American Univesity of Beirut

Department of Education

Chairperson:
​Karami Akkary, Rima R.
Professors:BouJaoude, Saouma B.; Ghaith, Ghazi M.; Jurdak, Murad E.; Khamis, Vivian E.
Associate Professors:Al-Hroub, Anies M.; Amin, Tamer G.; Baytiyeh, Hoda M.; El Hassan, Karma; El-Mouhayar, Rabih R.; Karami-Akkary, Rima R.; Khishfe, Rola F.
Assistant ProfessorKhalil, Lina
Lecturers:Bachour, Najla A.; Bou Zeineddine, Amal R.; El Khatib, Lara; Hout, Hanin; Mouawad, Rim; Osman, Enja; Shukri Balaa, Rola
Instructors​Jouni, Nidal


The Department of Education offers programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The undergraduate level program leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education/ Elementary. The post-BA/BS Diploma Program leads to a Teaching Diploma, Diploma in Special Education, or Diploma in Educational Management and Leadership. Students can also complete the Diploma program concurrently with a relevant BA/BS degree. The graduate program leads to a Master of Arts degree in Education.

BA in Education/Elementary

Mission Statement

The Bachelor of Arts in Education/Elementary Program aims at developing students’ knowledgebaseforteachingandcompetenceinprofessionalpracticeaswellaspromoting    a commitment to personal professional development and active participation in the professional community. Through fulfillment of coursework, field-based experiences, and professional community service activities, students are prepared to enter the field of teaching and/or graduate studies in education as reflective practitioners, literate in information and communication technology, and critical thinkers committed to the human and moral values of lifelong learning, integrity, innovation, civic responsibility, and leadership.

The BA Program:

The BA program is based on various conceptualizations of teacher preparation programs and contemporary international best practices and trends, and is aligned with international standards. The program prepares all students for both homeroom and subject matter teaching, the latter concentration (Language Arts/Social Studies, Mathematics/Science and Art/Music) being the student’s choice. The program is structured developmentally where course offerings are scheduled by year, distributed over the sophomore, junior and senior years. The developmental distribution is based on core common courses and methodology-practicum courses.

The bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education aims at developing:

  • professional understanding of children and their learning needs at the elementary level,
  • theoretical understanding and practical skills in homeroom and subject matter teaching,
  • broad-based competencies in methods and techniques of teaching to meet learning needs,
  • adequate knowledge of subject matter taught in elementary schools.

Degree Requirements    

The program for the BA in Education/Elementary is based on the completion of at least 90 credits as follows:

  • University General Education Requirements (36 cr.)
    • Humanities (12 cr.): Group I CVSP (3 cr.), Group II CVSP (3 cr.), Humanities I (3 cr.) Humanities II (3 cr.)
    • ENGL 203 (3cr.), ENGL 204 (3cr.); and ARAB Communication Skills Course (3 cr.)
    • Social sciences (6 cr.): One course must be an approved General Education course from outside the major.
    • Natural science (6 cr.): One course must be an approved General Education course from outside the major.
    • Quantitative thought (3 cr.)
  • Education Requirements (39 cr.)
    • Core Education Courses (24 cr.): EDUC 211 or EDUC 216, EDUC 215, EDUC 217, EDUC 219, EDUC 221, EDUC 223 or EDUC 225, EDUC 231, EDUC 232
    • Methods Courses (9 cr.): EDUC 233, One of the following pairs: EDUC 228 and EDUC 229 (art and music) [currently frozen], EDUC 245 and EDUC 251 (language arts, English or Arabic, and social studies); or EDUC 252 and EDUC 257 (math and science)
    • Seminar (3 cr.): EDUC 291
    • Practicum courses (9 cr.): EDUC 268A, EDUC 268B and EDUC 268C or EDUC 268D
  • Subject Matter Courses (12 cr.)
    • Specialization Courses (9 cr.): These are from 200 and above. They include EDUC 218 and one course in each of mathematics and science. Special mathematics and science courses designed for teaching in the elementary school are offered by the department (EDUC 2711, EDUC 272, EDUC 273, and EDUC 274) and must be taken to fulfill this requirement.
    • Electives within Subject Matter (3 cr.): 3 credits in art or music1
  • General Electives (3 cr.)

Minor in Education

The department offers a minor which aims to provide a broad-based knowledge and understanding of the psychological, sociological/philosophical, and professional basis of education. A minor in Education consists of the following: EDUC 211 or EDUC 216, EDUC 215 or EDUC 225, EDUC 230, and one elective from the following courses:

  • EDUC 219, EDUC 223, EDUC 221, plus
  • a general elective in education (3 credits).

