Professional Development Centre, Karachi

​The Professional Development Centre, Karachi

The Professional Development Centre, Karachi (PDC,K) located at and embedded within AKU-IED, works under the umbrella of AKU-IED's outreach portfolio. The Centre serves as a hub of professional development opportunities, where we offer needs-based professional development programmes, such as Certificate in Education and short-duration Continuing Professional Education (CPE) programmes.
These programmes/courses provide in-service teachers, teacher educators and others in the field of education, opportunities for updating their content knowledge and skills, as well as learning about new areas of pedagogy and practice.

Our programmes

Our certificate programme duration is usually spread over 8-10 weeks. These courses are offered to in-service teachers/school heads in the following two categories:

  1. Curriculum Areas (English, maths, science, social studies, primary education) 
  2. Educational Leadership and Management 

Our CPE courses range from one-day workshops to week-long sessions. With these courses, we cater to the wide-ranging needs of diverse audiences, such as teachers, teacher educators, head teachers, executives, educational leaders and managers, policy makers, curriculum planners and other practitioners. Our CPE offerings include the following areas:
  • Curriculum areas (English, maths, science, social studies, primary education)
  • Policy Studies
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Gender and education
  • Effective assessment
  • Inclusive education
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Educational leadership and management
  • Library skills development
  • Early childhood education and development
  • Innovative pedagogies
  • Mentoring skills
  • Research Methods
  • Globalization and leadership

CPE programme calendar 2014

​Course Who should attend?​ Month Facilitator​
Science of ECED (Blended Learning Course)​ ​ECED teachers ​February 3- June 6, 2014 Cassandra Faria
​Supporting Children in Resolving Conflicts in the Early Years/ Primary Classrooms ​Early Childhood and Primary Teachers/Teacher Educators/Other Stakeholders
​February 18, 19 and 20, 2014 Cassandra Faria

​Monitoring and Evaluating School Performance ​Teachers, teacher educators, education managers ​February 17-21, 2014 Kulsoom Jaffer
​Organizational Learning and Development
​Heads of educational institutions, subject coordinators, educational planners and administrators, individuals working in NGOs on educational planning and improvement projects, graduate and post-graduate students from educational institutions who deal with educational development projects. ​April 7-9, 2014 Zubeda Bana
Inclusive Education for Children with Special Needs Teachers, teacher educators, educational managers, professionals (therapists, psychologists), NGO and social workers, parents and others interested in inclusive education ​April-July 2014 Kausar Waqar
​Theory and Practice in Early Childhood Education and Development ​Teachers, teacher educators, coordinators, heads, other key stakeholders in early childhood education ​April to July, 2014 Almina Pardhan
​Policy Studies for Education ​Policy makers, management level individuals from NGOs, academics, education experts, school heads and teacher educators. ​April to July, 2014 Sajid Ali
​Pedagogical Leadership
​Head teachers/principals, deputy head teachers/vice principals, subject coordinators, teachers, researchers, policymakers and reformists. ​April to July, 2014 Muhammad Memon & Mir Afzal Tajik
​Learning and Teaching with Technology ​Teachers, teacher educators, education managers, head teachers/principals and ICT professionals.
​April to July, 2014 Azra Naseem
​Using Technology to Develop Geometric Reasoning Skills
​Math teachers ​June 4, 5 & 9, 2014 Nusrat Fatima Rizvi
The Art of Doing Research Researchers and teachers or coordinators who want to undertake a small scale research study June 16-20, 2014 Nilofer Vazir
The Use of Portfolios in Assessing Students' English Writing Skills English language teachers and teacher educators in Lahore June 17-19, 2014​ Mariam Farooq
School Self Evaluation Teachers, teacher educators, education managers in Lahore June 17-19, 2014 Kulsoom Jaffer
Understanding and Implementing Communicative Language Teaching (CLT) ​​English language teachers and teacher educators in Lahore June 17-19, 2014 Mariam Farooq
Monitoring and Evaluating School Performance Teachers, teacher educators, education managers July 14-16, 2014 Kulsoom Jaffer
Mentoring as professional development​ Teachers, teacher educators July 10-11, 2014 Ayesha Bashiruddin

The Use of Portfolios in Assessing Students' English Writing Skills English language teachers and teacher educators July 16-18, 2014 ​​Mariam Farooq
Digital Storytelling ​Teachers and teacher educators from all disciplines ​July 16-18, 2014​ ​Aamna Pasha & Mahwish Anwar
​​Understanding and Implementing Communicative Language Teaching (CLT) ​English language teachers and teacher educators ​July 23-25, 2014 ​Mariam Farooq
Registrations are on first come, first served basis and are subject to the availability of seats. For registrations please fill out our admission form and submit to:

The Professional Development Centre, Karachi
Aga Khan University Institute for Educational Development
IED-PDC, 1-5/B-VII, Federal B. Area, Karimabad, Karachi-75950, Pakistan

For queries, please get in touch with us via phone or email:
Tel: +92 21 3634 7611-4/3682 6991- 94 Ext: 8696/3682 6996


Admission form