The Department of Educational Foundations and Administration was established in 1986. Due to the increased demand of education, the number of students increased dramatically and consequently the number of staff.The unit responded to the demand by opening new programs which lead to changing the name in 1997 to The Unit of Educational Foundations and Administration under the umbrella of the Department of Education and Psychology.In 1999, along with the new programs in the Unit, the Unit became independent and named 'Department of Educational Foundations and Administration' (DEFA).



Vision:

The Department seeks sustainable sustainable educational quality and improvement at local and regional levels in the fields of Educational Foundations and Administration.




Mission: 
In order to achieve quality and sustainable improvement, the mission of the Department is:

  • To assure quality of programs for professional fields of educational foundations and administration.
  • To assure quality in academic research.
  • To attain quality in community services.
  • To build effective partnerships with related institutions



Department objectives:


The Department seeks to achieve the following objectives:


  • To develop students' knowledge, skills and attitudes.


  • To introduce students to new educational trends and innovations.


  • To build positive attitudes towards the teaching profession.


  • To develop students' understanding of economic, political, cultural, environmental and informational challenges and their relation to education.


  • To develop students' research skills and competencies, and their application in education.


  • To improve the research competency of the Department academic staff.


  • To develop effective partnerships with educational and research institutions locally, regionally and internationally.


  • To enable students to analyze educational issues at the local and regional community, and suggest methods to deal with them.

 


The Educational Foundations and Administration Department offers its services of professional and educational qualification through a number of specialized programs which are offered on full-time and part-time basis at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. These programs are:




Bachelor Degree in Educational Administration


The Educational Administration Bachelor (EABA)  program was first offered in the Academic year 2003/2004.  This program aims to qualify professionals with diploma degree for a bachelor degree in educational administration through completing (64) credit hours over four semesters. The remaining 56 c.h are transferred from Intermediate Teachers College Diploma. 




Master Degree in Educational Administration


The program comprises four tracks: Educational Planning, Higher Education Administration, School Administration, and Educational Supervision. Each track consists of eight courses and a thesis, with a total of 24 credit hours. The program duration is two years for full-time students and three years for part-time students, in accordance with the University Postgraduate Academic Regulations.




Other Programs


The department offers some service courses for other undergraduate and diploma programs in the college. These courses are:


  • Educational System and its Administration in Oman and the Gulf States ( EDUC 3104 in  Arabic & EDUC 3117 in English).


  • Educational Systems in Oman and the Gulf States (EDUC 3218  in Arabic & EDUC 3217 in English).


  • Foundation of Education (EDUC 2003 in English & EDUC 2004  in Arabic).


  • Family, School & Community (EDUC 2008).


  • Introduction to School Administration (EDUC 3200 in Arabic & EDUC 3201 in English).


  • The Administration of Special education institutions (EDUC 2090).


 

The department offers a range of courses. Below is a description of each course:


 

 

EDUC 3200 2cr. Introduction to School Administration. (2hrs.Lecture)

This course aims to introduce the student in the College of Education to the basic concepts of school and classroom administration and its main processes. It intends to help students define the different administrative roles and assignments of the school principal and classroom teacher. The course also identifies and analyses the principles of classroom management and discusses the styles of classroom management and the problems that are related to managing the classroom, or resulted from, each of those managing styles. The course also includes some field visits to selected schools in order to give students the chance to see some of the real practices and role of those schools' principals.

 

EDUC 2004 3cr. Foundations of Education.  (3hrs.Lecture)

This course introduces students to educational terms, concepts and theories. It focuses on understanding different schools of educational philosophies, including Islamic philosophy, and their implications on the perception of knowledge and practices in the teaching and learning process. The course develops student’s perceptions and understanding of cotemporary educational issues through exploring the relationship between education and society; and education and culture. It introduces future teachers to the teaching profession by discussing the nature of the profession, professional responsibilities and rights.