BA in Education

​Modes of Analysis
​English and Arabic
​Humanities
​Education and Social Sciences
​Subject Matter
​Natural Sciences
​Quantitative Thought
Lecture Courses (9 + 15 + 30 + 9 + 6 + 3)Required Arabic course (3)

Required English courses:ENGL 203(3), ENGL 204(3)
Required in the humanities (12 cr.):Group I CVSP (3),Group II CVSP (3), Humanities I (3), Humanities II (3)

Elective (3): Art or Music
​Required Education courses (30 cr.):

EDUC 211(3) or EDUC 216(3);

215(3); 217(3); 219(3); 221(3); 223(3) or 225(3); 230(3); 231(3); 232(3)

One social science must be an approved General Education course from outside the major

General Elective (3cr.)
Required courses (9 cr.)*​Required Natural Sci-ence courses (6 cr.) from the approved General Education courses; one from outside the Department​Required Quantitative Thought courses (3 cr.) from the approved General Education courses
Seminar (3)​EDUC 291(3)
Laboratory/Research Project (18 )​One pair of: EDUC 245/251 (6); 252/257 (6); 228/229 (6);

EDUC 233 (3)

EDUC 268A (3)

EDUC 268B (3)

EDUC 268C or EDUC 268D (3)


*Subject Matter Courses (9 cr.)

  • EDUC 218 (3)
  • 6 credits in mathematics and science: one in mathematics (either EDUC 271 or 272) and one in the sciences (either EDUC 273 or 274)

General Electives (3 cr.)

  • students enrolled for a Bachelor and Diploma/ Teaching Diploma must satisfy the full requirements of both degrees and complete at least a total of 105 credits

Diploma Programs

Teaching Diploma Programs

Students enrolled for a Bachelor and Diploma/Teaching Diploma must satisfy the full requirements of both degrees and complete at least a total of 105 credits.

The Teaching Diploma Program prepares students to become elementary and secondary schoolteachers. This requires specialization in a subject matter area that can be completed before or during professional preparation in the Department of Education. The program is comprised of a total of 21 credit hours in education. This preparation culminates in a teaching diploma that qualifies a student to teach at either the elementary or the secondary level.

Teaching Diploma in Elementary Education

Education Course Requirements

  • EDUC 215
  • EDUC 231
  • EDUC 232
  • Elective
  • For students concentrating on homeroom teaching 233, 268A, 268B
  • For students concentrating on teaching language arts, English or Arabic, and Social Studies: 245, 251, 268C
  • For students concentrating on teaching Mathematics and Science: 252, 257, 268D

Subject Matter Requirements

These include 24 credit hours in courses numbered 200 or above distributed over two subject matter areas from the following combinations: a) Arabic and social studies, b) art and music, c) English and social studies, and d) mathematics and science. The mathematics and science courses offered by the Department of Education (EDUC 271, EDUC 272, EDUC 273, EDUC 274) may be considered to satisfy part of the subject matter requirement in mathematics and science. EDUC 218 may be used to satisfy part of the subject matter requirements for language arts concentrations (Arabic–social studies and English–social studies).

Teaching Diploma in Secondary Education

Education Course Requirements

  • EDUC 211 or 216
  • EDUC 215
  • EDUC 230
  • Two methods courses from the sequence EDUC 237-256 plus one relevant course from the sequence EDUC 261-269
  • An elective in education

Subject Matter Requirements

Students must complete the requirements for a bachelor’s degree in a subject matter area taught in elementary and/or secondary schools before they are granted this diploma. These areas include Arabic, English, health, informatics, math, science, and social studies. In case of a shift in major, students are required to complete a minimum of 24 credit-hours in the new subject matter area in courses numbered 200 or above.

NOTE: Only courses that are in areas taught in intermediate and secondary schools qualify for subject matter courses for the purposes of the Teaching Diploma.

Methods Courses

Methods courses at the secondary level are subject matter oriented; i.e., they deal with teaching a subject matter that has been chosen by the student as a major field of specialization. The distribution is as follows:

​EDUC 237, EDUC 238    
Theories and Methods of Health Education
EDUC 241, EDUC 242Teaching of Arabic
EDUC 243, EDUC 244Teaching of English as a Foreign Language
EDUC 246, EDUC 248Informatics Education
EDUC 249, EDUC 250Teaching of Social Studies
EDUC 253, EDUC 254Teaching of Math
EDUC 255, EDUC 256 
Teaching of Sciences


In the case of students who are actual teachers in a recognized school, special arrangements may be made with the instructors of the methods courses to adjust field experience components in courses such as methods courses and practicum.

Admission to the Teaching Diploma Programs

New students should obtain an application from the Office of Admissions and apply as new students. Applications are reviewed by the department and, when accepted, students are classified as special students working for the teaching diploma. Completion of the bachelor’s degree is a requirement for admission of new students to the teaching diploma programs. AUB students working for their bachelor’s degree at AUB should complete a form no later than the first semester in their Junior year informing the Department of Education of their intent to complete the requirements for a diploma. Once notified the Department of Education will assign the students an academic advisor to help them generate a study plan to fulfill their diploma requirements.

Qualifications for the Teaching Diploma and Official Recognition by the Lebanese Government

Teaching Diploma in Elementary Education

Students qualify for the teaching diploma upon completion of the program of study as detailed above, attaining a cumulative average of 2.2 (or 70) or above in its courses, and receiving the recommendation of the Department of Education.

