Programs

Students who major in Education may study to become a teacher, a social worker, or work in the community as an educator via the specialization in psychology and human services (joint with College of Sustainability Sciences and Humanities).

Students' academic programs include the Colloquy in Integrated Learning, the study of a content or discipline area, coursework and practical experiences in educational settings. Throughout their program, Education students continue to develop their skills in English, Arabic, and technology. Students complete other classes appropriate to the grade and subject levels they are preparing to teach.  Faculty advisors in the college work with students to make course selection decisions.

Specializations in Teaching

Early Childhood/Pre-School/Primary


Students who wish to become nursery school, kindergarten or primary teachers major in Education and follow the appropriate eight-semester plan, click here for semester plan

Upper Primary Preparatory


Students who wish to become upper elementary/preparatory teachers of:

   •  English (grades 4-9), click here for semester plan

   •  Math (grades 5-9), click here for semester plan

Specialization in Social Work


The start of the BSSW Programme marks the end of social work being a school-focused specialisation offered within the Education degree, and represents a new degree and major offering by the COE (Bachelor of Science in Social Work).  The BSSW programme is generalist in orientation and will prepare graduates for entry-level social work positions in a variety of fields, including but not limited to child welfare, schools, gerontology, disabilities, rehabilitation, criminal justice, and health care. Students graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work degree will be license eligible as Professional Social Workers in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Students majoring in Education may study to become a social worker by following the appropriate eight-semester plan, click here for semester plan

Psychology and Human Services (joint with College of Sustainability Sciences and Humanities)


Candidates majoring in Education may study to become a specialist in the education and social services sectors, both private and public.  This specialization is offered in collaboration with the Department of Natural Science and Public Health in the College of Sustainability Sciences and Humanities, click here for semester plan

Field Experiences in Educational Settings


All students majoring in Education complete a core portion of their work in field settings; observing and working with students and teachers and/or with professional supervisors in educational settings.

Assessment Protocols


Students are formally assessed for satisfactory performance in the program at stipulated intervals. Student achievement in the ZU Learning Outcomes is assessed through the normal assessment process in each course. In addition, the College has identified major points of transition where student advancement depends upon the quality of performance.  These include admission to the program, completion of practicum, admission to internship, exit from internship, and graduation.

Demonstration of competencies related to the major is evaluated through periodic assessments by instructors and advisors during the undergraduate program. In addition, students complete a professional portfolio that provides evidence of their completion of graduation requirements.