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Professional Teaching Diploma

 Mission Statement

The Department of Education at the University of Balamand in Dubai is founded on four pillars that are rooted in civic engagement, aesthetic appreciation, human fulfillment and professional expertise and integrity. It believes that the educator is an essential person directly responsible for the facilitation of the development of the child. This development implies the flourishing of curiosity and exploration in ways that allow the child to understand the laws of an ever-changing environment, to critically approach new situations, inventions and discoveries that cross his/her path, and to creatively find solutions or alternatives to both practical problems. The Department insists on the integrity of the human being and the inter-relationship among physical, cognitive and socio-affective fields of functioning. This philosophy is promoted through the adoption of interdisciplinary, socio- constructivist and socio-cultural approaches to training educators.


 Program Educational Objectives

The aim of the specialized TD is to prepare future educators to:
  1. Develop their knowledge of teaching and learning methodologies.
  2. Explore different educational systems.
  3. Teach specific disciplines using proper teaching methods and classroom management techniques.
  4. Explore traditional and alternative assessment tools.
  5. Use Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to enhance student learning and assessment. •Identify learner developmental characteristics and needs. 


 Program Learning Outcomes

At the end of the Specialized TD program, students will be able to:
  1. Teach a specific discipline at the intermediate and secondary levels with an emphasis on developing students’ knowledge of instructional methodologies and the national educational system.
  2. Explore and apply Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in teaching.
  3. Demonstrate problem - solving abilities applicable to diverse classroom contexts.
  4. Create various discipline-related assessment tools which allow the evaluation of students’ learning abilities, their academic needs and their progress.
  5. Demonstrate cooperative and active teaching skills.
  6. Plan lessons, units and curricular cycles by choosing appropriate teaching methodologies and assessment tools.
  7. To prepare educators to be class instructors capable of classroom management.
  8. Demonstrate autonomous, professional and reflective skills.


 Admission Requirements

  • - An earned undergraduate degree from an accredited institution.
  • - A minimum of 2.5 GPA in Undergraduate studies.
  • - Students applying to the TD should either have a BA/BS in the TD specialized discipline (or a relevant area) or a minor in that discipline.
  • - Students applying to the TD to a specialty which is not their major (i.e. a mass com major wanting to do a TD in Arabic Literature) need to complete a minor in their specialty or show proof that they have taken enough courses from their former university to comprise a minor.
  • - TD Special Education students can be holders of any BA or BS. This diploma prepares them to become shadow teachers.
  • - This is a 2 semester program. Students should complete all courses in 2 semesters.

English Language Requirements

  • - Students must complete the TOEFL or IELTS exam as an admission requirement. The following are the required scores:
    • A score of 79 or more on internet based TOEFL (iBT) or a score of at least 550 on the institutional paper-based TOEFL (iTP) or a score of at least 6.0 on academic IELTS (scores are only valid for two calendar years) for all tracks excluding English Language and
    • A score of 88 or more on internet based TOEFL (iBT) or a score of at least 570 on the institutional paper-based TOEFL (iTP) or a score of at least 7.0 on academic IELTS (scores are only valid for two calendar years) for applicants to TD in English Language
    • Exceptions apply to student applicants who meet the following criteria:
      • Students who have a degree from an American Accredited institution and who can provide language proficiency scores submitted to their former institution.
      • A native speaker of English who has completed his degree at an English medium institution in an English speaking country.


Tuition Fees

Program Undergraduate
Tuition/Credit Hour
 Professional Teaching Diploma (TD) 2625
The program is supported financially by UOBD for applicants of the year 2018-2019. To know more email us on

All fees are inclusive of 5% VAT.​