The Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) programmes aim to prepare university graduates to become primary, secondary school and junior college teachers. Student teachers in the PGDE (Primary) and PGDE (Secondary) programmes will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to teach one to two school subjects, whilst the pre-service teachers in the PGDE (Junior College) programme will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to teach one subject at the JC level and one subject at the Secondary school level. Except for Economics and General Paper, the junior college teaching subject and its paired secondary level teaching subject are related.
A new set of 16-month programmes for the various tracks (except for Physical Education) will be inaugurated in December 2016. These will replace the earlier 12-month versions. The revised two-year programmes for the Physical Education track, which will be single-subject specialization for both primary and secondary levels, will be rolled out from July 2017 onwards.
Both the 16-month and two-year programmes will be enhanced in a number of ways:
• broader and deeper teacher preparation coverage to better equip student teachers in their multi-faceted teacher roles;
• stronger theory-practice links in both the programme structure and individual course designs; and
• additional practice opportunities with a Teaching Assistantship school-stint in addition to the original final Teaching Practicum.
Like the earlier programmes, the enhanced ones aim to develop university graduates into autonomous thinking teachers. The programme design is underpinned by NIE’s philosophy of teacher education—as embodied in the V3SK (Values3, Skills and Knowledge) Model—and NIE’s GTC (Graduand Teacher Competencies) Framework.
Specifically, the programmes are designed to help student teachers understand and respect the teaching profession in Singapore’s educational context as they acquire
• the professional knowledge and understanding of learners, as well as of the teaching and learning processes;
• a broad range of pedagogical and other relevant skills to be effective educators; and
• the theoretical grounding and critical capacities to make pedagogical judgements and decisions in both the more immediate and the more distant future.
Graduands are expected to be
• passionate in their teaching;
• committed to the education of the whole child;
• guided by their professional ethos;
• creative in their pedagogies;
• reflective in their practice;
• global in outlook;
• resilient; and
The Asst Dean for Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Asst D/PGDE) oversees implementation of the PGDE programme and the academic advicement of student teachers within the programmes.