To receive an official recognition of the Teaching Diploma as equivalent to the License d’Enseignement in elementary education the candidate should meet the following:

  • holds the Baccalaureate Part II or equivalent,
  • has completed the diploma requirements with 21 term credits in the field of education over and above the total number required for a bachelor’s degree.
  • and has completed a minimum of 45 term credits in the field of education.

Teaching Diploma in Secondary Education

Students qualify for the teaching diploma upon completion of the program of study as detailed above, attaining a cumulative average of 2.2 (or 70) or above in its courses, and receiving the recommendation of the Department of Education.

To receive an official recognition of the Teaching Diploma as equivalent to the License d’Enseignement in education the candidate should meet the following:

  • holds the Baccalaureate Part II or equivalent,
  • has a bachelor’s degree in a subject taught at the secondary level (Arabic, English, informatics, mathematics, science, and social studies),
  • and has completed the diploma requirements (21 term credits in the field of education) over and above the total number required for a bachelor’s degree.

Diploma in Special Education

The special education diploma program is a 21-credit program designed to help students develop the skills, knowledge, and values needed to specialize in the teaching of children and youth with special educational needs with an emphasis on mild and high incidence exceptionalities: Learning Disabilities (LD) or Giftedness and Talent (G&T). Collaboration and consultation skills will be the cornerstone of the program.

Track One: Learning Disabilities

The Learning Disabilities (LD) track is designed to serve the needs of four groups: (1) Teachers who plan to participate in teaching students with learning disabilities in their schools in Lebanon or other Arab countries, (2) teachers who want to learn how to accommodate the weaknesses of LD students in their regular classrooms or other educational settings, (3) trainee teachers employed in non-school settings who want to know how to work with children and youth with learning disabilities, and (4) parents interested in the education of students with learning disabilities. The 21-credit program is designed to develop awareness, positive attitudes, and understanding about teaching students with learning disabilities, as well as competence in curriculum development, delivery, and evaluation.

Track Two: Gifted and Talented Education

The Gifted and Talented Education track is designed to serve the needs of four groups: (1) Teachers who plan to participate in the education of identified gifted and talented students in their schools in Lebanon or elsewhere in the Arab world, (2) teachers who want to learn how to accommodate the unique needs of gifted and talented students in their regular classrooms, (3) trainee teachers employed in non-school settings who want to know how to work with gifted and talented children and youth, and (4) parents interested in gifted and talented education. The 21-credit program is designed to develop awareness, positive attitudes, and understanding about teaching gifted and talented students, as well as competence in curriculum development, delivery, and evaluation.

For admission to Special Education Diploma, students can enroll concurrently in a bachelor program or after completing the bachelor’s degree. It is preferable if the student’s undergraduate major is in education or in psychology, but students with other undergraduate majors may be considered. For successful completion of the program, students should achieve at least, a cumulative average of 2.2 (or 70). The program is composed of the following courses:

Table: Two Tracks of Emphasis in Special Education: Learning Disabilities (LD) or Gifted and Talented (G&T)

​Track 1: LD Emphasis AreaTrack 2: G&T Emphasis Area
Requirements
​Course
​Course Field & term Hours​Course​Course Field & term Hours
Core Courses​EDUC 215
EDUC 221
EDUC 222
​3.0; 3 cr.
3.0; 3 cr.
3.0; 3 cr.
​EDUC 215
EDUC 221
EDUC 222
​3.0; 3 cr.
3.0; 3 cr.
3.0; 3 cr.
Method Courses (Area of Specialty)​EDUC 280
EDUC 281
​2.2; 3 cr.
5.2; 6 cr.
EDUC 280
EDUC 282
2.2; 3 cr.
5.2; 6 cr.
​EDUC 281​0.6; 3 cr.EDUC 283B0.6; 3 cr.
Total​21 crTotal21 cr


Total    21 cr    Total    21 cr Students can choose to pursue both areas of concentration, thereby completing a total of 30 credits.

Prerequisites (6 cr.)

  • PSYC 201 or PSYC 215
  • EDUC 225 or PSYC 210

Prerequisite courses are only for non-education majors

Requirements (21 cr.)

  • Basic Courses (9 cr.): EDUC 215, EDUC 221, and EDUC 280
  • Methods Courses (12 cr.): EDUC 222, EDUC 281 or EDUC 282, and EDUC 283A or EDUC 283B

Diploma in Educational Management and Leadership

The purpose of this diploma is to provide knowledge and practical training in the areas of educational management and leadership. Holders of this diploma are prepared to become managers of schools and educational training institutions and programs.

​Requirements
​EDUC 211 or EDUC 216
​EDUC 214
EDUC 212   
EDUC 224
EDUC 213
EDUC 226
EDUC 230


For admission to diploma in Educational Management and Leadership, students can enroll concurrently in a bachelor program or after completing the bachelor’s degree. A minimum of one year of relevant professional experience in an educational setting is preferred.

Students qualify for the Diploma in Educational Management and Leadership upon recommendation from the department and completion of the specified program of study with a cumulative average of 2.2 (or 70) or above.

Course Descriptions


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