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Professional Diploma in Teaching

Program Mission:

The Professional Diploma in Teaching is a new qualification which combines theoretical studies and practical experience. It equips students with an integrated academic program which consists of several courses. The program consists of 24 credit hours for graduates wishing to practice the teaching profession. It qualifies its graduates to teach in governmental and private schools. This qualification is a prerequisite for employment as a teacher in several countries in the region. The program is dedicated to qualifying teachers of Arabic, Islamic studies, social studies, science, mathematics, English, IT or any other field related to education.

Program Objectives:

The Professional Diploma in Teaching Program aims at assisting students in getting specialized educational knowledge as well as the basic skills and orientations required for teaching in the basic and secondary education through the following:

  • Developing teaching skills in the following disciplines: Islamic studies, Arabic, English, social studies, science, mathematics,and IT.
  • Providing experience in teaching methods and various possible learning opportunities.
  • Developing awareness of educational technology in learning and teaching the following educational subjects:Islamic studies, Arabic, English, social studies, science, mathematics,and IT.
  • Providing feedback on the policies and modern tendencies which may affect the school curricula.
  • The ability to understand and deal with the learners with special needs.

 

The Program Learning Outputs:

By the end of this Program, the students shall be able to:

  • Use modern and suitable educational methods and techniques in teaching various subjects: Islamic studies, Arabic, English, social studies, science, mathematics,and IT.
  • Employ educational technology in teaching various subjects: Islamic studies, Arabic, English, social studies, science, mathematics,and IT.
  • Effectively carry out class management strategies.
  • Connect between educational theory and practical application while taking into consideration the intellectual, social and psychological aspects of students.
  • Contribute to develop academic curricula in light of modern educational theories.
  • Establish positive and professional relations with learners, teachers, guardians, parents, and stakeholders of the educational and learning process.

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Study Plan of the Program of Professional Diploma in Teaching: it is divided into two semesters and each semester covers twelve credit hours.

First Year / Semester 1

CH Prerequisite Course Name Course code Serial #
3 School Curriculum EDU 471 1
3 Education Technology EDU 472 2
3 Educational Psychology EDU 473 3
The student shall select one course (according to his / her discipline) from the following mandatory specialization courses: 4
3 Teaching Methods of Islamic Education EDU 481 5
3 Teaching Methods of the Arabic Language EDU 482
3 Teaching Methods of the English Language EDU 483
3 Teaching Methods of Social Studies EDU 484
3 Teaching Methods of Mathematics EDU 485
3 Teaching Methods of Sciences EDU 486
3 Teaching Methods of Information Technology EDU 487
12 Total

 

First Year / Semester 2

CH Prerequisite Course Name Course code Serial #
3 Class Management EDU 474 1
6 Specialized Mandatory Course Applied Education EDU 490 2
The student shall select one course (according to his / her wish) from the following elective specialization courses: 3
3 Special Education EDU 491  4
3 Measurement and Assessment EDU 492
3 Educational Research EDU 493
12 Total

