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Diploma (Physical Education, Primary)

  • The programme is for GCE 'A' level holders and Polytechnic Diploma holders. The two-year full-time programme seeks to train student teachers to teach Physical Education at the primary level.

  • 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 https://www.moe.gov.sg/careers/teach/how-to-apply.
  • 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 two school attachment periods, i.e., Teaching Practice 1 (TP1) and Teaching Practice 2 (TP2).

    dpr102 Teaching Practice 1 (TP1) 3 au

    At the end of the first year, the student teachers will undergo a 5-week TP. Its purpose is to provide student teachers practical experience in helping their Cooperating Teachers (CTs) plan lessons, prepare resources, manage pupils. They will also be given opportunities to observe their CTs teach and to do some guided teaching.

    dpr202 Teaching Practice 2 (TP2) 12 au

    TP 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.

  • dpa10a 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 Singapore's PE and Sports Infrastructure 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 and discussed.

    dpa10b Growth and Motor Development
    (course outline)
    2 au

    This course is a study of physical growth and motor development, with particular emphasis on the growing years. Attention will be focused on factors that impact physical growth and motor development, age-related changes and individual and gender differences in development, especially during puberty. Implications for the teaching of physical education will also be discussed.

    dpa10c 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. The lever systems that effects movement will be discussed in this course. Biomechanics is the study of a biological system by means of mechanics. This course introduces the basic mechanical concepts and principles that govern human movement. The aim of this course is to expose students to qualitative analysis of sports using basic concepts of mechanics and anatomy.

    dpa10d Physiology of Exercise
    (course outline)
    2 au

    The principal areas covered include the 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 various systems of the body and the part each plays in physical performance, health and fitness will be discussed in this course.

    dpa20a Foundations of Psychology and Motor Learning in Physical Activity
    (course outline)
    3 au

    The principal areas covered include the 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 various systems of the body and the part each plays in physical performance, health and fitness will be discussed in this course.

  • dpc10a Principles of Games
    (course outline)
    2 au

    This course is designed to introduce student teachers to the concepts, theories and principles underpinning games. The course will provide student teachers with a deeper understanding of the nature of games and will allow them to be more creative whilst adopting a more analytical approach to the study of specific games in the physical education programme.

    dpc10b Instructional Methods in physical Education
    (course outline)
    3 au

    Foundation skills of planning, teaching and evaluating physical education for schools: content selection; organisation; instructional methods; task, time and student management systems; observation of student performance; feedback provision. Course format will include lectures, discussions, practical experiences, group work, and microteaching.

    dpc10c BASKETBALL
    (course outline)
    2 au

    A variety of practical applications including:
    1) individual on-ball and off-ball skill development,
    2) team/game situations and
    3) delivery of a basketball class using action-station and team-teaching methods are used to improve skills and knowledge in basketball.

    Students will be able to assimilate that knowledge (apply it into the Physical Education pedagogy context) in a fun learning-oriented environment.

    dpc10d FUNDAMENTAL MOVEMENT SKILLS
    (course outline)
    3 au

    The FMS course 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, and application in modified games in the upper primary level. Specifically, this course will address the various manipulative, locomotor and non-locomotor skills applied within a movement framework that helps define the qualitative and quantitative aspects of human movement.

    dpc10e CURRICULUM GYMNASTICS
    (course outline)

    2 au

    This course will introduce the curriculum gymnastics to participants by means of thematic movement concepts based largely on floor activities and incorporating small and large apparati. The aims of curriculum gymnastics will be espoused. The basic vocabulary of movement will be enhanced with emphasis on the cognitive and affective development through the appropriate use of pedagogical styles.

    DPC10G SOCCER
    (COURSE OUTLINE)


    2 AU

    This course is designed to impart basic soccer skills and knowledge to student teachers to be for the purpose of teaching children in a school setting. The emphasis of the course is on providing ample opportunities to play the game as well as to gain better knowledge on how to teach students.

    DPC10J Theory and Practice in Outdoor Education
    (COURSE OUTLINE)
    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. Student teachers will gain an understanding of the strands and learning outcomes of outdoor education in the Primary PE curriculum.

    dpC10m badminton
    (COURSE OUTLINE)
    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 primary 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.

    DPC20A INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION
    (COURSE OUTLINE)
    3 AU

    This course builds on foundation pedagogical knowledge and skills appropriate for school students. It develops competence in a variety of teaching methods 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.

    DPC20C DANCE
    (COURSE OUTLINE)
    2 AU

    Teaching methods and resource for the planning and instruction of folk and line dances in the primary and secondary school curriculum. Student teachers will learn dances from different cultures reflecting a variety of styles and techniques. In addition, student teachers are introduced to the methods of leading creative dance experiences for children. The teaching methods used enable the design of lessons appropriate for a wide range of ages, interests and developmental stages.

    DPC20D SOFTBALL
    (COURSE OUTLINE)


    2 AU

    This course is designed to impart basic softball skills and knowledge to student teachers for the purpose of teaching children in a school setting. The emphasis of the course is on providing ample opportunities to play the game as well as to learn how to demonstrate basic skills.

    DPC20E TRACK AND FIELD
    (COURSE OUTLINE)
    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 primary 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.

    DPC20G Fitness and Health
    (COURSE OUTLINE)
     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.
    DPC20H Floorball
    (COURSE OUTLINE)
    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 primary 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.

    DPC20J Volleyball
    (COURSE OUTLINE)
    2 AU
    This course is designed to provide student teachers with the opportunity to develop their techniques, skills and game performance in Volleyball and acquire lesson 
    ideas, content development/progressions and teaching strategies for the teaching of Volleyball in primary 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.
    DPC20K Sports Injury Prevention and Management in pe and Youth Sport
    (COURSE OUTLINE)
    1 AU
    This course is designed to provide the primary-track 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.
    DPC20l PEDAGOGICAL PRACTICES
    (COURSE OUTLINE)
    4 AU

    This course begins immediately after the Instructional Methods Course and after the foundation course on classroom management for all student teachers, after the student teachers’ first Teaching Practice (TP1) stint in school, and allows them to consolidate and explicitly link theory to practice, applying what they have already learnt in both courses on different classroom management theories, skills and strategies. 

  • (i) For issues such as admissions and application

    For PE Admission matters, please email to: nieadmtp@nie.edu.sg
    For general Diploma Academic matters, please email to: diped@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: A/P Swarup Mukherjee
    Email: swarup.mukherjee@nie.edu.sg
    Tel: 6790 3680