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.
Master of Science in Special Education
12 months to 48 months
Full Time / Part Time
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Evening or Weekend
Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Dubai
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.
About the program
Ours is the only such program in the UAE that offers such flexibility.
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.
Our unique six term structure offers you ultimate flexibility in terms of start date and study schedule and means you can complete the program in one year. This also allows you to better manage your workload as you take only two courses per term delivered in the evenings and weekends. If professional or personal commitments dictate that you need to miss a term, it is easy to catch up.
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"I’m proud to be able to say that I’m the very first graduate of the MSc Special Education program."
After completing her undergraduate studies in Linguistics and Translation in Egypt, Sherine came to the UAE where she worked as a teacher in government schools for 11 years.
"Whilst working as a teacher in the government school sector, I recognized that many students with special learning needs were going undiagnosed. This was partly due to an unwillingness to admit an issue existed and partly due to lack of knowledge and training within this very specialized field. This gave me the impetus to move into this field and promote awareness of special education.
I chose ADU because its international accreditations are recognized in my home country of Egypt. In addition, and very important to me as a working student, ADU caters brilliantly to students who are holding down full-time jobs at the same time as studying. The flexible class schedule enabled me to balance my work, family, and studies with minimum stress.
The full-time professors in ADU are great and I particularly liked that certain specializations were delivered by visiting lecturers."
Sherine Al Wakeel
Tuition fees structure & calculation
Tuition is based upon the College and/or Department classification as opposed to the course classification or level. Tuition rates for undergraduate students vary from the tuition rates for graduate students.
The tuition fee calculations are an example only and are based on the assumption that elective courses will be taken with the College that the student is taking their major with. However, if the student selects elective courses outside of this College, the total cost payable may increase or decrease to reflect the tuition rate of the College where the elective is delivered.
Costs of books and supplies are not included in the Tuition and 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 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 tuition fee structure. Fees are subject to change during the year as per government charges and testing bodies.
It is mandatory for schools within the UAE to employ teachers/coordinators with special needs qualifications. This gives graduates of this program a variety of 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.
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 language proficiency requirements
For master program taught in English, an Official score report of international TOEFL (IBT) 79 or the ITP 550 (taken at Amideast) or the Academic IELTS 6.0 must be taken no more than two years prior to admission, or English EmSat minimum score of 1400 no more than 18 month prior to admission to Abu Dhabi University.
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.
Students with a recognized bachelor’s degree and an EmSAT score of 1250, English Academic IELTS Score 5.5, or equivalent on another standardized test approved by the Ministry, can be granted conditional admission for one semester, and may take a maximum of six credit hours in the first semester of study.
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, please visit Postgraduate International Admission.
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 Postgraduate Transfer Students.
Scholarship and financial aids
Abu Dhabi University is dedicated to empowering outstanding students and inspiring them to pursue their educational objectives.
Our scholarship and financial aid program represents a key pillar in our strategy for academic excellence and reflects our commitment to supporting the development of the UAE.
We consider it an important national duty to provide equal opportunities for students interested in pursuing higher education and enable them to proactively contribute to society regardless of their financial situation.