Master of Education (Curriculum and Teaching)

  • This specialisation aims at facilitating the growth of experienced educators who are committed to developing expertise in curriculum and teaching. Specifically, the programme provides you with the foundational know-how and the theoretical underpinnings of the curriculum making process from design and implementation to evaluation, an informed and critical understanding about curriculum issues in the local and international contexts and an appreciation of your role and responsibilities as curriculum leaders.

    • A good Bachelor's degree from a recognised university.

    • A teaching qualification such as the NIE’s Postgraduate Diploma in Education or equivalent portfolio of professional learning certification/diploma in education practice.

    • At least two years of experience in teaching or professional experience in educational contexts.

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

  • Effective from August 2017 intake

    The coursework for this specialisation comprises 1 core course, 3 required specialisation courses, 1 specialisation elective course, 1 open elective course plus either:

    • a dissertation or
    • two additional courses (one specialisation elective course and MED 902 Integrative Project)

    MED 902 Integrative Project is open only for applicants pursuing the degree totally by coursework.

    Core Course

    • MED 900 Educational Inquiry

    Compulsory Specialisation Course

    • MCT 901 Curriculum: Theories and Issues

    Required Specialisation Courses (Choose any two courses)

    • MCT 902 Crafting the Curriculum
    • MCT 903 Assessment in Education and Learning: Theories, Tensions and Issues
    • MCT 904 Understanding Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice
    • MCT 905 Theories and Perspectives of Learning

    Specialisation Elective Courses

    A. Curriculum strand

    • MCT 911 Curriculum Implementation and Educational Change: Concepts and Issues
    • MCT 912 Curriculum and Programme Evaluation
    • MCT 913 Differentiating Curriculum and Teaching for Diverse Learners
    • MCT 914 Globalisation & Curriculum Reform

    B. Assessment strand

    • MCT 921 Theory and Practice of Authentic Assessment
    • MCT 922 Assessment for Learning in Singapore: Critical Perspectives of Theory and Practice
    • MCT 923 Assessment Leadership
    • MCT 924 Student Involvement in Assessment for Empowerment and Learning

    C. Teaching strand

    • MCT 931 Narrative Inquiry in Curriculum, Pedagogy and Professional Development
    • MCT 932 Research on Teaching and Teacher Learning
    • MCT 933 Affirming Diversity and Culture in Teaching and Learning
    • MCT 935 New Media and 21st Century Learning

    D. Learning strand

    • MCT 941 Foundations in Science of Learning
    • MCT 942 Educational Neuroscience: Principles, Perspectives, Practices
    • MCT 943 Rethinking Assessment from, and for, the Science of Learning

    Open Elective Courses

    Other than the core and specialisation courses, you may select open elective courses 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 (if any) before registering.

    Optional Specialisation Courses are offered subject to demand and availability of faculty expertise.  Hence, not all specialisation courses are available for selection to every intake.

    Download the course descriptions for the programme

    In line with SkillsFuture Singapore's (SSG) initiative, some of the courses in this programme can be taken as standalone modular graduate courses and accumulated into credits leading to the master’s degree.

    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.

    Note: Programme structure is subject to changes

  • The degree of Master of Education is generally offered on a part-time basis although full-time studies are also available for some specialisations. The candidature periods are as follows:



    1 year


    2 years



    2 years


    4 years

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

  • There are generally two intakes a year (January and August). You are advised to visit the website and look out for NIE’s announcements in May/June and November/December to confirm if the programme will be open for application at any particular intake.

    Applicants who are currently working with sponsors, donors or financial institutions to fund their studies, are encouraged to submit their applications early to NIE so as not to miss out on our application period.

    Applications are to be made online.

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

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    Sharing Session at NIE Postgraduate Fair 2016

    Developing leadership and expertise in Curriculum, Assessment, Teaching and Learning

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  • “The MEd (C&T) programme left me with a deeper and greater understanding of educational and curricula issues. I loved the lectures, where different and multiple perspectives on core educational issues were always presented and debated. “

    Krishnan (Ari) Aravinthan
    Principal, Bedok South Secondary School, Class of 2007

    “The MEd (C&T) programme is a MUST if you have been thinking about what drives education systems and educators. You’ll embark on a journey of deep thinking on the daily issues present in our classrooms and schools.“ 

    Foo Sheue Feng
    Staff School Developer, Catholic High School, Class of 2008

    “If you are interested in curriculum issues and are looking for an opportunity to stretch yourself intellectually, the MEd (C&T) programme will open up your mind and challenge you to think critically about aspects of curriculum and implications on our practice in school and as professionals. “ 

    Leong Kai Ling
    Curriculum Planning Officer, Curriculum Planning and Development Division, Ministry of Education, Class of 2009

    “The MEd (C&T) programme experience allowed me the valuable chance of not only learning from peer teachers and educators from various institutions, but more importantly allowed me to have the opportunity to deliberate on various issues and policies that were problematized together with fellow professionals in the field. “

    Ho Yi Xian
    Recipient of ASCD Book Prize, 2009

    “I give credit to our great team of lecturers and curriculum designers from CTL who spare no effort to engage and challenge us in every possible way they could. They walk their talk - creative and caring teachers who are humble critical thinkers. Thank you for this fabulous journey of learning.”

