Master of Education (High Ability Studies)

  • 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 creates a platform for education professionals, such as teachers and educational researchers, to enhance your knowledge, ideas and best practices at educating and talent-developing high ability learners. It focuses on curriculum, pedagogy and practice. It prepares professionals with commitment and competency by broadening knowledge and expertise. Current trends, issues and policies on providing for high ability learners, and approaches to differentiated pedagogies, based on theory, practice and research, are featured.

    • 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, 4 required specialisation courses, 1 open elective course 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

    • MHA 901 Understanding Learners with High Ability and their Affective and Moral Needs
    • MHA 902 Identification of Potential and Administration of Interventions for High Ability Learners
    • MHA 903 Differentiating Curriculum and Pedagogies for Learners with High Ability
    • MHA 904 Critical and Creative Thinking for High Ability Learners

    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.

  • To view, please click here.

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

    GPL Video

    NIE - the place to be for your learning journey

    Developing your passion into mastery with NIE

    Sharing Sessions at NIE Postgraduate Fair 2016

    Higher Degrees in Early Childhood, High Ability Studies and Special Education

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

  • "If a child can't learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn." Ignacio Estrada.

    The greatest takeaway at the end of this learning journey is perhaps to be given the chance to appreciate the trials and joys of learning from the perspective of a learner, to be humbly reminded again of what matters most to our students. I am thankful that I have gained deeper insights and understanding of not just their cognitive needs but also their affective needs from this course so that I can be a more effective teacher.” 

    Tan Lay Lay Tracy
    Recipient of STU Gold Medal, 2010

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      (for administrative matters related to programme matters such as time-table, study plans)

    • Programme Leader: Dr Letchmi Ponnusamy  
      (for specific academic enquiries related to the programme such as curriculum requirements)