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Graduate Certificate in Education (Instructional Leadership)

The Graduate Certificate in Education suite of majors are designed specifically to upskill current qualified teachers in particular areas of need, interest and different phases of learning. The course aims to introduce new pedagogies, content and perspectives into current teaching practices. A multi-dimensional approach to upskilling qualified teachers will be offered to ensure high levels of engagement and authentic learning experiences. The program is designed to personalise learning and address contemporary educational issues facing the teaching workforce.

The Graduate Major in Instructional Leadership examines theories of instruction, educational change and leadership and considers the practical application of research from these areas in the complex and dynamic world of education. Students will explore a diverse range of instructional methods, their correct application and the research which supports their use.

In addition, students will examine approaches to leadership and educational change, processes for initiating, implementing and sustaining change, the role of professional learning, coaching and conferencing in supporting instructional change, leading with emotional intelligence, change agents and leadership styles.

Interested in further study in the field of international education? The units of this Graduate Certificate are nested in our Master of Education program, so you can progress with advanced standing and complete the MEd with only 24 additional points.

Fees

AED 25,000

Duration

2 trimesters part-time

Learning Outcomes

1. Critically analyse a range of theories of instruction, educational change and leadership and reflect on the implications of these for own practice.
 
2. Review, investigate and synthesise educational change and leadership incidences and issues through a range of lenses and perspectives.
 
3. Design and implement a range of instructional change programs and initiatives, informed by research.
 
4. Critically reflect on own practice to improve personal growth and performance in designing and leading instructional change programs.

Units you will complete:

  • EDU541 (3cp) - Practical Methods of Instruction: This unit explores the theory, research and practice of instructional methods that can be used in a variety of settings. Students will learn concrete ways to assess, refine and improve their instructional practice and have a range of methods they can use in their teaching context.

  • EDN 505 (3cp) - Leading Educational Change: In this unit, you will critically analyse change and leadership theories and evaluate their practical application in constantly shifting educational reform environments. The unit has an emphasis on the practical application of leadership and change management wisdom in relation to instructional change and explores approaches to leadership and educational change, processes for initiating, implementing and sustaining change, the role of professional learning, coaching and conferencing in supporting instructional change, leading with emotional intelligence, change agent and leadership styles.

  • EDN 517 (6cp) - Learning: Multiple Perspectives, Policies and Practice: This capstone unit offers an individual inquiry-based approach to learning where students critically reflect on their work, form insights on the contextual factors, policies and practices that influence it, and ultimately improve their practice. Students explore critical incidents related to their work from multiple perspectives, and analyse, evaluate and reflect on them via a theoretical framework.

Your Career

Demand for qualified educators is currently on the rise; with that, the need for graduates from accredited educational leadership programs is also increasing.

Educational leadership careers include positions such as:

  • School Principals
  • Superintendents
  • Curriculum Reviewers
  • Community Education Directors
  • Education Specialists

Preparing for a career as a high-level administrator enables an educational leader to manage complex school systems, respond to increasing demands for accountability and handle fiscal responsibilities. Successful educational leaders exhibit strong values, work well with people, achieve goals, handle conflict and coordinate effectively.

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