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Master of Arts Humanities Education

  • The Master of Arts in Humanities Education is a program designed for humanities educators and educational leaders who are interested in advancing their professional knowledge through disciplinary and interdisciplinary explorations of humanities education.

    A key feature of this programme is the extensive range of courses focused on both classroom pedagogy and disciplinary content relevant to History, Geography and Social Studies educators and curriculum specialists. Uniquely, this programme offers candidates the opportunity to tailor their own programme of study. Candidates can opt for cross-disciplinary or discipline-specific pathways (e.g. history, geography, or social studies) within the programme. These options will expose candidates to a range of new ideas and skills relevant to the humanities and also enhance the candidates’ understanding of pertinent issues and research within the field.

    The Master of Arts in Humanities Education will be suitable for education professionals who wish to

    • Strengthen their academic qualifications for leadership positions or career advancement, or
    • Acquire a more in-depth understanding of the different humanities disciplines and humanities education.

       

  • The Master of Arts in Humanities Education (MAHE) programme may be completed between 2 to 4 years on a part-time basis, or within 1 to 4 years on a full-time basis. Only candidates who have completed 30 Academic Units (AUs) are eligible to graduate from the programme. All courses (except the 2AU research foundation course) within the Master of Arts in Humanities Education programme carry 4 AUs each.

    Two completion routes are available for all MAHE students:

    1. “Coursework Only” Route
    Students who choose the “Coursework Only” route must complete the following courses (in total 30AUs):

    One core course (4AUs):

    • MAS901 Issues and Research in Humanities Education

    Six (6) elective courses of 4AUs (24AUs):

    • Each course should be from the list of MAS courses, including one (1) open elective course outside of the MAHE programme in lieu of one MAS course.
    • Students can take any combination of listed specialization elective courses from the three subject domains (history, geography, and social studies)
    One research foundation course (2AUs):
    • MAS981 Critical Thinking and Writing in the Humanities (2 AUs)

    2. “Coursework with Dissertation” Route

    Students can transfer from the “Coursework Only” to “Coursework with Dissertation” route. To be eligible to undertake the research dissertation, candidates have to meet all the following criteria:

    • Minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.5;
    • Complete at least six (6) courses, including the core course – MAS901
    • Dissertation topic should be relevant to the programme.

    The dissertation is equivalent to 6 AUs. Coursework with Dissertation Route students will complete the Core Course and five (5) elective courses of 4AUs (20AUs) each in addition to the dissertation.

  • Applicants interested in the Master of Arts in Humanities Education programme should have

    • a Bachelor of Arts (with Honors), or its equivalent, in a relevant discipline OR
    • a Bachelor of Arts, or its equivalent, in a relevant discipline with at least two years of professional work experience.

    Graduate teachers in the service of the Singapore Ministry of Education can also opt to pursue the Master of Arts in Humanities Education via the Enhanced Professional Development Continuum Model (Enhanced PDCM) with MOE sponsorship. For more information, please visit the following website: http://www.nie.edu.sg/higher-degrees/admissions/moe-sponsored-graduate-teachers


    Application

    There are two admission intakes each academic year. Applications should be submitted online by May or November for admission to the programme in the January and August semesters of the following year respectively.

    For more information on how to apply and to apply online, please visit: http://www.nie.edu.sg/higher-degrees/admissions/how-to-apply


    Programme Coordinator

    Interested applicants wishing to find out more may wish to contact the Programme Coordinators:

    A/P Ivy Lim - email: Ivy.lim@nie.edu.sg
    A/P Rahil Bte Ismail - email: Rahil.ismail@nie.edu.sg

     

  • Core course

    MAS 901 Issues and Research in Humanities Education

    This course provides an introduction to issues and research in humanities education and opportunities to examine the ways current research can be applied to classroom practice in Singapore. Participants will have opportunities to examine issues central to curriculum, student learning and thinking, and pedagogy, and consider implications these studies have for teaching and learning in the humanities. The course provides opportunities to explore a range of issues, the purposes of the subjects and different perspectives within the field.


    Research Foundation Course

    MAS 981 Critical Thinking and Writing in the Humanities

    This course will introduce students to the thinking and academic writing skills they need in history, geography and the social sciences and the ways these can be applied in social studies education. The ways in which arguments are constructed and presented will be studied through workshops and seminars. Students are required to play an active role in this course. The basic principles in critical thinking and writing are illustrated through practical examples prepared by students, which will become the basis for continuous assessment for the subject.


    Elective Courses

    Geography and Geography Education

    This strand focuses on geography and geography education. Courses include GIS, urban geography, and research and issues in geographic education among others. Learn more

    History and History Education

    Courses in this strand focus on history and history education. Content covered include topics such as globalization, heritage, ancient civilizations, women’s history, and historical thinking. This strand also offers history pedagogy courses that will examine key issues and research in history education focusing on disciplinary practices and concepts. Learn more

    Social Studies Education

    This strand includes courses that address specific topics within the Social Studies syllabus such as governance and public policy. Other courses include Social Studies and curriculum theory, and Citizenship Education in a global age. Learn more

  • My experience at NIE has been one of the best in my life! Having left school for more than ten years, my fears were quickly allayed because of the spontaneity of my lecturers, both in giving feedback at the end of each course and their readiness to assist. NIE has incredible resources! I can never forget the connections and invaluable knowledge I acquired during class and online discussions. I made friends with many of my course mates and till today we are still very much connected. Overall, my time at NIE has boosted my self-confidence and equipped me with critical thinking skills.

    Katherine Iluyomade
    International student, Nigeria Class of 2011


    If I could describe my key takeaways from the Master of Arts in Humanities Education programme, it would be the ability to think critically and include the notions of criticality in my classroom as well. The professors are constantly, through their innovative and imaginative techniques, introducing new ways of integrating academic theory and teaching that drive humanities education and showing how the knowledge of educational theory positively impact teaching practices. As an international candidate, I was also able to connect what I learnt in class to the Indian context. This, to me, made the programme unique! This has been a fantastic experience for me. I have benefited both professionally and personally. Not only have I learnt skills and acquired knowledge that I can apply in my teaching, I have also established strong networks with my peers both within and outside of the teaching profession.

    Nithya Girish
    International Student, India Class of 2017


    This has been a fantastic experience for me. I have benefited both professionally and personally. Not only have I learnt skills and acquired knowledge that I can apply in my teaching, I have also established strong networks with my peers both within and outside of the teaching profession.

    Ms Bernissa Chia
    MOE Postgraduate Scholar, Singapore Class of 2012