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Bachelor of Science (Education)

  • The PE degree programmes are designed for the academic preparation of undergraduates in one academic subject as well as professional training to enable student teachers to become effective teachers in the primary and secondary schools.

    The degree programmes extend over a period of four years with the possibility of honours being awarded based on excellent overall academic performance.

  • Generally, the Diploma programmes admit candidates who hold either GCE 'A' Levels or polytechnic diplomas. For more information on the requirements, you may view the details on http://www.moe.gov.sg/careers/teach/applying/.

  • If you are interested in these programmes, look out for advertisements in the newspapers or on TV, or call the MOE hotline 1800-840 8585. Alternatively, you can submit your application on-line through the MOE website at http://www.moe.gov.sg/careers/teach/.

  • Core Courses
    apa10a Introduction to Physical Education and Sport
    (course outline)
    2 au

    This course emphasises concepts related to the broad field of physical education and sport. It provides an overview of the disciplines that study the field's philosophical, historical, cultural, and sociological foundations and their applications to professional practice. The course examines the structure of the Singapore Sports Council, National Sport Associations, Singapore Schools Sports Council and the Co-Curricular Activities Branch and their relationships in promoting participation in sports from recreational to high performance levels. The daily work in physical education and sport, looking at the traditional field of teaching and coaching, is also highlighted. Current issues and future directions in the field are also explored.

    apa10b Growth and Motor Development
    (course outline)
    2 au

    This course is designed to understand the relation between physical growth and motor development in children and adolescent. Various topics including stages, age related changes, individual differences, and gender differences in relation to growth and motor development will be covered during the course. In addition, interventional strategies to facilitate growth and motor development will be discussed. Implications for the teaching of physical education will be emphasized throughout the course.

    apa10c Anatomical and Biomechanical Foundations of Physical Activity
    (course outline)
    3 au

    Structural anatomy deals with the knowledge and an understanding of the skeleton, joints and muscle structure that produces movement. Biomechanics is the study of a biological system by means of mechanics. This course introduces the basic mechanical and anatomical concepts and principles that govern human movement. The aim of this course is to enable student teachers to perform qualitative analyses of human movement using basic concepts of mechanics and anatomy in the context of PE and sports.

    apa20a Foundations of Psychology and Motor Learning in Physical Activity
    (course outline)
     3 au
    This course examines the foundations of sport and exercise psychology and the concepts and principles associated with skill acquisition. Specifically, the course will focus on topics and issues related to the social psychological variables that influence participation in physical activity and sport, the sport and exercise environments within which participants operate, as well as selected outcomes of such participation.
    apa20b PHYSIOLOGY OF EXERCISE
    (COURSE OUTLINE) 
     2 au
    The principal areas covered include energy metabolism for exercise, aerobic performance and anaerobic performance, sex and age-associated differences in exercise performances and thermoregulation in the heat. The associated teaching implications will be brought to the fore. In addition, aspects of functional anatomy dealing with the associated exercise parameters and the part each plays in physical performance, health and fitness will be discussed in this course.
    apa40a assessment in physical education
    (COURSE OUTLINE)
     2 au
    Assessment is an integral part of the teaching of Physical Education in Singapore. This course identifies the broad issues and strategies required for PE student teachers to become effective assessors and recorders of their pupils’ learning in PE. This course is designed to provide student teachers with basic concepts of measurement and evaluation in physical education.
    Major Prescribed Electives
    APA33A Physiological Bases of Exercise
    (course outline)
    3 AU

    This academic course on exercise physiology embraces important concepts in the physiology of exercise in the school-going age population ( 8-18 years), contrasting with those of adults. The principal areas covered include the trainability of aerobic & anaerobic performance in young people compared to adults, and nutritional aspects of performance including fluid supplementation.

    apa33b Quantitative Methods in Biomechanics
    (course outline)
    3 au

    This course introduces participants to quantitative methods for determining mechanical parameters of movement, namely linear and angular kinematic and kinetic quantities through laboratory work. Participants should have completed the mechanical and anatomical bases of human motion before enrolling for this course. A quantitative analysis of sports using basic biomechanical concepts will be introduced to explain movements required in various activities. The use of such quantitative procedures will allow the teacher or coach to effectively analyse movement, explain causes of observed effects and to remediate errors using a safe and scientific approach.

