Teacher Training Schemes for Tamil, Art, Music and Chinese

TAMIL LANGUAGE TEACHER TRAINING SCHEME

The 4-year Tamil Language Teacher Training Scheme (TL TTS) is designed for GCE ‘O’ Level holders who wish to become Tamil Language (TL) teachers in our primary schools.

This programme rides on the Diploma in Tamil Studies with Early Education (Dip in TSE) and includes a 3-year course at Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) for content training. In Year 3 of study at NP, the MOE-sponsored students can either choose to teach in an MOE Kindergarten or apply for TL (Primary) teaching. If they meet MOE’s requirements for TL (Primary) teaching, they will proceed to complete a 1-year Diploma in Education course at the National Institute of Education (NIE) and be deployed to Primary Schools as TL teachers.

Students who complete the 4-year TL TTS programme will graduate with a Dip in TSE from NP and a Diploma in Education (Tamil Language) from NIE.

(More information on the Diploma in Tamil Studies with Early Education course)

Admission Criteria

  • At least C6 for ‘O’ Level English Language as a First Language;
  • At least B4 for Higher Tamil Language or A2 for Tamil Language at ‘O’ level.
  • At least passes in 3 other subjects (excluding CCA)
  • Sat for Mathematics (Elementary/Additional) in the GCE ‘O’ Level Examinations

Course Structure

Year 1 to 3 of the course will be held at Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP).

In Year 3 of study, candidates who apply for TL (Primary) teaching and meet MOE’s requirements will proceed with their Year 4 of study at the National Institute of Education (NIE).

Course Details

The core modules for the first year aim to provide students with a strong foundation in Tamil language, culture and heritage and to hone their language proficiency in Tamil and English Language.

In Years 2 & 3, besides continued training to enhance their knowledge of the Tamil Language, students will also get to learn more about child development to aid them in lesson design and delivery for young children. In addition, they will get to broaden their perspectives as they embark on a cultural immersion programme locally or overseas to visit cultural and heritage sites. Students may also choose to apply for the Global Education Trip (GeT) programme to attend workshops and observe best practices in early childhood education overseas. A three-month internship with a preschool is also incorporated into the course for students to put what they have learnt into practice.

During their 3rd year of study at NP, students may also apply to MOE to be a primary school Tamil Language teacher if they meet MOE’s criteria. Those who are successful in their application will attend lessons at NIE in Year 4 and undergo a teaching practicum coordinated by NIE.

Teaching Level

Candidates who successfully complete both the Dip in TSE at NP and the Diploma in Education at NIE under the Tamil Language Teacher Training Scheme will be deployed to teach Tamil Language at the Primary School level upon the completion of their training in NIE.

Teaching Bond

Tuition fees for the 3-year diploma course are fully paid by the Ministry of Education. While undergoing training at NP during the first 3 years, candidates will receive a monthly bursary of $800.

Those who applied for and are selected for NIE training will receive a monthly salary (inclusive of CPF and year-end bonus) during their 4th year of study at NIE. Tuition fees for all trainee teachers are fully paid by the Ministry of Education. Upon the completion of their NIE training, they will serve a 5-year teaching bond, teaching Tamil Language at our primary schools. A trainee teacher who embarks on the training but fails to graduate from NIE or whose service is terminated before fully discharging the teaching bond will have to pay liquidated damages to the Ministry.

Visit the Salary Scale for ‘O’ Level Programmes webpage for more information.

Art and Music Teacher Training Scheme

The Art & Music Teacher Training Scheme is designed for those with at least GCE ‘O’ Levels who wish to become Art or Music teachers in our primary schools.

This is a 4-year diploma course and students will study for the first 3 years at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) and the final year at the National Institute of Education (NIE).

Students will graduate with a Diploma in Art (Teaching) or a Diploma in Music (Teaching) from NAFA and a Diploma in Art Education or Diploma in Music Education from NIE. Graduates from this scheme will be deployed to teach Art or Music in Primary schools.

