Lecturer, Trainer, Assessor, and Internal Verifier


Master of Education, Curtin University of Technology, Australia.

Graduate Certificate of Education - Deakin University, Australia.

Bachelor of Education and Arts in English Language and Teaching Methods, UAE University, UAE.


Ms. Sumaya Saqr obtained her Master’s degree in Education in 2010 from Curtin University, Australia and a Graduate Certificate of Education in 2009 from Deakin University, Australia. She is currently completing her PhD in Education, Curriculum and Pedagogy at the School of Education, Curtin University.

Sumaya joined ECAE in July 2007 as Lecturer. Sumaya has taught on the B. Ed. And Postgraduate Diploma programs. In addition, Sumaya supervises undergraduate students’ action research projects and also supervises and supports student teachers during their school-based Practicum and Internship.

Sumaya is also a trainer and has trained teachers and school leaders. She is an NCFE assessor and internal verifier. She has been guiding and supporting assessors to ensure quality and consistency of assessment; conducting formative and summative internal verification; monitoring and assessing assessors’ development and practice, following the guidance issued by both the Awarding Body and the Continuing Education Center at ECAE with regard to assessment.

From 2002 to 2007, Sumaya was an educational inspector and a curriculum specialist in the UAE Ministry of Education. From 1992 to 2002 Sumaya was a high school English language teacher in the UAE Ministry of Education.

Her research interests focus on teachers’ professional development, and teaching and learning in inclusive classrooms.


Articles in Peer-Reviewed Research Journals

Areepattamannil, S., Welch, A. G., Melkonian, M., & Saqr, S. (2016). Non-cognitive correlates of Emirati adolescents’ mathematics performance: A multilevel analysis. In M. S. Khine & S. Areepattamannil (Eds.), Non-cognitive skills and factors in educational attainment (pp. 397-409). Sense Publishers.

Rashad, F., Fidalgo, P., Menano, L. & Saqr, S. (2016). Preservice teachers’ concerns about the classroom-based Internship experience. Scholars Bulletin, 2(11), 597-604.

Saqr, S., & Tennant, L., (2016). Emirati General Education Pre-service Teachers’ Preparedness for Diversity in Inclusive Classrooms. International Journal of Education, 8(2), 105-121.

Stringer, P., Saqr, S., & Tennant, L. (August-2014). Challenges and Support Factors of Married Emirati Students in Teacher Education. Journal of Research in Humanities and Social Science, 2(8), 46-56.

Saqr, S., Tennant, L., & Stringer, P. (January-2014). Perspectives of Emirati married women in higher education. International Journal of Education and Research, 2(1), 1-12.

Tennant, L., Saqr, S., & Stringer, P. (2014). Married Emirati Students Pursuing Teaching Careers from the Perspective of their Spouses. International Journal of Social Science and Humanity. 4(6), 493-497.

Tennant, L., Stringer, P., & Saqr, S. (2013). Motivation and Challenges of Married Emirati Students in Teacher Education, International Review of Contemporary Learning Research: An International Journal, 2(2), 99-109