CPD and Professional Development

Primary pupil in classReading University has a long history of provision of quality Postgraduate/Continuing Professional Development courses for teachers and other professionals interested in children's learning and progress. Our highly regarded MA Programme is offered on a full time or part time basis. It is designed to be flexible in order to meet the needs of busy professionals. Taught modules can be taken singly or as part of an award bearing course. Successful completion of a module assignment leads to the award of CAT credits.

We offer a range of courses, covering:

Our courses are designed to enable you to enhance your practice and your career. Our staff have extensive national and international experience and provide quality teaching in their specialist areas as well as support for individual investigations and research projects.

We have a strong commitment to:

  • Serving the local educational community;
  • Working with teachers and other professionals to enhance all pupils' life chances through quality education;
  • Supporting our many students from overseas.

Postgraduate Professional Development

Our MA in Education offers a range of high quality masters/postgraduate diploma modules oriented to the continuing professional development of teachers, education leaders and other education professionals.

Due to changes in Government policy in relation to TDA funding of PPD programmes, the university will no longer receive funding to subsidise teachers on PPD courses. Teachers registering for the MA programme from the academic year 2011 will now be charged the standard University of Reading modular taught part time MA fees.

You should consult your CPD school co-ordinator about potential sources of support for fees within your school.

All taught modules are based at the London Road campus of the University. There will be access to the specialist education section in the main Whiteknights library. However, schools wishing to work together on research projects to enhance school performance can arrange for support on site from visiting tutors.

Early Years Teacher Status

 is intended for practitioners who lead Early Years Foundation Stage practice in the early years workforce in settings such as full day care, nursery schools, schools, playgroups, children's centres, home-based childcare and crèches. An important principle of the Early Years Initial Training Training programme (EYITT) is personalised training. We offer:

  • the Graduate Entry (Employment Based) programme - 12 months part-time for graduates employed in an early years setting.
  • the Graduate Entry (Mainstream) programme - 12 months full-time for graduates who have limited experience of working with children from birth to five years.

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