Dr Sa’eda received the Award for Excellence in Teaching (Commendation) from NIE/NTU in 2006 and 2007, and won the Dean’s Commendation for Research Award, 2008, NIE/NTU, for her article entitled “The Life and Future of Muslim Education”, published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Education Special Issue, 27(1), 1-9.
She also received the Literary Award (poetry) in 2003, and Literary Award (short stories), as well as Literary Award (commendation, poetry) from the Singapore Malay Language Council in 2005. Her award-winning poem entitled ‘Pustakaku dalam Remang Senja’ (My Reading Room in the Twilight) was translated into Mandarin by Chan Maw Woh and featured in Lianhe Zaobao in 2003. Another of her award-winning poem entitled ‘Malang, senda & citra’ (Misfortunes, comedy and image) has been selected for the ‘READ! Singapore 2010’ campaign which aims to, among other things, create a vibrant reading culture in Singapore.