Professional Development

Professional Development

Graduate Certificate in Professional Development (Education)

Graduate Diploma in Professional Development (Education)

This programme provides accredited flexible CPD for teachers, enabling them to build a structured portfolio of evidence of their practice.


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 facts

  • 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

Course content

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

Career opportunities

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

Employability and assessment


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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.

Entry requirements and applying

Entry requirements

Teachers must hold Qualified Teacher Status.

Find out more

If you have any questions or would like further information about this course, entry requirements or application process, please contact our Admissions and Enquiries Team here.

Applying for the course

If you are applying as a Home or European Union student, you should make your application through the direct application form. This is an editable PDF file and can be completed electronically or by hand on a printed version. A paper version is available upon request from the Admissions and Enquiries Team

Course duration and fees


Graduate Certificate: 1 year to 4 years

Graduate Diploma: 2 to 4 years

Location: Wrexham, Flintshire, Denbighshire

Start month: October/February


Full information can be found on our fees & finance pages.

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