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Diploma (Physical Education, Primary)

  • The programme is for GCE 'A' level holders and Polytechnic Diploma holders. The two-year full-time programme seeks to train student teachers to teach Physical Education at the primary level.

  • If you are interested in these programmes, look out for advertisements in the newspapers or on TV, or call the MOE hotline 1800-840 8585. Alternatively, you can submit your application on-line through the MOE website at https://www.moe.gov.sg/careers/teach/how-to-apply.
  • The Practicum is a very important component of the diploma programme. Its principal function is to provide student teachers with the opportunity to develop teaching competencies in a variety of instructional contexts and at different levels, under the guidance and supervision of cooperating teachers and university lecturers. They will learn from experienced cooperating teachers about the schooling process and prepare themselves for their roles and responsibilities in teaching.

    During the Practicum, student teachers will be able to use the knowledge and skills acquired in the subjects they read at the university, and have opportunities to integrate theory and practice in schools.

    The Practicum is spread throughout the entire course of study and is developmental in nature. It comprises two school attachment periods, i.e., Teaching Practice 1 (TP1) and Teaching Practice 2 (TP2).

    1st Year DPR102 - Teaching Practice 1 (TP1) No. of AUs = 3

    At the end of the first year, the student teachers will undergo a 5-week TP. Its purpose is to provide student teachers practical experience in helping their Cooperating Teachers (CTs) plan lessons, prepare resources, manage pupils. They will also be given opportunities to observe their CTs teach and to do some guided teaching.

    2nd Year DPR202 - Teaching Practice 2 (TP2) No. of AUs = 12

    TP is the last component of the Practicum. It is 10 weeks long - this duration will provide time for student teachers to have a more holistic school attachment experience which would include exploring other aspects of a teacher's life besides classroom teaching, for e.g., observing how CCAs are managed.

  • Core Courses
    1st Year DPA10A - Introduction to Physical Education & Sport No. of AUs = 2

    This course emphasises concepts related to the broad field of physical education and sport. It provides an overview of the disciplines that study the field's philosophical, historical, cultural, and sociological foundations and their applications to professional practice. The course examines the structure of the Singapore Sports Council, National Sport Associations, Singapore Schools Sports Council and the Co-Curricular Activities Branch and their relationships in promoting participation in sports from recreational to high performance levels. The daily work in physical education and sport, looking at the traditional field of teaching and coaching, is also highlighted. Current issues and future directions in the field are also explored.

    1st Year DPA10B - Growth and Motor Development No. of AUs = 2

    This course is a study of physical growth and motor development, with particular emphasis on the growing years. Attention will be focused on factors that impact physical growth and motor development, age-related changes and individual and gender differences in development, especially during puberty. Implications for the teaching of physical education will also be discussed.

    1st Year DPA10C - Anatomical and Biomechanical Foundations of Physical Activity No. of AUs = 3

    Structural anatomy deals with the knowledge and an understanding of the skeleton, joints and muscle structure that produces movement. The lever systems that effects movement will be discussed in this course. Biomechanics is the study of a biological system by means of mechanics. This course introduces the basic mechanical concepts and principles that govern human movement. The aim of this course is to expose students to qualitative analysis of sports using basic concepts of mechanics and anatomy.

    1ST Year DPA10D - Physiology of Exercise No. of AUs = 2

    The principal areas covered include the energy metabolism for exercise, aerobic performance and anaerobic performance, sex and age-associated differences in exercise performances and thermoregulation in the heat. The associated teaching implications will be brought to the fore. In addition, aspects of functional anatomy dealing with the various systems of the body and the part each plays in physical performance, health and fitness will be discussed in this course.

    2nd Year DPA20A - Foundations of Psychology & Motor Learning in Physical Activity No. of AUs = 3
    Pre-requisites: DPA10B

    The principal areas covered include the energy metabolism for exercise, aerobic performance and anaerobic performance, sex and age-associated differences in exercise performances and thermoregulation in the heat. The associated teaching implications will be brought to the fore. In addition, aspects of functional anatomy dealing with the various systems of the body and the part each plays in physical performance, health and fitness will be discussed in this course.

