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Since its inception, AUD has committed itself to providing a world-class education that prepares students academically, personally and professionally for successful careers in their chosen fields. Education is one of those fields that constitutes a national priority, not only in the UAE, but around the world.

Master of Education
The AUD Master of Education (M.Ed.) is conceived with two target audiences in mind:
  1. practicing elementary and secondary school teachers who may or may not have an undergraduate degree in education, and
  2. university graduates with no prior teaching experience who wish to pursue a graduate degree in education with the intention, upon graduation, of teaching at the primary or secondary level.
Program requirements vary slightly depending upon in which of these two groups a candidate falls.
As with other AUD degree programs, it is expected that diversity will characterize students seeking admission to the M.Ed. These will include both U.A.E. nationals and expatriates, native speakers of English and non-native speakers, individuals who will live permanently in the U.A.E., those who are here for a short stay, and those who seek residency of a considerable length.

The M.Ed. program has been designed to meet the needs of these various groups. While courses are taught in English and a TOEFL score of 550 is required for admission, students may enroll in the university’s Intensive English Language Program prior to commencing graduate study. In order to ensure that the degree is offered to an international standard, the curriculum is aligned with the standards of the Interstate New Teachers Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC), based in the U.S.

AUD’s M.Ed. has been accredited by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.

Professional Teaching Certificate
In accordance with the 2021 Vision of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, to boost the quality of education in Dubai and in response to multiple inquiries as well as the data collected from focus groups, AUD now offers a Professional Teaching Certificate (PTC) program that focuses on building and strengthening the instructional practices of teachers and career changers.

Committed to the goal of fostering and accelerating excellence in education throughout the UAE, particularly in the areas of teacher quality and continuous improvement, AUD introduces a certificate program based on the success now evident in the implementation of the M.Ed. degree program.
 
In addition to coursework, the 18-credit hours Professional Teaching Certificate will establish clinical partnerships with participating schools, providing opportunities for the ongoing supervision and evaluation of teaching and requisite professional development.

Upon completion of the PTC program, AUD will provide official verification that a teacher or teacher candidate is now recognized as a highly qualified educator according to the highest international standards. This program is aligned with the university’s goals of maintaining high academic standards and emphasizes the application of innovative strategies, current technologies, and 21st century competencies in teaching and learning, such as critical thinking.
Apply to the P.T.C.

Course Sequencing
The following is the proposed course sequence for the P.T.C.
 
Semester/Term I
(Six Credit Hours)
Semester/Term II
(Six Credit Hours)
Semester/Term III
(Six Credit Hours)
EDCO 600
EDCO 620
EDCO 604
EDCO 602
EDEL 630
Or
EDSE 630
Degree Requirements
Curriculum/Courses
Courses designated as required for the Professional Teaching Certificate include:
 
Course
Credit Hours
EDCO 600
Learning and Human Development
3
EDCO 620
Technological Applications in the Classroom
3
EDCO 604
Principles of Learning and Classroom Management
3
EDCO 602
Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
3
EDEL 630
Elementary Student Teaching Internship/Practicum
3
Or
EDSE 630
Secondary Student Teaching Internship/Practicum
6

TOTAL P.T.C. PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS                  18
About the P.T.C.
The Professional Teaching Certificate (P.T.C.) is designed for teachers, teaching assistants and career changers who are interested in acquiring practical expertise in the knowledge and skills of highly effective teachers.
 
Upon completion of the Professional Teaching Certificate program, students will have achieved the professional competencies associated and aligned with the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC).
 
Professional competencies refer to qualities that effective teachers need to acquire, develop and master. Specifically, they relate to building human relationships, working with diverse learners and using instructional technology effectively.
 
They include:
  • Knowledge (factual accuracy, conceptual understanding, etc.);
  • Skills (speaking, writing, reading, listening, etc.);
  • Pedagogy or performance (rapport with students, instructional strategies, managing transitions, use of technology, personal confidence, etc.); and,
  • Dispositions (attendance, respect, responsibility, initiative, judgment, attire in clinical settings, honesty, collaboration skills, emotional coping strategies, reflection and self-awareness, etc.)
 
Students who earn the Professional Teaching Certificate will:
  • Be an effective part of an educational team within a creative learning environment; 
  • Be able to understand the political, social and cultural contexts of education;
  • Be able to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all learners and create a positive learning environment; 
  • Be able to meet the challenges of elementary or secondary teaching by designing and implementing an effective classroom management plan;
  • Be able to use assessment data to improve instruction and learning;
  • Be able to access and integrate current and appropriate technologies as instructional tools;
  • Be able to utilize research to inform curriculum design and instructional practice.
Apply to the M.Ed.
Course Sequencing
Students admitted to the M.Ed. Program follow a typical course sequence, depending on the date of admission and scheduling availability.  Students who wish to complete the program within two years follow a course schedule similar to the one below.
 