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EDU 471School Curriculum
This course studies the main concepts of the educational process, its development and relation to the school curriculum. It presents the concept and development of curriculum as well as the traditional and modern concepts of the curriculum and compares between them. The course also studies and analyzes the factors which lead to curricular development, the philosophical, social, psychological and cognitive bases of the curriculum, and the types and organizations of academic curricula. The course points out the following elements of the academic curriculum: objectives, content, experience, activities, concept of teaching, general methods of teaching and assessment, school tests and curricular assessment. The course also addresses the types and organizations of school curricula in addition to the process of planning for curricula, future vision and curricular development.
EDU 472Education Technology
This course has been designed to assist students and qualify them as teachers so that they shall get acquainted with advanced topics on technology, using educational technologies and modern technology in the teaching process and the advantages of using technology for educational purposes. Students shall be taught and trained on preparing educational aides in terms of planning and execution. The course shall also include the development of technology applications and multimedia in classrooms and the implementation and inclusion of educational technologies in order to reach the best educational methods and approaches. Attention shall be paid to developing the students’ skills in striking a relation between technology and the development of curricula on the one side and the professional development of teachers on the other side. The course shall include issues related to the different concepts, skills, types and sources of educational technologies and how their mechanisms are integrated into various educational situations. In addition, students shall get acquainted with the means of using standards of international educational technologies as an assessment criterion in order to guarantee the quality of educational applications.Students shall differentiate between the contemporary models of educational design in terms of the effectiveness of the integration of technologies in the field of learning and discovering the field of technological applications to cope with the individual learning needs. Besides, students shall carry out the available applications in terms of effectiveness in specific educational environments. The use of interactive mass media, the Internet, and the integration and effectiveness of technology shall not contradict with moral and legal values and issues.
EDU 473Educational Psychology
This subject is concerned with studying the behavior of both the learner and teacher in class learning situations and the developmental prerequisites related to learning especially cognitive development. It also addresses educational objectives, learning, its basic concepts, models, learning the concept, problem solving, transfer of the learning effect, information processing, motivation, intelligence and innovation. Students shall get acquainted with the basic concepts of educational psychology and its application in learning and teaching. Attention shall be paid to the relation between teaching and the application of the fundamentals of educational psychology including its connotations related to understanding the biological rule of behavior and mental issues of behavior such as comprehension and understanding, memory and learning, Emotional aspects that drive behavior, anxiety, the need, ‎achievement, Social aspects of behavior, communication, standards and leadership. The most recent scientific orientations related to the learning process, components and influential factors of the educational situation, the significance of interaction between the learner, teacher and teaching environment of the learning process, learner’s development, conceptof educational psychology and its significance in the teaching process, learning theories, behavioral and field knowledge, principles of theories and their educational applications, and learning models and strategies shall be studied as well.
EDU 474Class Management
This course aims atqualifying studentson the scientific managementof the class by providing them with the necessary knowledge, information and skills and introducing the concept and significance of class management and developing the skills of class management and control. The course addresses the concepts of class management and organization, human relations, class environment, class interaction, class problems and the strategies used in overcoming them. In addition, the course aims at equipping students with the skills of controlling behavior by carrying out the teacher’s duties and functions, applying control rules and mechanisms and developing the effective educational environment by usingmodern strategies and principles in cooperative learning and partnership.

Additional readings: The teacher shall supervise and distribute the additional materials required for the lesson. These materials include readings and problem solving … etc.

