Diploma Programmes

The Dip Ed (General track) programme is a 2-year full-time programme and the Dip Ed (Specialisation track) programme is a 1-Year full-time programme, meant for GCE ‘A’ level holders and Polytechnic Diploma holders who intend to teach in the primary or secondary schools. The programme aims to prepare well-informed, competent and reflective teachers who understand the key concepts and principles of teaching and learning. They are trained to teach 1 – 2 subjects in the primary or secondary levels.

The practicum is spread throughout the entire Diploma programme and is developmental in nature. For the 2-year programme, it comprises two school attachment periods, i.e.,  Teaching Practice 1 (TP1) and followed by Teaching Practice 2 (TP2) While the 1-Year programme, it comprises only one school attachment period, i.e., Teaching Practice (TP).

Practicum Structure of the Dip Ed Programme

Practicum Component

Duration

Period

Grading

No. of CT lesson observations

No. of NIES' visits1& lesson observation

TP1

5 Weeks

Before Semester 1 of Year 2

Pass / Fail*

2

2 school visits,
1-2 lesson observations2

TP2

10 Weeks

Semester 2 of Year 2

Distinction* / Credit / Pass / Fail*

6

2 school visits and

2 lesson observations


Practicum Structure of the Dip Art / Music Ed 1-Year Programme

Practicum Component

Duration

Period

Grading

No. of CT lesson observations

No. of NIES' visits1& lesson observations

TP

10 Weeks

Semester 2 of Year 1

Distinction* / Credit / Pass / Fail*

6

2 school visits and

2 lesson observations


Practicum Structure of the Dip HE Ed 1-Year Programme & the Dip Ed (Chinese Language) 1-Year Programme

Practicum Component

Duration

Period

Grading

No. of CT lesson observations

No. of NIES' visits1& lesson observations

TP

10 Weeks

Semester 2 of Year 1

Distinction* / Credit / Pass / Fail*

6

2 school visits and

2 lesson observations


* Moderation required.

1 The 2 “school visits” refer to the courtesy call and the end-of-practicum visit (not necessarily an assessment meeting).

2 For BA/BSc(Ed), Dip Ed and PGDE PE (Pri/Sec) TP1, the NIES can make the first lesson observation on (or by) the fourth week. If the student teacher is failing, the NIES will suggest ways of improving teaching – which the student teacher should act on. The NIES will conduct a second lesson observation to follow-up as soon as possible. Thereafter a moderator is appointed if need be.