Management and Leadership in Schools Programme

  • The Management and Leadership in Schools (MLS) programme is for middle level leaders to hone curriculum leadership skills within and beyond their particular domains as well as to enhance their competency in leading teachers and supporting school principals in improving teaching and learning in school. The core emphasis in this programme is collaborative learning. It rides on the strengths of the successful Leaders in Education Programme and the former Diploma in Departmental Management Programme.

    MLS aims to:

    • create new knowledge in generative and collaborative learning, beyond single discipline/subject
    • enhance expertise competence among middle level leaders, with reference to their position next to the pinnacle of the leadership track
    • enhance capacity to lead teaching and learning through the creation of learning teams with the focus on continual improvement in the curriculum
  • Effective middle leadership cannot be achieved solely through teaching of competencies and theories of leadership and management. It must integrate skills such as collective knowledge inquiry and professional conversations. It is the presence of a collective order and coordination that is necessary for the development of an innovative and learning school.

    In such a milieu, the process of learning is brought about by working on a collaborative curriculum project that involves inter-disciplines.

    It involves the activities of participating schools, higher institutions of learning, government and support institutions, and external organisations and individuals.

    This process is assisted by face-to-face contacts (lectures and tutorials), and virtual connections which is aided by information communication technology (ICT). The main assumption of using ICT is that the innovative school is not a predetermined entity within a local environment, but is created by the larger environment, with innovative behaviour dependant upon factors determined at the local, zonal and international level.

    The learning environment combines social interaction and a reasonably sound innovation/technological culture with openness to the rest of the world, thus providing the best chance for school leaders to learn innovatively.

  • A) The Core Module

    1. Leadership
    2. Management
    3. Curriculum

    B) The Electives: Participants choose from a wide selection of electives that are useful to manage their area of responsibilties.

    C) New features in this programme include:

    1. Curriculum Projects
      The curriculum projects are utilised as a means of advanced education that entails learning by surfacing and acting upon relevant curriculum problems encountered by middle level leaders. The project includes learning by doing and includes working with inter-disciplinary teams to develop a realistic and innovative curriculum project.

    2. Professional Conversations
      Professional conversations are forms of rigorous inquiries into what participants actually do, ("Why did I do it this way? Where did I learn that? What assumptions, personal theory, or values are suggested by my actions? Could I have done that differently? What assumptions or personal theory might be implied by the alternative course of action?). Such daily and ordinary habits as the kinds of questions participants will need to ask, how they greet students and how they lead, how they teach, are all so automatic as to escape ones' attention, but they reveal the powerful regulatory effect of the institutional context of their work.

    3. International Learning
      International learning enables participants to develop leadership by providing alternate perspectives and challenges, thus expanding a person's capacity to be effective in leadership roles and processes.

  • This is a full-time programme of 17 weeks' duration.

  • We offer the following awards to students in recognition for their outstanding performance in the Management and Leadership in Schools programme:


    Name of Award


    Criteria for Award


    Dr Ruth Wong Medal

    1 Gold Medal

    One gold medal is awarded to the participant who demonstrates the best overall performance in the Management and Leadership in Schools programme.


    Dr J.M. Nathan Memorial Prize for Curriculum Project

    Book prize of $200 & a certificate for each member of the team

    The prize is awarded to the team that demonstrates the highest level of standard in its Curriculum Project as part of the assessment of the core module in the Management and Leadership in Schools.

  • Q:

    What are the admission requirements?


    This programme is for Heads-of-Departments, Level & Subject Heads of schools. Local applicants are selected by the Ministry of Education. The requisite is a Diploma in Education and also a minimum of one year of management experience.



    How much is the course fees?


    For applicants who are non-MOE candidates, the fee is approximately S$10,000 per person.

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