The School of Arts & Sciences

Department of Education

MA in Education

The educational sector in Lebanon has undergone major changes since the inception of the 1997 curriculum. These changes have raised the debate about the purpose and quality of education, overhauled the delivery modes and assessment practices in the field, and created new positions in educational settings (school counselors, special educators, technology teachers, etc.). LAU’s master’s degree program aims to fulfill the need for qualified professionals that these changes have brought about.

The master’s degree program is for students who wish to study a particular field in education, acquire a general theoretical background for past and future field experiences, or develop new skills for use in professional work in the field of education.

The program was designed for educators who would like to remain on the cutting edge of information, technology, and policies affecting the field of education. Some educators merely want to update their teaching and counseling strategies, research skills, or management techniques needed to play a unique role as teachers, counselors, special educators, administrators, and material developers in leading educational institutions in Lebanon and the Arab world.

Program Mission Statement

The mission of the MA in Education at LAU is to prepare aspiring professionals in the field of education to become leaders, change agents, effective educational practitioners and educational researchers.

Program Education Objectives

Students who complete the MA Program will:

  1. gain critical understanding of curriculum and pedagogy;
  2. develop dispositions for continuous professional development and leadership; and
  3. conduct educational research.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the program will be able to:


To complete the program, students need to take complete 30 credits comprising of: 12 credits Core Courses, 3 credits Elective Courses, 9 credits Emphasis/ Cross-track Courses, 6 credits Capstone (Thesis\ Project\courses)

I. Core Education courses (12 credits)

Number Course Cr
EDU730 Curriculum Design 3
EDU731 Research Methods 3
EDU732 Educational Technology 3
EDU733 Advanced Educational Psychology 3
EDU700 Graduate Workshop* 0

*This workshop requires students to attend a certain number of seminars/ thesis defenses/ workshops and make at least one presentation other than their own thesis defense and proposal. All work has to be completed within the  two years of registering the course. The student has to submit a report (to the department) listing the attended seminars and given presentations and reflecting on each. It is mandatory for all graduate students.

II. Electives (3 credits)

One of the following courses:

Number Course Cr
EDU740 Trends and Issues in Early and Middle Childhood Education 3
EDU741 Special Education for All Educators 3
EDU742 Behavior Modification Techniques 3
EDU743 Trends and Issues in Teaching, Learning, and Assessment 3
EDU745 Educational Policies and Social Impact 3
EDU748 Topics in Education** 3

** Examples of course titles under “Topics in Education” are:

EDU748A: Gender Rights: A Focus on Education, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (3 credits)

EDU748B: Gender and Education (3 credits)

III. Track courses depending on emphasis:

A. Cross Track (9 credits)

Choose any three EDU courses at the graduate level.

B. Emphasis (9 credits)

Choose ONE emphasis from the following:

Specialist 1: Management and Leadership (9 credits)

Number Course Cr
EDU751 Leading and Managing Schools/Educational Institutions 3
EDU752 Trends and Issues in Educational Management 3
EDU753 School Effectiveness and Improvement 3

Specialist 2: Teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages - TESOL (9 credits)

Number Course Cr
EDU761 Trends and Issues in TESOL 3
EDU762 Sociolinguistics and Social Context of Language 3
EDU763 Discourse and Materials Development 3

C. Specialist 3: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics - STEM (9 credits)

Number Course Cr
EDU771 Pedagogical and Cognitive Foundations of STEM Education 3
EDU772 Trends and Issues in STEM Education 3
EDU773 Research in STEM Education 3

IV. Capstone (6 credits)

Students may choose one of the following two options:

EDU799     Thesis in Education 6   
EDU798 Project in Education (3 cr.) and one elective course 6          


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