Professional Development

Professional Development
A CS Degree Outcome
Program Outcome
Recognition of the need for, and an ability to
engage in, continuing professional development
ABET accreditation includes required student
“Criterion: The program has documented,
measurable program educational objectives that
are based on the needs of the program’s
Who Needs Professional
( – 4/27/2010)
“A wide variety of people, such as teachers, military officers
and non-commissioned officers, health care
professionals, lawyers, accountants and engineers
engage in professional development. …
Many American states have professional development
requirements for school teachers.
American and Canadian nurses, as well as those in the
United Kingdom, are required to participate in formal and
informal professional development … in order to
maintain professional registration
Other groups such as engineering and geoscience
regulatory bodies also have mandatory professional
development requirements.”
Why Do People Pursue
Professional Development?
“Individuals may participate in professional development
because of
• an interest in lifelong learning,
• a sense of moral obligation,
• to maintain and improve professional competence,
• enhance career progression,
• keep abreast of new technology and practice, or
• to comply with professional regulatory organizations.” 4/27/2010
What Is Professional
“In a broad sense, professional development may include
formal types of vocational education, typically postsecondary or poly-technical training leading to
qualification or credential[s] required to obtain or retain
Professional development may also come in the form of
pre-service or in-service professional development
programs. These programs may be formal, or informal,
group or individualized. Individuals may pursue
professional development independently, or programs
may be offered by human resource departments” 4/27/2010
What Is Professional
“Professional development is the skills and
knowledge an employee gains to optimize her
personal development and job growth. It
includes learning opportunities, such as college
degrees and coursework, or attending
conferences or training sessions. Professional
development is an extensive and collaborative
process; upon completion, an evaluation of
progress is usually performed” 4/27/2010
What is continuous professional
Continuous professional development (CPD) can be
defined as the systematic maintenance and broadening
of the knowledge, skills and personal qualities needed in
working life. CPD can help you:
maintain and enhance your competence in your job
stay competitive in the employment market
demonstrate your commitment to future employers
avoid stagnation and manage change
by bringing a new and exciting intellectual challenge
_undertake_CPD/page_3979.html 4/27/2010
• Why is professional development
important for computer science?
• What kinds of PD activities are common
for computer scientists?
• Have you ever participated in any
organized PD activity?
• How does a course in programming
languages illustrate the need for
continuous professional development?
Any Other Ideas?
Questions that could very well
show up on the final
• Define professional development
• Do you think PD is necessary?
• List some benefits of professional
• What types of PD activities do you think
will be important in your career?

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