Master of Education (Educational Assessment)

  • The programme will be opened for the January 2022 intake. Application period is from 10 May – 5 July 2021. Click here for more details.

  • This specialisation provides in-depth knowledge and understanding of assessment and evaluation theory and practice. Topics discussed include concepts of classical and modern test theories, attitude measurement, methods of evaluating school programmes and use of technology for assessment. Through this programme, teachers and other education professionals are equipped to take on leadership roles at quality assessment and evaluation of educational learning. You can serve in schools, MOE and other institutions as resource persons providing professional expertise and technical support in all matters pertaining to both cognitive, and affective and attitudinal assessment and evaluation.

    No prerequisite knowledge in statistics is required to take the MEd(EA). The programme will cover the basic statistical knowledge that is essential to an assessment specialist.

    • A good Bachelor’s degree from a recognised university

    • A teaching qualification such as the Postgraduate Diploma in Education and at least ONE year of teaching experience
      At least THREE years of teaching experience or other relevant working 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 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

    • MPM 901 Assessment Principles and Methods
    • MPM 902 Design of Assessment Systems

    Specialisation Elective Courses

    • MPM 903 Measurement Theories
    • MPM 904 Attitude Measurement and Personality Assessment
    • MPM 905 Programme Evaluation
    • MPM 907 Children Cognitive Development and Assessment
    • MPM 908 Assessment and Development of 21st Century Competencies
    • MPM 909 Elementary Statistics
    • MPM 910 Multivariate Statistics
    • MPM 911 Applied Regression Analysis
    • MPM 912 Assessment of Children and Youth with Special Needs

    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 is generally only one intake for this programme, in January. You are advised to visit the website and look out for NIE’s announcements in May/June 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.

  • For more information, please click here.

  • It sounds like a “very quantitative” programme. Is it?
    If you have a secondary school education in mathematics (e.g., O-level mathematics or equivalent), you have the prerequisite quantitative literacy to embark on the programme. Additional quantitative competence that a graduate from the programme may need in practice as an assessment leader or specialist will be taught in the programme.

    Do I need statistics to do this programme?
    No prerequisite knowledge in statistics is required. The programme will cover the statistical knowledge essential to understanding educational assessment and its applications. Statistical literacy is emphasised. Note that there are statistical software to do the calculations nowadays.

    For more information on other Masters by Coursework programmes, please click here.

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  • “I took up the MEd (EPME) programme when it was introduced as a route for professional development. This programme offered academic rigor and practicality for my work. It definitely delivered beyond my expectations.”

    Soo Li Mei Johannah
    Recipient of Educational Research Association of Singapore (ERAS) Gold Medal, 2010

    “The MEd (EPME) specialization has given me new perspectives on educational measurement and evaluation that is very useful to me as an educator. There is never a dull moment these three years as we embarked on our learning through discussions, research project presentations, conversations with renowned researchers and attending conferences. I would like to thank Dr Chew Lee Chin, Dr Quek Khiok Seng and Dr Tay-Koay Siew Luan for the enriching experience as well as the exciting world of “measurement” that has been opened up to me.”

    Goh Ying Hsuan
    Recipient of Singapore Teachers' Union (STU) Gold Medal, 2011

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