The College of Education at the United Arab Emirates University is one of the most important pioneering and strategic colleges in the higher education system. It plays a leading role in preparing educational and teaching staff to achieve the strategic vision of the educational process in the country.The College of Education was established in 1977 as one of the first four Colleges in the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU).
The College offers a range of programs which prepare students to be teachers and education leaders, as well as providing research, seminars and professional training to meet the educational needs of the Nation. There are four academic departments: Curriculum & Methods of Instruction, Foundations of Education, Physical Education, and Special Education.
The College offers undergraduate degrees to prepare teachers in the fields of early childhood education, special education, and physical education. The graduate level provision at the College is extensive, including: the Masters of Education (MEd) program with concentrations in: Early Childhood Education; Special Education; Educational Leadership; and Curriculum and Instruction (Mathematics, Science, Arabic, English and Social Studies); the Masters of Educational Innovation offered in cooperation with Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation for Distinguished Academic Performance; and the Accelerated Masters in Special Education (4+1). In addition, Doctoral level programs are offered in: Language and Literacy Education; Mathematics Education; Science Education; Leadership and Policy Studies in Education; and Special Education.
The mission of the College of Education is to facilitate the continuous improvement of education in the UAE through active and collaborative national and international partnerships. The College provides a learner-centered environment that promotes excellence in teacher education, research and scholarship, community service and program design, and active participation in policy development. The College of Education aspires to strengthen its innovative leadership as a center of academic excellence in the region and is committed to preparing teachers and school leaders to demonstrate knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions in accordance with globally recognized education standards.
Partnerships with high profile organizations is of upmost importance to the College. One notable collaboration was the establishment of the Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak Research Center for Motherhood and Childhood, hosted at the College of Education and established in collaboration with the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood.
In collaboration with Zayed Higher Organization for People of Determination, CEDU successfully developed the first Adaptive Behavior Scale for People of Determination. This is the first scale in the world that combines the direct examination of a child by the specialist and the caregiver’s assessment of certain aspects of their growth in addition to the teachers’ ratings.
The College of Education holds international accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) in the United States of America which is considered the highest accreditation in the world for teacher preparation accreditation programs. This exceptional recognition was awarded in 2021 and extends for seven years. This is in addition to all academic college programs obtaining local accreditation from the Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA) from the Ministry of Education.
CEDU faculty are involved in international joint research, and successfully being awarded two collaborative research grants with two prestigious UK universities: Oxford and University College London.
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