Diploma Programmes

  • There are a variety of initial teacher preparation programmes offered by NIE that will lead to Diplomas for candidates who will be teaching in primary or secondary schools. There are two versions of the Diploma in Education programmes: the General and the Specialisation tracks. The General track prepares student teachers to become generalist primary school teachers while the Specialisation track provides for specialisation in the teaching of the mother tongue languages and Physical Education at the primary or secondary school level, and Art, Music or Home Economics at the secondary level.

    Candidates who are interested in special needs education can offer a Diploma in Special Education (DISE). DISE is a 1-Year full-time programme that prepares teachers/Allied Educators (Learning & Behavioural Support) to teach children and young adults with a range of disabilities including intellectual, physical, sensory, behavioural and psychological disabilities.

    For candidates who are interested in pursuing a career in school counselling, they can apply to the Diploma in School Counselling through MOE. This Diploma provides entry-level training for counselling with children and adolescents. Upon completing this eight-month course, candidates are able to apply evidence-based approaches to help school students to develop their strengths to deal effectively with life issues. 

    NIE diplomas are the first qualifications towards a meaningful teaching career. They allow holders to pursue further academic and professional growth later in their teaching career.

    The Diploma programmes offer the following specialisations:

    Assistant Dean, Diploma &
    Student Development

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    Level for Teaching
    Dip Ed General
    Dip Ed (Mother Tongue specialisations) 
    Dip Ed (Music/Art/Home Econs specialisations) 
    Dip Physical Education
    Dip in Art Ed, Music Ed, Home Econs Ed 
    Dip in Special Education
    Special Education Schools/Primary and Secondary [for Allied Educators (Learning & Behavioural Support) only]
    Dip in School Counselling 

    For information on the NIE programme that MOE offers to its sponsored candidates, please refer to the MOE website:

    The Associate Dean for Programme Planning and Management (AD/PPM) and Assistant Dean for Diploma & Student Development (Ast D/DSD) oversee the curriculum review, development and implementation of the Diploma programmes. The team strives to continually ensure the relevance, rigour and overall academic excellence of these programmes.

    • Diploma in Education (Primary) (Chinese Language/Malay Language/Tamil Language) (Two-Year)
    • Diploma in Education (Primary) (Chinese Language) (One-Year)
    • Diploma in Education (Secondary) (Malay Language/Tamil Language) (Two-Year)
    • Diploma in Education (Secondary) (Art/Music) (Two-Year)
    • Diploma in Art/Music Education (Primary) (Two-Year)
    • Diploma in Music Education (Primary) (One-Year)
    • Diploma in Art/Music Education (Secondary) (Two-Year)
    • Diploma in Art/Music Education (Secondary) (One-Year)
    • Diploma in Physical Education (Primary) (Two-Year)
    • Diploma in Home Economics Education (Secondary) (One-Year)
    • Diploma in Special Education
    • Diploma in School Counselling
  • Generally, the Diploma programmes admit candidates who hold either GCE 'A' Levels or polytechnic diplomas. Candidates applying for the DISE should have one month relevant experience. For more information on the requirements, you may view the details here.

  • If you are interested in these programmes, look out for advertisements in the newspapers or on TV, or call the MOE hotline 6872 2220. Alternatively, you can submit your application on-line through the MOE website at

  • For enquiries on Admission matters:

    For enquiries on Diploma Academic matters:

    For enquiries on DISE Academic matters, please email:

    Office of Teacher Education (Blk 2)
    National Institute of Education
    Nanyang Technological University
    1 Nanyang Walk
    Singapore 637616
    Fax: (65) 6896 9274

  • To request for transcripts of academic record, please click here for details and request form.