Master of Education (Primary)

  • For more information about the programmes offered for the January 2020 intake, please click here.

  • This specialisation focuses on the general principles and practice in primary education rather than on the teaching of specific subjects in primary schools. It gives a broad overview of the various aspects of primary education and an opportunity for you to select specific courses to meet your special professional interests. Specialised core courses in curriculum planning and child development are also offered.

    • 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.

  • Effective from August 2017 intake

    The coursework for this specialisation comprises 1 core course, 3 required specialisation courses, 1 specialisation elective course, 1 subject-related elective course plus either:

    • a dissertation or
    • two additional courses (one specialisation 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

    • MPS 901 Curriculum: Theories and Issues
    • MPS 902 Children Cognitive Development and Assessment
    • MPS 903 Technologies as Cognitive Tools

    Specialisation Elective Courses

    • MPS 904 Assessment Principles and Methods
    • MPS 905 Visual Arts and Creativity
    • MPS 906 Drama Education, Curriculum and Assessment
    • MPS 907 Popular Culture and ICT in Music Education
    • MPS 908 Learning Disabilities
    • MPS 909 Using Multicultural Children’s Literature to Facilitate Social and Emotional Learning among Exceptional Learner

    Subject-Specific Elective Courses

    Subject-specific elective course (Choose subject-specific course(s) offered in the Master of Education programme. Your selected course must be in your teaching subject in school.)

    Students will have to discuss with the programme leader, Assistant Professor Hairon, on the subject-specific courses available to take.

    Download the course descriptions for the programme

    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.

    Applications are to be made online.

    More information on required documents for application can be found here.

    For graduate teachers from the Ministry of Education (MOE), Singapore seeking PDCM-Master’s Degree sponsorship, more details can be found here.

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  • “The courses in the MEd (Primary) programme included understanding the process in quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, deepening understanding of assessment principles and issues, looking at concepts and frameworks to understand current views and the impact of the national context on the curriculum, and using technology and art pedagogy for teaching and learning. The relevance and the richness of the reading materials, interaction with the NIE professors and the activities conducted in class made the lessons enjoyable and comfortable, and learning was always rich and fruitful during each lesson.

    I was able to immediately apply what has been taught at work; selecting appropriate cognitive technology tools to integrate with the subject content and the content-specific pedagogy, integrating core subjects through drama, visual arts and music, ensuring the balance use of Assessment of Learning and Assessment for Learning when assessing children’s learning and relating better to the curriculum’s goals and teaching the subject as a discipline rather than an exam subject. Indeed, the learning has helped to expand my knowledge of educational theories and practices.

    Ms Linda Lee
    MEd (Primary) graduate of NIE, 2015 - 2016
    - Getting to Know Series, 2016

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