About the College

The College of Education provides professional programs for teachers and education leaders as well as research, seminars and professional training that address the Nation’s educational needs. The college was established in 1977 as one of the first four United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) colleges.

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Welcome to one of the top ranked universities in the world. The College of Education (CEDU) is fast becoming one of the top educational schools in the region with a focus on preparing graduates to become exceptional leaders, teachers, innovative thinkers and problem solvers for the challenging educational and social problems facing the world.


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Dr. Najwa M. Alhosani

Associate Professor, Curriculum and Instruction Department

Dr. Najwa

Dr. Najwa M. Alhosani is a university associate professor in Curriculum and Instruction. Her research interests include curriculum and instruction, early childhood education, literacy and pedagogies. Dr. Alhosani received her Master and Ph.D. degrees in Curriculum and Instruction from Kansas State University, USA. She is a Board of Trustees member at Rabdan Academy, Board of Trustees member at Emirates College for Advanced Education, Board of Trustees member at the Arabic Center for Educational Research for Gulf Council Counties, Kuwait, Board member, Zayed House for Islamic Culture, Member, Advisory Council, Arab Bureau of Education for the Gulf States, KSA.

Dr. Alhosani is a founder member of Fatima Bint Mubarak Motherhood and Childhood Research Center. She held the position of advisor in the office of the Director General of the Abu Dhabi Education Council. She also held a position of Dean Assistant for Student Affairs and Alumni. Dr. Alhosani has headed several committees inside and outside the university. She has executed and moderated numerous workshops, training courses, forums and symposia at different educational organizations. She participated in several local and international conferences and conventions. She has published a number of academic studies and research papers in peer-referred journals. She has been a host, a guest, and a speaker on many television programs. Dr. Alhosani was a member of the Emirati Women Leaders Delegation to Washington, DC meeting their USA Women counterpart at the White House and US Congress.

Dr. Alhosani won several awards such as:

  • Excellence in Service Award, UAEU, 2021.
  • First Class, Chancellor’s Award for Leadership Medal, UAEU, 2020.
  • Sheikh Saeed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum for Academic Excellence, 2008.
  • Academic Excellence Award, UAE Embassy, Washington, 2008.

Dr. Mona Aljanahi

Assistant Professor in Curriculum & Method of Instruction

Dr. Mona Al Janahi

Dr. Mona Humaid Aljanahi received her Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction from the United Arab Emirates University in 2017. She previously held the position of an English instructor at both federal and private educational institutions in the United Arab Emirates. Her research interests include literacy education, multiliteracies, language learning, ESL/EFL, reading and writing, and language arts. Her research studies have been published in Q1 and Q2 Scopus indexed journals. She is currently an active reviewer for peer-reviewed international journals based on research in the field of ESL. Additionally, she presented at numerous national and international conferences on various topics in her field.

Dr. Myra Garces- Bacsal

Associate Professor in Special Education


Myra Garces-Bacsal is the Assistant Dean for Research and Graduate Studies for the College of Education. She also serves as an Associate Professor with the Special Education Department and currently serves as the Chair of the Research and Graduate Studies Committee, Chair of the College Strategic Committee, and Chair of the College Expo 2020 | 2022 Committee. She is a recipient of the College Excellence in Scholarship Award in 2022, and was nominated for an Excellence in Teaching Commendation Award in 2019, recipient of an Excellence in Teaching Commendation Award in 2012 and a Service Commendation Award in 2013. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she served as the Programme Leader of the Masters and Bachelor’s Program in High Ability Studies and Gifted Education at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore where she taught for eleven years. She was selected by the International Youth Library in Munich as an International Fellow in 2016 and 2017. She served as Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content held annually in Singapore from 2011-2019.

Dr. Hala Elhoweris

 Professor,  Special Education Department

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Dr. Hala Elhoweris is the Acting Dean of the College of Education. She was the Special Education Department Chair at the United Arab Emirates University holding a doctorate degree in Educational Psychology with emphasis in Special Education. Dr. Elhoweris research area of interest including gifted education, inclusion, diversity, assessing and diagnosing students with exceptionalities. She gave several presentations in various international and regional conferences on these issues. Additionally, she published several research articles and book chapters related to these issues. Dr. Elhoweris served as a consultant for the Ministry of Education,  Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEK), Zayed Higher Organization,  and Hamdan Foundation on several programs related to special education and gifted education. She served as a reviewer, guest reviewer and an editorial board member for several scholarly journals in her area of expertise. 


Dr. Elhoweris is a collaborator of the Global Cooperative Synergy Group. The vision of this group is to develop in young people the ability and the commitment to think globally and act locally to solve STEM and social problems through Real Engagement in Active Problem Solving (REAPS).   Dr. Elhoweris is a recipient of international awards in the area of Education. Additionally, Dr. Elhoweris is a recipient of UAEU College of Education Excellence in Service Award in 2014 and 2021.

