What are the Cambridge Professional Development Qualifications/For whom are they suitable?

Cambridge Professional Development Qualifications (PDQs) are practice based qualifications for full and part-time teachers. The Professional Development Qualifications are available at Certificate and Diploma level and provide teachers and leaders with a clear pathway for their professional development.

There are four areas of focus for the Professional Development Qualifications syllabuses:

  • Teaching and Learning

  • Teaching with Digital Technologies

  • Teaching Bilingual Learners

  • Educational Leadership 

They help teachers and leaders to:

  • engage critically with relevant concepts, principles, theories and international best practice

  • apply new ideas and approaches in reflective practice
  • evaluate experiences and outcomes to plan further development
  • improve the quality of their teaching and leadership to enhance the quality of their learners’ learning.

The professional learning draws on the candidate’s own teaching and learning environment – making the qualifications immediately applicable and relevant. Professional Development Qualifications are designed to be integrated into schools’ professional development planning, activities and culture. They help schools to improve through cost effective, sustainable programmes which benefit teachers and their learners.

The professional development programmes for the qualifications are run from approved schools, training centres and Ministries of Education in different parts of the world. Cambridge assesses candidates’ evidence of professional development to its international standards.

There is no educational entry requirement for the Cambridge Professional Development Qualifications; however we do recommend that candidates have an undergraduate degree and have CEFR English proficiency of B2. The most important requirement is that candidates must be practicing teachers or leaders when they are engaged with a Professional Development Qualification.

The qualifications focus on the development of knowledge, skills and understanding in the key aspects of teaching and learning, using digital technologies, teaching bilingual learners and educational leadership. They are inclusive and relevant to all teaching and learning contexts: from primary and secondary general education, to vocational education and training, to further, adult and higher education. They help teachers and leaders to explore and apply new ideas in their own context, integrate new approaches in their own practice, and demonstrate their professional development as reflective practitioners.

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