Admission Criteria

  • At least 5 GCE ‘O’ Level passes including English as a First Language.
  • Music admission: Good grades (e.g. at least Grade 6 Practical and Grade 5 Theory) from acceptable music examination boards or a pass in GCE ‘O’ Level Music. Applicants who are involved in musical groups and play a musical instrument are welcomed to apply. Applicants who are selected after MOE’s interview must also pass NAFA’s music audition.
  • Art admission: Good grades in Art at the GCE ‘O’ Levels. Applicants who have external Art qualifications and Art portfolio are welcomed to apply. Shortlisted applicants are expected to present their Art portfolio to the recruitment panel during the interview. Applicants who are selected after MOE’s interview are also required to pass NAFA’s drawing test.

Course Structure

Year 1 to 3 of the course will be held at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. Year 4 will be held at the National Institute of Education (NIE).

Course Details

Music (Year 1 to 3)
  • Principal Study
  • Performance Skills
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Instrumental Teaching
  • Harmony
  • Aural and Sight-Singing
  • Form and Analysis
  • Composition
  • Music and Movement
  • Music Technology
  • Music History
Art (Year 1 to 3)
  • Drawing Skills
  • Ceramics
  • Printmaking Art
  • Digital Photography
  • Desktop Publishing
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Web Design
  • Anatomy
  • Art History

In addition, Art and Music students will study pedagogy courses in their 4th year at NIE to prepare them to teach in Primary Schools.

Please note that the course details serve mainly as a guide and is subjected to changes.

Teaching Level and Subjects

Successful candidates will be deployed to teach Art or Music in primary schools upon completion of their training in NIE.

Teaching Bond

Tuition fees for all trainee teachers are fully paid by the Ministry of Education. The total training period under this scheme is 4 years. While undergoing training at NAFA during the first 3 years, candidates will receive a monthly bursary of $800. During the 4th year at NIE, trainee teachers will receive a monthly salary (inclusive of CPF and year-end bonus). Upon the completion of their NIE training, they will serve a 5-year teaching bond, teaching Art or Music in our primary schools. A trainee teacher who fails to graduate from NIE or whose service is terminated before fully discharging the teaching bond will have to pay liquidated damages to the Ministry.

Visit the Salary Scale for ‘O’-Level Programmes webpage for more information.

Chinese Language Teacher Training Scheme

The Chinese Teacher Training Scheme is designed for GCE ‘O’ Level holders who wish to become Chinese Language (CL) teachers in our primary schools.

This is a 4-year diploma course and students will study for the first 3 years at Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) and the final year at the National Institute of Education (NIE).

Students will graduate with a Diploma in Chinese Studies (Teaching) from NP and a Diploma in Education (Chinese Language Specialisation) from NIE.

(More information on the Diploma in Chinese Studies (Teaching) course)

Admission Criteria

  • At least C6 for ‘O’ Level English Language as a First Language;
  • At least B4 for Higher Chinese Language or A2 for Chinese Language at ‘O’ level
  • At least D7 for Mathematics (Elementary/Additional) at ‘O’ level
  • At least passes in 3 other subjects (excluding CCA)

Course Structure

Year 1 to 3 of the course will be held at Ngee Ann Polytechnic. Year 4 will be held at the National Institute of Education (NIE).

Course Details

The core modules for the first 2 years aim to provide them with a strong foundation in Chinese language, culture, history and literature. During the first semester of the final year, they will participate in an immersion programme in Huazhong Normal University, China. During the last semester of the third year, teaching candidates will attend lessons at NIE and undergo a teaching practicum co-ordinated by NIE.

Teaching Level

Successful candidates will be deployed to teach Chinese Language at Primary School level upon the completion of their training in NIE.

Teaching Bond

Tuition fees for all trainee teachers are fully paid by the Ministry of Education. The total training period under this scheme is 4 years. While undergoing training at Ngee Ann Polytechnic during the first 3 years, candidates will receive a monthly bursary of $800. During the 4th year at NIE, trainee teachers will receive a monthly salary (inclusive of CPF and year-end bonus). Upon the completion of their NIE training, they will serve a 5-year teaching bond, teaching Chinese Language in our primary schools. A trainee teacher who fails to graduate from NIE or whose service is terminated before fully discharging the teaching bond will have to pay liquidated damages to the Ministry.

Visit the Salary Scale for ‘O’ Level Programmes webpage for more information.