EDU 490Applied Education
Prerequisite: completing 12 credit hours including one of the mandatory specialization courses
This course introduces to the learners the real atmosphere of learning and teaching at schools, scientific applications in the classroom and discussion of class events. Learners shall be trained on a number of teaching skills such as qualification for teaching, stimulating the learners’ previous learning, planning the lesson, activity management, asking questions,group management, various teaching methods, various assessment methods, development of work papers, simulating motivation and taking individual differences into consideration.
This course also aims at enabling learners to practice the actual teaching process by applying the knowledge learnt at the various courses. The learner shall be trained on striking a relation between theory and application and implementing the skills on which he / she received a theoretical training. In addition, the course targets at developing and improving the level of performance and the skills of learners whether teachers or employeesby basically training them on applying what they have learnt such as modern knowledge and methods of teaching, assessment and the inclusion of children with special needs. Besides, learners shall be familiarized with the nature of applied education including the implementation of the educational and psychological principles in the field of planning, the development of educational aides, use of modern technologies and execution of all components of teaching.
EDU 481Teaching Methods of Islamic Education
This course aims at introducing Islamic Education, its concept, the significance of teaching it in this age, its objectives,sources, difference between Islamic education and modern education and the analysis of the education process and the teaching methods. The course trains and familiarizes students with the planning process of teaching Islamic education, identification of the lesson elements and objectives and the selection ofcontent and educational activities. It also identifies and trains studentson the various methods of teaching the various branches of Islamic education and the modes of assessment which could be used in teaching Islamic education. The course covers the branches of Islamic education such as the Holy Quran, Noble Prophetic Hadith, Monotheism, Jurisprudence, Exegesis of the Holy Quran, Modes of Recitation, Prophetic Biography, Refinement and the main subjects of the Islamic education curricula for the various educational stages.Students shall be trained on using the educational aides and modern technologies in teaching the various branches of Islamic education as well as performance of assessment in Islamic education.
EDU 482Teaching Methods of the Arabic Language
This course studies the Arabic language in terms of its origin, development, factors of such development, features, structures, functions, methodologies, objectives and the psychological theories governing its learningby providing the students with the knowledge and skills related to the method using in teaching the Arabic language. The course also studies the nature of the language, its entity, skills, existing interrelations, nature of the outputs of linguistic learning, linguistic use in terms of unity and integration, systems of the Arabic language, function of the language for the individual and the community, phenomenon of linguistic weakness, its reasons and proposed corrective measures, methods and skills of teaching the branches of the language and linguistic activities. In addition, the course aims at familiarizing the students with the methodologies of the Arabic language in the various educational stages, branches of the Arabic language which represent an organic unityin the general linguistic system, and methods of teaching the branches of the Arabic language such as dictation, grammar, expression, rhythms and calligraphy. The student shall acquire the performance-based skills in teaching the Arabic language by adopting their modern orientations, scientific methodology, proper strategies and practical application of criticizing and assessing language learning.
EDU 483 Teaching Methods of the English Language
This course critically examines the contemporary approaches to English language teaching, in comparison with the traditional ones.  Aspects of classroom practice will be analyzed, including the role of teachers and learners, classroom management, and teaching language skills in both an integrative and separate manner. The issues of language learning strategies and cooperative learning will also be covered. The course will address the four macro-language skills and their sub-skills:  the teaching of vocabulary, reading, writing, speaking, grammar, and texts. Additional focus is on the latest approaches, methods, and techniques for teaching the four language skills as well as on grammar. It will also cover lesson planning, classroom management, and interactive language teaching.
EDU 484 Teaching Methods of Social Studies
This course addressesthe theoretical and practical basis of the methods of teaching social studies. The theoretical part includes a definition of the concept of social studies, social sciences and social subjects as well as the difference between each of them. It also introduces the approaches of social studies in terms of their nature, features and analysis as well as the methods and approaches followed in teaching social studies and the most important contemporary orientations in teaching them. The course also covers the features of the social studies teacher, the problem he / she faces and the means of overcoming them as well as the employment of technology in teaching social studies.
EDU 485Teaching Methods of Mathematics
This courseintroduces to students the nature of mathematics in the primary, preparatory and secondary stages and especially in the first three grades of the primary stage. The course analyzes the contents of mathematics and manifests the learning aspects included therein.
This course aims atfamiliarizing studentswith the nature and features of mathematics, objectives of teaching mathematics in all educational stages in accordance with the standards of mathematical content,design of the curriculum, preparation of the class and lesson plans, and methods and approaches of teaching the elements of mathematical knowledge. The course also handles the development of the mathematical thought, problem solving, assessment process and the utilization of technology in the learning process. It stresses on the practical knowledge by training students on preparing and delivering model classes. Students shall be trained on the planning processes, formulation of educational objectives, selection of mathematical activities and problems and the use of technological means in teaching mathematics.
