Asian Languages and Cultures Academic Group (ALC)
ALC which comprises three divisions: namely, the Chinese, Malay and Tamil
Divisions, aims to produce excellent educators and researchers who are devoted
to mother tongue language education for the nation by laying a firm academic
scholarship for mother tongue language teachers and equipping them with
relevant pedagogical and IT skills, curriculum design, innovation and evaluation,
as well as up-to-date knowledge and skills in education research.
Committed to providing strategic responses to the ever-changing trend in
language learning and teaching, ALC also offers Master of Arts in Teaching
Chinese as an International Language (MATCIL) programme. This programme
aims to train educators who are bilingual in both English and Chinese to teach
Chinese as a foreign/international language in countries where Chinese is not the
Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Academic Group (CTL)
CTL is committed to developing curriculum leaders and educators who are leading curriculum change and innovation not just in our mainstream schools but also amongst polytechnic lecturers, health educators and pre-school educators.
CTL is devoted to scholarship, inquiry and praxis grounded in an understanding of epistemological, ontological and pedagogical theories and issues. We provide our students with foundations for curriculum thinking, decision-making, design, implementation and evaluation based on these theories and issues to ensure that their understanding is well grounded and responsive to diverse learner needs, the demands of teaching and learning contexts, various aspects of assessments and the social purposes of education.
Early Childhood and Special Needs Education Academic Group (ECSE)
ECSE comprises three specialisations in education, namely, Early Childhood,
High Ability Studies and Special Education. Programmes and courses conducted
by ECSE are concerned with understanding the emotional and social development
of children, and with providing meaningful and relevant educational programmes
and experiences to help them adjust to school and later on, to society at large.
The Early Childhood specialisation focuses on understanding of child development
and early childhood education. The High Ability Studies specialisation creates a
platform to enhance educators’ knowledge, ideas and best practices at educating
and developing the talent of high ability learners. The Special Education
specialisation promotes professional competence in special education by
providing knowledge-based theory, practice and research.
English Language and Literature Academic Group (ELL)
ELL focuses on research and education in the areas of English Language, Linguistics and Literature. We provide a rigorous and intellectually-challenging yet practice-relevant English education and have a research culture that embraces diversity and multidisciplinary perspectives. Our faculty consists of international scholars engaged in cutting-edge research in a wide variety of areas. Focusing on the theory-practice nexus in education, we are committed to developing and mentoring critically engaged, socially responsible, knowledgeable, and passionate English educators for the
21st century classroom.
At the Higher Degree level, we offer research programmes leading to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Arts (Research), as well as coursework programmes leading to a Master of Arts (Applied Linguistics) and Master of Education (English). Participants may also opt for the Doctor of Education (EdD) programme with a specialisation in English.
Humanities and Social Studies Education Academic Group (HSSE)
HSSE constantly engages in both educational and discipline-related research to meet the needs of educators in the knowledge-based economy of the 21st century. HSSE is primarily responsible for the professional preparation and development of teachers in the following subject areas: Primary and Secondary Social Studies, Geography, History, Economics, Elements of Office Administration, and Accounting.
Learning Sciences and Technologies Academic Group (LST)
LST focuses on understanding learning in social-cultural contexts with the goal of
designing and integrating learning environments and technologies.
LST is concerned with understanding the relationships between theory and
practice and adopts a variety of methodologies, including reflection-in-action,
action research, and design experiments for the advancement of its research and
teaching. We seek to provide a bridge between learning and instructional design,
and to mediate the design process as both an art and a science.
Mathematics and Mathematics Education Academic Group (MME)
MME is committed to developing scholars of mathematics as well as mathematics education researchers and professionals. It comprises highly committed and dedicated academics from different backgrounds and experience in mathematics and mathematics education. Apart from constantly seeking new and innovative ways of delivering mathematics content and pedagogy courses in an effort to develop best practices, MME also engages in research in mathematics education and various fields of mathematics to meet the needs of scholars and educators within a rapidly changing and increasingly technological environment.
Natural Sciences and Science Education Academic Group (NSSE)
NSSE integrates several science content and pedagogical disciplines with a strong multidisciplinary approach to teaching and research. With this integration, disciplinary barriers between the sciences and related pedagogies are removed to pave the way for greater interaction and teamwork among academics and students alike.
Research by biologists, chemists and physicists in NSSE is centred on many areas of current cutting-edge science such as agrobiotechnology, plasma physics, biological chemistry and materials science, while the science educators focus mainly on maximising the potential of every child with research on students’ learning approaches, problem-solving skills and new pedagogies in science.
Physical Education and Sports Science Academic Group (PESS)
PESS offers a variety of programmes in Physical Education & Sports Science and Sport Science & Management.
With state-of-the-art facilities and well-qualified local and international academic staff, PESS provides a holistic and unparalleled learning experience that prepares graduate students for career advancements in the field of PE and Sports Science.
We have three graduate programmes offered to PE and sport professionals who would like to enhance their career and research in the related fields:
- Master of Science (Exercise and Sport Studies)
- Master of Science (Research)
- Doctor of Philosophy
Policy and Leadership Studies Academic Group (PLS)
PLS aims to contribute to the development of school leaders and educators by providing a platform for them to discover a nexus of theory and practice and enhance their capacity to take their schools to new heights of excellence.
Committed to providing insights that may be translated into inputs for policy making and beneficial practices on the ground, PLS hopes to prepare school leaders and educators to meet emerging challenges in education with purpose and confidence.
PLS offers postgraduate programmes at both Master’s (Master of Arts in Educational Management) and Doctoral level (EdD and PhD).
Psychological Studies Academic Group (PS)
PS comprises a team of educators and psychologists passionate about the
application of psychology to the art of education. In this era of globalisation and
the rapid proliferation of knowledge and technology, schools and individuals have
to cope with change and be able to see new promises and challenges.
Psychology is an integrative discipline to help us advance our understanding of
human thought and behavior to help people cope, adapt and learn at their best.
We also learn and collaborate with scientists and educators in diverse fields such
as early childhood, special education, learning sciences, prevention science,
cognitive science and the education of specific disciplines (e.g., language,
mathematics and science education).
We believe in mentoring, building people and creating learning communities and
networks that will enable our educators, counsellors and aspiring specialists to
not only to acquire professional knowledge, skills and competence but also form
lasting interest groups to support their professional lives and practices.
Visual and Performing Arts Academic Group (VPA)
VPA which comprises skilled faculty in Drama, Music and Visual Art, provides educators with relevant theoretical discussion, engaged artistic practice and innovative arts-based pedagogy for constructing and conducting dynamic learning experiences in arts education.
All VPA programmes are designed to equip educators with the knowledge, skills and experience they need to teach, facilitate and steer learning in, through and about the arts. These are done through theoretical seminars, practical workshops, performances and exhibitions, field-work and critical reflection.
The aim is to encourage educators to develop a vibrant and cutting-edge landscape of arts education in Singapore schools, incorporating key attributes of thinking and learning that characterise students of the 21st century.