  • Core Courses
    1st Year DPC10A - Principles of Game No. of AUs = 2

    This course is designed to introduce student teachers to the concepts, theories and principles underpinning games. The course will provide student teachers with a deeper understanding of the nature of games and will allow them to be more creative whilst adopting a more analytical approach to the study of specific games in the physical education programme.

    1st Year DPC10B - Instructional Methods in Teaching of Physical Education No. of AUs = 2

    Foundation skills of planning, teaching and evaluating physical education for schools: content selection; organisation; instructional methods; task, time and student management systems; observation of student performance; feedback provision. Course format will include lectures, discussions, practical experiences, group work, and microteaching.

    1ST Year DPC10C - BASKETBALL NO. OF AUS = 2
    PRE-REQUISITES APPLY*

    A variety of practical applications including:
    1) individual on-ball and off-ball skill development,
    2) team/game situations and
    3) delivery of a basketball class using action-station and team-teaching methods are used to improve skills and knowledge in basketball.

    Students will be able to assimilate that knowledge (apply it into the Physical Education pedagogy context) in a fun learning-oriented environment.

    1ST Year DPC10D - FUNDAMENTAL MOVEMENT SKILLS (FMS) NO. OF AUS = 2

    The FMS course provides an overview of the role of fundamental movement within the Singapore’s school physical education curriculum, focusing on developing fundamental movement skill proficiencies at the lower primary, and application in modified games in the upper primary level. Specifically, this course will address the various manipulative, locomotor and non-locomotor skills applied within a movement framework that helps define the qualitative and quantitative aspects of human movement.

    1ST Year DPC10E - CURRICULUM GYMNASTICS NO. OF AUS = 2
    PRE-REQUISITES APPLY*

    This course will introduce the curriculum gymnastics to participants by means of thematic movement concepts based largely on floor activities and incorporating small and large apparati. The aims of curriculum gymnastics will be espoused. The basic vocabulary of movement will be enhanced with emphasis on the cognitive and affective development through the appropriate use of pedagogical styles. Basic floor, kipping and vaulting skills will be taught with a focus on a mechanical understanding of the techniques involved as well as developing appropriate progression and competent spotting and an understanding of the biomechanical principles involved. Advances in video and computer technology will be introduced to student teachers to enhance their ability to analyse movement qualitatively. It is hoped that participants will complete the course with a heightened level of confidence and personal conviction in teaching gymnastics in a safe and fun way.

    1ST Year DPC10G - SOCCER NO. OF AUS = 2
    PRE-REQUISITES APPLY*

    This course is designed to impart basic soccer skills and knowledge to student teachers to be for the purpose of teaching children in a school setting. The emphasis of the course is on providing ample opportunities to play the game as well as to gain better knowledge on how to teach students.

    1ST Year DPC10J -Theory and Practice in Outdoor Education (Primary) NO. OF AUS = 2

    This course examines key philosophical underpinnings, trends and issues related to outdoor education. It allows student teachers to reflect on the varied pedagogical approaches to outdoor learning and their impact on learning outcomes. Student teachers will gain an understanding of the strands and learning outcomes of outdoor education in the Primary PE curriculum. Besides discussions, student teachers will also be equipped with basic outdoor skills through practical sessions. The course will culminate in a 5-day overnight outdoor experience where student teachers will be able to apply their newly acquired knowledge and skills.

    2nd Year DPC20A - INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES IN TEACHING OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION No. of AUs = 2

    This course, second in a series, builds on foundation pedagogical knowledge and skills appropriate for school students. It develops competence in a variety of teaching methods including inquiry, problem solving, group work and peer-teaching. A concept approach to teaching games is emphasized. The focus is on planning, teaching and evaluating situationally relevant lessons. Student teachers will be encouraged to refine their own teaching through systematic observation. Instructional strategies will include lectures, seminars, peer- and/or micro-teaching and assignments.

    2ND  Year DPC20B - BADMINTON
    NO. OF AUS = 2
    PRE-REQUISITES APPLY*

    Badminton is a game that volleys a shuttlecock across a net with rackets. In this course student teachers will be introduced to a variety of methods in which beginners could acquire the basic volleying skills in badminton (such as the net shots, drop shots and drives). The aim of this course is to enable student teachers to improve their volleying skills in badminton so that they are equipped with adequate badminton skills and learning strategies to enable them to teach badminton in school. The student teachers will also learn the basic rules of the game so that they will be able to umpire games in the competitions.

