Graduate Studies

Master of Education in Special Education



The Master of Education in Special Education program is designed for experienced educators who are committed to creating and expanding inclusive opportunities for people with specialized needs within the United Arab Emirates, and who wish to expand their knowledge and assume roles of leadership in the education community.  Within the program there is the opportunity for interests to evolve in areas of specialization through collaboration with professional bodies within the United Arab Emirates and internationally. The goal of the program is to prepare professionals to make informed decisions, in classrooms, schools, and the wider community, that will contribute to positive futures for people with specialized needs.

Candidates should have:

A qualification in education;

Experience in the field of education or relevant areas;

Demonstrated commitment to becoming a change agent in the area of special and inclusive education;

Demonstrated successful academic performance;

Demonstrated proficiency in English language; and,

Commitment to lifelong learning.

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Program Recognition

  • The program is approved by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research. 
  • Zayed University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Furthermore, the College of Education is accredited by:

  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, based in the U.S.A. (NCATE)


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.


The curriculum consists of the following courses:

Semester One

  • EDP610 Educational Psychology
  • EDC612 Introduction to Educational Research
  • SPE615 Exploring Diversity

Semester Two

  • EDC620 Data Analysis in Education
  • SPE623 Learning Difficulties: Issues and Practices
  • SPE626 Behavioral Difficulties: Issues and Practices  

Semester Three

  • EDC630 Assessment and Evaluation
  • SPE634 Language Development and Communication  
  • SPE638 Identification and Assessment of People with Behavioral and Learning Difficulties  

Semester Four

  • EDC642 Implementing Inclusive Education
  • SPE644 Policy, Planning, and Management of Special and Inclusive Education
  • EDC649 Engaging in Educational Research  

The research will be completed in the participant’s work place to study an issue of importance in the school or classroom and rooted in leadership. Participants will make a public presentation of their research findings.

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Course Delivery

Course Duration 

The program is delivered in English over a period of 24 months at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi and/or Dubai.

Course Delivery Format

The graduate program delivery follows a full semester model, whereby three courses are offered simultaneously in 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. The overall instructional time for each course is 48 hours.

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


  • Admission is open to males and females of all nationalities. 
  • Applicants must have earned a four-year baccalaureate degree with a GPA of 2.5 or higher from an accredited university.
  • An IELTS (Academic) overall band score of not less than 6.0 (the College of Education requires minimum sub scores no less than 5.0), or an internet-based TOEFL total score of not less than 79 iBT*, or a native speaker of English with an earned baccalaureate degree from a university in which English is the language of instruction and which is located in a country where English is an official language.

*Contact us for Zayed University's special English language programs designed for graduate students who do not currently meet the minimum English language entry or exit admission requirements.

For more information on the admission requirements and application procedure, please visit the Admissions and Fees section of our website.

Program Cost

AED 84,000 (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.

Graduation Requirement

Graduate students must maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 in course work taken and complete a final project in fulfillment of the requirements of a master's degree.

For program information, please contact +971-2-599-3605