CPD for Teachers and Educators

Enhance your career prospects by enriching your mind and your CV with a selection of professional development courses and programmes here at the University of Cumbria.

 

Gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), achieve the National Qualification for Special Needs Co-ordination (NASC); become BA, PGCE or MA level qualified; or carry out research in your field of education. There are many ways in which you can further your knowledge and your career as a teacher, mentor, educator or trainer, and here at the University of Cumbria Institute of Education, we are committed to helping you progress in your career.

 

Here are some of the courses, programmes and routes for your continuing professional development:

 

NATIONAL AWARD FOR SEN COORDINATION (NASC)

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A NASC professional qualification enables new and experienced SEN Coordinators (SENCos) to enhance a school’s provision and outcome for all children, especially children with special educational needs and/or disabilities. It’s also a requirement that all schools have an appointed qualified SENCo, to increase opportunities, access to learning and equality for all pupils, especially aiming at SEN inclusion.

 

Who is this for: ideal if you already have a degree in education, is working in a school and has been appointed or want to become a SENCo.

 

Benefits: 60 credits (a third of the credits required) towards your Master's Degree (180 credits), great for people looking to go into leadership positions within an educational setting.

 

Delivery: Online and part-time

 

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POSTGRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN EDUCATION (PGCE non-QTS)

In this programme, you will analyze and understand the key theories in learning and teaching, helping you to reflect in their application and apply them within your chosen setting.

 

 Who is this for: ideal if you already have a degree and want to retrain to become a teacher or work in an educational setting; if you already work in education but is not PGCE qualified; if you are looking to obtain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS); if you are living abroad but looking to return to the UK and work in education; if you are a teaching assistant planning to progress your career; or if you want to work as a trainer, mentor, facilitator or instructor.

 

Benefits: 60 credits (a third of the credits required) towards your Master's Degree, great qualification to have for career progression opportunities.

 

Delivery: Online and part-time

 

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QTS DIRECT ASSESSMENT ONLY ROUTE

Gain your Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) whilst teaching in your current school.

 

Who is this for: ideal for experienced unqualified teachers in maintained or independent schools, people who already hold a PGCE but are not QTS qualified.

 

Benefits: Qualified Teacher Status which is a requirement to teach in most state schools, e-portfolio may also contribute to a bridging module towards a MA qualification in Professional Practice.

 

Delivery: In your current place of work via interview, e-portfolio and assessed practice.

 

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MA EDUCATION PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE (with Pathways)

This MA programme offers a focused menu of modules that allows you to choose research areas relevant to your own practice and interests, giving you the opportunity to investigate a wide range of educational issues. You will also be able to use MA Credits gained in prior learnings towards this qualification. See APL below.

 

Who is this for: those who already have a degree and would like to gain a level 7 qualification; ideal for those who have achieved MA credits through other courses and need to work during the duration of their MA course.

 

Benefits: Level 7 qualification, great for people looking to enhance their practice and go into leadership positions within an educational setting.

 

Delivery: Online

 

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LED RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES

The Learning, Education and Development (LED) Research Centre works across early years, children’s workforce, primary schooling, secondary schooling, outdoor learning, youth work, further and higher education and focuses on supporting practitioners to develop research-informed practice and publish high quality research that has impact on policy and practice.

If you work with children, young people or adult learners and are interested in developing research-informed practice then the team at LED wants to work with you.

 

Who is this for: teachers and educational practitioners who want to gain or improve their research skills and develop research informed practice.

 

Benefits: Improving or cementing your research skills and having your research project supported and endorsed by a larger research centre.

 

Delivery: Through bespoke research projects in your school setting or MAT, attendance at research events, networking events and opportunities to collaborate with research partners.  Want to find out more? Contact us at LED@Cumbria.ac.uk

 

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ACCREDITATION OF PRIOR LEARNING (APL) & MASTER CREDITS

APL can allow you to redeem masters or academic credits achieved in previous courses or work/ life experiences. So if you have undertaken top-up or module courses or received training in-house at work, for example, this could count towards an academic qualification as long as they are relevant to your course of study at the University of Cumbria.

 

Who is this for: anyone who has achieved academic or masters credits elsewhere or within the University of Cumbria by attending a credit-bearing course.

 

Benefits: Accessing and banking your credits could facilitate you achieving a degree or a master's.

Want to find out more? Email apl@cumbria.ac.uk or call 01524 590 856 to discuss your credits.

 

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BA (HONS) TEACHING AND LEARNING TOP-UP

Covering all aspects of teaching and learning, from pre-school to higher education, this programme gives you the flexibility to shape your top-up degree based on your interests and career plan. 

 

Who is this for: If you already have a relevant foundation degree, DipHE or HND, you can complete just one year of study through this top-up degree to achieve a full degree-level qualification in Education Studies.

 

Benefits: Using this top-up course to complete and achieve a level 6 qualification at BA(Hons) level.

 

Delivery: based at our Lancaster Campus full-time (1 year) or part-time (2 years)

 

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BA (HONS) EDUCATION STUDIES TOP-UP

With our BA (Hons) Education Studies (top-up) you can study the subjects associated with education in society. You'll gain a national and international perspective of education and consider elements such as social justice, policy, current issues in education. You'll also have the opportunity to gain some placement experience in a range of settings.

 

Who is this for: If you already have a relevant foundation degree, DipHE or HND, you can complete just one year of studying through this top-up degree to achieve a full degree-level qualification in Education Studies.

 

Benefits: Using this top-up course to complete and achieve a level 6 qualification at BA(Hons) level.

 

Delivery: based at our London Campus full-time (1 year) 

 

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