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Professional Development Certificate (PDC)Partnership with QAARDAN

Introduction

Program Philosophy And Vision

Vision:

To bring quality learning to all students and improve teaching skills for educators.

Mission:

To provide effective, practical professional development for educators and those involved in the educational process.

Outcomes:

Improve the quality of student learning and performance.

  • Improve professional skill based on the five Core Propositions of the American National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (aligned with Nigerian teaching standards).
  • Conduct a self-assessment based on the Nigerian teaching standards. Self-assessment will be conducted as a pre and a post assessment at the start and the close of the PDC.
  • Develop educators’ disposition toward ongoing professional growth and renewal.
  • Develop the skills necessary to become a reflective practitioner.

Guiding Principles

  • Student learning is impacted by teacher knowledge, skills, and practice.
  • Inquiry and collegiality are critical components of professional development.
  • The PDC is standards-based, not “time” or “credit” dependent.
  • The PDC is different from the master’s degree in content and expected outcomes.
  • PDC candidates are committed to personal growth toward professional teaching standards.
  • The PDC is an educator-focused initiative embedded in a larger learning community.
  • The PDC assists educators to prepare students for the 21st Century in a global economy.

Program Delivery Details

  • The program admits a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 30 candidates. Candidates are expected to complete the program within 12-36 months.
  • Completion Timetable: PDC cohort members are expected to complete PDC programming within 12 - 36 months following acceptance into the program. Adequate support will be provided through COG Facilitators in the PDC, seminars, and PDC faculty and staff; however, the autonomous and self-paced nature of the program relies heavily on an individual’s ability to work to completion within three years. If additional time is needed, the candidate must apply for an extension and additional costs may be incurred.
  • The PDC program delivery will include face-to-face seminars and online components. The first program presentation requires that candidates travel to University of Wisconsin-Green Bay for programming. A face-to-face experience is necessary for this introductory Seminar. Ongoing learning through Seminars will continue through online offerings. Also a PDC educational team will visit the West African nation of Nigeria to offer Seminar III and provide additional program support. (See PDC Seminar Structure table for complete details.) There will be one visit/ year. If cohort enrollment exceeds 20 or more candidates, two visits will be scheduled by the PDC team to Nigeria. The schedule for the visit(s) will be determined by PDC educational team and QAARDAN. The visits will include seminars and trips to a few candidates’ schools to facilitate understanding of learning plans, action research and learning for all candidates.
  • All seminar instructions will be delivered in English only.
  • The PDC educational team, in collaboration with QAARDAN will also offer online seminars. The COG facilitator/coaches will heavily support the online learning and create a COG group to develop a community of learners.
  • The final part of the program includes candidates’ visit to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay for program completion and graduation. During this visit, candidates will meet members of the Quality Review Board (QRB) to present their final portfolio and receive feedback, guidance and approval from the QRB. Thereafter, candidates will attend graduation and give a brief presentation on their PDC journey and action research and receive the Institute for Learning Partnership’s PDC Certificate. For those who cannot physically attend, alternate arrangements will be made via teleconferencing or using technology to communicate and complete program requirements.
  • Approval of Candidate work: Only the UWGB PDC Quality Review Board can review, approve and assess candidates and approve submissions, including submission of the PDC Learning Plan, the Action Research Proposal, and the Final Portfolio. Scoring rubrics will be used to assess candidates’ work.
  • Credit Agreement: Candidates who complete the certificate program will be eligible to apply their earned PDC to the Area of Emphasis requirement of the UWGB Master’s Degree in Applied Leadership for Teaching and Learning (9–12 credits). Enrollment in the Master’s program is required to be eligible for this benefit.
  • Access to UWGB Library: Candidates will be provided online access to the resources of the UWGB Cofrin Library to support their studies and conduct their research.
  • Submissions: Submission of PDC documents will occur online through the D2L dropbox.
  • Confidentiality: UWGB will maintain confidentiality with respect to all records and information related to candidate progress and program completion.
  • Application Decisions: A letter informing each applicant of the enrollment decision will be emailed no later than three weeks after the application deadline date. A copy of each letter will be emailed to QAARDAN informing them of the application decisions.
  • Completion Timetable: PDC cohort members are expected to complete PDC programming within 12 - 36 months following acceptance into the program. Adequate support will be provided through COG Facilitators in the PDC, seminars, and PDC faculty and staff; however, the autonomous and self-paced nature of the program relies heavily on an individual’s ability to work to completion within three years. If additional time is needed, the candidate must apply for an extension and additional costs may be incurred.
  • Please note: Each individual Cohort requires a minimum number of participants to run and we reserve the right to cancel this cohort if we do not meet the required number.

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