Purpose and Pedagogy

The Islamic Teacher Education Program encourages Muslim educators to think deeply about putting vision into practice. The purpose of this program is to encourage all Islamic school teachers, whether they teach Islamic Studies or any other subject, to define the distinctions of their own teaching practice.

The Program introduces educators to philosophies of Islamic education, or principles of Islamic pedagogy. It extends beyond — while building on — the ideas, theories, and approaches gained in other education programs and certifications. It connects educational thought from the Islamic tradition (classical and contemporary scholarship) with current trends in the field of teacher education in a way that empowers Muslim educators with a deep appreciation for what it means to serve in an Islamic school.

Through a range of guest lecturers and facilitators, the Program offers participants access to some of the most innovative ideas and approaches in the field of Islamic schooling. From frameworks of curriculum integration to instructional approaches that are uniquely grounded in the Islamic tradition, the Program aspires to give teachers the tools to embody their school’s vision and encourage high standards of practice across schools.

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board features a diverse group of leaders in the field of education from across North America that provide guidance on the development, execution, and evaluation of the Islamic Teacher Education Program.

  • Barbara Bodkin

    Director, Continuing Education

    Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto

  • Sarfaroz Niyozov

    Assistant Professor

    Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto

  • Shaykh Abdalla Idris Ali

    Former Director

    Council of Islamic Education in North America

  • Jasmin Zine

    Assistant Professor

    Wilfrid Laurier University

  • Rufeeda Bukhari

    Former Principal

    Madinatul Uloom Academy

  • Jeewan Chanicka


    York Region District School Board

  • Yahya Qureshi


    Islamic Foundation School, Toronto, Canada

  • Elma Harder

    Coordinator/Curriculum Writer

    Sakinah Circle

  • Abdullah Trevathan

    Senior Lecturer, School of Education

    Roehampton University

  • Susan Douglass

    Education Consultant

    Prince Alwaleed Center for Muslim Christian Understanding

  • Ranya Khan

    PhD Candidate


  • Dr. Seymour Epstein

    Former Director

    Jewish Board of Education, Toronto

  • Sajida Somji

    Elementary Teacher

    As-Sadiq Islamic school

  • Ziyaad Vahed

    Senior Policy Advisor

    Ontario Ministry of Education

  • Qadir Abdus Sabur


    Tawheed Prep School, Virginia