Postgraduate Diploma in Education

If you have the relevant content knowledge, personal qualities and passion to teach and inculcate sound moral values, you are the one we are looking for. If you are a university undergraduate, you are encouraged to apply during your final year of studies.

All PGDE trainees, except Physical Education teacher trainees, undergo a 16-month programme. All Physical Education (PE) trainees undergo a 2-year programme.

Programme Length of Training Teaching Level Bond
PGDE 16 months Primary / Secondary / Junior College 3 years
PGDE (PE) 2 years Primary / Secondary

The PGDE training programme at NIE will typically cover:

  • Education Studies
  • Curriculum Studies
  • Practicum
  • Language Enhancement and Academic Discourse Skills

More details are available at the NIE PGDE website.

Dual level teacher training for the PGDE (PE) programme at the National Institute of Education (NIE) will start in July 2017. Trainee teachers on this programme will be trained to teach PE at the primary and secondary levels. Professionally, this will help teachers to understand growth and motor development across the schooling years, and their implications on teaching and learning. Successful candidates’ first school posting will be to the first teaching level indicated in the letter of offer. Candidates may be posted to the second teaching level assigned subsequently. School postings are subject to organisational requirements.

Overview of Application Process

Applications are processed within 5 weeks of the closing of the application window. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to the interview, where they are required to provide a short written response, give a short lesson presentation and have a discussion with the interview panel. Applicants may also be required to take additional tests as required by the Ministry.

PGDE Infographic

Apply at Careers@Gov during our next application window
(23 Jan – 12 Feb 2019).


Teaching Bond

Tuition fees for all PGDE trainee teachers are fully paid for by the Ministry of Education. While undergoing training at NIE, trainee teachers will receive a monthly salary 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 services are terminated before fully discharging the 3-year bond will have to pay liquidated damages to the Ministry.

Application Status

Applicants are required to login their Careers@Gov account to check the application status.