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FAQ

  • Below are some of the frequently asked questions. The list will be continually updated. However, should you not find answers you are looking for or would like to make suggestions, do email us!

    (A) General Matters

    • Change of Address

    • Leave Matters

    • MCs

    • Resignation

    • Serving Bond

    (B) Practicum Matters

    • Lesson Observations

    • Teaching Periods

    • Subject Issues

    • APT Forms

    • Repeating Student Teachers

    • PGDE (Pri/Sec/JC) Practicum Posting and Final Posting of all programmes

    • MOE Wireless Network

    • MOE iCON Account

  • Q1:

    If I have a change of home address, and would like to be posted to a school nearer to my new home, what do I have to do?

    A1:

    It is the responsibility of student teachers who have changed their home address to:

    Q2:

    If I live in the NTU hostel, can I be posted to a school near NTU?

    A2:

    Practicum posting is based on your home address and NOT on your hostel address. You cannot compete for a school posting with those whose home address is in the west zone.

  • Q1:

    Can student teachers apply for leave to go away for holidays during the school vacation?

    A1:

    Student teachers need not apply for leave to go for holidays during school vacation; the onus is on them to ensure they have no other NIE or school commitments during their absence.

    Q2:

    What do male student teachers do if they are called up for National Service (NS) reservist training during their practicum?

    A2:

    Reservist notification from MINDEF is usually sent 6 months in advance. If reservist overlaps with the practicum period, the student teacher will have to apply for deferment as Practicum takes priority. He would have to obtain a Letter of Certification from the Practicum Office to support his reservist deferment application with his unit.  For the Letter of Certification, please email the reservist call up notice to pract@nie.edu.sg or come down personally to the office at NIE2-03-03.  He would be contacted when the letter is ready.

    Q3:

    If a student teacher plans to get married during practicum, can he/she apply for marriage leave?

    A3:

    Yes, provided the student teacher has completed at least three months of service at the time of application. He/she may apply for up to three consecutive calendar days of marriage leave on the occasion of his/her first marriage. Refer to the General Information handbook for more details. Application forms are obtainable from the NIE Portal. Completed forms are to be submitted to MOE through the Office of Academic Administration and Services (OAAS), NIE at least 7 days in advance.

    Q4:

    If a female student teacher has to take maternity leave during the practicum period, will she have to redo her Practicum?

    A4:

    If the student teacher knows that the maternity leave extends into the start of the practicum period, or the Estimated Delivery Date falls within the practicum period, the student teacher must inform Practicum Office at least one month before practicum begins to plan for adjustment/extension to the duration of the practicum or a deferment of practicum, if necessary. Refer to the General Information handbook for more details. Application forms are obtainable from the NIE Portal.

    Q5:

    Are male student teachers eligible for paternity leave?

    A5:

    Yes. Married male student teachers may also apply for up to 3 consecutive days of paternity leave for the birth of their first four children. The paternity leave may be taken within 6 months from the birth of the child. This is provided that they are not on no-pay leave at the time of taking the leave. Refer to the General Information handbook for more details. Application forms are obtainable from the NIE Portal. Completed forms are to be submitted to MOE through NIE at least 7 days in advance.

    Q6:

    My child is ill and I need to apply for childcare leave. How do I do it?

    A6:

    Leave matters of all NIE student teachers are handled by the Office of Academic Administration and Services (OAAS). Please call the office at 67903017 / 67903019 for queries on leave matters.

    Q7:

    Where do I obtain all of the leave application forms?

    A7:

    All of the leave application forms are obtainable from the NIE Portal.

  • Q1:

    What do I do when I have to take MC during Practicum?

    A1:

     

    Student teachers who go on MC during Practicum have to

    • • call their school (by 7am for morning session candidates; later in the morning for afternoon session candidates)

    • • give the school a photocopy of the MC as soon as you return to the school and show its original to the school (for verification purpose only)

    • • submit the original MC to NIE by pasting it onto the MC form and drop them into the DROP-BOX at NIE Student Services (Student Hub, Level 1) within 2 weeks from the date of MC. 

      The DROP-BOX at NIE SSC is accessible till 8pm Mon–Fri and 4pm on Sat.  

    • • keep a photocopy in your practicum file as well

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    • In the event that the student teachers or their representative cannot submit the MC in person, the MC and MC form can be mailed, also within the 2 weeks grace period, to :- 
          
           Admissions & Student Records (to indicate Student teachers' programme here)
           Office of Academic Administration & Services (OAAS) 
           National Institute of Education
           1 Nanyang Walk
           Singapore 637616

      NIE is not responsible for any lost MC in the mail. If such occurs, the Student teacher will have to get its certified true copy from the clinic and re-submit the MC.

    Student teachers who are absent without official leave/MC will receive warning letters from Practicum Office if they are absent during Practicum

    Q2

    I have heard that we are allowed to go for 2 days of sick leave without MC, is everyone eligible for it and how do we apply for it?

