Master of Education (English)

  • The programme will be opened for the August 2021 intake. Application period is from 9 November 2020 – 8 January 2021. Click here for more details.

    Click here for the application details for January 2022 intake.

  • The Master of Education (English) programme aims to equip teachers with a repertoire of critical, aesthetic, cultural, and multimodal literacies in relation to English Education. Teachers complete two required specialisation courses that examine the interdisciplinary connections between English Language and English Literature education and apply sociocultural, linguistic, and literary theories to the critical reading of texts. Additionally, the programme offers teachers the flexibility of selecting from a range of specialisation elective courses in the teaching of English Language or the teaching of English Literature or both. Teachers can pursue and build upon their interests in topics related to teaching grammar and writing, multimodality, world literatures, and creative writing among others. Teachers will also acquire critical inquiry and action-research skills and apply them to the investigation of a specific issue related to the teaching of English.

    • A good Bachelor’s degree from a recognised university

    • A teaching qualification such as the Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the National Institute of Education, Singapore
      at least ONE year of 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, 2 specialisation elective courses, 1 open elective course plus either:

    • a dissertation or
    • two additional courses (one specialisation 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

    • MEL 901: Language and Literature Education
    • MEL 902: Analyzing Literature and Language

    Specialisation Elective Courses

    • MEL 911: English as an International Language
    • MEL 912: Language Teacher Education and Professional Development
    • MEL 913: Materials Design and Development
    • MEL 914: Teaching Oral Communication: Current Theories and Approaches
    • MEL 915: Language Assessment in the Classroom and Beyond
    • MEL 916: Second Language Acquisition and Pedagogy
    • MEL 917: Teaching Grammar and Writing
    • MEL 918: Reading in a Multimodal Age
    • MEL 919: Popular Culture
    • MEL 920: Creative Writing in the Classroom
    • MEL 921: Literature, Culture and Education
    • MEL 922: Teaching Shakespeare
    • MEL 923: Literary Theory and Teaching
    • MEL 924: World Literatures
    • MEL 925: Literature and Film
    • MEL 926: Young Adult Literature in the English Classroom
    • MEL 927: Aims and Approaches to Designing Literature Curriculum and Assessment
    • MEL 928: Children's Literature for the English Classroom
    • MEL929: Teaching Singapore Literature

    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. More details can be found here.

    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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    Convocation 2019 - Valedictory Speech by Intan Salwah from the MEd (English) programme

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