit from an enhanced learning experience by engaging in a variety of creative teaching mediums such as mentorship, peer modelling, reflective discussion, video observation feedback and experiments in practice.

The programme can be completed full time in one year; part time routes are available and should be planned with the Programme Manager.

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The Professional Development Programme offers the individual practitioner or an organisation the opportunity to tailor make a programme of accredited study to meet the specific needs of themselves and the organisation. Read more
The Professional Development Programme offers the individual practitioner or an organisation the opportunity to tailor make a programme of accredited study to meet the specific needs of themselves and the organisation.

For the individual the programme starts with a conversation about their journey so far and the directions they want to take. A plan to reach that destination is created exploring both the learning needs that emerge and results they want to achieve. This can also be linked to specific organisational objectives. The link between personal development and organisational results is such that frequently these programmes are funded by an employing organisation.

The programme can lead to academic and or professional awards and these are negotiated as part of the development of the learning plan.

For an organisation the process might include the development needs of the whole organisation or key teams within it. It starts with an analysis of needs and the creation of an organisational learning plan. A structure is put in place to support the delivery of the plan. The scheme can be linked to awards where required.

As this is a bespoke programme a learning conversation is the staring point for the relationship with PDF. We will advise on the best route forward, which includes introducing you to other organisations where they are best fitted to meet your needs.

A programme in Professional Development with the Leadership of Management is available.

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