Master of Education: Educational Leadership
The Master of Education in Educational Leadership provides specialized knowledge in leadership, resource management, organizational change, group dynamics, and data-driven decision-making to equip current and future leaders with the tools they need to drive positive change in a rapidly changing landscape. With an AURAK Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, you will be prepared to take leadership roles in various fields. Graduates of our M.Ed. program are well suited to become school administrators, educational consultants, education policy developers, educational researchers, career counselors, and/or corporate trainers. Indeed, our program is designed to meet your needs, and international standards. It is accredited by the UAE’s Ministry of Education, ensuring that our graduates are well-prepared to enter the job market and contribute to positive change in their industries.
33 Credit Hours
2,100 AED / 572 USD (per CH)
The Master of Education in Educational Leadership Degree is a thorough scholarly experience that provides Teacher-Practitioners excellent learning opportunities in Leadership theory and practice. Lasting four semesters, the degree prepares the Teacher-Practitioners with substantial knowledge and skills to explore actual leadership prospects. As they learn and study together in the Program, the cohorts create a common goal of lifelong learning and reflective advancement of Educational Leadership in the country. Graduates will have the necessary skills and ability to become positive change agents who can substantially impact the continuous improvement of schools and student learning based on data informed leadership, research, assessment, and the implementation of best practice.
Two Year Study Plan
Over two academic years, or four semesters, students will acquire pertinent knowledge and skills required for success in leadership. These skills are taught in a purposefully sequenced designed to ensure students are mastering background knowledge as they progress into more advanced coursework and complex concepts.
The Master of Education in Leadership requires the completion of 33 credit hours across the following key areas of study:
- Budgeting and Resource Management
- Organizational Change
- Inclusivity and Group Dynamics
- Data-Driven Decision-Making
- Educational Psychology
- Educational Policy
- Applied Research for the Real World
These topics include critical areas of knowledge for educational leaders in the 21st century. Students in AURAK’s Master of Education program apply acquired knowledge and developing skills in real-world scenarios, engaging in authentic assessment. As such, graduates of this program report impressive gains in career advancement, research authorship, and advanced study, with multiple students transitioning into doctoral programs in the UAE and around the globe.
This course examines historical, philosophical, social, and psychological foundations of education. Students will explore the nature of teaching and learning as well as UAE education policy. Remedial Course Only.
This course provides students with a broad overview of school finance, budgeting, and the ways in which resources are allocated. Students develop an understanding of the economic, social, and legal principles that inform how schools fund day-to-day operations.
In this course students explore the governance of schools and the building of constructive relationships between schools and communities from socio-economical and sociological perspectives grounded in educational research.
Prerequisite(s): EDUC 511
This field-based course provides students with the tools needed to undertake data collection and analysis in real-world settings. Throughout the duration of this course, students will undertake data collection and analysis for their IRB-approved research project. *Thesis Research Course II*
This course focuses on the role of research in the work of school leaders; ways leaders use research to identify opportunities for improvement and change; relationship between theory, research, and practice; role of research and benchmarking in school improvement; and strategies for change in education.
Prerequisite(s): EDUC 680
This research capstone prepares students in the Master of Education program to finalize their original research for submission to an academic journal. This course is designed to enable students with requisite skills in disseminating research.
AURAK’s Master in Education: Educational Leadership strives to provide a transformational experience to degree holding candidates as they actively apply theory, critical reflection and analysis, and best practice.
AURAK’s Master in Education: Educational Leadership offers a transformational experience to degree holding candidates as they actively apply theory, critical reflection and analysis, and best practice. Engaging in conversations about leadership, change agency, and governance within the school systems of the UAE and surrounding region, candidates will obtain the knowledge, skills, and tools to participate in the resolution of the many challenges that occur when leading schools, communities, faculty and staff, in both their daily activities and in overall systemic change.
Courses and Descriptions
- Theories of Teaching and Learning
- Assessment of Student Learning
- Overview of Educational Inquiry Leadership for Educational Improvement
- School Governance, Politics, and Community Engagement
- Using Research for Educational Change
- Supervision and Evaluation of Instruction
- Administration and Leadership in Schools
- Comprehensive School Reform
- Internships 1 and 2
The American University of Ras Al Khaimah, located at the American University of Ras Al Khaimah Road, Ras al Khaimah, UAE, PO Box: 10021, is officially Licensed from 1 August 2009 to 15 September 2026 by the Ministry of Education of the United Arab Emirates to operate in the domain of Higher Education.
Barring any interruption to their study, the Master of Education is designed to be completed in four semesters, or two years. Students who withdraw or take a leave of absence from the program must meet requirements for returning that are outlined in the American University of Ras Al Khaimah’s Catalog.
Students must meet specific standards to progress and do so within the maximum time allowed to complete the program; these standards and time allotment are also detailed in the Catalog. If a degree is not completed within a period of six years all coursework in the degree may be re-evaluated for its current relevance.
The following program requirements must be met for degree completion:
- Successful completion of the 33 credit hours, across 11 courses, identified below
- Maintain a Grade Point Average of 3.00 or higher throughout the program
- Successful submission of an original research thesis
- Successful participation defense of an original research thesis
Master of Education : Educational Leadership
- An earned Bachelor’s degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or its equivalent in the applicant’s undergraduate degree program.
- A minimum of two (2) years of experience of teaching or equivalent work experience is required.
- Successful personal interview with M.Ed. program faculty.
English Proficiency Requirements
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TOEFL – Paper based
TOEFL – Internet Based
- Copy of Degree certificate – translated into English, if the original is not in English
- Official university transcript – translated into English, if original not in English
- Two letters of recommendation – from a current supervisor and/or professor
- Updated / current CV (résumé)
- Two passport photos
- Emirates ID
- Passport Copy
- Health Insurance / Card
- Copy of a birth certificate
- Copy of the Family Book (Emirati)
- Two years of work experience required for Master of Education Program and five years for Executive Master of Business Administration
Meet our experienced Faculty Members
Our faculty members are a core strength of our program, with diverse backgrounds, impressive academic pedigrees, and a solid commitment to enriching your learning experience. All of our faculty members hold Ph.D. degrees from respected universities worldwide and bring a wealth of professional and research experience to the classroom.
Dr. Alexandria Proff
Chair - Humanities & Social Sciences Department / Academic Integrity Officer / Assistant Professor - Education
Dr. Khaledah Al Mansoori
Assistant Professor - Linguistics, Coordinator of Academic Recovery and Community-Oriented Student Life Activities
Dr. Walid El-Jammal
Assistant Professor - Education
Explore your Career Opportunities
Master of Education: Educational Leadership courses offer excellent career opportunities not only in Dubai and the other UAE emirates but also globally. Gain a competitive edge in the job market with AURAK’s Master of Education: Educational Leadership.
AURAK’s Master of Education: Educational Leadership leads to exciting career opportunities such as:
Child Care Director
Educational Policy Developer
School or Career Counselor