Master of Education

The Master of Education Program at the United Arab Emirates University is practice oriented with the primary focus of enhancing the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of graduate students. The program is designed to cater for the needs of school teachers, principals, and other school professionals who are eager to pursue graduate studies to improve their performances. It focuses on preparing leaders who will engage in school reform through curriculum development, school decision-making, and community outreach. The program is based on best international standards which will help in facilitating the continuous improvement of education in the United Arab Emirates. The Master’s degree program offers three tracks: Educational Leadership, Special Education and Curriculum and Instruction (English, Arabic, Islamic Studies, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies). UAEU College of Education is considered a pioneer in the Middle East in Teacher Education preparation, demonstrated by its attainment of international recognition from the Center for Quality Assurance in International Education (CQAIE) in collaboration with the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), in 2005 and 2010 respectively. For more details on this program, click here.

Program Objectives

  • Acquire advanced knowledge of educational theory, research, and skills related to the area of specialization.
  • Enhance ability to incorporate theory and research into practice related to the area of specialization.
  • Become reflective practitioners within the area of specialization.
  • Become an educational leader and promotes the success of all students by advocating, nurturing, and sustaining a school culture and instructional program conducive to student learning.
  • Enhance ability to use problem solving skills and critical thinking abilities to develop, implement, and evaluate collaborative teaching and learning activities.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Apply advanced knowledge and skills necessary in their area of specialization.
  • Create a responsive learning environment in which equal treatment, fairness, and respect for diversity are sustained.
  • Collaborate with stakeholders to improve programs, services, and outcomes for students and their families.
  • Use quantitative and qualitative research that enhance teaching and learning practices and/or school operations.
  • Demonstrate leadership abilities in their profession.
  • Integrate ICT (Information and Communication Technology) into teaching and learning and/or school operations.
  • Use effective communication skills to manage the complexities of teaching for learning in all educational settings.

Degree Requirements

Required Credit Hours : minimum 36 hours

College of Education

Required Courses (9.00 hours)

Credit Hours
CURR6012Introduction to Educational Research3.000
FOED6016Leading Schools & Communities3.000
SPED6018Human Development & Individual Differences3.000

Elective Courses (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours
CURR6013Advanced Teaching Applications in ED3.000
CURR6014Advanced Educational Research3.000
CURR6017Current Issues in T & L3.000
FOED6015Intern Perspective on ED LSH3.000
FOED6019Leadership of Change in Education Organizations3.000
SPED6324Inclusive Learning Environment3.000


Curriculum and Instruction Track

Required Courses (15.00 hours)

Credit Hours
CURR6017Current Issues in T & L3.000
CURR6121Advanced Study in Curriculum & Instruction3.000
CURR6122Class Assessment & Program Evaluation3.000
CURR6400Thesis  10.000 - 3.000
CURR6401Thesis Proposal Development Seminar I1.000
CURR6402Thesis Proposal Development Seminar II1.000
CURR6403Thesis Proposal Development Seminar III1.000
CURR6411Professional Portfolio Development 1  23.000
CURR6412 Professional Portfolio Development 23.000
1 : Min CH:0 to Max CH:3 (Thesis Option)
2 : non-thesis option

C and I Concentration Methods Courses - Students should select two courses from the same subject area. (6.00 hours)

Credit Hours
CURR612EAdvanced Teaching Methods / Eng I3.000
CURR612MAdvanced Teaching Methods / Math I3.000
CURR612SAdvanced Teaching Methods / Science I3.000
CURR622EAdvanced Teaching Methods / Eng II3.000
CURR622MAdvanced Teaching Methods / Math II3.000
CURR622SAdvanced Teaching Methods / Sc II3.000


Educational Leadership Track

Required Courses (21.00 hours)

Credit Hours
FOED6400Thesis  30.000
FOED6401Thesis Proposal Dev Seminar I1.000
FOED6402Thesis Proposal Dev Seminar II1.000
FOED6403Thesis Proposal Dev Seminar III1.000
FOED6421Personnel Administration & Staff Development3.000
FOED6422School Finance & Resource Management3.000
FOED6423Professional & Cultural Issues in Education3.000
FOED6424Educational Supervision3.000
FOED6425School Leadership3.000
3 : Min CH:0 to Max CH:3


Special Education Track

Required Courses (21.00 hours)

Credit Hours
SPED6321Advanced Assessment in Special Education3.000
SPED6322Characteristics & Teaching Techniques for Individuals3.000
SPED6323Advanced Collaboration in Special Education3.000
SPED6324Inclusive Learning Environment3.000
SPED6325Curriculum Modifications for Exceptional Individuals3.000
SPED6400Thesis0.000 - 3.000
SPED6401Thesis Proposal Dev Seminar I1.000
SPED6402Thesis Proposal Dev Seminar II1.000
SPED6403Thesis Proposal Dev Seminar III1.000