    A2

    With effect from April 2013, civil servants can call in sick without MC for 2 days.  This policy also applies to NIE student teachers who are employees of MOE (excluding student teachers who are on re-examination leave and returning teachers on professional development leave).  These 2 days will be taken from the existing Ordinary Sick Leave entitlement and only to be taken 1 day per occasion.  Should you require more than 1 day of sick leave, MC will be required for subsequent day(s) of absence.

    As per the usual MC steps, student teachers are required to email/contact their School Coordinating Mentor (SCM), with cc to NIE Supervisor (NIES), before the start of school for that day and obtain the SCM's written support.  However unlike the usual MC submission, student teachers on practicum will have to attach the email printout or written support as supporting document along with the Urgent Private Affairs (UPA) application form, indicating sick leave without MC, to be submitted to Office of Academic Administration Services (OAAS), NIE. Please click here for the UPA application form.

    These 2 days of sick leave without MC will not be applicable for absences on days with assessments, assignments, projects and tests where formal assessment is conducted.  Student teachers will still be required to submit MC as usual, on the prescribed MC form to NIE Student Services Centre.  

  • Q1:

    What do I do if I want to resign FROM the teaching service during my Practicum?

    A1:

    Student teachers are to write a letter of resignation to Employee Engagement (Trainee Teachers), HR Solutions & Capabilities Division (HSCD) of MOE, cc to NIE and the Practicum School.

    Notice of Resignation 

    • Starting from 1 Aug 2012 onwards, please note that all MOE officers (including MOE NIE trainees) who intend to resign from the Education Service has to give the required notice of one month. Otherwise, he / she will be liable to pay the 1-month salary in lieu of notice (Please refer to P37 of the Trainee Teacher Handbook 2012/2013 for further clarifications)

    • This notice period for trainees is critical as prior notice to the employer and as a cooling-off period for trainees to carefully deliberate their decision to leave the course and service with liquidated damages (LD).  For details on the LD computation, please refer to P38 of the Trainee Teacher Handbook 2012/2013.  For any clarifications, please email to MOE_HRS_TTM@moe.gov.sg.

  • Q1:

    When does my bond take effect?

    A1:

    It starts only when you receive your official results stating that you have passed all your NIE courses, including practicum.

  • Q1:

    What happens if there are no suitable Cooperating Teachers (CTs) in the school to observe the student teacher in a particular CS subject ? For e.g., there is no Music CT for a student teacher offering English/Maths/Music at the primary level. Can he/she pass the practicum based on assessment in the teaching of the remaining CS(s) only?

    A1:

    The HOD to which that CS subject belongs should be the one to observe the student teacher in that subject (i.e., Music in this case). The student teacher cannot be certified to have passed practicum if he/she has not been formally assessed in ALL his/her CS(s).

    Q2:

    How should the school divide the predetermined total number of lesson observations among all the CS subjects offered by the student teacher?

    A2:

    The decision on how to distribute the number of lesson observations for the CS subjects is up to the discretion of the school. For e.g.,8 lesson observations for 2 CS subjects. The school may decide to allocate 4 lesson observations for each CS subject or even 5 for the 1st CS and 3 for the 2nd, etc.

    Q3:

    Does the CT have to sit in for every lesson that the student teacher teaches?

    A3:

    The CT does not have to sit in for every lesson that the student teacher teaches. He/she only sits in for those lessons when he/she wants to conduct a lesson observation whether it is a formal one or an informal one to monitor the student teacher's progress (especially at the beginning when the student teacher starts taking over the class). However, the CT should monitor the student teacher's work closely by checking his/her daily lesson plans to ensure that the student teacher is keeping up with his/her work and teaching 'correctly'.

    Q4:

    Often CTs tend to concentrate their lesson observations towards the final weeks of the Practicum because they say that the student teachers are not ready earlier on. Is this practice advisable?

    A4:

    No, this practice is NOT advisable because if anything happens during those crucial weeks (e.g., student teacher has chicken pox, school has CAs, etc.), the CTs will find that they are unable to complete their lesson observations. It would therefore be a better idea for CTs to spread their lesson observations across the entire period of the practicum. In this way, CTs can monitor the progress/development of the student teachers throughout the period more efficiently and effectively.

  • Q1:

    How many teaching periods should I be assigned during practicum?

