Master of Education (Developmental Psychology)

  • This specialisation provides education professionals, such as teachers and counsellors in primary and secondary schools, with in-depth knowledge and understanding of cognitive, social and emotional development. Topics discussed include child and adolescent cognitive, social, emotional and moral development, current issues concerning youth and basic counselling skills.

    • A good Bachelor’s degree from a recognised university and

    • A teaching qualification such as the Postgraduate Diploma in Education
      At least one year of work experience in education

    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, 2 required specialisation courses, 3 specialisation elective courses plus either:

    • a dissertation or
    • two additional courses (one open elective 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

    Required Specialisation Courses

    • MDP 901 Social and Emotional Development and Assessment
    • MDP 902 Cognitive Development and Assessment

    Specialisation Elective Courses (Choose three)

    • MDP 903 Counselling Children and Adolescents
    • MDP 904 Motivation, Volition and Learning-in-Action
    • MDP 905 Individual Differences and Learning
    • MDP 906 Attitude Measurement and Personality Assessment
    • MDP 907 How to Nurture Creative and Happy Learners
    • MDP 908 Evaluation of Programs in Schools and Community Organizations
    • MDP 909 Assessment and Development of 21st Century Competencies
    • MDP 910 Theory, Research and Practice in Teaching and Learning
    • MDP 911 Understanding Learner Motivation: Theory, Research and Practice

    Open Elective Courses (Choose one for coursework route)

    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 is generally only one intake for this specialisation, in January. You are advised to visit the website and look out for NIE’s announcements in May/June to confirm if the specialisation 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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  • “The MEd (Developmental Psychology) programme has helped me re-focus on the learner, to make every learner an engaged one. The children’s development (and the teachers!) plays a fluid role in making each teaching and learning experience in class unique and precious. My deep understanding of cognitive, affect and conative development has enriched my role to be a caring teacher.”

    Genesius Chan
    Saint Joseph’s Institution, Graduating Class of 2014

    “The MEd (Developmental Psychology) programme has made me an independent learner. The various courses in the programme required me to conduct a lot of research and readings on the latest findings on human development. The experience has been most enriching and fun. It enabled me to embrace challenges and to solve problems from different perspectives. This has in turn made me a more confident and enthusiastic learner. I particularly enjoyed the understanding of motivating personalities and attitude assessment as it helped me to understand my students better, thus enabling me to become a happy and more effective teacher.”

    Faris Hussain
    Teacher, Anglo-Chinese School (Primary), Graduating Class of 2013

    “The MEd (Developmental Psychology) is a practical and relevant programme for all teachers. This programme has enabled me to think more deeply about the factors that influence students’ learning and come up with appropriate intervention programmes to help them learn better. In addition, I have gained much knowledge and skills on the social-emotional aspect of children in order to understand and counsel them more effectively., I also am able to use the most recent research in the development psychology field to try out new teaching practices with my students and to motivate them to enhance their volitional development in order to achieve their fullest potential.”

    See Shen Leng
    Teacher, Concord Primary School, Graduating Class of 2014