AUD Launches Professional Teaching Certificate

The American University in Dubai (AUD) now offers a Professional Teaching Certificate (PTC) that aims to build and strengthen the instructional practices of teachers, teaching assistants and career changers within the UAE. The main aim of the program is educating teachers to use innovative strategies, current technologies, and 21st century competencies in teaching and learning. As it was noted until recently, many positions in schools were filled by individuals who lacked any formal teacher training or any practical experience in a classroom.


Dr. Catherine Hill, Dean of the School of Education comments: “AUD continues to be a front-runner in the region and prides itself on being responsive to the needs of the UAE and the GCC region. The influx of expatriates in recent years and the greater value placed upon education by the local population have led to an increased need for trained educators and enhanced higher education opportunities”.


Given the university’s firm commitment to fostering and accelerating excellence in education throughout the UAE, particularly in the area of teacher quality, AUD’s School of Education now offers two programs of study: the Professional Teaching Certificate (P.T.C.) and the Master of Education degree (M.Ed.).  While both programs focus on elementary and secondary school educator preparation, the P.T.C. is a thoroughly professional 18-credit hour program and the M.Ed. is a higher qualification that consists of 36 credits and involves the study and conduct of research.

In addition to required coursework, the PTC will continue to establish clinical partnerships with local schools, provide opportunities for the ongoing supervision and evaluation of teaching.  AUD’s PTC degree is an opportunity designed to show practicing and prospective educators how to meet this need as lifelong learners.

Upon completion of the Professional Teaching Certificate program, AUD will provide official verification that a teacher or teacher candidate is now recognized as a highly qualified educator according to the highest international standards.


The American University in Dubai is fully licensed and accredited by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MOHESR) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Universities (SACSCOC) in the United States.

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