Professionalising Education

Professionalising Education

Tuesday, 01 December 2015

Media Type
NIE News, December 2015,

By Public, International and Alumni Relations

From left: Ms Hui Mei San, Executive Director, IAL; Mr Ng Cher Pong, Chief Executive, WDA; Mr Neo Kian Hong, Permanent Secretary (Education Development), Ministry of Education; Prof Paul Teng, Principal Officer, NIE; and Prof Christine Goh, Dean, Office of Graduate Studies and Professional Learning

The catchphrase used by NIE Principal Officer, Professor Paul Teng, when he addressed the crowd gathered for the launch of a new Masters programme was “Professionalising Education” offered by the National Institute of Education (NIE) and the Institute for Adult Learning (IAL) of the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA).

Judging from the responding nods and smiles, his congenial words were well-received for the Master of Arts in Professional Education (Training and Development), MAPE (TandD) for short, which was launched on 27 October 2015. With it, professionals in the business of Continuing Education and Training in any industry including schools and education institutes, can now look to levelling up their skills and deepening their knowledge through the new Master’s Degree programme.

MAPE (TandD) brings together a highly unique experience for working professionals too since the core of this programme’s resource is NIE’s deep expertise in pedagogy and instructional design as well as IAL’s wealth of experience in training and developing adult training. Associate Professor Joyce Koh from the Learning Sciences and Technology Academic Group, also demonstrated in her briefing at the launch how NIE integrates technology with case studies to create learning experiences that are already highly-relatable to learners’ work contexts. The midas touch comes in the form of modules that teaches learners to integrate multimedia design principles to the creation of e-learning packages while another supports learners to engage with learning theories through game-play, collaborative discussion, and personal reflection.

Since professional learning has grown in demand over the years, the part-time two year and six months MAPE (TandD) programme has garnered much application attention. With an inaugural cohort of 16 individuals, NIE and IAL expect that future take-ups are favourable as well.

Upon their completion of the programme, learners will be equipped with a distinct set of skills to drive mentoring and coaching, innovative training as well as assessment and design practices. They will be better qualified to take on more strategic functions in teaching and training, as well as assume leadership roles.

This article first appeared in NIE's quarterly publication NIE News in December 2015.