Bachelor of Education in Special Education

  • Type : Undergraduate
  • Credit Hours : 126hrs
  • Language : Arabic
  • Campuses: Al Ain & Abu Dhabi


About the Program

The Special Education Program was introduced at the College of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences at Al Ain University in the 2013/2014 academic year, and the study began in the first semester of that year. The duration of the study in the program is four years, after which students obtain a Bachelor of Education degree in Special Education. The program aims to prepare and qualify special education teachers to work with children with special needs at various educational levels, particularly in the kindergarten and primary school, whether in government or private sectors or in governmental and private centers for children with special needs and this can also include institutions and charities that provide educational services for such group of children.



The Bachelor of Education program in Special Education at Al Ain University aspires to be a pioneer in preparing specialized teachers in special education who are committed to meeting the educational needs of students with different special needs, including gifted and talented. This program also aspires to improve the quality of life for this group of students.



The Special Education Program seeks to prepare candidates and qualify them to be special education teachers who are able to develop the services of this field by focusing on the principles and philosophy of inclusive education and integrating special education and regular education services under one roof and teaching all students regardless their abilities and needs in the same classroom, using various teaching modifications and adaptations to meet the educational needs of all students in class.


Program Goals

  1. Clarify the relationship between disability, growth and learning, and benefit from this relationship in providing challenging learning experiences for people with special needs.
  2. Creating safe and inclusive teaching and learning environments that respond to cultural diversity, and make people with special needs active and effective learners characterized by positive emotional and social maturity.
  3. Employing knowledge of the regular and special education curricula in individualizing the education process for people with special needs.
  4. Using multiple assessment methods and various data sources in making educational decisions.
  5. Adapting teaching and technological strategies to suit the characteristics and abilities of students with special needs to enhance their learning and problem-solving process.
  6. Employing knowledge, research skills, educational practices and ethical and professional principles in teaching people with special needs in order to advance the profession and lifelong learning.
  7. Cooperation and communication with families, other educators and service providers related to people with special needs.
  8. Develop the relationship of people with special needs with the various community institutions in a way that is culturally responsive to meet their needs through a range of educational and learning experiences.


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

S.No.Program Learning Outcomes
1 Determining the impact of family cultural, linguistic, social and economic diversity, growth factors and individual differences on the learning of individuals with special needs.
2 Providing support and advice to general education teachers in order to create safe, inclusive, culturally and socially responsive learning environments.
3 Employing appropriate motivational teaching and behavioral interventions to teach individuals with special needs how to adapt to different environments
4 Employing ethical and professional principles related to teaching and its fields, modifying behavior and designing individual educational programs for individuals with special needs.
5 Using the results of scientific research and objective and appropriate formal and informal assessment tests in order to make educational and behavioral decisions for individuals with special needs.
6 Adapting the educational experiences of individuals with special needs to suit their abilities, interests, and their educational and learning environments.
7 Using the technology and systems of augmentative and alternative communication in assessment, educational planning and teaching of individuals with special needs.
8 Using multiple educational and behavioral strategies to improve behavior, communication skills, and language development for individuals with special needs.
9 Preparing educational plans, various learning experiences, behavior modification plans, and transition plans in cooperation with families of people with special needs and other professionals.
10 Equipping the student with the skills of self-evaluation and professional development, which contributes to developing the ability to take responsibility and make decisions independently


Job Opportunities 

  • Teacher in regular classes, resource rooms, or in special education classes to help students with special needs learn. 

Admission Requirements

  • UAE Secondary school Certificate or its equivalent approved by the UAE Ministry of Education, with a minimum grade of 75% for the Science/advanced track, or 80% for the Art/general track, or 70% for Elite. 
  • A valid English Language Proficiency Certificate in one of the below certificates or its equivalent, at least as the following:
950 450 4.5
  • Pass the Arabic EmSAT with a score not less than (800) or equivalent. Alternatively, Non-Native Arabic Speakers can enroll in a non-credited AAU "Introduction to Arabic Language" course.
  • Pass the Math EmSAT with a score not less than (700) or equivalent.
  • Pass the Placement test set by the college.
  • Pass the personal interview by the College of Education.
  • Pass any other AAU admissions conditions. 

Graduation Requirements

To obtain a Bachelor degree in Arabic Languages and Islamic Studies Education, a student must successfully complete 126 credit hours, with a minimum (CGPA) of 2 out of 4.

