Graduate Certificate in Education (Instructional Leadership)

Key Information

Duration and course structure

8 months, 2 trimesters (12 credits)

Intake dates


Mode of delivery

On campus




Tuition Fee for the Entire Course (AED): 25,000

Tuition fees are inclusive of VAT.

Qualification: Graduate Certificate in Education (Instructional Leadership)

The majors offered by the Graduate Certificate in Education program are created expressly to upgrade the skills of practising teachers in areas of need, passion, and various stages of learning. The course strives to improve current teaching methods by integrating new pedagogies, content, and views. To promote high levels of engagement and real-world learning experiences, trained teachers will be provided with a multifaceted approach to upskilling. The curriculum aims to personalise learning and deal with current difficulties in education that the teaching workforce must deal with.

The Graduate Major in Instructional Leadership investigates leadership, educational transformation, and instructional theories, as well as how these ideas might be used practically in the challenging and evolving field of education. Students will investigate a variety of teaching techniques, their proper implementation, and the research that backs them up.

Are you considering doing more research in the area of global education? Because this Graduate Certificate's sections are integrated with those in our Master of Education program, you can progress with advanced standing and finish the MEd with just 24 extra credits.

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.

Course structure

  • 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

As the need for professional educators rises, so does the demand for graduates from certified programs in educational leadership.

Careers in educational leadership can be found in these areas:

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

A leader in education can handle multiple school systems, meet rising accountability demands, and manage finances by preparing for a career as a high-level administrator. Strong moral character, interpersonal skills, goal-achievement, good conflict management, and coordination are all traits of effective educational leaders.

Faculty profiles – M.ED

Faiza Qureshi is the Discipline Lead for the Master of Education and Foundation Programs at Murdoch University, Dubai. She serves as Chair of the Learning and Teaching Committee and is a full-time lecturer for the MEd and Graduate Certificates in Education courses. Faiza currently teaches courses in education on policy analysis, teaching and learning in culturally diverse environments, teaching methodologies and research for educators. She is also an associate editor for a Scopus-indexed Journal of Applied Learning and Teaching.

Currently pursuing a PhD in Education from Murdoch University (Australia), Faiza holds a Master of Education degree from Murdoch University (Dubai), a UG Dip in English from the University of London (UK), and an ICELT qualification from Cambridge (UK). She also has Senior Fellowship and AFHEA from Advance HE.

With a career spanning over 15 years in the education sector, Faiza is actively engaged in  several SoTL and higher education research projects and regularly publishes articles in academic journals on learning and teaching in higher education; she has been on an editorial board of an ELT journal for several years and has also co-authored an ESL book and a few works of fiction. Faiza has also been a Vice Principal at a school and serves on the stakeholders' committees for schools.