FAQ

General Enquires

 

Question: What programmes are offered by the Early Childhood and Special Needs (ECSE) Academic Group?

Answer: ECSE offers the following pre-service and in-service programmes:

For more information, please check under Programmes.

 

Question: Are ECSE programmes approved by the Ministry of Education?

Answer: Yes. All ECSE programmes are approved by the Singapore Ministry of Education.

 

Question: How can I find information about enrolling in ECSE programmes?

Answer: The Foundation Programmes Office (FPO) administers the initial teacher preparation programmes while the Graduate Programmes & Research Office (GPRO) administers masters and doctoral programmes. For information about FPO and GPRO, please visit NIE web site: http://www.nie.edu.sg .

 

Question: Are ECSE courses, training, and programmes offered in other countries?

Answer: The External Programmes office can arrange for delivery of courses, training, and programmes in other countries. Visit the NIE web site: http://www.nie.edu.sg for further information about External Programmes.

 

Question: Where can I find information about ECSE faculty?

Answer: You may find the information under Faculty & Staff in this homepage.

 

Question: Where is the ECSE General Office?

Answer: The ECSE General Office is located in 1 Nanyang Walk, Blk02-02-27, Singapore 637616.

Enquiries relating to ECSE Educational Activities

 

Question: Does ECSE run any educational activities for teachers and the public?

Answer: Throughout the year, ECSE runs many public talks and conduct educational workshops. You may find the information at the News & Events page under the Early Childhood and Special Needs Education homepage. 

 

Question: Do we need to pay for those events?

Answer:  Some educational events such as workshops come with a fee. For more information, it is advisable for you to check the details at our homepage under News & Events.

 

Question: Who are usually the trainers/ speakers?

Answer: The trainers/speakers are usually local or international academia or practitioners who have strong experience in the area of training.

 

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Enquiries relating to ECSE programmes

 

Certificate in Special Needs Support Education (TSN)

Question: How can I find the information about this certificate?

Answer: You may log on to http://www.nie.edu.sg/esce/tsn/index.html for details.

 

Question: I am a MOE teacher and am interested to enroll for this certificate. How do I apply for admission?

Answer: You may apply through TRAISI. For more information, please contact Mrs Foong of Vital.org at 6325 9744.

 

Question: I am not a MOE teacher but am interested to attend the TSN course. How can I apply for admission?

Answer: Unfortunately the TSN programme is currently open only to MOE teachers.

 

Question: How will participants know whether their applications have been successful?

Answer: Successful applicants will receive an e-mail/course placement letter to inform them that they have been selected for any of the modules that they have signed up for. 

 

Question: Will MOE pay for the cost of this course?

Answer: Yes, MOE will pay for the cost of this course if the participant is MOE-employed or endorsed by their Principal.  MOE will be notified of participants’ attendance and completion of course requirements.

 

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Certificate in Teaching Pupils with High Ability (CeTPHA)

Question: What does CeTPHA Programme consist of?

Answer: CeTPHA consists of 3 courses and a practicum, leading to the Certificate in Teaching Pupils with High Ability.  The courses are:


Course Number

Module Title

No. of hours

Course 1

Understanding and Providing for Pupils with High Ability

24 hours
(6 sessions of 4 hours)

Course 2

Curriculum for Highly Able Learners

24 hours
(6 sessions of 4 hours)

Course 3

Programming for Talent Development

12 hours
(one-and-a-half days)

Module 4/Practicum
On site (i.e. in participants’ own schools)
Involves discussions over lessons, lesson observations, guidance and feedback

Over 8 weeks

 

 

Question: How can I apply for the ceTPHA course if I am a MOE teacher?

Answer: If you are an MOE-employed teacher, all you need to do is obtain your Principal’s endorsement, and apply on TRAISI.  CeTPHA courses are listed every semester on TRAISI.  MOE will sponsor you if your principal endorses your application.

 

Question: What is the time-frame for teachers to complete the 3 courses and the practicum?  Can this be extended?

Answer: Generally, the 3 courses and the practicum are completed within a 2-year period.  Some participants may complete all 4 components within 18 months.  However, the time-frame for the completion of the certificate programme may also be extended.  Participants may seek to defer a course for valid reasons (e.g. maternity leave).  Such requests for deferment should be made in writing to the Deputy Director, Gifted Education (DDGE) through the school Principal, because MOE are the sponsors of this Programme. 

 

Question: How will participants know whether their applications have been successful?

Answer: Successful applicants will receive an e-mail/course placement letter to inform them that they have been selected. 

 

Question: Is CeTPHA open only to degree holders?

Answer: No.  All trained teachers currently teaching in primary schools are eligible to apply.  However, it is preferable that nominated teachers have adequate teaching experience, the general guideline being at least 2 years of teaching experience as a qualified teacher.

 

Question: Will MOE pay for the cost of this course?