Study Plan

Course No Course Title CR.H. Prerequisite
First: General University Education (33) CR. H.
(1) Compulsory Courses (27) CR.H.
0102120 Computer Skills 3  
0201111A Science and Life 3  
0401120 English (1) 3  
0401121 English (2) 3 0401120
0405100 Arabic Language 3  
0406110 Islamic Culture 3  
0408100A Introduction to Psychology 3  
0501170A Fund. of Innovation and Entrepreneurship 3  
0508203A Scientific Research Methodology 3  
(2) Elective Courses (6) CR.H.
The Student is required to choose only one course from Each of the following groups:
(a) Society and Civilization (3) CR.H.
0406100 Arabs and Muslims’ Contributions to Arts & Science 3  
0408101A Physical Education & Health 3  
0409100A Ethical Awareness 3  
0409101 Arab Society 3  
0409102A Environmental Awareness 3  
(b) Administrative Skills (3) CR.H.
0303100 Law and Society 3  
0408103A Thinking Skills 3  
0408104A Self-Assessment 3  
0501100A Introduction to Time Management 3  
0501150A Leadership and Teamwork 3  
Second: Compulsory College Requirements (15) CR.H.
0402101A Teaching Diverse Students 3  
0404200A Instructional Technology 3 0102120
0405205A Curriculum and Instruction 3  
0405206A Foundations of Education 3  
0408102A Educational Psychology 3 0408100A
Third: Specialization Courses (75) CR.H.
(1) Compulsory Courses (66) CR.H.
0403121 Introduction to Special Education 3  
0403123 Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities 3 0403121
0403124 Early Intervention Programs and Services 3 0403121
0403239 Autism Spectrum Disorder 3 0403121
0403148 Gift and Talent 3 0403121
0403226 Learning Difficulties 3 0403121
0403231 Applied Behavior Analysis 3 0403121
0403233 Behavioral and Emotional Disorders 3 0403121
0403234 Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder 3 0403121 - 0403232
0403235 Integration and Inclusion for Children with Special Needs 3 0403121
0403237 Communication Disorders 3 0403121
0403240 Hearing Impairment 3 0403121
0403241 Visual Impairment 3 0403121
0403320 Curriculum and Instruction in S.E 3 0403121
0403321 Diagnosis and Assessment of Children with Special Needs 3 0403121
0403423 Assistive and Adaptive Technology for Children with Special Needs 3 0404200A-0403121
0403431 Teaching Reading and Writing to Children with Special Needs 3 0403320
0403432 Teaching Math to Children with Special Needs 3 0403320
0408234 Principles of Descriptive Statistics 3 0102120
0403490 Practicum in Special Education 9  
(2) Elective Courses (9) CR.H.
0403125 Daily Living Activities of Sp. Needs Children 3 0403121
0403147 Current Trends and Issues in Special Education 3 0403121
0403232 Child Normal and abnormal Development 3 0403121
0403238 Physical and Health Disorders 3 0403121
Fourth: Free Elective Courses (3) CR.H.
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Guidance Plan

Course Description


الدولةدار النشرتاريخ النشرالمؤلفاسم الكتابالرقم
الامارات الكتاب الجامعي 2016 د. عماد عبدالرحيم الزغول مبادئ علم النفس التربوي 1
الأردن دار المسيرة 2015 د. أسامة البطاينة ، مالك الرشدان صعوبات التعلم النظرية والممارسة 2
الامارات الكتاب الجامعي 2016 د. كمال سالم سيسالم مدخل إلى التربية الخاصة 3
الأردن المسيرة 2011 بطرس حافظ بطرس إعاقات النمو الشاملة 4
الأردن المسيرة 2011 مصطفى نوري القمش الإعاقة العقلية  5
  مكتبة المتنبي 2014 صائب كامل اللالازياد كامل اللالا  المدخل إلى الموهبة والتفوق والإبداع  6
الأردن المسيرة 2010 بطرس حافظ بطرس تكييف المناهج للطلبة ذوي الاحتياجات الخاصة 7
الأردن المسيرة 2013 أسامة فاروق مصطفى اضطرابات التواصل بين النظرية والتطبيق 8
الأردن المسيرة 2013 كمال سيسالم الدمج في مدارس التعليم العام وفصوله 9
الأردن المسيرة 2013 محمد مصطفى العبسي ‘طرق تدريس الرياضيات لذوي الاحتياجات الخاصة 10
الأردن المسيرة 2014 عبدالله الكيلانيفاروق الروسان تشخيص وتقويم الطلبة ذوي الاحتياجات الخاصة 11
الاردن دارحنين 2015 جمال الخطيبمنى الحديديعبدالعزيز السرطاوي إرشاد ذوي الحاجات الخاصة وأسرهم 12
الاردن المسيرة للنشر والتوزيع والطباعة 2014 احمد عبداللطيف ابو اسعد تعديل السلوك الانساني النظرية والتطبيق 13
الاردن دار الفكر 2015 جمال الخطيبمنى الحديدي التدخل المبكر التربية الخاصة في الطفولة المبكرة 14
الاردن المسيرة للنشر والتوزيع والطباعة 2015 اسامة محمد البطاينةمالك احمد الرشدانعبيد عبدالكريم السبايلةعبدالمجيد محمد الخطاطبة صعوبات التعلم النظرية والممارسة 15
العين: الامارات العربية المتحدة دار الكتاب الجامعي 2009 الشيخلي، خالد خليل سيكولوجية الطفولة والمراهقة 16

Contact us

Director of Special Education program

College of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences 
Al Ain University

P.O.Box: 64141
Al Ain - UAE

Phone No: +971 3 7024888
Fax No: +971 3 7024777

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