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How to get started with Educational Excellence: Distance Education UAE

18-Sep-2017 13:28:45 / by Nabeela D'Sa

Nabeela D'Sa

Adult Education programs are gaining a lot of traction in today's competitive environment and more so in the Education Industry where more and more is demanded from our educators. So how do our teachers and professors get started with Education Excellence? 

To begin with let us define educational excellence. In the journal 'Educational Leadership', Sternberg claims that "there is more to excellence than reading, writing and arithmetic." (Sternberg, J., 2008, 'Excellence for all', Educational Leadership, vol 66, no 2, pp.14-19, Available from http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/oct08/vol66/num02/Excellence-for-All.aspx. [18 September 2017]). However, Michéle Lamont in an article in the Harvard Gazette written by Amy Lavoie called 'An attempt to define academic excellence' , goes on to explain that the definition of academic excellence or educational excellence is heavily influenced by the integrity and objectivity of the expert/invigilator and even more influenced by the level of significance and originality. Lamont goes on to say that evaluation is a subjective process as it always occurs in context and the definition of excellence varies from discipline to discipline. (https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2009/03/an-attempt-to-define-academic-excellence/

Hence for the purpose of this article, we will identify the definition of educational excellence as "Academic excellence is the demonstrated ability to perform, achieve, and/or excel in scholastic activities. Academic excellence has been identified with achieving high grades and superior performance." (http://www.csufresno.edu/honorsocieties/phi_kappa_phi/Academic_Excellence.htm)

With this definition in mind, how do our educators gain insight and knowledge on academic excellence through a teaching qualification in the Middle East? One of the most popular courses to improve teaching methods is the Postgraduate Certificate in Education with progression from that on to a Masters in Education. Upon earning one of the aforementioned degrees from an accredited institution, you would have the credentials to work as a professor in a university or a community college. You could also secure employment at an educational institution as an instructor or teacher but we would push for you to aim for higher posts such as curriculum developer or quality and technical assurance. 

These programs provide you with the knowledge and skills to help students (even adult learners) be successful in their classes, workshops and training. The student's educational excellence is then defined by the aid and supporter in the class or online on the learning platform. 

So how does Distance Education UAE work? For that matter how does distance education anywhere in the world work? 

Your online education degree is designed with the end user in mind. The scholastic ability of the student/adult learner needs to be addressed and understood by the teacher/professor and then you can use the techniques taught on the education programs to to introduce various aspects of the module such as theory, concepts, models and hypotheses.  

There is no difference between the material explored on an online masters degree program as compared to a full-time masters course. The learning outcomes of the modules do not change and this is the reason these distance learning courses are accredited by the QAA in the UK. The Master of Education certificate from the University of Dundee is even IB accredited. This course even offers specializations such as:

  • Childhood practice
  • Developing Mathematical Thinking
  • Inclusion and Learner Support
  • International Education
  • Leading Learning & Teaching
  • Nursery/Early Education
  • Pupil Care & Support

This is how an educator can get started with educational excellence and ensuring that the objectives of each class or unit is met and exceeded. 

This now begs the question: What will I learn on an Online Masters in Education or an International PGCE Distance Learning?

As mentioned above these programs are designed to advance teachers' knowledge and skills in order to improve the learning experience of the students. Educators who enroll onto these programs can expect to learn how to:

  • Apply their newly acquired skills in an actual classroom setting
  • Design curricula and learning experiences based on their students strengths
  • Help students achieve their potential and monitor their achievements
  • Work with other educators, communities, professionals and families in order to develop better teaching methods and create positive change. 
  • Ensure that students are constantly excelling
  • Foster critical thinking
  • Use technology to assist in learning and teaching

Above are just some of the ways these online programs can help you and your pupils and since these course are completed predominantly online you do not need to take a break from work. 


Earning your Masters in Education / Bachelor in Education through Stafford and our partner institutions is a great opportunity, click on the link button below to inquire directly with our expert consultants. 

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Nabeela D'Sa

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