Admission Criteria for Polytechnic Diploma Holders

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

If you have the passion for teaching, strong personal attributes and values, a Polytechnic Diploma and at least 5 ‘O’ Level passes (including English and Mathematics), you may apply to be a teacher under the Diploma in Education programme.

In addition, you will need to pass the relevant Entrance Proficiency Test (EPT) if you do not meet the exemption criteria.

If you wish to teach Physical Education (PE), you will have to pass the Physical Proficiency Test (PPT).

(Information on the various EPT/PPTs)

If you wish to be an Art or Music teacher, you will need to undergo and pass a portfolio assessment (Art) or music audition (Music) conducted by NIE.


You will be sent to NIE for training for a period of 2 years. At the end of your training, you will be awarded the Diploma in Education (DipEd). (Information on teacher training.)

Teaching Subjects and Level

Successful candidates will be trained to teach specialised subjects namely Art, Music, Physical Education or Mother Tongue Language at the primary level.

Co-Curricular Activities (CCA)

All teachers will undertake CCA as assigned by the school principal.

Teaching Bond

Tuition fees for all trainee teachers are fully paid by the Ministry of Education. While undergoing training at the NIE, trainee teachers will receive a monthly salary (inclusive of CPF and year end bonus). Upon completion of their NIE training, they will serve a 3-year teaching bond. A trainee teacher who fails to graduate from NIE or whose service is terminated before fully discharging the 3-year bond will have to pay liquidated damages to the Ministry.

Degree Programme [BA (Education) / BSc (Education)]

‘A’ Level / IP / IB holders and Polytechnic Diploma holders who wish to pursue the 4-year teaching degree may apply for the BA (Education) / BSc (Education) programme if they meet the minimum criteria.