masters in developmental psychology nie

Last Updated on August 28, 2023

  • IMPORTANT NOTICEThe programme will be opened for the January 2022 intake. Application period is from 10 May – 5 July 2021. Click here for more details.
  • OVERVIEWThis specialisation provides education professionals, such as teachers and counsellors in primary and secondary schools, with in-depth knowledge and understanding of cognitive, social and emotional development. Topics discussed include child and adolescent cognitive, social, emotional and moral development, current issues concerning youth and basic counselling skills.
    • A good Bachelor’s degree from a recognised university and
    • A teaching qualification such as the Postgraduate Diploma in Education
      At least one year of work experience in educationFor international applicants, more information on the entry requirements can be found here. 
  • STRUCTUREEffective from August 2017 intakeThe coursework for this specialisation comprises 1 core course, 2 required specialisation courses, 3 specialisation elective courses plus either:
    • a dissertation or
    • two additional courses (one open elective and MED 902 Integrative Project)MED 902 Integrative Project is open only for applicants pursuing the degree totally by coursework.Core Course
    • MED 900 Educational InquiryRequired Specialisation Courses
    • MDP 901 Social and Emotional Development and Assessment
    • MDP 902 Children Cognitive Development and AssessmentSpecialisation Elective Courses (Choose three)
    • MDP 903 Counselling Children and Adolescents
    • MDP 904 Motivation, Volition and Learning-in-Action
    • MDP 905 Individual Differences and Learning
    • MDP 906 Attitude Measurement and Personality Assessment
    • MDP 907 How to Nurture Creative and Happy Learners
    • MDP 908 Evaluation of Programs in Schools and Community Organizations
    • MDP 909 Assessment and Development of 21st Century Competencies
    • MDP 910 Theory, Research and Practice in Teaching and Learning
    • MDP 911 Understanding Learner Motivation: Theory, Research and PracticeOpen Elective Courses (Choose one for coursework route)Other than the core and specialisation courses, you may select open elective courses offered across all NIE Master Degree programmes. The offer of electives is reviewed regularly to reflect developments in education and the respective fields. You are advised to take note of the prerequisites (if any) before registering.Optional Specialisation Courses are offered subject to demand and availability of faculty expertise.  Hence, not all specialisation courses are available for selection to every intake.Download the course descriptions for the programmeIn line with SkillsFuture Singapore’s (SSG) initiative, some of the courses in this programme can be taken as standalone modular graduate courses and accumulated into credits leading to the master’s degree.Important note for matriculated students: 
      Please refer to the ISAAC system for the programme structure relevant to your intake during Course Registration or consult your programme leader if you need clarifications.

      Note: Programme structure is subject to changes
  • PERIOD OF CANDIDATUREThe degree of Master of Education is generally offered on a part-time basis although full-time studies are also available for some specialisations. The candidature periods are as follows:Full-timeMinimum1 yearMaximum2 yearsPart-timeMinimum2 yearsMaximum4 years
  • FEESOur tuition fees are subject to revision on a yearly basis. More details can be found here.
  • APPLICATION FOR ADMISSIONThere is generally only one intake for this specialisation, in January. You are advised to visit the website and look out for NIE’s announcements in May/June to confirm if the specialisation will be open for application at any particular intake. Applicants who are currently working with sponsors, donors or financial institutions to fund their studies, are encouraged to submit their applications early to NIE so as not to miss out on our application period.Applications are to be made online.

    More information on required documents for application can be found here. 
  • MICRO-CREDENTIAL PATHWAYSThere is an option to progress into this Master’s degree programme via the NTU MiniMastersTM route. The image below illustrates the main differences between direct enrolment into the Master’s programme and progression to the Master’s programme via the Micro-credential pathway.

    *Please note that the duration of up to 5 years refers to the maximum duration that a learner can take to complete the micro-credential. It does not include the duration required to complete the remaining courses that are required to fulfil the coursework requirements of the Master’s programme.Please refer to the FAQs for more information on the differences between the two pathways.

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