Professional Teaching Certificate

Teaching and learning through relationships

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AUD offers an 18 credit hour Professional Teaching Certificate program for teachers and teaching assistants who are interested in acquiring the knowledge, skills and dispositions of highly effective teachers:

  • Knowledge (factual accuracy, conceptual understanding, etc.);
  • Skills (speaking, writing, reading, listening, etc.);
  • Pedagogy or performance (rapport with students, instructional strategies, managing transitions, use of technology, personal confidence, etc.); and,
  • Dispositions (attendance, respect, responsibility, initiative, judgment, attire in clinical settings, honesty, collaboration skills, emotional coping strategies, reflection and self-awareness, etc.)

At the completion of the program, students will:

  • Be an effective part of an educational team within a creative learning environment;
  • Be able to understand the political, social and cultural contexts of education;
  • Be able to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all learners and create a positive learning environment;
  • Be able to meet the challenges of elementary or secondary teaching by designing and implementing an effective classroom management plan;
  • Be able to use assessment data to improve instruction and learning;
  • Be able to access and integrate current and appropriate technologies as instructional tools;
  • Be able to utilize research to inform curriculum design and instructional practice.

Students who complete the Certificate will have achieved the professional competencies associated and aligned with the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC). They may apply to continue their studies in the M.Ed. program.

Program Details

The Professional Teaching Certificate is an 18-credit hour program designed to help students acquire, develop and master the qualities of effective teachers, specifically relating to building human relationships, working with diverse learners and using instructional technology effectively.

All students must meet the following credit hours to complete the certificate.

Course Classification

Credit Hours Required

Learning and Human Development


Technological Applications in the Classroom


Principles of Learning and Classroom Management


Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment


Elementary Student Teaching Practicum or

Secondary Student Teaching Practicum




For the full course descriptions, certificate requirements and sequencing view the e-brochure.


All applying students must have:

  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited national or regional institutional body, achieving a 3.00 GPA or better in undergraduate study.
  • International TOEFL®or Academic IELTSTM or the equivalent score on another internationally-recognized English exam. PBT is accepted from specific centers in the UAE.

Students should consult with the Admissions Office for further details or click here


Dean, School of Education and Associate Professor of Education
Catherine Hill
Associate Professor of Education
Nadera AlBorno


Administrative Assistant, School of Education
Ilaha Mustafa Manick