Program Duration


Credit Hours              

Cost Per Credit Hour

4 Semesters (On Average)

Abu Dhabi & Dubai


AED 2,333

The Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Administration program is designed to meet the needs and interests of school-based leaders and those aspiring to lead within an academic context, such as principals, vice-principals, and cluster managers.

Designed on an outcomes-based learning model, the program ensures that principal-candidates graduate with the ability to apply best practice in educational leadership to meet the changing needs of society in the 21st century. To achieve successful student learning, a leader’s work in education includes implementing evidence-based practice, ongoing teacher development, and actively engaging parents and community partners.

Central to the vision of Zayed University’s College of Education is the belief that moral, ethical, and professional leadership is essential to the transformation of any education system. This vision aligns with the goal of the United Arab Emirates to ensure quality education for all U.A.E. nationals.

Graduate Student Reflection


Bearing the name of the great leader H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, I was confident that Zayed University is striving to high standards of expectations and quality education.

I chose to study at Zayed University because of its international accreditations and the fact that the program allowed me to specialize in my specific areas of interest. Given my aspirations to excel in educational leadership and administration, I believed the program would empower me to meet my personal goals.

The structure of the program was also one of my key reasons to enrol in the program. Classes were scheduled to minimize time away from work and family while also facilitating quality interaction time with faculty and fellow students. Class instruction was a blended mix of face-to-face class instruction and online teaching materials. The cohort structure allowed our group members to collaborate and have a truly supportive network. Faculty used diverse and innovative teaching methods that inspired us to think critically and solve problems. We were also encouraged to collaborate with community partners to understand “real-life issues” in our chosen field of specialization.

The program motivated us to reflect on our prior knowledge and experience in education to develop and refine skills that would in future days enable us to implement best practices in the context of the U.A.E and internationally. I believe that the program did therefore develop fellow class participants and I into well-rounded thinkers and thus prepared us to help solve complex questions facing school administrators in 21st century education.

To summarize, I do feel privileged for the valuable experiences I had as a graduate student of Zayed University and for the research skills and personal development that I derived from this program.


Lana Hajeer
Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Administration Graduate with the Highest Distinction

Professional Outcomes

The program is designed to meet the needs and interests of school leaders and those aspiring to lead in the many dynamic fields associated with education such as principals, vice-principals, heads of faculty, and teacher leaders. Designed on a learning-outcomes-based model, the program ensures that students graduate with the ability to apply best practice in educational leadership to meet the changing needs of students in the twenty-first century. Graduates will be prepared to provide leadership as educators, administrators and facilitators of educational change within schools.

Program Learning Outcomes

The program will prepare leaders as change agents who are committed to ethical school leadership and the utilization of their knowledge, skills and expertise to:

  • critically analyze and use theories of pedagogy and andragogy to design and develop technology-enhanced student-centered learning environments and programs that promote inquiry skills and integrated reasoning for all learners;

  • develop and/or select multiple reliable, valid, and authentic assessment tools and strategies to generate data to enhance student learning; evaluate teaching practices and performance; and support ongoing professional development;

  • conduct, use, and evaluate ethical educational research and inquiry processes, including data/knowledge management and analysis, to guide decision making for professional practice, program improvement, and successful learning for all students;

  • develop a personal leadership philosophy that nurtures educational environments characterized by shared mission, vision, values and goals;

  • lead and facilitate the collaborative development of a diverse school culture characterized by equity, social justice, transparency, and responsibility for all learners’ academic and social success;

  • critically analyze international educational reform initiatives and implement systemic data driven changes in K-12 environments;

  • implement a systems and data-driven approach to the management of operations and allocation of human, fiscal, and technological resources that supports a culture of self and peer evaluation characterized by ongoing professional growth and development;

  • promote innovative and entrepreneurial thinking among school stakeholders to enhance teaching and learning;

  • build positive, collaborative, and sustainable relationships between school, parents, and diverse community stakeholders to support school wide development and progress; and,

  • critically analyze the development of curricula over time and the rationale for the emergence of curriculum standards and accreditation in global education reform.