 
Elementary Track
Secondary Track
Year I
Fall
EDCO 600
EDCO 601
EDCO 600
EDCO 601
Spring
EDCO 602
EDCO 620
EDCO 602
EDCO 620
Summer
EDCO 604
EDEL 603
EDCO 604
EDSE 605
Year II
Fall
EDCO 621
EDEL 605
EDEL 606
EDCO 621
EDSE 603
EDSE 606/607/608/609
Spring
EDCO 622
EDEL 630
EDCO 622
EDSE 630
Degree Requirements
M.Ed. Summary of Degree Requirements
 
Course Classification
Credit Hours Required
Without Undergraduate Preparation and/or Teaching Experience
With Undergraduate Degree in Education and/or Teaching Experience
Core
18
18
Track
9
9
Capstone Experience
3
3
Internship Experience
6
0
Electives
0
6
Total
36
36
 
Curriculum/Courses
 
Core
Credit Hours
EDCO 600
Learning and Human Development* or
 -
EDCO 625
Advanced Studies of Children and Adolescents**
3
EDCO 601
Differentiating Instruction for all Learners
3
EDCO 602
Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
3
EDCO 604
Principles of Learning and Classroom Management* or
-
EDCO 626
Advanced Principles of Teaching and Learning**
3
EDCO 620
Technological Applications in the Classroom
3
EDCO 621
Teaching in a Multicultural Classroom
3
Total Core Requirements
18
 
* For candidates without prior undergraduate preparation and/or teaching experience
** Subject to the Dean’s approval

 
Elementary Track
Credit Hours
EDEL 603
Elementary Reading Methods
3
EDEL 605
Elementary Language Arts and Social Studies Methods
3
EDEL 606
Elementary Science and Mathematics Methods
3
Total Elementary Track Requirements
9
 
Secondary Track
Credit Hours
EDSE 603
Secondary General Methods and Assessment
3
EDSE 605
Reading across the Curriculum
3
EDSE 606
Secondary Language Arts Methods and Assessment or
-
EDSE 607
Secondary Science Methods and Assessment or
-
EDSE 608
Secondary Math Methods and Assessment or
-
EDSE 609
Secondary Social Studies Methods and Assessment
3
Total Secondary Track Requirements
9
 
Capstone Experience
Credit Hours
EDCO 622
Educational Research
3
EDCO 630
Master of Education Capstone Project
3
Total Capstone Requirements
3
 
Internship Experience
Credit Hours
EDEL 630
Elementary Student Teaching Internship/Practicum
6
or
EDSE 630
Secondary Student Teaching Internship/Practicum
6
Total Internship Experience Requirements
6
 
Electives
Credit Hours
EDCO 610
Special Needs and Inclusion
3
EDCO 623
Creating, Understanding, and Using Classroom Assessments
3
Candidates without Undergraduate Preparation and/or Teaching Experience*
EDEL 620
Elementary Field Placement
3
EDSE 620
Secondary Field Placement
3
Total Electives Requirements
6
 
* Subject to the Program Director’s approval
 
TOTAL M.ED. DEGREE REQUIREMENTS                      36
 
About the M.Ed.
M.Ed. Program Overview
The M.Ed. is a two-year, 36-credit-hour professionally-oriented program with a solid academic basis, for practicing or prospective teachers. The program combines six core courses for all candidates, with specialized courses in elementary education or secondary education and a capstone research project.
 
M.Ed. Program Mission
The Mission of the Master of Education program at AUD is to provide the region with qualified and culturally responsive educators who are current in pedagogy and content knowledge at either the elementary or secondary level, skillful in professional practice and adept in the use of instruction technologies.
 
M.Ed. Program Goals
  1. develop professional ethics and collaborative skills to meet the needs of a multi-cultural student population in a 21st learning environment;
  2. develop specific knowledge of current trends in teaching and learning and innovative instructional technologies, as well as classroom-based problem-solving abilities aimed at improving student learning;
  3. develop knowledge, skills, and dispositions required to meet the unique learning needs of all students and guide them to becoming life-long learners;
  4. apply contemporary curricular theory to teaching practices with appropriate modes of assessment;
  5. meet generally accepted international standards for teacher preparation; and,
  6. develop capacity to conduct and critically assess research in order to guide and inform professional practice.
 
M.Ed. Program Learning Outcomes
At the completion of the programs, students will:
  • be an effective part of an educational team within a creative learning environment;
  • be able to understand the political, social and cultural contexts of education;
  • be able to differentiate instruction to meet students’ unique learning needs and create environments that are conducive to student learning and development;
  • be able to meet the challenges of teaching by designing and implementing an effective classroom management plan;
  • be able to use assessment data to improve instruction, advance student learning, and better design content-specific instruction;
  • be able to identify, locate, evaluate, design, prepare, and use technology as an instructional resource;
  • be able to conduct research and utilize important findings to inform current practices and make new contributions to the field of education.
 
Internship and Practicum
Candidates without undergraduate preparation and/or teaching experience are expected to complete either EDEL 630 (Elementary Student Teaching Internship/Practicum) or EDSE 630 (Secondary Student Teaching Internship/Practicum) in order to fulfill degree requirements. The Dean of Education will work with the students and schools to find appropriate placements.
 
The faculty member supervising the internship will follow the guidelines for internships/field placements as described in the M.Ed. Internship Guidelines manual and assess continued appropriateness of field placements and cooperating teachers.

Using appropriate international standards, students will be evaluated on mastery of relevant program knowledge, skills, and dispositions for field-based educators. Data from classroom observations, one-on-one conferences with student teachers, and self-reflection memos will be used to determine the student’s growth and readiness for entry into the K-12 educational setting. Students can refer to the Internship/Practicum Handbook for more information.
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