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Master of Arts (Leadership and Educational Change), Joint Programme

  • This programme will be open for the January 2018 Intake with application period from 3 April - 19 June 2017. Click here for more information on the application for admission to Higher Degree programmes for the January 2018 Intake.

  • The Master of Arts in Leadership and Educational Change is an innovative programme with a dual focus on organisational and curriculum leadership. The programme aims to prepare educational leaders to go beyond organisational leadership towards embracing leadership capacities in curriculum, teaching and learning. Jointly taught by two internationally-renowned teacher education institutions, the National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and Teachers College (TC), Columbia University, New York, the programme prepares a new generation of educational leaders for Singapore, the Asia-Pacific region and the larger international community. The programme provides opportunities to build new cross-national learning communities and fraternities steeped in both local and global perspectives.

    Graduates of the programme will be equipped to:

    1. appreciate the economic, cultural, and organizational contexts and tensions of interpreting and bringing about educational improvement and site-based curriculum development,

    2. value critical perspectives, diversity and difference and be open to various theoretical stances and practical approaches in educational leadership,

    3. understand the complexities and dynamics of transformational educational change, alongside necessary reforms to curriculum, pedagogy and assessment,

    4. assess challenges to educational change and develop strategies to overcome them, and

    5. plan, develop and implement educational improvement interventions and curricular innovations through harnessing evidence-based research.

  • The National Institute of Education (NIE) is Singapore's premier national teacher education institute. Established in July 1991, NIE is an autonomous institute of the Nanyang Technological University. NIE positions itself as the leader in teacher education in Singapore and the region by producing high quality graduates who form the foundation for a successful education system.

    Teachers College (TC) is the oldest and largest graduate school of education in the United States and a key college of Columbia University. With its tradition of innovation and transformative education, the College is one of the leading schools of education in the country and the world. Since its founding in 1887, TC has been at the forefront of initiatives to advance educational reforms and issues.

  • Those tasked with leadership responsibilities in leading educational change in their respective organizations, not only from Singapore and the Asia-Pacific region, but also those from the U.S and other Western countries who may appreciate the advantage of pursuing a higher degree in an Asian context delivered by two leading educational institutions.

  • A good Bachelor's degree, preferably with an honours degree or its equivalent according to international standards, with at least 4 years of teaching experience or other relevant educational experience. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in educational leadership.

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

  • The programme comprises 32 Academic Units, which is inclusive of 6 core courses, 4 prescribed electives and 1 open elective. Courses will be taught by faculty from both institutions, allowing participants to engage in learning from two leading educational institutions.

    Students are strongly encouraged to partake in “The Teachers College Summer Experience” hosted by Teachers College during the programme’s intersemester period. During The Experience, students read one of their elective courses in the programme at TC in New York and work with some of the best educators in the world. Participants also visit schools in the New York City school system to gain international perspectives on curriculum and leadership.

    The 4 prescribed electives may vary from cohort to cohort depending on the profile and interests of each cohort.

    Core Courses

    • MALC 801 Perspectives in Educational Leadership
    • MALC 802 Globalization, Educational Change and Pedagogical Reform
    • MALC 803 Curriculum Theory, History and Issues
    • MALC 804 Curriculum Implementation and School Improvement
    • MALC 805 Seminars in Educational Inquiry
    • MALC 806 Integrative Study Project

    Prescribed Electives (Choose any 4 courses)

    • MALC 811 Crafting the Curriculum - From Theory to Practice
    • MALC 812 Differentiating Curriculum and Teaching for Diverse Learners
    • MALC 815 Curriculum and Teaching Policy
    • MALC 821 Teacher Knowledge, Learning and Development
    • MALC 822 Teaching and Learning in the Multicultural Classroom
    • MALC 825 Theories and Perspectives on Learning
    • MALC 831 Assessment and Learning
    • MALC 832 Programme and Curriculum Evaluation
    • MALC 841 School Change
    • MALC 851 Organizational Learning and Development
    • MALC 852 Theories of Organization

    Open Elective Courses (Choose any 1 course)

    You may select 1 open elective course offered across all NIE Master Degree programmes. The offer of electives is reviewed regularly to reflect developments in education and the respective fields. You are advised to take note of the prerequisites for these courses (if any) before registering.

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    Important note for matriculated students:
    Please refer to the ISAAC system for the programme structure relevant to your intake during Course Registration or consult your programme leader if you need clarifications.

  • The programme may be completed in 1 year on a full-time basis. Classes are conducted at NIE in Singapore.

  • Our tuition fees are subject to revision on a yearly basis. More details can be found here.

  • 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 April to confirm if the programme will be open for application at any particular intake.

    Applications may be made online.

    More information on required documents for application can be found here.

    You may attend any of the programme’s courses as a non-graduating student. More details can be found here.

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    Convocation 2016 - Valedictory Address by Elis Tan from the MALEC programme

  • “I would recommend the programme to anyone, in Singapore or anywhere else in the world, considering taking up educational leadership roles or interested in understanding what education is for and how they might contribute to creating purposeful learning experiences and educational opportunities for children.”

    Ms Reshu Dhungana
    Director, Habeli Outdoor Learning Center, Nepal
    Class of 2014

    “My experience with MALEC has been an enriching and engaging one. As a school leader, I appreciate the good balance of research theory and practice application that MALEC offers.The insights drawn from the readings, reflections and discourses will help me return to schools to better serve the needs of our pupils, teachers and parents in education. The opportunity to learn and interact with faculty from Teachers College, Columbia University is definitely a plus point!”

    Ms Tan Lee Ching
    Principal, Rosyth School
    Class of 2016

    “The TC summer experience was an exhilarating social, professional and academic adventure for me. It was a great pleasure to have met, interacted and learnt with a diverse group of talented and passionate coursemates, who offered new insights and friendships. We also had the privilege to meet some of the 'movers and shakers' while we were there. An amazing and splendid adventure! ”

    Ms Poh Shufen
    Associate Lecturer, Republic Polytechnic
    Class of 2015

    “What I like about MALEC is the joint programme between TC and NIE. The programme has broadened my perspectives to look at issues like equity and social justice more closely, in both local and global contexts, and the opportunity to collaborate with international students and professors is truly humbling. The learning journey has been transformational for me.”

    Mr Krishnan Pillay
    Vice-Principal, Jurong West Primary School
    Class of 2017

    “I had a better and deeper appreciation of some of these global challenges that we face, and even as an educator in Singapore, I can also identify with some of these issues.”

    Ms Shawna Lim
    Class of 2016

    “The summer courses we attended comprised of students coming from the PhD programmes and a variety of Masters programmes it offeres in New York.Can you imagine the richness of discourse? It's really rich in the sense that there are so many different lenses!”

    Ms Cinthia Ng
    School Staff Developer, MOE School
    Class of 2017