American University of Beirut

Post-B.A. Diploma Programs

Teaching Diploma Programs

The Teaching Diploma Program prepares elementary and secondary school teachers. This requires specialization in a subject matter area that could be completed before or during professional preparation in the Department of Education. Once completed, this preparation culminates in a teaching diploma which qualifies a student to teach at either the elementary or the secondary level. The program comprises a total of 21 credit hours in education.

Teaching Diploma in Elementary Education

Education Course Requirements:

  • EDUC 215
  • EDUC 230
  • For students concentrating on teaching Arabic and Social Studies: EDUC 231, 240, 251, 268
  • For students concentrating on teaching English and Social Studies: EDUC 231, 245, 251, 268
  • For students concentrating on teaching Math and Sciences: EDUC 231, 252, 257, 268
  • For students concentrating on teaching Fine Arts: EDUC 231, 228, 229, 268
  • An elective

Subject Matter Requirements:

24 credit hours in courses numbered 200 or above in one or two subject matter areas from the following combinations: a) English and social studies, b) Arabic and social studies, c) math and sciences, and d) fine arts. The math 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 sciences.

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

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, math, physics, chemistry, biology, history, geography, and health. 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 will 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 which 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 242 Teaching of Arabic
  • EDUC 243- EDUC 244 Teaching of English as a Foreign Language
  • EDUC 249- EDUC 250 Teaching of Social Studies
  • EDUC 253- EDUC 254 Teaching of Math
  • EDUC 255- EDUC 256 Teaching of Sciences
  • EDUC 246 - EDUC 248 Informatics Education

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 the practical components of the course requirements for the methods courses and the practicums.

Admission to the Teaching Diploma Programs

New students should obtain an application from the Office of the Registrar and apply as new students. Applications will be reviewed by the department and, when accepted, students will be 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 have to apply to the department directly.

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

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

Official recognition of the diploma is granted by the government of Lebanon to Lebanese citizens as equivalent to the License d’Enseignement, if the person

  • holds the Baccalaureate Part II, and
  • the number of credits taken for the diploma are over and above the total number required for a BA or BS.

Diploma in Special Education

The purpose of this diploma is to provide knowledge and practical training in the area of special education for children with mild learning problems between the ages of three and 15 years. Holders of such a diploma are expected to be able to deal with mildly mentally retarded children enrolled in special as well as in regular schools. They should be able to work as assistants to school psychologists (consulting teachers), and/or as teachers in self-contained special classes or resource rooms. Although the focus of this diploma is on methods and techniques for children with special learning needs, it has relevance to almost all educational settings, especially for children in their early stages of growth.

For admission to this program, students may enroll as part of their bachelor’s degree program or after completing the bachelor’s degree. It is preferable if the undergraduate major is in education or in psychology, but students with other undergraduate majors may be considered.

For completion of this program 21 credit hours are required with a cumulative average of 70. The program is composed of the following courses:

Prerequisites: (6 cr.)

SBHS 202: General Psychology (or equivalent)

EDUC 225: Human Development and Special Education (or equivalent)

Requirements: (21 cr.)

Basic Courses (9 cr. hrs.): EDUC 215, EDUC 221, and EDUC 222

Methods Courses (12 cr. hrs.): EDUC 280, EDUC 281, and EDUC 283

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 will be qualified to become managers of schools and educational training institutions and programs.


Block A (15 cr.) Block B (6 cr.)

May be taken concurrently. Can only be taken after with the bachelor’s degree.

EDUC 211 or EDUC 216 EDUC 214 (Management in practice)

EDUC 212 EDUC 224 Instructional Supervision (Practicum)

EDUC 213

EDUC 226

EDUC 230

To be eligible for consideration for admission to the diploma program in educational management and leadership, applicants should have a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university. A minimum of one year of relevant professional experience in an educational setting is also required.

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

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