Admission Criteria for Degree Holders

If you have the passion for teaching, strong personal attributes and values, and a university degree, you may apply to be an English medium teacher.

For polytechnic students and university undergraduates, you are encouraged to apply during the final semester of your final year studies.

General Education Officer (GEO/Teacher)

Successful candidates will be placed on the General Education Officer 1 (GEO 1) scale. This is the entry grade for teachers whose university degree meets the requirements for appointment.

Teaching Level

Degree holders may teach at the following levels:

Teaching in a Primary School

While a general degree will suffice, it is preferred if you have read and majored in at least 1 teaching subject.

Candidates will have to undergo the 1-year Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) Programme at NIE. You will undergo training in the methodology for teaching at the primary school level. Upon graduating from NIE, you will be required to serve a 3-year teaching bond. Besides teaching, trained teachers are also expected to take up Co-Curricular Activities and other duties at the principal’s request.

Teaching in a Secondary School

It is preferred that you majored in 2 teaching subjects in university. However, you may still be considered if you have only 1 teaching subject. For a subject to be considered a main teaching subject, it must be read as a major up to YEAR 3 of your degree programme. For the second teaching subject, you must have read it in Year 1 level or at least 2 modules of it in any of the 3 years at university.

Exception to the 2-subjects guideline: If you wish to teach any of the Mother Tongue Languages, you need to have read a major in the respective Mother Tongue Language. There is no need for a second teaching subject.

Degree holders with teaching subjects in Sciences, Humanities and Mathematics are strongly encouraged to teach at the secondary school level. Those with general degrees will teach at only the primary school level. If you have excellent grades in General Paper at ‘AO’ Level, you may be considered for teaching English Language at the Secondary level.

Secondary level teacher candidates will undergo a 1-year Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) programme at NIE. You will undergo training in the methodology for teaching at the secondary / JC level. Upon graduating from NIE, you will have to serve a 3-year bond. Besides teaching, trained teachers are also expected to take up Co-Curricular Activities and other duties at the principal’s request.

Teaching in a Junior College

Generally, graduates with Honours degrees are deployed to teach at the Junior College level. You will undergo a 1-year Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) programme at NIE, similar to Secondary level teacher training. You will undergo training in the methodology for teaching at the secondary / JC level. However, when teaching in a JC, you are likely to specialise in the teaching of only 1 subject. Upon graduating from NIE, you will have to serve a 3-year bond. Besides teaching, trained teachers are also expected to take up Co-Curricular Activities and other duties at the principal’s request.

If you wish to be a Mother Tongue Language (MTL) / Art / Music / Nutrition and Food Science (NFS) Teacher, the following criteria must be met:

Teaching Mother Tongue Language (MTL)

You must have read the MTL as a major in university. For secondary school teaching, NIE requires that you pass the Chinese / Malay / Tamil Language Entrance Proficiency Test (EPT) if you do not meet the exemption criteria.

Teaching Art at the Secondary Level

One of the following criteria must be met:

Note: Admission is subject to a portfolio assessment by NIE

Teaching Music at the Secondary Level

One of the following criteria must be met:

Note: Admission is subject to an audition by NIE

Teaching Nutrition and Food Science (NFS) at the Secondary Level

One of the following criteria must be met:

Application

Interested Applicants can apply online. Final year final semester students are also welcome to apply.

Shortlisted applicants will be asked to attend an interview. If selected, you will be sent for training at NIE during which you will be paid a monthly salary. Information on training and salary scales can be found on the respective web pages.

Upon completion of the 1-year training, you will be deployed to teach in schools, upon which you will begin serving a 3-year teaching bond.

If you wish to teach at the polytechnics, please approach them directly. The polytechnics conduct their own recruitment of lecturers.

Possible Subject Majors for Teaching Subjects

All applicants who wish to join teaching are assessed in totality, e.g. candidates’ overall qualifications, experience. They will also have to be matched with the subjects and school levels they will be teaching. The list below provides an indication of the possible subject majors that are preferred for the various teaching subjects. Please note that the list is not exhaustive and additional criteria may apply as relevant.

Level Teaching Subject Possible subject major at university
JC General Paper English Language
Linguistics
English Literature
Law
Psychology
Philosophy
Political Science
Sociology
Mass Communication
Journalism
History
Economics
Economics Economics
JC/Secondary Mathematics Mathematics
Statistics
Engineering majors with Mathematics modules
Biology Biology
Plant & Animal Biology
Botany
Cell & Molecular Biology
Integrative & Organizational Biology
Development and Systems Biology
Biochemistry
Microbiology
Zoology
Physiology
Medicine
Life Sciences
Biological Science
Environmental Biology
Ecology
Biotechnology
Health Sciences
Chemistry Chemistry
Applied Chemistry
Materials Science
Biochemistry
Chemical Engineering
Physics Physics
Applied Physics
Electrical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Material Science & Engineering
Engineering Sciences
Aerospace Engineering
Geography Geography
History History
Political Science
Area Studies
Secondary English Language
 
English Language
Linguistics
Mass Communication
Law
Philosophy
Sociology
Theatre Studies
English Literature English Literature
Principles of Accounts Accountancy
Malay Language Malay Language
Malay Literature
Malay Studies
Tamil Language Tamil Language
Design and Technology Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Computer Engineering
Electrical / Electronics Engineering
Environmental Engineering
Industrial and Systems Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Materials Engineering
Industrial Design
Product Design
Architecture
Nutrition and Food Science
(Home Economics)
Food & Nutrition
Food Science
Food Technology
Consumer and Applied Science
Culinary Nutrition
Social Studies Social Science/ Humanities majors
Liberal Arts majors
Secondary/ Primary Music Music
Art Fine Arts
Architecture
Design
Physical Education All majors
Chinese Language Chinese Linguistics
Chinese Literature
Chinese Language
Chinese Studies
Primary Primary (General) All majors