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Applying to NIE

Started in 2005, the Professional Development Continuum Model (PDCM) scheme provides graduate teachers of Singapore Ministry of Education (MOE) with alternative pathways to higher certification. This scheme, developed in collaboration with MOE, aims at motivating teachers to keep relevant in content proficiency and pedagogy. Most of NIE’s Master’s degree programmes are available under this scheme. Since August 2012, the “enhanced” scheme is called the Enhanced Professional Development Continuum Model (Enhanced PDCM) replacing the former PDCM 433.

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Graduate Attributes and Competencies Framework

Graduate Attributes and Competencies Framework

NIE is historically rooted in its primary mission of preparing teachers. Today, those who complete our graduate programmes are more broadly prepared for work both in and outside of education. Whatever their fields, NIE graduates of master’s programmes are equipped with the skills, knowledge and dispositions to frame, explore and solve problems. Graduates of these NIE programmes are committed to serving the communities of which they are a part in reflective, ethical and caring ways. They are able to come together with diverse others, listening in order to expand their own understanding.

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Academic Resources
  • Thesis Writing: The Successful Way - presentation by A/P R. Subramaniam (NSSE) (November 2011)
  • Please view the following four online videos (on-campus access only):
    • The good presentation video [electronic resource]
    • The good doctorate video [electronic resource]: how to complete it on time
    • The good supervision video [electronic resource]
    • The good viva video [electronic resource]
  • Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Ethical Clearance for Research
  • Procedure regarding application of approval letters from DAC, MOE, and NTU-IRB, AG ERC or GPL ERC
  • Grading System
  • Online Release of Examination Results
  • Use of Calculators at Institute Examinations
  • Examination Timetable
  • File for Graduation
  • Academic Progress Report

Student Administration

Dissertation (Coursework)
  • Application for Dissertation Route
  • Submission of Dissertation for Examination
  • Submission of Amended Ring-bound Dissertation
  • Submission of Final Dissertation
  • Thesis/Dissertation Declaration Statements (Template)
  • Format for Ringbound and Final Dissertation
  • Format for Summary of Action Taken List
  • Restricting Access to Dissertation
  • Transfer to Coursework-Only Route
  • Change of Supervisor form
Other Leave (for Research students only)
  • 21-days personal leave
  • Conference Leave
  • Overseas Attachment Leave
Thesis (Research)
  • Format of thesis
  • Form to change research supervisor or co-supervisor
  • Submission of Thesis for Examination
  • Summary of Seminars
  • Submission of Amended Ringbound Hardbound Unbound Thesis
  • Restricting Access to Thesis
  • Summary of Actions Taken (Template)
  • Submission of Final Thesis/Dissertation
  • Thesis/Declaration Statements (Template)
Confirmation/Conversion of Candidature
  • Submission of Confirmation Document
  • Extension of Confirmation of Candidature
  • Notification to Initiate Action for Confirmation/Conversion of Candidature
  • Yearly Progress Report for Higher Degree by Research
  • Summary of Seminars form
  • Masters by Research Confirmation Guidelines
  • PhD Confirmation and Conversion Guidelines
Initial Target Setting Report / Academic Progress Checklist for Higher Degree by Research Students

Higher Degree by Research - Seminar Schedules

Communications/Writing Training Programme (only applicable for PhD students from August 2019 onwards)
  • Please refer to the Qualifying Examination tab
EdD DA Forms
  • Assignment Cover Sheet
  • IFS Proposal Cover Sheet
  • IFS Report Submission Form
  • Guidelines for Writing IFS Proposal
  • Submission of FPR and Thesis Proposal Form
  • Change of IFS / Thesis Title and Supervisor / Co-Supervisor
Academic Progress Checklist for Higher Degree by Research Students
  • Nomination of Supervisor(s)
  • Change of Supervisor(s)
Dissertation Seminar
  • Guidelines for Dissertation Seminar
  • Submission of Research Proposal
  • Submission of Amended Research Proposal
Dissertation Examination
  • Submission of Dissertation for Examination
  • Submission of Amended Ring-bound Dissertation
  • Submission of Final Dissertation
  • Restricting Access to Dissertation
  • Format for NIE EdD Dissertation
  • Format for Summary of Actions Taken List
  • Thesis/Dissertation Declaration Statements (Template)
  • Coursework Plan
  • Yearly Progress Report
Course Registration Instructions for AUGUST 2020 SEMESTER
  1. NIE students, please register for courses from 27 July 2020 (9am) to 29 July 2020 (5pm) via the HD Online Course Registration System.
    The Add/Drop period is from 10 August 2020 (9am) to 24 August 2020 (5pm).
  2. NTU and NUS students, please contact masterscourse@nie.edu.sg
  3. General public, please contact inservice@nie.edu.sg