    2nd Year DPC20C - DANCE NO. OF AUS = 2
    PRE-REQUISITES APPLY*

    Teaching methods and resource for the planning and instruction of folk and line dances in the primary and secondary school curriculum. Student teachers will learn dances from different cultures reflecting a variety of styles and techniques. In addition, student teachers are introduced to the methods of leading creative dance experiences for children. The teaching methods used enable the design of lessons appropriate for a wide range of ages, interests and developmental stages. It also aims to give student teachers a chance to discover the creative juice in them and draw on the elements of dance to create their own dances.

    2nd Year DPC20D - SOFTBALL NO. OF AUS = 2
    PRE-REQUISITES APPLY*

    This course is designed to impart basic softball skills and knowledge to student teachers for the purpose of teaching children in a school setting. The emphasis of the course is on providing ample opportunities to play the game as well as to learn how to demonstrate basic skills.

    2nd Year DPC20E - TRACK AND FIELD No. of AUs = 2
    Pre-requisites apply*

    This course is designed to equip student teachers with the necessary knowledge and skills to teach selected Track and Field Events.

    2nd year  DPC20G - Fitness and Health  NO. OF AUS = 2
    This course is designed to help student teachers acquire knowledge and skills in health, wellness and fitness so as to promote and develop a lifelong physically active and healthy lifestyle in their pupils. Student teachers will be introduced to developmentally appropriate activities to develop various components of fitness and design safe and effective exercise programmes for their pupils.
    2nd Year DPC20H - Floorball No. of AUs = 2
    PRE-REQUISITES APPLY*

    This course is designed to provide student teachers with the opportunity to develop their techniques, skills and game performance in floorball and acquire lesson ideas, content development/progressions and teaching strategies for the teaching of floorball in primary schools. Student teachers will be introduced to developmentally appropriate teaching styles/strategies /approaches/models that develop their pupils into confident and active participants of the game. These approaches include Teaching Games for Understanding (TGFU), Play Practice, Games Concept Approach (GCA) and Sport Education Model (SEP). Relevant Sports Science knowledge behind effective techniques, skills, tactics and their development in the game, various game-specific assessment tools of skills and game performance as well as the use of information technology (IT) will also be introduced.

    2nd Year  DPC20J - Volleyball  NO. OF AUS = 2
    PRE-REQUISITES APPLY*
    This course is designed to provide student teachers with the opportunity to develop their techniques, skills and game performance in Volleyball and acquire lesson 
    ideas, content development/progressions and teaching strategies for the teaching of Volleyball in primary schools. Student teachers will be introduced to developmentally appropriate teaching styles/strategies/approaches/models that develop their pupils into confident and active participants of the game. These approaches include Teaching Games for Understanding (TGFU), Play Practice, Games Concept Approach (GCA) and Sport Education Model (SEP). Relevant Sports Science knowledge behind effective techniques, skills, tactics and their development in the game, various game-specific assessment tools of skills and game performance as well as the use of information technology (IT) will also be introduced.
    2nd Year DPC20K -Sports Injury Prevention and Management in Physical Education and Youth Sport No. of AU = 1

    The objective of this course is to learn the game of netball from the perspective of a player, teacher and coach. The course will teach the basic skills of footwork, ball skills, goal shooting, and attacking/defending, as well as the application of these skills in game play.


    *Student teachers are expected to have some basic skills BEFORE the start of the course. Instructors reserve the right to refuse admission to the course if the individual is deemed to be lacking in the basic skills.

  • (i) For issues such as admissions and application

    For PE Admission matters, please email to: nieadmtp@nie.edu.sg
    For general Diploma Academic matters, please email to: diped@nie.edu.sg

    Office of Teacher Education (OTE)
    National Institute of Education
    Nanyang Technological University
    1 Nanyang Walk
    Singapore 637616
    Fax: (65) 6896 9274

    (ii) For specific academic issues relating to the PE programme

    Programme Leader: Ast/P Swarup Mukherjee
    Email: swarup.mukherjee@nie.edu.sg
    Tel: 6790 3680