CPD Qualifications

Cambridge Professional Development QUALIFICATIONS @ ICS

Overview

Cambridge PDQ is an internationally recognized accredited professional qualification designed and assessed by Cambridge for education leaders, teaching and training professionals. The Cambridge PDQs are accredited by the Institute of Education, University College of London (UCL).

The Cambridge PDQs are available at the Certificate and Diploma level and cover four relevant themes to teachers and leaders. International Community School is accredited to develop and run the Cambridge PDQs in Educational Leadership and Teaching and Learning at the Certificate and Diploma Levels in Ghana. In UK, the Certificates are accredited with 60 credits at Level 4 of the Quality Assurance Agency Framework for Higher Education Qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (FHEQ). The Diplomas are accredited with 60 credits at Level 5.

Cambridge PDQs are designed to suit a wide range of teaching and leadership contexts from early childhood education, primary and secondary education, special education, technical and vocational, workplace learning, to university education. They are key to the professional learning experience of private and public school teachers and leaders, university lecturers, special educators, technical and vocational educators, public and private training school instructors, fitness instructors, teacher educators and Cambridge schools teachers and leaders. Cambridge PDQs can transform teaching and leadership, the most critical factor to the quality of learners’ learning by:

Enabling practicing teachers and education leaders:

  • engage critically with relevant educational thinking and international best practices
  • develop expertise in diagnosis, intervention and evaluations as they apply new ideas and approaches in their own practice to enhance quality of teaching and leadership
  • develop reflective practices

Enabling schools and education systems:

  • access quality accredited professional development programmes locally that are cost effective and meet individual and school needs
  • establish and nurture school-based professional learning communities
  • promote continuing and collaborative professional learning in school life and culture
  • ensure that professional development is planned, experienced and evaluated as an integral part of school development.

Transform your school or education system today by working with us to customize the Cambridge PDQs for your educators or join the next cohort of candidates in January, May or September 2017.

Email: cambridgepdq@icsghana.org

Call: +233 322091443/+233 553982982

Overview and Aims

The certificate program explores key aspects of teaching and learning. A critical consideration is given to the principles of effective teaching and learning and how these principles apply to your own practices. Through this certificate, you will critically understand why and how to develop collaboration and reflective skills that support continual professional development and learning. It provides practical and evidence-informed guidelines on how to design coherent learning activities that foster active engagement, learning, and achievement. The certificate module will equip you to develop effective learners through the appropriate use of a range of approaches to learning and teaching.

Structure and Content

The Certificate comprises three units related practice and forms Module 1: Exploring teaching and learning of the Diploma in Teaching and Learning

Unit 1

Understanding principles of learning and teaching

Unit 2

Teaching an effective lesson

Unit 3

Facilitating active learning through effective teaching

 

Assessment

Assessment is through a portfolio of evidence, examined by Cambridge. In their portfolio, each teacher demonstrates their knowledge, skills and understanding in the context of their own work, from a variety of sources:

  • classroom practice and observations
  • materials that arise naturally out of the teaching process
  • feedback from colleagues, learners, and others
  • the teacher’s own reflections on their practice.

Overview and Aims

The Diploma will give the opportunity to acquire extensive knowledge and demonstrate a greater critical understanding of the key concepts, principles, and theories of teaching and learning. Further your ability to apply these concepts, principles, and theories in your context to enhance the quality of teaching and learning will be greatly developed. Through the Diploma, your professional thinking and practice will be effectively developed as you learn to critically engage with educational theory and research evidence to inform and develop your professional knowledge and practice. Through this Diploma you will become a reflective practitioner and an effective evaluator of your effect on student learning and achievement as you develop expertise in reflection, diagnosis, interventions, and evaluation. A critical consideration of the Diploma is the practical guidelines on the appropriate use of assessment and evaluation tools to provide feedback on teaching and learning to enrich teachers’ critical reflections.

Structure and Content

The Diploma comprises three modules related practice:

Module 1

Exploring teaching and learning

Module 2

Teaching and Learning in Action

Module 3

Developing Professional Practice

 

Assessment

Assessment is through a portfolio of evidence, examined by Cambridge. In their portfolio, each teacher demonstrates their knowledge, skills and understanding in the context of their own work, from a variety of sources:

  • classroom practice and observations
  • materials that arise naturally out of the teaching process
  • feedback from colleagues, learners, and others
  • the teacher’s own reflections on their practice.

Overview and Aims

The Certificate gives educational leaders opportunity to demonstrate a practical understanding of the major leadership theories and what constitutes effective leadership by examining a variety of sources, from effective leadership research to ideas and practices of effective educational leaders and leaders outside education. Through the Certificate you will develop your leadership thinking and practices by engaging in self-evaluation of your own leadership in action through reflection and critical evaluation. In the Certificate you will learn to lead your teams effectively, develop individuals and self, and appreciate the implications of leadership theory to your leadership practices, evaluate your own leadership and develop a leadership action plan and understand what successful leadership looks like and why it looks like that by studying leadership in other contexts, countries and school systems. The Certificate is relevant to those who are new to their leadership role or are aspiring to be leaders.

Structure and Content

The Certificate comprises three units related to practice, and forms Module 1: Exploring leadership of the Diploma in Educational Leadership.

 

Unit 1

Understanding key concepts and theories of leadership

Unit 2

Defining successful educational leadership practice

Unit 3

Action planning for developing leadership

 

Assessment

Assessment is through a portfolio of evidence, examined by Cambridge. In their portfolios, leaders demonstrate their knowledge, skills and understanding in the context of their own work, from a variety of sources:

  • reflections on key concepts and leadership theories
  • reports of agreed tasks which describe what was intended, what happened and a critical review of the processes and outcome
  • reflections on their own leadership practice
  • interviews with other leaders and feedback from them
  • analysis of learning and examples of areas where their leadership has developed
  • a Professional Development Plan covering what they intend to do as leaders in the next 12 months.

Overview and Aims

The Diploma will significantly enhance the quality of your leadership practices, school, and its effectiveness. Through leadership theories, research within and outside education, actions of highly effective leaders and case studies of leadership in highly performing education system your learn and apply the key dimensions of successful educational leadership to your own leadership. The Diploma will help you develop knowledge with an understanding of what is known of successful leadership of change, school improvement, teaching and learning and staff development through critical engagement with evidence from research and practice. The Diploma will develop your ability to engage in professional conversations and how to provide professional feedback that supports your staff development. The Diploma is relevant to leaders such as head teachers and principals, members of senior leadership teams, heads of department, subject leaders and leaders of other teams.

Structure and Content

The Diploma comprises three modules related to practice:

Module 1

Exploring leadership

Module 2

Leading and improving teaching and learning

Module 3

Leading change for improvement and developing staff


Assessment

Assessment is through a portfolio of evidence, examined by Cambridge. In their portfolios, leaders demonstrate their knowledge, skills and understanding in the context of their own work, from a variety of sources:

  • reflections on key concepts and leadership theories
  • reports of agreed tasks which describe what was intended, what happened and a critical review of the processes and outcome
  • reflections on their own leadership practice
  • analysis of learning and examples of areas where their leadership has developed
  • a Professional Development Plan covering what they intend to do as leaders in the next 12 months.