Dr. Maria Efstratopoulou

Associate Professor in Special Education


Dr. Maria is Associate Professor of Special Education at the United Arab Emirates University since August 2020. Before joining UAEU she was a Senior Lecturer in BGUniversity in UK teaching at the Graduate Program in Special Education and Inclusion. She holds a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the Faculty of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Sciences, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, and also a European Master in Psychomotor Therapy for Children (KULeuven, Belgium) and a Master in Human Performance (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece). Dr. Maria’s research interests are in Motor Behaviour and Assessment and Diagnostical Procedures for children with emotional, behavioural and developmental disorders.
Dr. Maria is an active research with International cooperation in Research for more than 15 years in the field of Special Education, Psychomotor and Child Psychology. She is the author of 5 books in Special Education and she has published many research articles in peer review journals. She is a Core Member of the EFP (European Framework in Psychomotor) in Research and she acts as Editorial Board member and Senior reviewer for several per review journals in the field of Education.

Dr. Georgios Nassis

 Associate Professor, Chair of Physical Education Department

Dr. Georgios Nassis

Associate Professor in Exercise Physiology, PhD, MBA.
Following a Diploma and a MSc in Sports Science (Exercise Physiology) at Loughborough University, UK, Dr. George completed his PhD studying aspects of cardiovascular and thermoregulatory systems regulation during exercise. After his graduation, he was appointed as a lecturer at the University of Athens and adjunct academic staff at Harokopeio University, Greece, for 11 years. Since 2019, he is an adjunct professor at University of Southern Denmark. He has also served as guest professor at Shanghai Sport University.

His research interests include cardiovascular and metabolic responses during exercise, exercise and health, football science with emphasis on injury prevention and performance optimization. He is a Fellow of the European College of Sport Science and a member of the American College of Sports Medicine. Dr. George is being serving as associate editor for British Journal of Sports Medicine (impact factor 12.68, ranked 1st in Sports Science) and as editorial board member for Journal of Sport and Health Science (impact factor 5.20, ranked 5th) and Science & Medicine in Football. Dr. George has published >85 papers & 2 book chapters with >6800 citations & h index 35 (Google scholar). Ten (10) publications are in top 1% journals.

Ms. Ameirah Hassan Al- Mohammed

PhD student in Leadership and Policy Studies in Education

Ameirah Hassa Lehbash

Ameirah Al-Mohammed is the winner of the Prime Minister’s Medal for Distinguished School Principal in UAE Government Excellence Award. She is a PhD student in Leadership and Policy Studies in Education.

Ms. Noura Al Hammadi

Master in Educational Innovation

Noora Al Hammadi

Noura Al Hammadi the master student in Educational Innovation won Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Distinguished Academic Performance – Distinguished Teacher Category.

Ms. Nora Al Neyadi

Master in Special Education

Noora Al Nyadi

Ms. Nora Al Nyadi is a master student in the college of education, she won the Mohammed bin Zayed Award for the Best Gulf Teacher. This Award recognises excellence in achievement, creativity, development and sustainable learning, positive citizenship, allegiance, national belonging, and communal and professional leadership.



Latest Research

Decentering Whiteness in gifted education: Addressing the needs of the gifted “Others” through social justice and culturally responsive pedagogies. [...]

Contributions of genetic and environmental factors to phonological awareness, morphological awareness, and vocabulary knowledge among Chinese-Englis[...]

Effects of unilateral vs. bilateral resistance training interventions on measures of strength, jump, linear and change of direction speed: a systema[...]

Multi-Informant Assessment of High-Achieving Students’ Behavioral and Emotional Strengths. [...]

“I have removed my ceiling.” Qualitative experiences of teachers on their professional development. [...]

Emotional contagion: A cross-cultural exploration of how teachers’ enjoyment facilitates achievement via students’ enjoyment. [...]

Student Testimonials


My experience at UAEU has been both eye opening and enriching. Specializing in language and literacy studies at the university has allowed me to rethink the definition of literacy as well as reflect on my pedagogical thoughts and practices. I will forever be grateful to be part of a research-driven community that always attempts to address global and regional present-day educational matters. 

Fajr Alkouz,

PhD, Language and Literacy Education

"The courses, seminars, internships and field experiences offered at the College of Education provides the students with the practical hands-on experience and knowledge needed in this field of study.”



Sara Alnsarii,

BA, Special Education


The program gave me a chance to improve my abilities and interests in the education of the gifted. Also, I have acquired many important skills such as communication, critical, and creative thinking skills. 

Alyazia Alshehhi,

MA, Education- Special Education



Majoring in Health and Physical Education was one of the best decisions I have ever made. The department has leading experts in different fields, such as biomechanics and exercise physiology, which are very important for me as a future teacher. I will need to know how to influence others and teach them about the beauty of movement and the importance of healthy lifestyle choices for a longer life.

Adnan Alhashimi,

 BA, Health & Physical Education


"I chose the College of Education (CEDU) in order to meet my future goals. With every passing year, I discover new reasons why that choice was the right one. The college provides many opportunities for students to learn and improve such as conferences, lectures and competitions. Additionally, the CEDU offers two education units: SDU and FTU, which help students with their tasks, assignments and research. I am very grateful to the faculty advisors at the College of Education, they are always there to guide you and are always willing to listen”

Hanan Kazim,

BA, Early Childhood Education


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Sep 23, 2022