Higher Degree Programmes

We offer a wide range of higher degree programmes that can enhance your competence and knowledge as you strive to meet the new and changing demands of your career.

Doctor in Education


  • E-mail: nieadmpp [at] nie [dot] edu [dot] sg
    Tel: 6592 8208
    (for issues such as admissions and application)

  • hairon [dot] salleh [at] nie [dot] edu [dot] sg (Assistant Professor Hairon Salleh)
    (for specific NIE academic issues relating to the programme)

Important Note:
For more information on scholarships, please click here. For more information on awards, please click here. For enqueries on scholarships/awards, please e-mail Assistant Professor Hairon Salleh at hairon [dot] salleh [at] nie [dot] edu [dot] sg.

For matriculated students, please refer to the ISAAC system for the programme structure relevant to your intake during Course Registration or consult your programme leaders if you need clarifications.


The Doctor in Education (EdD) programme is designed for professionals in education and education-related fields. It is targeted at professionals who have a commitment to improvements at their workplace, and in extending and honing their professional expertise in their respective fields of education in both research and practice domains. It acknowledges expertise that candidates have attained in their field by respecting and building on the wealth of their professional knowledge, while at the same time inviting them to examine and investigate their professional knowledge in a reflective, collaborative, critical and research-based way so as to make meaningful significant impact on professional practice, and on their own professionalism and professional identities. The programme also prepares candidates for leadership in managerial and administrative positions who can use and extend existing knowledge to solve educational problems. It is of value to academic staff in universities and colleges, school leaders and teacher leaders in both private and public organizations, and professionals engaging in education and education-related work in private and public settings. It has the rigour and expectations of a PhD, but with a professional focus. The EdD programme seeks to engender professional leaders who can demonstrate that they have critically reflect and examine the professional knowledge in their respective fields of education, yet make significant contribution to the scholarship of educational professional practice. It also seek to empower professional leaders to demonstrate advancement in the investigation of educational professional practice through the conduct of systematic and rigorous inquiry into a field-based issue or problem, and in so doing, provide a good response to current and emerging complex real world problems.

The NIE's EdD programme, benchmarked against educational doctorates from international universities with highly reputable graduate schools of education, has the following key design and delivery characteristics:

  • A view of learning as located within communities of knowledge and practice, through the deliberate building of a cohort community among students.
  • A teaching programme with a clear purpose and coherence, staged in such a way that it takes students' rich and diverse professional knowledge and expertise as a starting point for their academic investigations into professional practice, and scaffolds, through carefully staged and incrementally organized coursework and assignments, their capabilities to critically examine and to research dimensions of this practice,
  • A course-intensive programme (in which the coursework component makes up a substantial portion of the degree) that prepares students for, and eases the passage into dissertation research,
  • Rather than a one-size-fits-all curriculum, the provision of flexibility, choice and focus through a programme that offers both core courses as well as courses from four concentrations (Learning and Motivation, Curriculum and Teaching, Educational Leadership and Change, and Technologies and Technology-Mediated Learning Environments).
  • Both extended (i.e. 12 week) and compressed (two weeks intensive in inter-semester) course delivery, ensuring that the coursework component can be completed within one-and-a half years (full-time) and two years (part-time), and that the necessary content and research capacities for the dissertation component have already been built up by the time the final course is completed.
  • A capstone project in the form of a dissertation that demonstrates students' mastery of the skills of rigorous and in-depth research into their professional context and a specific aspect of their practice, and provides original insight and improvement in practice.

Entry Requirements

  1. You must hold a Bachelor's and Master's degree with good grades from an approved university which we judge to be of satisfactory standing, plus at least four years' relevant experience in education or education-related field.
  2. You may, in addition, be required to pass an approved English language test at a specified level and other tests prescribed by the Institute as a condition of administration for the degree.

You will be interviewed by the Academic Group that offers your selected concentration courses, and may be required to have gained educational and work experience as a prerequisite to these courses.

For international applicants, more information on the entry requirements can be found here


The programme comprises 24 Academic Units inclusive of 4 core courses, 2 required courses in one of four concentrations of your choice, 1 concentration elective, 1 open elective course, and a dissertation.

Core Courses

  • NEDD 800 Critical Inquiry in Education and Professional Practice
  • NEDD 801 Literature Review Methods
  • NEDD 802 Answering Questions with Quantitative Data
  • NEDD 803 Answering Questions with Qualitative Data

Concentration Courses

Learning & Motivation Concentration
  • NEDD 810 Theory, Research, and Practice in Teaching and Learning
  • NEDD 811 Understanding Learner Motivation
Curriculum & Teaching Concentration
  • NEDD 820 Inquiry into Curriculum and Teaching I
  • NEDD 821 Inquiry into Curriculum and Teaching II
Educational Leadership & Change Concentration
  • NEDD 830 Current and Emerging Theories and Practices in Leadership and Management
  • NEDD 831 Values and Ethics for Leaders
Technologies & Technology-Mediated Learning Environments Concentration (offered from 2013)
  • NEDD 840 Trends and Issues in the Use of ICT in Education
  • NEDD 841 Theoretical Foundations of Technology-Mediated Learning Environments

Concentration Elective Course
One concentration course from the general graduate offerings at the Concentration Academic Group of the student’s concentration to be chosen in consultation with the Student Supervisor.

Open Elective
One elective course from the general graduate offerings at NIE to be chosen in consultation with the Student Supervisor.

A 60,000 word research-on-practice based dissertation.

  Download the course descriptions for Doctor in Education


Period of Candidature

The Doctor in Education is offered on both part-time and full-time basis. The candidature periods are as follows:



Up to a maximum of 5 years

Up to a maximum of 7 years

Application for Admission

There is generally only one intake for this programme, in January. You are advised to visit the website and look out for NIE’s announcements in May to confirm if the programme will be open for application at any particular intake.

Applications are to be made online. More information on application details can be found here.

Application for Scholarship

Outstanding students aiming to pursue the Doctor in Education with NIE may apply for the Tan Poey Quee Doctor in Education (NIE-EdD) Scholarship.

For further information and to apply, please click here.