What are Mandatory Professional Development (MPD) Courses?
You might have already heard about the Mandatory Professional Development (MPD) courses that have been introduced. If you haven’t, or you have been searching for more information, we wanted to put together a brief guide to take you through what will be required and how to make sure you have what you need.
Currently, teachers working in the emirate of Dubai are expected to engage with the Competent Teacher Status (CTS) requirements; one of these requirements is to have completed six Mandatory Professional Development courses. Each of the six courses must be done with an approved provider or Quality Assured Training Provider (QATP). As an approved KHDA training provider, TELLAL is offering completely online courses, so that you can complete the requirements in a flexible manner that takes into account the large workload and constant time pressures teachers often have. Although many teachers will be extremely knowledgeable on many of the MPD areas, the standardisation of information and application will be extremely beneficial for the educational system in Dubai. By raising our performance levels and ensuring that all teachers have the same skills development in these areas, we are better placed to work together to improve the support and standards our schools provide. Not only this, but the areas covered by the MPD courses have been curated to facilitate our evolution towards a brighter, more inclusive, educational future, underline our necessary roles and responsibilities to be productive citizens of the world and ultimately cultivate better environments for our immediate and surrounding communities.
Each of the courses covers a particular topic that is in line with the agenda of Dubai and their goal to enhance the capacity of educational providers in order to improve standards for all students, across the board. The topics are:
- Child protection and safeguarding – including detecting and reporting child abuse and dealing with bullying
- Wellbeing – how to promote positivity, mindfulness and happiness, as well as health and safety guidelines and hygiene priorities
- People of determination – to facilitate inclusion and best practice methods to cater for students with Special Educational Needs
- Diversity – ensuring the most appropriate ways to deal with students and colleagues from different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds
- Sustainability – covers environmental awareness, conservation methods and aspects of the green economy
- Moral education – including civics, community, values, empathy and respect
Currently available for those pursuing their KHDA Teacher Permit, teachers can complete these courses with TELLAL, as an approved KHDA training provider. The programme is offered online, in both English and Arabic, and involves approximately 90 hours of learning that will be accessible for 12 months from the date of registration. At the end, participants will exit with a TELLAL Certificate of Completion and a KHDA Certificate of Completion.