    A1:

    The "total number of teaching periods" denotes the total number of periods given, i.e. summation of all periods in all CS subjects. The guideline is:

    • • 10 - 12 hours per week OR 20 – 24 periods per week for each student teacher in primary school (each period lasting 30 mins)
      - excluding PGDE (Pri), PGDE-PE(Pri) and PGDE (Pri) 1-CS Art/Music Programmes

    • • 9 – 10 hours per week OR 18 – 20 periods per week for each student teacher in primary school (each period lasting 30 mins)
      - ONLY PGDE (Pri) and PGDE-PE(Pri) Programmes

    • • 9 – 10 hours per week OR 14 – 16 periods per week for each student teacher in secondary school (each period lasting 35 - 40 mins)
      - ONLY PGDE (Sec) Programmes

    • • 6 - 7.5 – 8.5 hours per week OR 15 – 17 periods per week for each student teacher in primary school (each period lasting 30 mins)
      - ONLY for PGDE (Pri) 1-CS Art/Music Programme

    • • 10 – 12 hours per week OR 16 – 20 periods per week for each student teacher in secondary school (each period lasting 35 – 40 mins)
      - excluding PGDE (Sec)

    • • 6 – 7.5 hours per week OR 8 – 10 periods per week for each student teacher for JC/CI level (each period lasting 40 – 45 mins)

    Teaching periods should not be less than the minimum as far as possible. However, if it is a few periods more than the upper range, please accept it graciously. For e.g. if the range suggested is 20-24 periods per week, and you get up to 28 periods, it is still acceptable.

    Q2:

    Are student teachers supposed to do relief of classes during practicum ?

    A2:

    Schools can ask student teachers to help them with 'relief' when school teachers are on medical leave. However, they should not be 'treated' as relief teachers, i.e., they should not fill vacancies of relief teachers in schools and be asked to do relief all the time. They may be asked to help relieve classes of no more than 2 periods per day or no more than 1 period per day (for the PGDE JC programme).

  • Q1:

    Can student teachers in the PGDE (Sec) programme opt to do their practicum in JCs/CI ?

    A1:

    No.

    Q2:

    Are secondary level trained student teachers who offer CS History or Geography or English Literature trained to teach Social Studies in secondary school?

    A2:

    No.

    Q3:

    What happens if the practicum school is not able to assign a secondary level trained student teacher who offer either CS Physics, Chemistry or Biology a "pure science" class to teach?

    A3:

    The student teacher can be assigned Combined Science or General Science classes to teach. He/she may have to teach the other component(s) of the subject depending on the school's practice (i.e., whether the same teacher teaches all the components, or separate teachers do so.)

  • Q1:

    Who is responsible for providing the Assessment of Performance for Teaching (APT) form to CTs and NIE Supervisors (NIES)?

    A1:

    Student teachers are responsible for providing their CTs copies of the APT.

    Practicum Office will take care of providing APTs to NIES only, as well as the Summative Forms for schools and NIES.

  • Q1:

    What are the consequences for student teachers who have to repeat their practicum?

    A1:

    For student teachers who need to repeat practicum, they will likely be put on no-pay leave for one semester. They should check with MOE towards the end of the re-practicum period, for application of resumption of normal duties and when their untrained teacher's salary will be reinstated.

    All student teachers who are repeating practicum will receive their trained teachers' salary from MOE only after receiving their final results (this is coordinated between NIE Exams Office and MOE).

    In addition, these student teachers will have to pay NIE's school fees for the additional semester taken.

  • Q1:

    I am currently an NIE student teacher doing practicum. As I have not used my MOE iCON account for a long time and have forgotten my password, I was not able to log in to this account. My account is currently disabled. Could you also help me reset my password?

    A1:

    Instruction for resetting your password can be found on the NIE Portal under Services>Student Services>MOE iCON Service for MOE Trainee Teacher. You will need to login to view the PDF for instructions. Additionally, if you need assistance relating to iCON, you may approach our NIE ACIS Service Desk in person with your MOE Public Service card and Singapore NRIC/FIN card during the following operating hours:

    NIE ACIS Service Desk
    Location: IT & Infra Services Hub, UiD, Level 1
    Opening Hours: Mon - Thu: 8:45am - 5:30pm, Fri: 8.45am - 5.00pm (exclude public holidays)
    Hotline: 6790-3033
    Email: servicedesk@nie.edu.sg

    The NIE Service Desk will assist you to forward your enquiry and request to MOE for resolution.

  • Q1:

    If student teachers have any queries regarding their final school posting or PGDE (Pri/Sec/JC) practicum posting, who should they approach?

    A1:

    MOE HR Group (HRG) is in charge of the final school posting for all programmes and practicum posting of PGDE(Pri/Sec/JC) programmes only. If student teachers have further queries about matters relating to their postings, they should contact MOE HRG directly at MOE_HSCD_DEPLOY@moe.gov.sg

    Q2:

    When will graduating student teachers be informed about their final school posting?

    A2:

    MOE will inform them of their final school posting and reporting date usually 1 week before the end of their respective programme.

  • Q1:

    How do I gain access to the wireless network in my practicum school?

    A1:

    According to MOE, each school will be able to issue you with a guest password during your practicum period. You may approach the school's IT personnel and/or administrative staff for assistance.