Master of Education (Early Childhood)

  • This specialisation makes an in-depth study of theories and practices in early childhood education. The focus is on knowledge and understanding of issues in the art of teaching children in their early years, appreciating their social contexts, early childhood curriculum and pedagogy, and meaning-making through linking related education theories and practices. Issues are addressed across varied paradigms and perspectives in contemporary ideas of teaching and learning. It extends the knowledge and expertise of early childhood professionals, enabling them to develop innovative teaching programmes for young children.

    • A good Bachelor’s degree from a recognised university

    • A teaching qualification such as the NIE's Postgraduate Diploma in Education and at least ONE year of teaching experience
      Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education approved by the Early Childhood Development Agency, Singapore and at least THREE years of teaching experience in pre-schools.

    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, 2 specialisation elective courses plus either:

    • a dissertation or
    • two additional courses (one open 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

    Required Specialisation Courses

    • MEC 901 Child Development (0-8 years)
    • MEC 902 Issues and Trends in Early Childhood Education
    • MEC 903 Research Investigations in Early Childhood Education

    Specialisation Elective Courses

    • MEC 904 Assessment in Early Childhood Education
    • MEC 905 Curriculum Design for Infants and Toddlers
    • MEC 906 Curriculum Design and Development in Early Childhood Education
    • MEC 907 Diversity in Early Childhood Education
    • MEC 908 Early Intervention
    • MEC 909 Professionalism in Early Childhood Education
    • MEC 910 Pedagogy in Early Childhood Education

    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 Nov/December 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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  • Introduction of Master of Education (Special Education / Early Childhood / High Ability Studies) Programme

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    Master of Education (Early Childhood) experience by Lynn Koh Puay Hong

    Sharing Sessions at NIE Postgraduate Fair 2016

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    For more sharing sessions videos taken at NIE Postgraduate Fair 2016, please click here.

  • “I was keen to take up the NIE Masters and PhD as the programmes offer both breadth and depth. Topics are designed to inform on the latest developments in the field. It was good for me because I came from a non-Early Childhood background and needed some form of grounding in this area. The rigor of the programmes also attracted me to take up the courses. As I progressed along, I was also privileged to work with exceptional faculty members who are experts in their fields.

    As a beginning academic, I was especially supported by senior faculty members in the ECSE AG when it came to teaching and research. Much guidance was given to new academics as we went about developing courses and designing material to ensure that our learners, be it pre-service, in-service or higher degree students benefited from the time they spent in class."

    Dr Mercy Karuniah Jesuvadian
    Lecturer at Early Childhood and Special Needs Education (ECSE) Academic Group
    MEd (Early Childhood) and PhD student at NIE from 2005 to 2016
    - Getting to Know Series, 2017

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