The M.Ed. program provides practice-based, enquiry-informed professional growth opportunities for serving primary and secondary teachers and educators at any stage of their career. The program will provide you with opportunities to further build applied knowledge and understanding of leading-edge practices and outcomes of teaching, learning and assessment in your subject area. You will also have opportunities to plan, try out and refine innovations in different aspects of professional practice. The program will also support you make links between practice, innovation, theory, research, as well as national and international professional standard frameworks.

The benefits that you will gain from

The benefits which you will gain from ECAE’s M.Ed. program include:

  • Enhanced capacity to innovate with your classroom practice.
  • Links between practice, innovation, theory, research, and national and international professional standards frameworks.
  • Practical strategies for helping your students develop independent learning skills.
  • Enhanced skills in managing classrooms and student behavior and supporting your students’ well-being.
  • High impact teaching strategies for classroom practice including Assessment for Learning, Metacognition and Student Voice.
  • Leading-edge skills and know-how for teaching science subjects.

Program Goals

  1. Synthesize, interpret and adapt for practice advanced, leading-edge theory, practice and research related to effective and innovative teaching, learning, assessment and curriculum progression.
  2. Analyse and critically reflect on social and professional norms underpinning teaching in schools and classrooms such as social justice and teaching for diversity.
  3. Initiate, design, manage and evaluate professional activity for optimizing students' learning progression and outcomes in highly complex school and classroom environments.
  4. Critically examine, interpret, evaluate and embed in practice knowledge, skills and dispositions as reflective and research-informed practitioners.
  5. Develop skills and understandings for applying and adapting research methods and practical research skills to critically inform improvements in the designs and applications of policy and/or practice innovations in complex classroom settings.

Program Delivery

The M.Ed. is offered in a blended learning model, offering flexibility to candidates through a balanced offering of online learning (48% online and 52% face-to-face classes). Classes are taught from Sunday Thursday, and possibly Saturday.

*Subjected to CAA approval

Admission Requirements

  • A Baccalaureate/ Bachelor's degree in Education or in a related discipline appropriate for the Master Program from an accredited university with a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0-point scale or its established equivalent. Applicants with a degree from a university outside of the UAE are required to produce a certificate of equivalency from the Ministry of Education in the UAE.
  • A current International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.0 or equivalent (TOEFL IBT or Pearson PTE Academic or EmSAT) or higher.
  • All applicants must be currently serving as teachers or with recent teaching experience.
  • In addition to the minimum qualifications stated above, teachers will be required to pass an admissions interview.
  • Teachers can be accepted on provisional entry with a CGPA no less than 2.5 on a 4.0-point scale (or equivalent), and with an IELTS of 5.5 or equivalent (TOEFL IBT or Pearson PTE Academic or EmSAT). There are additional requirements for provisional entry upon a period of provisional admission.

Program Structure


The program is offered through three-terms (11 weeks each) per year, so busy
teachers have fewer courses per term, reducing their workload and making it
easier to balance professional and academic life. In addition, the three-term
structure mirrors school operation.

Core Courses

  • Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment (3 credits)
  • Teaching and Learning with Special Populations (3 credits)
  • Technology integration into Teaching and Learning (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Enquiry Methods and Innovation (6 credits over two terms)

Subject Concentrations

You will choose one of the  following concentrations in the Academic Year 2021-22: Teaching Biology, Teaching Chemistry, Teachng Physics or Teaching Science.


  • Curriculum Progression and Development in Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Science (3 credits)
  • Evidence-based Approaches to Teaching and Learning in Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Science (3 credits)
  • Effective Assessment in Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Science (3 credits)
  • Evidence-based Approaches to Teaching and Learning in Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Science (3 credits)
  • Contemporary Issues and Possibilities in Biology Education, Chemistry Education, Physics Education or Science Education (3 credits)

In addition, you will choose either the Enquiry and Innovation Thesis or a Practice Development Placement.