    apa33c Psychology of Physical Education and Sport
    (course outline)
    3 au

    This course is designed to provide student teachers with an understanding of how psychological variables influence participation in sport and physical education, focusing on the key motivational perspectives of exercise and sport.

    apa33d Neuromuscular Control of Human Movement
    (course outline)
    3 au

    The purpose of this course is to examine the concepts associated with motor control and the neuromuscular basis of human movement. Student teachers will look at the structures involved in motor control from anatomical, neurophysiological, and biomechanical perspectives, and then, their motion will be interpreted from motor control perspective. Student teachers are encouraged to actively participate in the class by making questions or raising problems.

    apa33e Sociology of Sport
    (course outline)
    3 au

    The course focuses on the role of sport in society. Sociological theories and methodologies are examined and applied to the study of sport. The course will examine issues such as globalization, race, an women in sport.

    apa33g Management of Sport Organizations
    (course outline)
    3 au

    This course introduces student teachers to the types of sport organizations and the important issues relating to the management of such organizations. The study of sport organizations will be based on organizational theory's concept and principals. The important topics of the course include: type of sport organizations, legal identity of sport organizations, goals and objectives of sport organizations, leadership, conflict management and decision making in sport organizations, and strategic planning in sports. The course also introduces to the student the key managerial roles and functions important to managing sport and physical education. The physical education department will be used as a constant management unit to illustrate the key concepts covered.

    apa33h Applied Physiology of Exercise
    (course outline)
    3 au

    This course examines the sports training adaptations for aerobic endurance, short term power output, and strength in young people (ages 8-18 yrs), nutrition for sports & training (ergogenic aids), power recovery from intermittent exercise & effects of attitude training on swimming performance.

    apa33j Biomechanics in Sport
    (course outline)
    3 au

    Biomechanics is the study of a biological system by means of mechanics. This course will focus on the quantitative analysis of human movement in sports. Student teachers will learn how to design a quantitative analysis, collect, analyze and interpret data obtained from the equipment associated with the measurement technique. From the analysis work of this course, student teachers will be expected to examine the relationship between performance measure and human motor system. Student teachers will have the opportunity to explore the underlying processes that is involved in the production of this human movement in sports. The course will consist of theory and applied field work.

    apa33k Applied Psychology of Physical Education and Sport
    (course outline)
    3 au

    This is an applied sport psychology course targeted at student PE teachers who want to consider mental training as a useful tool for enhancing sport performance. The participants will be introduced to the role of applied sport psychologist, the development and evaluation of basic mental skill training, and theories underpinning each mental skill. This course will be both theoretically and practically based.

    apa33l social history of sport
    (course outline)
    3 au
    This course will examine the historical development of sport across cultures, tracing the significant milestones in the changing role of sport in society. Issues such as Olympism, from its elitist neoclassical origins to its present commercialized form, will be examined.
    apa33m Event and Facilities Management in Sport
    (course outline)
    3 au

    The course will focus on the important considerations required to successfully conduct a sport event. Design and maintenance considerations of a sport facility will also be studied to determine what is preferable. Course topics include: important publics of a sport event, organizing sport competitions, executing a sport event, sport facilities design, concept of tort and negligence, and risk management in sport.

    apa33n neural and behavioural perspectives of human movement
    (course outline)
     3 au

    The objective of this course is to describe, compare, and contrast current theoretical perspectives of motor learning and control. The range of topics covered in this course will be from the basic principles of human movements to complex human behavior, mainly from the behavioral perspectives. In addition, the basic concept of neural interpretation of human motor control will be addressed.

  • APC10A (PRI) / APC12A (SEC) Principles of Games
    COURSE OUTLINE:
    PRIMARY /
    SECONDARY
    2 au

    This course is designed to introduce student teachers to the management strategies and theories underpinning the teaching of games. A broad spectrum of lead-up games will be presented covering four classifications of invasion, net/barrier, striking/fielding and target to provide a systematic and creative understanding of the transferability of principles. Game-sense will be developed through an eclectic conceptual development using elements of 'play practice', sport education, and tactical approaches.

    apc10b (pri)/ apc12b (sec) basketball
    course outline:
    primary
     / secondary
     2 au
    This course is designed to provide student teachers with the opportunity to develop their techniques, skills and game performance in basketball and acquire lesson ideas, content development/progressions and teaching strategies for the teaching of basketball in schools.
    apc10c (pri)/ apc12c (sec) fundamental movement skills
    course outline:
    primary
     / secondary
     
     2 au
    This course provides student teachers with an understanding of the concepts, principles and practices of teaching fundamental movement skills in schools.

