If you are a teacher of Science, Physics, Biology and Chemistry, the In-service PGDE program will provide you with opportunities to further build on your experience and expand your classroom skills and knowledge. The PGDE program is specifically designed for in-service Primary and Secondary teachers. Our tracks build subject knowledge and introduce leading edge innovative strategies for planning and teaching effective lessons based on the curriculum. The subject-based Practice Development Placement (Practicum) component of the program supports you develop new and innovative ways of supporting the students you teach improve their learning achievements.

The benefits that you will gain from

The benefits which you will gain from ECAE’s in-Service PGDE 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. Initiate and manage effective professional activity in highly complex school and classroom environments.
  2. Create research-informed professional knowledge and practice effective for optimising the quality of learning of their students.
  3. Develop, adapt and apply comprehensive knowledge of current and leading edge educational research, theory, practice and innovation related to effective classroom pedagogy, assessment and curriculum progression.
  4. Engage in life-long learning, critical reflection and professional development.

Program Delivery

The in-service PGDE 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 to Thursday, and possibly on Saturdays.

*Subjected to CAA approval

Admission Requirements

  • A Baccalaureate/Bachelor's degree in Education or in a related discipline appropriate for the PGDE 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.
  • Currently serving as teachers or with recent teaching experience (at least one year).
  • 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). They can also be accepted with a CGPA between 2.0 to 2.49 on a 4.0-point scale (or equivalent), which requires nine graduate-level credit hours as remedial preparation for the graduate program. There are additional requirements for provisional entry upon a period of provisional admission.

ECAE will give preferential consideration to teachers with an undergraduate degree in the subject of the selected track. For the PGDE in General Science, a degree in either education, science, or a related discipline is acceptable. For the PGDE in Biology, Chemistry or Physics Education, the applicant should hold a degree in the subject of their chosen track, or in a closely related discipline.

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

The program consists of four core courses:

  • Classroom Management and Communication Skills (3 credits)
  • Critical and Enquiry Perspectives on Teaching, Learning and Assessment (3 credits)
  • Technology Integration into Teaching and Learning (3 credits)
  • Practice Development Placement (10 credits)

Subject Tracks

Two elective courses are selected from five specialist tracks offered in the academic year 2021-2022. Teachers can choose one of the following tracks in the PGDE:

  • Teaching Biology
  • Teaching Chemistry
  • Teaching Physics
  • Teaching Science

The science courses lean heavily upon hands-on, student-centred active learning pedagogies, some of which will take place online, and some in our highly equipped science labs.

Track Courses

  • Evidence-based Approaches to Teaching and Learning in Science / Physics/ Chemistry/ Biology Education (3 credits)
  • Effective Assessment in  Science / Physics/ Chemistry/ Biology Education (3 credits)