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Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PE)

  • The postgraduate teacher education programmes leading to the award of the PGDE is offered by NIE for university graduates who are interested in becoming teachers in the primary and secondary schools. It is a two-year PE programme.

  • This programme admits candidates who hold at least a Bachelor's degree. For more information on the requirements, you may view the details on http://www.moe.gov.sg/careers/teach/.

  • If you are interested in these programmes, look out for advertisements in the newspapers or on TV, or call the MOE hotline at (65) 6872 2220. Alternatively, you can submit your application on-line through the MOE website at http://www.moe.gov.sg/careers/teach/.

  • QPA50A (PRI) / QPA52A (SEC) 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.

    QPA50B (PRI) / QPA52B (SEC) 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.

    QPA50C (PRI) / QPA52C (SEC) 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.

    QPA50D (PRI) / QPA52D (SEC) 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.

    QPA60A (PRI) / QPA62A (SEC) 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.

  • qpc50a (pRI) / qpc52a (sEC) Principles of Games
    (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.

    QPC50B (PRI) / QPC52B (SEC) Instructional Methods in Physical Education
    (COURSE OUTLINE)
    3 AU

    This course covers the foundation skills of planning, teaching and evaluating physical education including: content selection and development; organization; instructional strategies; time on task, and student management systems; observation of student performance; and feedback provision. Course format will include lectures, discussions, practical experiences, group work, and microteaching in a neighbourhood school.

    QPC50C (PRI) / QPC52C (SEC) 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.

    QPC50D (PRI)/ QPC52D (SEC 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.           
    qpc50e (pri) / qpc52e (sec) fundamental movement skills
    (course outline)
    3 au
    This course provides student-teachers with an understanding of the concepts, principles and practices of teaching fundamental movement skills in school, and of applying the knowledge of relevant fundamental movements to related specialized sports skills within the school sports/games physical education curriculum.
    qpc50g (pri) / qpc52g (sec) curriculum gymnastics
    (course outline)
    2 au
    This course will introduce curriculum gymnastics to participants by means of thematic movement concepts based largely on floor activities and incorporating small and large apparatii. 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.
    qpc50h (pri) / qpc52h (sec) soccer
    (course outline)
    2 au
    This course is designed to impart basic soccer 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 gain better knowledge on how to teach students.
    qpc50k (pri) / qpc52k (sec) 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 PE curriculum.
    qpc50L (PRI) / QPC52L (SEC) SPORTS INJURY PREVENTION AND MANAGEMENT IN PE AND YOUTH SPORT
    (course outline)
    1 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 of 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.
    qpc50m (pri) / qpc52m (sec) 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. Teachers will learn different dances from different cultures reflecting a variety of styles and techniques. In addition, teachers are introduced to the methods of leading creative dance experiences for students. The teaching methods used enable the design of lessons appropriate for a wide range of ages, interests and developmental stages.
    qpc60A (pri) / qpc62A (sec) instructional strategies in physical education
    (course outline)
     3 au
    This course builds on foundation pedagogical knowledge and skills 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.
    qpc60c (pri) / qpc62c (sec) 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.
    qpc60d (pri) / qpc62d (sec) track and field
    (course outline) 
    2 au 
    This course is designed to equip teachers with the necessary knowledge and skills to teach selected Track and Field events.
    Biomechanical, physiological, anatomical, pedagogical and social concepts and issues will be used to show the link between the sciences and Track and Field events. The benefits of Track and Field as a vehicle for fun and fitness, as well as growth and development will be emphasized.
    qpc60e (pri) / qpc62e (sec) 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 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.
    qpc60g (pri) / qpc62g (sec) 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 schools. 
    qpc60h (pri) / qpc62h (sec) volleyball
    (course outline) 
     2 au
    This course is designed to equip teachers-to-be with the necessary basic skills and teaching points in order to teach volleyball in schools. Special attention will be paid to acquiring the basic skills in volleyball.
    Emphasis is placed on small-group activity and how to organize and conduct small-group activity in the school situation.
  • The Practicum is a very important component of the PGDE 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 will comprise a 5-week Teaching Practice 1 (TP 1), conducted at the end of year 1, and a 10-week Teaching Practice 2 (TP 2), conducted in the second year of study. In the course of the two attachments, the student teachers will build up their skills and knowledge in a step-wise manner. Firstly they will develop planning and delivery skills, followed by classroom management and evaluation skills. In addition, to ensure that the student teachers have a holistic experience, they will also be provided opportunities to explore other aspects of a teacher's life besides classroom teaching, for e.g., observing how CCAs are managed.

    qpr502 (pri) / QPR522 (SEC) Teaching Practice 1 5 au
    qpr602 (PRI) / QPR622 (SEC) Teaching Practice 2 10 au
  • (i) For issues such as admissions and application

    For PE Admission matters, please email to: nieadmtp@nie.edu.sg
    For general PGDE (Pri) Academic matters, please email to: diped@nie.edu.sg
    For general PGDE (Sec and JC) 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 Steven Tan
    Email: steven.tan@nie.edu.sg
    Tel: 6790 3705