    It provides an overview of the role of fundamental movement within the Singapore’s school physical education curriculum, focusing on developing fundamental movement skill proficiencies at the lower primary, application in modified games in the upper primary, and relationship to the variety of specialised sports skills at the secondary levels.

    APC10D (PRI) / APC12D (SEC) CURRICULUM GYMNASTICS
    COURSE OUTLINE:
    PRIMARY / SECONDARY
    2 AU
    This course will introduce curriculum gymnastics through a developmental approach that allows student teachers to explore movement themes largely on floor activities, gradually progressing from simple to complex apparatus designs. More advanced floor and apparatus skills will be taught with a focus on progression as well as safety.
    APC10E (PRI) / APC12E (SEC) SOCCER
    COURSE OUTLINE:
    PRIMARY / SECONDARY
     
    2 AU
    This course is designed to provide student teachers with the opportunity to develop their techniques, skills and game performance in soccer and acquire lesson ideas, content development/progressions and teaching strategies for the teaching of soccer in schools.
    apc10h (pri) / apc12h (sec) theory and practice in outdoor education
    course outline:
    PRIMARY / SECONDARY 
     2 au
    This course examines key philosophical underpinnings, trends and issues related to outdoor education. It allows student teachers to reflect on the varied pedagogical approaches to outdoor learning and their impact on learning outcomes.
    apc20a (pri) / apc22a (sec) dance
    course outline:
    primary / secondary
    2 au 
    This course is designed to provide student teachers with the opportunity to develop their techniques, skills and performance in dance and acquire lesson ideas, content development/progressions and teaching strategies for the teaching of dance in schools.

    Student-teachers will be introduced to developmentally appropriate teaching styles/strategies/approaches that develop their pupils into confident and active participants of dance. These approaches include teaching methods (problem-solving, facilitation, command style, reciprocal) and resource for the planning and instruction of folk dances and creative dance.

    apc20b (pri) / apc22b (sec) softball
    course outline:
    primary / secondary 
    2 au
    This course is designed to provide student teachers with the opportunity to develop their techniques, skills and games concepts in softball and acquire lesson ideas, content development/progressions and teaching strategies for the teaching of softball in schools.

    Student teachers will be introduced to developmentally appropriate teaching styles/strategies/approaches/models that develop their pupils into confident and active participants in the game.
    Student teachers will be introduced to assessment tools applied to skills, games concepts and game performance.

    apc20c (pri) / apc22c (sec) track and field
    course outline:
    primary / secondary  
    2 au
    This course is designed to impart the necessary skills and knowledge to student teachers to teach Athletics (track and field events) to youths in a school setting. Student teachers will be introduced to developmentally appropriate teaching approaches. Relevant sport science knowledge, assessment tools, and the use of information technology will be incorporated.
    APC20D (PRI) / APC22D (SEC) FITNESS AND HEALTH
    COURSE OUTLINE:
    PRIMARY / SECONDARY 
    2 AU
    This course is designed to help student teachers acquire knowledge and skills in health, wellness and fitness so as to promote and develop a lifelong physically active and healthy lifestyle in their pupils.

    Student teachers will be introduced to developmentally appropriate activities to develop various components of fitness and design safe and effective exercise programmes for their pupils.

    apc20e (pri) / apc22e (sec) floorball
    course outline:
    primary / secondary
    2 au
    This course is designed to provide student teachers with the opportunity to develop their techniques, skills and game performance in floorball and acquire lesson ideas, content development/progressions and teaching strategies for the teaching of floorball in schools.
    apc20g (pri) / apc22g (sec) volleyball
    course outline:
    primary / secondary
    2 au
    This course is designed to provide student teachers with the opportunity to develop their skills and game performance in volleyball and acquire lesson ideas, content development/progressions and teaching strategies for the teaching of volleyball in schools.
    apc20h (pri) / apc22h (sec) sports injury prevention and management in pe and youth sport 
    course outline:
    primary / secondary
    2 au
    This course is designed to provide the pre-service physical education student teachers with the fundamental knowledge and skills to understand the growth-related biological aspects, risk factors, causes and mechanisms of youth sports injuries with specific emphasis on physical education settings in schools. The course will also include the principles and strategies of prevention and management of injuries in PE and youth sport.
    apc30a (pri) / apc32a (sec) badminton
    course outline:
    primary / secondary 
    2 au
    This course is designed to provide student teachers with the opportunity to develop movement skills and strategies required in badminton and acquire lesson ideas, content development/progressions and teaching strategies for the teaching of badminton in schools.