EDU 486Teaching Methods of Sciences
This course aims atassisting students to acquire functional information on the concept, nature, significance and functions of science and its relation to the individual and the society. It also targets at assisting them to realize the objectives of teaching science and the educational aides and activities which may be used in realizing these objectives andteaching sciences for the various educational stages. The course aims at providing knowledgethrough the procedures of checking that objectives have been realized.
The subject addresses the applied aspects of the methods of teaching sciences, scientific thought, qualitative assessment in teaching sciences and qualifying the science teacher. The theoretical and practical applied aspects of these issues shall be presented during the teaching process. The course focuses on familiarizing students with the nature of science, objectives of teaching sciences in the basic and secondary stages and the international standards of teaching sciences. It pays attention to analyzing science curricula, preparing the class and daily plan and the modern approaches in teaching sciences. The course reviews the methods of teaching sciences and the process of assessing students’ learning of sciences.
EDU 487Teaching Methods of Information Technology
This course addressesthe implementation of the most important theories of learning and teaching, assessment methods in teaching Information Technology, and the formulation of the objectives of the Information Technology curricular lessons. It also deals with planning the Information Technology curricular lessons, class and laboratory management, means of dealing with the students, and using the teaching methods compatible with the Information Technology curricula such as minimal teaching, cooperative teaching, using the Internet, distance education, programmed education and individualization of education. The course also addresses the problems which face the junior PC teacher, how to overcome them and constructive and target-oriented assessment and evaluation of the colleagues’ teaching methods. Teaching shall be conducted in the PC laboratory.
EDU 491Special Education
This course aims atassisting studentsto get acquainted with the theoretical and applied bases and concepts related to the field of education. The course points out the significance and function of education as well as its relation to the various sciences and especially the school, teaching and curricula. The course specifically targets at familiarizing learners with the concept of Special Education so that they shall be able to identify, deal with and include children with special needs in the regular classes. This covers mentally-retarded, physically-disabled, and deafstudentsas well as students with weak vision and hearing. Also included are the studentswith behavioral and emotional disorders and talented, gifted and outstanding students. The course shall discuss the relevant factors, methods, teaching methods and requalification. This matter shall also assist in developing the skills of early intervention in order to solve the problems of children with special needs. The course focuses on the psychological aspects, and educational, medical, artistic, and social features of the persons classified as people with special needs. The course shall discuss how to enroll them in the public schools and provide them with societal services. The main subjects include the reasons for disability, protection against mental disorder and physical and sensory disability, evaluation procedures to identify relevant instructions, planning educational programs, early intervention, students and family involvement and the special teaching methods for each class of special education.
EDU 492Measurement and Assessment
This course aims at assisting students to identify the basic concepts related to measurement and assessment, the relation between them and how to differentiate between them. The course clarifies the relation between class assessment and learning process, the educational objectives and their relation to assessment. It also handles the means of preparing, applying, marking and statistically controlling achievement tests. It also deals with evaluating an achievement test in accordance with the rules of good testing, differentiating between the criterion-referenced tests and standard-referenced tests, and analyzing and interpreting the results of the achievement tests. The course identifies the tools of non-achievement class assessment tools such as measures of personality through self-reporting, judgments of others, performance tests, measurement scales and anecdotal records, scales of social relations in accordance with specific statistical standards, guidelines and indicators. In addition, the course deals with the analysis of the results of tests, derivation of standards and the validation of their truth and stability.

 

EDU 493Educational Research
This course aims atassisting students to clarify the significance of scientific research in its capacity as one of the means of improving the educational process and using scientific research methodology in the educational fields by training studentson the steps of scientific research, basics and elements of scientific research, standardsof their formulationsuch as problems, presumptions and procedures of research including the selection of samples, tools of collecting field and theoreticaldata and means of the descriptive analyses of data. The course also handles the means of dealing with the various sources of information, methods of quotation, and documentation. Students are trained on making use of some samplesof the studies in order to combine the theoretical and practical aspects. The course also refers to the steps of preparing the research plan and the bases of writing the final report for the scientific research in the field of education.

Holders of the Professional Diploma in Teaching may find jobs in the following fields:
Educationally-qualified teachers to teach:

  • Islamic Studies (Faith, Jurisprudence, Quran and Hadith).
  • Arabic Language (Reading, Listening, Expression, Calligraphy and Dictation).
  • English Language (Reading, Conversation and Listening, Expression, Calligraphy and Dictation).
  • Scientific disciplines such as Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Geology.

 

  • Mathematics.
  • Social Studies (History, Geography and National Education).
  • PC and Information Technology.
  • Children with Special Needs (Gifted and Weak Achievers).