Answer: Yes, MOE will pay for the cost of this course if the participant is MOE-employed or endorsed by their Principal.  MOE will be notified of participants’ attendance and completion of course requirements.

 

Question: Would I be able to take the course if I am not currently teaching high-ability learners?  Will it affect the practicum?

Answer: It is preferable that participating teachers are currently teaching some HALs.  The practicum will require teachers either to design and implement differentiated instruction for their HALs, or to develop and implement an enrichment programme in their school/cluster.  A third option would be for teachers to participate in an out-of-school Talent Development Institute, where they would teach enrichment classes to selected HAL over a few days at the end of the year.  More details will be communicated when participants enrol for the practicum.

 

Question: How is this course different from the Advanced Diploma?  How will this course contribute towards other qualifications e.g. at degree and postgraduate levels?

Answer: The Certificate Programme dovetails into the Advanced Diploma Programme in Teaching Pupils with High Ability offered by NIE.  The 8 Academic Units (AUs) completed under the Certificate Programme may be accredited to the Advanced Diploma Programme, which requires 16 AUs.  Successful completion of the certificate course would stand participants in good stead to subsequently pursue the Advanced Diploma Programmeby completing the remaining 4 modules.
Degree holders who successfully complete the Certificate in Teaching Pupils with High Ability may be granted some exemptions, equivalent to 3 AUs of the Master of Education (MEd.) with Specialisation in Gifted Education offered by NIE, if admitted to this Master’s Programme.  For this reason, university graduates can expect a higher level of assessment to apply to their work.

 

Question: Is the ceTPHA course opens to private candidates?

Answer: Currently all candidates are endorsed by school principals and sponsored by MOE.

 

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Diploma in Special Needs Education (DISE)

 

Question: I am interested to know more about the Diploma in Special Needs Education.

Answer: You may look out for advertisements in the newspapers or on TV, or call the MOE hotline 1800-840 8585. Alternatively, you can submit your application on-line through the MOE website at http://www.moe.gov.sg/careers/teach/.

 

Question: I am interested to find out more about the DISE programme itself before making the decision if I want to enrol into this programme. Who should I contact?

Answer: For enquiries on DISE Academic matters, please email: dise@nie.edu.sg.

 

Question: I am not a trained teacher with MOE but I am interested to enroll in the DISE. How can I go about doing that?

Answer: The DISE programme only meant for special needs educators in the mainstream schools and teachers from special needs institution/schools. So far, we do not take in any private students. For more details, please contact the Admission office at nieadmtp@nie.edu.sg.

 

Question: What are the basic requirements for admission to the diploma programmes?

Answer: Generally, the Diploma programme admits 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 on http://www.moe.gov.sg/careers/teach/applying/.

 

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Advance Diploma

 

Question: I am interested to find out more about the Advance Diploma in Special Learning and Behavioural Needs. Where can I find the information?

Answer: You may log onto http://www.nie.edu.sg/Graduate Program And Research Office (GPRO)tpd/ for more information.

 

Question: How can I enroll for the programme?

Answer: You may contact the officers in-charge found in the website http://www.nie.edu.sg/gprtpd/

 

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Bachelor of Arts (Education) BA Ed / Bachelor of Science (Education) BSc Ed / Bachelor of Education (BEd)
  • Question: I am interested to find out more about the degree programme. Where can I be able to find the information?

Answer: You may find the information in www.nie.edu.sg under Graduate Programmes.

 

  • Question: I am not a MOE registered teacher. Can I take up the degree program?

Answer: For admission matters, please contact the Admission office at nieadmtp@nie.edu.sg.

 

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Master of Education
ECSE has 3 specialized master programmes to-date: Early Childhood Education, Gifted Education and Special Education.

Question: I am interested to find out more about the masters programme offered by ECSE. Where can I be able to find the information?

Answer: You may find the information in www.nie.edu.sg under Graduate Programmes.

 

Question: I am interested to find out more about the masters programme in early childhood/gifted education/special education. When is the next intake?

Answer: Not all specialisations will be offered at any one time. For accurate information, please contact the Graduate program and Research Office at nieadmpp@nie.edu.sg for more details.

 

Question: What are the pre-requisite for the master programme?

Answer: The entry requirements for the master programmes are:

  • A good Bachelor's degree
  • A teaching qualification such as Postgraduate Diploma in Education
  • At least a year of teaching experience or other relevant educational experience

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For accurate information, please contact the Graduate program and Research Office at nieadmpp@nie.edu.sg for more details.

 

Question: I do not have any background in education but I am interested in early childhood. Can I enroll in the master program in early childhood and I can become a teacher upon completion?

Answer: You may enroll into any of our master program if you meet the basic requirements of the master programme that you choose. I would advise you to contact the Graduate program and Research Office at nieadmpp@nie.edu.sg for more details. They should be able to advise you on admission matters.

As for your question about becoming a teacher upon completion, you may direct the question to Ministry of Education.