The College of Education offers a range of programs which prepare students to be teachers
and education leaders, as well as providing research, seminars and professional training
to meet the educational needs of the Nation. The college was established in 1977 as
one of the first four Colleges in the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU). There
are four academic departments: Curriculum & Methods of Instruction, Foundations of
Education, Physical Education, and Special Education.
The College offers undergraduate degrees to prepare teachers in the fields of early
childhood education, special education, and physical education. The graduate level
provision at the College is extensive, including: the Masters of Education (MEd) program
with concentrations in: Early Childhood Education; Special Education; Educational
Leadership; and Curriculum and Instruction (Mathematics, Science, Arabic, English
and Social Studies); the Masters of Educational Innovation offered in cooperation
with Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation for Distinguished Academic Performance;
and the Accelerated Masters in Special Education (4+1). In addition, Doctoral level
programs are offered in: Language and Literacy Education; Mathematics Education; Science
Education; Leadership and Policy Studies in Education; and Special Education.
The mission of the College of Education is to facilitate the continuous improvement
of education in the UAE through active and collaborative national and international
partnerships. The College provides a learner-centered environment that promotes excellence
in teacher education, research and scholarship, community service and program design,
and active participation in policy development. The College of Education aspires to
strengthen its innovative leadership as a center of academic excellence in the region
and is committed to preparing teachers and school leaders to demonstrate knowledge,
skills, and professional dispositions in accordance with globally recognized education
Partnerships with high profile organizations is of upmost importance to the College.
One notable collaboration was the establishment of the Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak
Research Center for Motherhood and Childhood, hosted at the College of Education and
established in collaboration with the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood.
In collaboration with Zayed Higher Organization for People of Determination, CEDU successfully developed the first Adaptive Behavior Scale for People of Determination. This is the first scale in the world that combines the direct examination of a child by the specialist and the caregiver s assessment of certain aspects of their growth in addition to the teachers ratings.
The College of Education holds international accreditation from the Council for the
Accreditation of Educator Preparation.
CEDU faculty are involved in international joint research, and successfully being
awarded two collaborative research grants with two prestigious UK universities: Oxford
and University College London.