    Han Liang Swee
    Recipient of ASCD Book Prize for Best Critical Inquiry Project, 2010 and ASCD Gold Medal, 2010

    “The programme has equipped me with a strong foundation as well as a deeper understanding in areas ranging from curriculum theories, to contemporary issues and practical challenges in education. Just as valuable were the interactions with my lecturers and classmates – their views and teaching experiences have certainly broadened my perspectives and thinking, and enriched my learning.”

    Tan Hwee Chiat June
    Recipient of ASCD Book Prize for Best Dissertation, 2010

    “The focus of my learning was not in the accumulation of teaching tactics; rather it was in the way I was called to question the meaning of teaching and learning, and how these meanings oriented and constrained how I thought how I knew and how I related. It was an invitation to inquire, to commune and to journey together.”

    Tan Yi Seng
    Recipient of ASCD Gold Medal, 2011

    “The MEd (C&T) programme is very relevant for those who wish to advance their thinking in curriculum and teaching. The wide exposure to educational issues and challenges at both local and international levels deepened my understanding of teaching and learning. The multiple discourses were critical platforms that allowed me to reflect and re-examine my own classroom practices and their impact on learners to become a better educator.”

    Lim Siok Hiang Susan
    Recipient of ASCD Book Prize for Best Dissertation, 2011

    “My keen interest in curriculum theories and educational research was sparked by the MEd (C&T) programme. As an educator, the useful and highly relevant course helped to deepen my understanding of the curriculum making process from design and implementation to evaluation. The learning journey for my Critical Inquiry was truly enriching and it has greatly enhanced my competence in conducting educational research. Equipped with the new knowledge, my understanding on educational issues would never be the same again.”/strong>

    Chiang Lee Ngang
    Recipient of ASCD Book Prize for Best Critical Inquiry Project, 2011

    “The program provided me with the opportunity to interact with and learn from dedicated and sincere teaching professionals, who truly want to make a difference in the lives of others. I benefitted from having wonderful course mates and faculty, who not only helped me develop multiple perspectives, but who have also enriched my life experience.”

    Aristotle Motii Nandy
    Recipient of ASCD Book Prize, 2013 and ASCD Gold Medal, 2013

    “Despite graduating with a Masters degree, I do not think that I am truly a “master” of anything. There is so much unexplored territory in research. Socrates once remarked: “I know that I know nothing”. I hope to carry that same attitude through a lifetime’s worth of personal study, reflection and sharing of insights with others.”

    Hong Lee Kiat
    Recipient of ASCD Book Prize, 2013

    “The rigorous postgraduate journey has been enlightening and inspiring. It has been immensely enlightening in widening my perspectives, concerning myself with the whats and whys of education and not just the hows. It also developed me to be a more critical thinker – such training is absolutely necessary in enabling me to imbue 21st century competencies, such as critical and inventive thinking, in our future generations.”

    Lai Siew Chan
    Recipient of ASCD Gold Medal, 2014

    “This program has provided me with much insight into curriculum development and teaching. With the new found knowledge I will be able to contribute much to my school as a key curriculum developer. It has also shown me that I am able to go beyond my stated maximum potential.”

    Dian Khairyani Binte Mondzi
    Recipient of ASCD Book Prize for Best Critical Inquiry Project, 2014

    “Throughout the course, I received encouragement and guidance from my many tutors in the different modules and especially from my supervisors Professor Gavin Fulmer and Professor Koh Kim Hong. Their sharing of their own research and writing experience as well as their invaluable suggestions provided much scope for reflection that helped me in the writing of the dissertation.”

    Goh Li Meng
    Recipient of ASCD Book Prize for Best Dissertation, 2014

    “My one-year journey in the Master of Education (Curriculum and Teaching) programme has indeed been an enriching and energising one. In all the courses, ideologies and policies were viewed and critiqued collectively, provoking deeper thoughts about educational policies and initiatives. Throughout, I had the privilege to engage my tutors and peers in intellectual discourse as we debated on different educational issues and attempted to bridge theory and practice. For sure, there are no easy answers or silver bullets, but the wealth drawn from the programme has certainly given me broader and more balanced perspectives about education in Singapore.”

    Tricilia Tang Pei Lu
    Recipient of ASCD Gold Medal, 2015

    “The masters programme has provided me with diverse insights and perspectives on educational issues in Singapore. I had the opportunity to explore the impact of policies on the schooling experience and on students' learning. In the process, the interaction with my tutors and fellow educators deeepened my knowledge of curriculum concepts and issues, and motivated me to be a change agent in my school. This programme has definitely shaped my identity as a teacher, and provided me with opportunities to network, learn and collaborate with like-minded educators. I would encourage all teachers to invest in their personal development by joining this programme. It's indeed an enriching and meaningful experience!”

    Lee Xinyun Felicia
    Recipient of ASCD Book Prize for Best Critical Inquiry Project, 2015

    “What I really enjoyed as a student at NIE were the opportunities to interact with, and learn from, practitioners from other schools and across different fields. I remembered working together with classmates from primary schools on designing a science curriculum as part of a course and I was enriched by the experience even though it was not of my field. It gave me confidence in guiding my teachers to design the school-based curriculum, even though I do not have the same subject expertise as they do.

    The programme has been beneficial in preparing me for my role as a Head of Department, where I have to work with teachers from other subject areas to design the school-based curriculum, mentor new teachers and other fellow middle managers, and provide guidance on school-based research for the professional learning teams under my charge.”

    Ms Wendy Choo
    MEd (Curriculum and Teaching) graduate of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning (CTL) Academic Group
    - Getting to Like Series, 2017
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