Postgraduate Professional Diploma in Teaching

  • Type : Diploma
  • Credit Hours : 24hrs
  • Language : Arabic & English
  • Campuses: Al Ain & Abu Dhabi


About the Program

The Postgraduate Professional Diploma in Teaching program has been designed for teachers who already hold undergraduate or postgraduate’s degrees but wish to obtain a professional qualification in teaching. The duration of study in the Professional Diploma in Teaching is one year. The program has been fully accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the Ministry of Education in the academic year 2020 /2021.



The Postgraduate Professional Diploma in Teaching Program at Al Ain University aspires to become a pioneer in preparing teachers and educational leaders who are committed to life-long professional development in a changing world. It also aspires to provide outstanding learning services to improve the quality of life of individuals in particular and human life in general.



The mission of the Postgraduate Professional Diploma in Teaching Program is to prepare teachers and educational leaders and to develop the education profession through its focus on active learning, research and technology, by using clinical practical experiences and by cooperation with individuals and organizations concerned with education locally, regionally and internationally.


Program Goals

The Postgraduate Professional Diploma in Teaching program aims to:

  • Empowering candidates with theoretical knowledge related to the field of education; such as school curricula design and development, theories of learning and human growth, the basics of classroom management, and teaching methods associated with various school subjects.
  • Providing candidates with the necessary competencies needed to improve their technical and administrative performance within learning and teaching environments and contexts; such as planning, teaching, assessment and classroom management skills.
  • Providing candidates with positive values and attitudes towards the teaching profession that which enhance their ability to adhere to the ethics of the profession, take into account their students’ individual differences, and respond to the special needs of the UAE society.
  • Developing candidates’ ability of self-learning, critical and creative thinking, leadership and problem solving., through field training and teaching based on research and scientific investigation, and the employment of modern technologies.
  • Building effective community partnerships with governmental and private educational institutions and individuals, and other organizations associated with educational development locally, regionally and internationally.


Learning Outcomes

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

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1 Demonstrate knowledge of concepts, theories and skills related to the learners’ majors and teaching-learning process associated with curricula, teaching methods, techniques, theories of development, and classroom management. 1, 2 4, 8 1, 6
2 Apply knowledge, skills and acquired values to improve their students’ performance by using research, experimentation, analysis, critique, comparison and evaluation. 1, 3, 6, 7, 8 5, 6 5, 7
3 Employ evolving educational, scientific, cultural and technological knowledge in designing effective instructional plans and in securing safe and attractive instructional learning environments. 4, 8 3, 7 5, 6
4 Utilize available scientific resources practical experiences to develop instructors’ and their students’ skills self-learning, cooperative learning, effective communication, problem solving, decision-making and responsibility undertaking. 3, 5, 6, 7 1, 2 2, 4, 6
5 Use academic ethical practices in learning and teaching situations to promote their professional performance and to reinforce the social values and culture of the Emirati society. 3, 9 9, 10 3


Job Opportunities 

  • Teaching at the preparatory and secondary stages, based on specialization.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in a similar specialization or its equivalent approved by the UAE Ministry of Education, with a minimum (GPA) of (2 out of 4), or its equivalent on the Bachelor level.
  • Obtain an Arabic language proficiency certificate (EMSAT) with a score not less than (1250).

Graduation Requirements

To obtain a “Postgraduate Professional Diploma in Teaching” degree from the College of Education, Humanities, and Social Sciences, a candidate must successfully complete 24 credit hours, with a minimum GPA of 2 out of 4.

Study Plan


Guidance Plan

Course Description


0402521E Educational Psychology Slavin, R.E. (2014). Educational Psychology: Theory and Practice. 10th Edition, USA: Pearson Education.
0402522E Instructional Technology

1. Shelly, G., B.; Gunter, G. A.; and Gunter, R. E. (2010).  Teachers Discovering Computers: Integrating Technology and Digital Media in the Classroom. (6th Ed.).  Boston, MA:  Course Technology, Cengage Learning. (

2. Crapo, C., Lea, G., Lindemann, B., & Nichols, G. (2008).  Introduction to the Field of Instructional Design and Technology.   Retrieved from: (

0402523E Classroom Management

1. Bluestein, Jane. (2014). Managing 21st Century Classrooms: How do I avoid ineffective classroom management practices? (ASCD Arias). ASCD.

2. Burden, Paul (2016). Classroom Management: Creating a Successful K-12 Learning Community, 6th Edition. NJ: Wiley.

0402524E School Curriculum and UAE Ornstein, C. Allan and Hunkins, P. Francis (2018) Curriculum Foundations, Principles, and Issues. Pearson Education, Inc.
0402525E Teaching Diversified Groups

1.  Salend, J.S. (2015). Creating Inclusive Classrooms: Effective, Differentiated and Reflective Practices, 8th Edition. USA, Pearson Education.

2. Friend, M. & Bursuck, W. (2018). Including students with special needs: A practical guide for classroom teachers. 8rd edition, USA: Pearson Education.

0402526E Foundations OF Education Ornstein, A; Levine, D; Gutek G.L. & Vocke, David E.  (2017). Foundations of Education: (13th Ed.). Cengage Learning. Boston, MA, USA.
0402527E Research Methodology Gall, M. D., Gall, J. P., & Borg, W. R. (2017). Educational research: An introduction (8th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.
0402529 Methods of Teaching English Brinton, Donna M., Snow, Marguerite Ann & Celce-Murcia, Marianne. (2014). Teaching English as a Second or a Foreign Language. (4th Ed.). Boston, MA: CENGAGE Learning Custom Publishing.
0402531 Methods of Teaching IT Burden, P. R., & Byrd, D. M. (2019). Methods for effective teaching: meeting the needs of all students. London, UK: Pearson.
0402532 Methods of Teaching Science

1. Chiappetta, E. L., & Koballa, T. R. (2010). Science Instruction in the Middle and Secondary School:  Developing Fundamental Knowledge and Skills. 7th edition. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.

2. Bybee, R. W., Powell, J. C, & Trowbridge, L. W., (2008). Teaching Secondary School Science:  Strategies for Developing Scientific Literacy. 9th edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill.

0402534 Methods of Teaching Math Van de Walle, J. A. (2007). Elementary and middle school mathematics: Teaching developmentally (Sixth Edition – International Edition). Boston: Pearson Education, Inc. 
0402550E Practicum Danielson, Charlotte (2007). Enhancing Professional Practice: A Framework for Teaching. (2nd Ed.). VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Contact us

Director of Postgraduate Professional Diploma in Teaching 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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