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Program Overview and Objectives

Delivery type Duration Language Intakes Study location(s)
Evening or Weekend Part-time: 2 years English Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer Available at Abu Dhabi and Dubai campus
Al Dhafra Region and Abu Dhabi Downtown (Subject to CAA approval)

Designed for experienced educators to critically engage with current thinking and ideas about inclusive and specialist education, this program will develop your knowledge of specific learning difficulties and enable you to become a perceptive practitioner who is able to use research to inform your own practice.

The program provides a firm grounding in understanding a range of special needs in children of various ages, as well as effective teaching strategies and lesson planning for these groups. Theory and practice is combined in special needs classroom instruction and extensive clinical experiences, with individual guidance being key.

You will leave the program equipped to tackle the challenges that come from working with students who have special physical, emotional, intellectual or emotional needs, as well as tools to deal with disruptive behavior and gifted students alike.

Accreditation

This program is nationally accredited by the Commission for Academic Accreditation at the UAE’s Ministry of Education - Higher Education Affairs. Additionally, the program is internationally recognized and accredited by the following bodies.

The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) is one of the most prestigious academic bodies responsible for the accreditation of public & private universities, colleges, secondary & elementary schools in the USA & foreign institutions
  • Career Prospects

    Graduates of this program are offered career opportunities in both the public and private school sectors, as well as organizations focused specifically on special needs. They may use the knowledge and skills gained from the program to enhance their mainstream teaching role or choose to specialize in the areas of early intervention or special education teaching, as well as administrative and supervisory roles.

    The acquisition of a master’s degree demonstrates a high level of knowledge in your chosen field. You may use it to enhance your employability, as preparation for further academic research or as a means of professional training.

  • Entry Requirements for Direct Admission

    • Bachelor Degree: in a directly related discipline with a minimum CGPA of 2.50 on a 4.00-point scale, from an accredited university recognized by the UAE’s Ministry of Education- Higher Education Affairs.
       
    • English Proficiency Tests: with a minimum score range of 1400 - 1525 on the English language portion of the EmSAT examination, or its equivalent on other national or internationally-recognized tests that are approved by the CAA, such as TOEFL scores of 213 CBT (Computer-Based Test), 79 IBT (Internet-Based Test), 550 PBT (Paper-Based Test), or 6.0 IELTS (taken at Amideast).

    We also welcome applications from students with a variety of bachelor degrees from an accredited university recognized by the UAE’s Ministry of Education- Higher Education Affairs, upon their successful completion of any required program foundation courses. These applicants will be granted admission into the program after the successful completion of some business foundation courses. For more information on international students’ admission to any of ADU’s postgraduate programs visit International Postgraduate Students.

    Applicants with CGPA’s and English Proficiency Test scores that don’t match the above requirements may be granted exceptions for conditional admission. For more information on conditional admission to any of ADU’s postgraduate programs visit Conditional Admissions.

    Students who are native speakers of English, and have completed their undergraduate education in an institution where the medium of instruction is English may be exempted from the English Proficiency Tests. For inquiries and more information, visit Postgraduate Admissions.

    Postgraduate transfer students may apply for credit transfer for courses taken prior to joining Abu Dhabi University only once, when they first apply for admission. For more information on requirements for credit transfer, visit Transfer Students.

    For further guidance on requisite pre-core courses, and required admission documents, visit postgraduate admissions

    or call toll free +9712 800 ADYOU (23968)

    or email admissions@adu.ac.ae for Abu Dhabi and Al Ain campuses

    or admissiondxb@adu.ac.ae for Dubai Knowledge Park campus

    or click here to download ADU’s postgraduate programs catalogue

  • Curriculum

    Core Courses: 30 Credit Hours

    COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE CREDIT HOURS
    EPEDC 501 Special Education and Exceptionality 3
    EPEDC 502 Measurement and Evaluation in Sp. Ed. 3
    SPEDC 503 Curriculum Development and Instructional Strategies 3
    SPEDC 504 Early Childhood Intervention programs 3
    SPEDC 506 Research Methodology in Sp. Ed. 3
    SPEDC 507 Administration, Management, and Organizing Policies and Services in Sp.Ed. 3
    SPEDT 511 Assistive Technology in Sp.Ed. 3
    SPEDC 580 Internship/ Field Experience. 3

    Elective Courses: 6 Credit Hours

    COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE CREDIT HOURS
    SPEDC 520 Seminar in Learning Disabilities 3
    SPEDC 521 Seminar in Intellectual disabilities 3
    EPEDC 522 Seminar in Emotional and Behavioral Disorders 3
    SPEDC 523 Seminar in Sensory and Physical Disabilities 3
    SPEDC 524 Seminar in Language and Communication Disorders 3
    SPEDT 525 Seminar in Gifted and Talented Education 3
    SPEDC 526 Seminar in Remedial Education 3
    SPEDC 527 Seminar in Autism 3
    SPEDC 505 Advanced- Current issues in Sp.Ed: 3
  • Study Plan