    Student teachers will be introduced to developmentally appropriate teaching styles/strategies/approaches/models that develop their pupils into confident and active participants of the game.

    apc30b (pri) / apc32b (sec) instructional methods in physical education
    course outline:
    primary / secondary 
    2 au 
    This course is designed to provide student teachers with the opportunity to develop foundation skills of planning, teaching and evaluating school physical education in schools.

    Student teachers will be introduced to content selection, organisation, instructional methods, Mosston’s spectrum of teaching styles, task presentation, task, time and student management systems, observation of student performance, as well as feedback provision.
    Course format will include lectures, discussions, practical experiences, and microteaching.

    apc40a (pri) / apc42a (sec) instructional strategies in physical education
    course outline: 
    primary / secondary
    2 au 
    This course, second in a series, builds on foundation pedagogical knowledge and skills appropriate for students.

    It develops competence in a variety of teaching styles evolving from Mosston and Ashworth’s spectrum including inquiry, problem solving, group work and peer-teaching. A concept approach to teaching games is emphasized. The focus is on planning, teaching and evaluating situationally relevant lessons. Student teachers will be encouraged to refine their own teaching through systematic observation. Instructional strategies will include lectures, seminars, peer- and/or micro-teaching and assignments.

  • The Practicum is a very important component of the diploma programme. Its principal function is to provide student teachers with the opportunity to develop teaching competencies in a variety of instructional contexts and at different levels, under the guidance and supervision of cooperating teachers and university lecturers.

    They will learn from experienced cooperating teachers about the schooling process and prepare themselves for their roles and responsibilities in teaching. During the Practicum, student teachers will be able to use the knowledge and skills acquired in the subjects they read at the university, and have opportunities to integrate theory and practice in schools.

    The Practicum is spread throughout the entire course of study and is developmental in nature. It comprises four school attachment periods, such as, School Experience (SE), Teaching Assistantship (TA), Teaching Practice 1 (TP1) and Teaching Practice 2 (TP2).

    APR10a School Experience (SE) 0 AU

    This is 2 weeks long, with 1 week in a primary school and 1 in a secondary school. The purpose for this is to provide student teachers opportunities to observe lessons in the primary and secondary classrooms.

    APR20a Teaching Assistantship (TA) 3 AU
    Pre-requisites: SE

    Next the student teachers will undergo a 5-week TA. Its purpose is to provide them opportunities to observe their Cooperating Teachers (CTs) teach and to reflect on the roles and responsibilities of a teacher.

    APR30a Teaching Practice I (TP I) 6 AU
    Pre-requisites: TA

    The 3rd component is TP1. It is 5 weeks long. Its purpose is to help the student teachers begin to learn to teach independently. They will learn to plan their own lesson segments to teach, prepare the relevant resources and manage pupils independently, in consultation with their CTs. They will continue to be provided opportunities to observe their CTs teach.

    APR40a Teaching Practice II (TP II) 12 AU
    Pre-requisites: TP I

    TP2 is the last component of the Practicum. It is 10 weeks long - this duration will provide time for student teachers to have a more holistic school attachment experience which would include exploring other aspects of a teacher's life besides classroom teaching, for e.g. observing how CCAs are managed.

  • In addition to the core courses and the required number of prescribed electives, student teachers in the secondary track must offer 3 AUs of general electives which can be chosen from subject offered by the University, whether within or outside the Institute.

    Student teachers are responsible for ensuring that the courses they select do not clash on the class timetable and the examination timetable.

  • (i) For issues such as admissions and application

    For PE Admission matters, please email to: nieadmtp@nie.edu.sg
    For general Undergraduate Academic matters, please email to: babsc@nie.edu.sg

    Office of Teacher Education (OTE)
    National Institute of Education
    Nanyang Technological University
    1 Nanyang Walk
    Singapore 637616
    Fax: (65) 6896 9274

    (ii) For specific academic issues relating to the PE programme

    Programme Leader: Ast/P Leng Ho Keat
    Email: hokeat.leng@nie.edu.sg
    Tel: 6790 3697