The Masters of Arts in Online Curriculum and Instruction targets excellence in the development, implementation, delivery, and assessment of online courses. The accredited program is designed for those interested in the integration and usage of e-learning and smart technologies in their teaching and training practices.

The Masters of Arts in Online Curriculum and Instruction degree in education program provides the opportunity for the learner to extend preparation in professional education through coursework and to pursue further work in subject matter areas where he/she feels a need for greater teaching proficiency.

This program opens an educational space where learners with a first degree in education, human or social sciences will build the capacity needed to technology-enhance their pedagogical practices when they are engaged in education or training careers (adult pedagogy, training, communication, instructional design).

This accredited program will help future e-instructional engineers to develop, implement, deliver and assess distance education and online programs. For an overview of core units and electives you can study in this course, please see study plan.

Accreditation: This program is accredited by the UAE Ministry of Education’s Commission for Academic Accreditation

General Admission Requirements: The applicant must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited Higher Education Institution with a minimum AGPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 Scale or its equivalent. For full admission requirements and transfer from other institutions, please see Postgraduate Admission Requirements.

Tuition Fees: AED 2000 per Credit Hour (36 Credit Hours)
For tuition fees and other academic program related fees, please see Tuition & Fees.

Target audience
This program is designed to attract a diverse audience interested in the creation, design, engineering and delivery of educational material using online technologies and digital media. Learners with a background in education, human or social sciences (psychology, sociology, philosophy) as well as academics, HR specialists, and corporate trainers will take a full benefit of this program.
Program Goals
Prepare learners and future e-instructional engineers to develop, implement, deliver and assess distance education/ online programmes. Perfect their ability to use all features of an online learning environment to improve the practices of their learner(s) and to innovate in their own practice.
Expose learners and future pedagogical engineers to major concepts and theories related to learning, teaching and training using educational technologies, as well as the pedagogical applications of these concepts to the effective delivery of online learning.
Develop an awareness of the emerging context of online global higher education. Prepare future graduates with a critical understanding of the frameworks of participative knowledge production, quality assurance and qualifications recognition needed in order to formulate effective online learning strategies in the future.
Develop the abilities of learners to use authentic assessment methods and strategies to evaluate, apply and adapt instructional plans, while promoting alternative goals and strategies when necessary, particularly in relation to assessment findings.
Provide learners with advanced principles of instructional design enabling them to effectively use web/multimedia e-learning authoring tools.
Prepare learners to develop, enhance/add-value to methodologies for planning, managing, developing and assessing online educational scenarios and activities.
Provide learners, users and authors of material with sound knowledge of intellectual property and copyright (IPR) issues that impact digital online education.
Program Outcomes
Acquire a comprehensive and highly specialized knowledge in curriculum and learning design, aligned with smart learning principles.
Acquire advanced knowledge of principles of research methods to excel in the design, development, delivery and assessment of curriculum and instruction in emerging technological paradigms
Master the processes of inquiry and knowledge production in the design, development, delivery and assessment of online content within smart learning systems
Demonstrate advanced skills of research, analysis, synthesis and evaluation in the design, development, delivery and assessment of innovative online curricula
Develop new knowledge and procedures supporting the design, development, delivery and assessment of online courses, using highly developed cognitive and creative skills and intellectual independence
Demonstrate planning skills to develop, execute and manage diverse online curricula scenarios using appropriate methodologies
Demonstrate specialized communication and information technology skills to present, explain and/or critique complex issues related to the design, development, delivery and assessment of online curricula
Function autonomously and/or take responsibility for managing professional practices, work, processes, or complex, unpredictable, and unfamiliar technology-enhanced systems requiring new strategic approaches, interventions, or conceptual abstract solutions
Analyze, reflect and take self-responsibility for improving curricula and learning designs in accordance to the emerging socio-cultural norms within traditional cultures.
Reflect on current practices and propose practical solutions for future practices to improve ineffective curricula
Lead the strategic development and implementation of professional teams and self in the design, development, delivery and assessment of online curricula
Self-evaluation/contribution to professional knowledge and practice in innovative e-learning and technology-enhanced education contexts
Be consistently responsible when managing highly professional and ethical issues, leading to informed, fair and valid decisions in this evolving domain
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Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for Master graduates include

  • e-Content Developers
  • Training Specialist
  • Online Teaching Support Associate
  • Curriculum Manager
  • Instructional Design Specialist
  • Director, Teaching and Learning
  • Online Instructors
  • Learning Specialist