Course Timetables - August 2020 Semester
  • Higher Degrees by Coursework (as at 12 August 2020)
  • Special Topics Courses (for Research students) (as at 21 July 2020)

For Recommended Study Plan, please click here.

Please note that timetable is subject to changes. Students are required to check the timetable again one week before the commencement of the semester, which is on 11 August 2020 (Tuesday). The timetables will not be updated after the Add/Drop period and are accurate as of the dates of posting.
The Professional Development Continuum Model (PDCM) scheme is only applicable up to the January 2020 intake. The scheme will no longer be available after the January 2020 intake.
  • MOE Sponsored Graduate Teachers
  • Enhancing your graduate education with the highest level of research opportunities and resources to delve deep, hone expertise, seek innovation solutions, pair with peers, and present and publish.

    Publication / Journal-related

    List of publications by NIE

    Below are links to open access journals and journal ranking. These are external sites and do not have any affiliation with NIE.
    Research-related Tools

    Theses and Dissertations by our Higher Degree Students
    Please note that the lists refer to ongoing theses and dissertation work by our Higher Degree students. For their completed work, please refer to the NIE Digital Repository.

    Here are the links to view the Orientation slides and other information on LIBRIS, IN-Learning and NIE Wellness Centre:

    Each year, outstanding professors in the field of education and various disciplines are hosted under the NIE Higher Degrees Distinguished Speaker Series. The aim of this series is to stimulate academic discussions and encourage scholarship in critical issues in graduate education and research for Singapore schools and the broader education community. Please access the publications and videos here.

    Founded in 1950 as a Teachers' Training College library, the NIE Library and Information Services Centre is the largest education library in Singapore.

    It is located at Nanyang Technological University. The Library provides resources to support the teaching, learning and research programmes of the Institute. It also reaches out to meet the needs of the education professionals in the Ministry of Education, schools and other related organisations.

    IN-Learning’s key focus areas include initiating innovative and technology mediated pedagogies, support for a professional development framework for faculty, student teachers and non-academic staff, and forging key alliances with global technology leaders in education.

    Explore our sites and resources: 

    GRAD Centre

    NIE GRAD Centre

    The GRAD Centre falls under the purview of the Office of Graduate Studies and Professional Learning (GPL). It is directed by the Head of the GRAD Centre and managed by the GRAD Centre Manager. Centre services, workshops, and other academic activities are supported by a dedicated team of Higher Degree (HD) student volunteers, NIE faculty members, LIBRIS, and part-time consultants.

    Click here to visit their website.

    NIE Graduate Student Club

    NIE Graduate Student Club (NIEGSC)

    To foster a cohesive, conducive, and vibrant environment by championing students' rights and organising meaningful as well as engaging activities targeted at graduate students

    Click here to visit NIEGSC's webpage.

    Wellness Centre

    NIE Wellness Centre

    The NIE Wellness Centre offers affordable psychological services and counselling of a high standard to all NIE-NTU staff and students and to the general public. The centre also functions as a unit that trains postgraduate educational psychology and counselling students.

    Click here to visit their website.

    Student Services Centre

    NIE Student Services Centre

    The Student Services Centre (SSC) is conveniently located at NIE Administration Block 1 Level 1, within the Office of Academic Administration & Services (OAAS). SSC provides a one-stop service that caters to the administrative needs and general enquiries of students and alumni.

    Click here to visit their website.

    Graduate Student Centre

    NTU Graduate Students' Association

    NTUGSA is the elected representative body of graduate student community in NTU, and is supported by the Student Affairs Office (SAO).

    Click here to visit their website.