     

    Semester I (Term A)
    COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE CREDIT HOURS
    SPEDC 501 Special Education and Exceptionality 3
    SPEDC 502 Measurement and Evaluation in Sp. Ed. 3
    Semester I (Term B)
    COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE CREDIT HOURS
    SPEDC 504 Early Childhood Intervention programs 3
    SPEDC 506 Research Methodology in Sp. Ed. 3
    Semester II (Term A)
    COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE CREDIT HOURS
    SPEDC 507 Administration, Management, and Organizing Policies and Services in Sp.Ed. 3
    Elective I 3
    Semester II (Term B)
    COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE CREDIT HOURS
    SPEDT 511 Assistive Technology in Sp.Ed. 3
    SPEDC 580 Internship/ Field Experience. 3
    Semester III (Term A)
    COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE CREDIT HOURS
    SPEDC 503 Curriculum Development and Instructional Strategies 3
    Semester III (Term B)
    COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE CREDIT HOURS
    Elective II 3

    Elective Courses: 6 Credit Hours

    COURSE CODE COURSE TITLE CREDIT HOURS PREREQUISITE
    SPEDC 520 Seminar in Learning Disabilities 3
    SPEDC 521 Seminar in Intellectual disabilities 3
    EPEDC 522 Seminar in Emotional and Behavioral Disorders 3
    SPEDC 523 Seminar in Sensory and Physical Disabilities 3
    SPEDC 524 Seminar in Language and Communication Disorders 3
    SPEDT 525 Seminar in Gifted and Talented Education 3
    SPEDC 526 Seminar in Remedial Education 3
    SPEDC 527 Seminar in Autism 3
    SPEDC 505 Advanced- Current issues in Sp.Ed: 3
  • Scholarships

    Scholarships (Dubai)

    Program

    Fees Per

    Credit Hour

    Total Credit Hours

    Total Credit Hours Tuition Fees

    Master of Science in Special Education

    AED 1,750

    36

    AED 63,000

     

    ADU’s Scholarships & Financial Aid Fund offers postgraduate students 3 types of scholarships of up to 25% in tuition fee waivers. For more details, or information on your eligibility, please click here.

     

    Program Tuition Fees after Discount/Scholarship

    Inaugural Grant*

    20%

    Alumni

    20%

    Merit (min. GPA 3.4)

    25%

    Not applicable

    AED 50,400

    AED 47,250

    For further details, or information on your eligibility for the above, please click here.

    * Terms and conditions apply

    Note: The costs of books and supplies are not included in the tuition fees. Students at Abu Dhabi University are also required to pay certain fees and other costs to attend the University.  Abu Dhabi University reserves the right to change tuition and other fee rates at any time.  A tuition schedule is published prior to registration for each semester.  For more information, please click here to view the University's fee structure.

  • Fees

    POSTGRADUATE TUITION AND FEE RATES
    Academic Year 2017-2018

    TUITION STRUCTUREAED Per Credit Hour for College/Department Requirement
    Arts & Sciences
    Master of Education in Educational Leadership AED 2,840
    Master of Science in Special Education AED 2,840
    Professional Diploma in Teaching (Arabic / English) AED 900
    Business
    Executive Master of Business Administration AED 2,840
    Master of Business Administration with specializations in: Aviation Management, Logistics & Supply Chain Management, Project Management, Finance, Human Resource Management AED 2,840
    Master of Human Resources Management AED 2,840
    Master of Strategic Leadership AED 2,840
    Doctorate of Business Administration AED 4,620
    Engineering
    Master of Engineering in Electrical & Computer Engineering AED 2,835
    Master of Engineering Management AED 2,940
    Master of Project Management AED 2,940
    Master of Science in Civil Engineering AED 2,835
    Master of Science in Electrical & Computer Engineering AED 2,835
    Master of Science in Information Technology AED 2,835
    Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering AED 2,835
    Master of Science in Sustainable Architecture AED 2,835
    Guided Reading Course AED 2,100
    Law
    Master of Public Law AED 2,840
    Master of Private Law AED 2,840
    FeesAED
    Admission Application Fee (Non-refundable) AED 400
    Registration Fee (Non-refundable; Paid once upon admission) AED 2,850
    Fall/Spring Winter/Summer
    Late Registration/Payment 500 500
    Student Services 350 175
    Healthcare Services 120 60
    Institutional TOEFL (Optional) 425
    IELTS Exam (Optional) 945
    Accommodation FeesAED
    Fall/Spring Winter/Summer
    Private 12,500 3,800
    Semi-private 9200 2800
    Double 6700 2000
    Double with Shared-bath 5400 1700

    Note:  Abu Dhabi University reserves the right to make changes affecting tuition and other fees during the fiscal year.



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