 

EDUC 2004 3cr. Foundations of Education. (3hrs.Lecture)

This course deals with the concept of curriculum past and present. It covers the definitions and procedures followed in designing, implementing, evaluating and developing Arabic curriculum. The course also covers criteria of selecting and sequencing areas of content and task types of Arabic This course introduces students to educational terms, concepts and theories. It focuses on understanding different schools of educational philosophies, including Islamic philosophy, and their implications on the perception of knowledge and practices in the teaching and learning process. The course develops student’s perceptions and understanding of cotemporary educational issues through exploring the relationship between education and society; and education and culture. It introduces future teachers to the teaching profession by discussing the nature of the profession, professional responsibilities and rights.

 

EDUC 3201 2cr. Introduction to School Administration.  (2hrs.Field)

This course aims to introduce the student in the College of Education to the basic concepts of school and classroom administration and its main processes. It intends to help students define the different administrative roles and assignments of the school principal and classroom teacher. The course also identifies and analyses the principles of classroom management and discusses the styles of classroom management and the problems that are related to managing the classroom, or resulted from, each of those managing styles. The course also includes some field visits to selected schools in order to give students the chance to see some of the real practices and role of those schools' principals.

 

EDUC 2003 3cr. Foundations of Education (3hrs.Lecture)

This course introduces students to educational terms, concepts and theories. It focuses on understanding different schools of educational philosophies, including Islamic philosophy, and their implications on the perception of knowledge and practices in the teaching and learning process. The course develops student’s perceptions and understanding of cotemporary educational issues through exploring the relationship between education and society; and education and culture. It introduces future teachers to the teaching profession by discussing the nature of the profession, professional responsibilities and rights..

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EDUC 3218 3cr. Educational System in Oman and the Gulf States. (3hrs.Lecture)

This course is based on the concept of educational system and its interactions with the other social systems. It focuses on the educational system in Oman and the Arab Gulf States. The course assists students in criticizing the important issues related to the educational system in Oman and its future trends. It also aims at helping students understand the main features of the educational systems in the Arab Gulf area, and the cultural factors that affect and direct them. The course also seeks to help students analyze the different educational reforms in Oman and the Gulf Area.

 

EDUC 3217 3cr Educational System in Oman and the Gulf States. (3hrs.Lecture)

This course is based on the concept of educational system and its interactions with the other social systems. It focuses on the educational system in Oman and the Arab Gulf States. The course assists students in criticizing the important issues related to the educational system in Oman and its future trends. It also aims at helping students understand the main features of the educational systems in the Arab Gulf area, and the cultural factors that affect and direct them. The course also seeks to help students analyze the different educational reforms in Oman and the Gulf Area.

 

EDUC 1001 2cr. Educational Trends in the Modern World. (2hrs.Lecture)

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the factors that led to the emergence of new concepts of the school, and to develop his/her awareness of modern concepts in education and their benefits. Also, the course introduces students to the credit hours system at the university, and some related educational formulas. The main content of this course includes: new functions of schools and some contemporary concepts in education such as: equal opportunities, continuing education,  self-learning, guidance and supervision in higher education, the credit hour system. In addition to this, the course also discusses non-traditional systems in higher education, such as: distance education and open university. Lecture, dialogue and debate are used in teaching this course. There is no pre-requisite for this course.

 

EDUC 1002 3cr Prominent Arab and Muslim Educationists. (3hrs. Lecture)

The aim of this course is to develop students’ spirit of pride to Muslim and Arab scholars mentioned in the thoughts of traditional heritage of Islamic civilization. Also the course seeks to deepen students’ understanding of concepts, principles and educational issues mentioned in those scholars’ great books. The course introduces students to some outstanding Arab and Muslims scholars in the different history stages, such as: Abo Hamid Al-Gazali, Ibn Khaldun, Al-Qasibi, Al-Zarnuji, Abdul Hameed Bin Badis, Mohammed Abdo, Ismaeil Kabani, Tah Huseen, and Sati’e Al-Hussary. Some of the teaching techniques and methods used in this course are: Lecture, dialogue and debate. There is no pre-requisite for this course.

 


The department  of Educational Foundation and Administration runs the following degree plans:
 

Degree Plan for Cohort 2011 and after
Degree Plan for Cohort 2014 and after