Orientation Seminar

Prior to formal coursework, students participate in an orientation program where they are introduced to the nature and requirements of the program, some of the major issues involved in being a graduate student, the facilities offered in the program such as the library, online databases and other resources, the Curriculum Resource Center, the Graduate Writing Center, academic reading and writing preparation, and ways of communicating with faculty. During this orientation students form small, informal working teams to provide support for each other during the entire program.

Semester One

EDP610 Educational Psychology
EDC612 Introduction to Educational Research
ELA614 Strategic Leadership in Education

Semester Two

EDC620 Data Analysis in Education
EDC625 Curriculum and Standards in an International Context
ELA627 Educational Improvement and Systemic Change

Semester Three

EDC630 Assessment and Evaluation
ELA633 Human Performance and Resource Management
ELA635 The Learning Organizations

Semester Four

EDC643 School-Community Partnerships
ELA647 Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Learning
ELA648 Graduate Internship

Participants will engage in some internship hours attached to specific coursework and should apply for the final internship. Participants will be assigned a faculty member (as a Zayed University supervisor) and a school leader to mentor the student during the internship. The Zayed University supervisor in collaboration with the mentor will identify leadership and school-based opportunities that will align with learning outcomes required in the internship and reflect the career aspirations of the participants.

Participants will make a public presentation of their internship experience and demonstrate their achievement in meeting the graduate program learning outcomes.

An international internship (study abroad opportunity) is possible by prior arrangement (the expenses will be borne by the participant).

Program Delivery

Program Duration

The program is delivered in English over 4 semesters at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

Course Delivery Format

Courses are delivered in a full, 16-week semester.  Generally, three courses are offered simultaneously each semester. Instruction is delivered through a blended learning mode that makes use of face-to-face sessions and online delivery that could be either synchronous or asynchronous.  Face-to-face sessions are held on Saturdays.  Synchronous online sessions are scheduled during early evening times, while asynchronous sessions are more flexible in nature.

For more information on the admission deadline, start date and location for delivery of the program, please visit the Key Dates section of our website.


Courses in the graduate program are taught by select professors from the College of Education who are experts in their fields and possess diverse international research experience.


“Leadership is the capacity to translate your vision into reality.” - Warren Bennis

If you’re interested in becoming a leader but more specifically a professional within the education sector, then please join us. The Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Administration program is focused on developing your ability to seed a vision and cultivate it to achieve maximum impact. Bring your commitment, your drive and desire to lead and connect with an experienced, passionate and international faculty that is dedicated to developing high-quality leaders. The skills set acquired throughout the program will empower you build strategic partnerships, inspire action, and motivate others to affect change. In the end, you will be equipped to ”translate your vision into reality.”


Frederico Conde, PhD
Professor of Practice
College of Education


“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.” - Booker T. Washington

Zayed University’s highly successful Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Administration program is designed for working practitioners who hold or seek leadership positions. Such positions can be in a wide variety of educational settings including school systems, higher education institutions, nonprofit organizations focused on policy making, and early childhood educational programs. Our vision is that graduates of the program will lead in transforming knowledge into impact and drive innovation in their organization. Engaging and interactive coursework is facilitated by the diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and experiences our graduate students bring to the program. It is these multifaceted backgrounds that we always expect will contribute to and shape the future of educational policy, research, innovation, leadership, advocacy, and practice. To aid in the fulfillment of this vision, graduate students have access to world-class faculty, researchers and global peer leader colleagues from around the world. Our suggestion is that you seriously consider upskilling and thus take your leadership to the next level. New professional competencies will quickly develop as will adaptive capabilities that are necessary for effective educational leaders and administrators to thrive. We look forward to welcoming you at Zayed University.

Dr. Fatima H. Bailey, PhD
Assistant Professor
College of Education

Program Cost

A total of 36 credit hours at AED 2,333 per credit hour (including text books and course materials)

For more information on the program cost, payment procedure and financial support, please visit the Admissions and Fees section of our website.


Students must complete all required courses in the approved program curriculum and achieve a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0.


College of Education

Zayed University

Abu Dhabi & Dubai

United Arab Emirates

Tel: +971-2-599-3605



Program Recognition

  • Ministry of Education

  • Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Program Admission Requirements

  • Minimum Requirements
  • Additional Requirements

    • Two years of professional experience in an educational context or a related field in educational leadership

    • An interview may be requested

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