Master of Education (Chinese Language)

Master (Coursework)

Programme Type

Full-time, Part-time

NIE Graduate Programmes

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The Master of Education programme is primarily designed for educators working in Singapore schools and the Ministry of Education. University graduates with a background in education and wishing to advance your knowledge and skills in education are also welcome to apply.

The programme offers the degree in 16 areas of specialisations. The different specialisations allow you to choose the area that best fits your interest as well as your career path, whether that path is towards the Master Teacher track, Specialist track or a general desire to update your knowledge and skills.

The Master of Education (Chinese Language) equips Chinese language education professionals with in-depth and wide knowledge of theoretical and practical issues in Chinese language education, thus enabling you to meet the challenges at a higher stage of your career.

The Master of Education (Chinese Language) focuses primarily on the needs of teachers and other professionals in the field of Chinese language education, and covers both curricular and pedagogical issues, linguistic theories and culture. Current linguistic theories and research methodology pertaining to language teaching and learning are discussed enabling you to implement small scale studies related to course contents as well as your school language teaching.

  • A good Bachelor’s degree from a recognised university, or a relevant NTU FlexiMasters with good grades;
  • A teaching qualification such as the Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the National Institute of Education, Singapore
    at least ONE year of relevant working experience in education.

For international applicants, more information on the entry requirements can be found here.

There is generally only one intake for this programme, in January. You are advised to visit the website and look out for NIE’s announcements in May/June to confirm if the programme 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. Click here to sign up for an ISAAC (Integrated Student and Academic Administration System) account to apply with us. For those with an existing account, login to apply.

More information on required documents for application can be found here.

The coursework for this specialisation comprises 1 core course, 4 required specialisation courses, 1 open elective course plus either:

  • a dissertation or
  • two additional courses (one required specialisation course and MED 902 Integrative Project)

MED 902 Integrative Project is open only for applicants pursuing the degree totally by coursework.

Important note for matriculated students: 

Please refer to the ISAAC system for the programme structure relevant to your intake during Course Registration or consult Dr Choong Kok Weng, your programme leader if you need clarifications.

Note: Programme structure is subject to changes

The 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:



1 year


2 years



2 years


4 years

Download the course descriptions for the programme


The following is the detailed list of courses students have to complete:

Core Course

  • MED 900 Educational Inquiry

Required Specialisation Courses

  • MCL 901 Language Planning and Language Education
  • MCL 902 Topics on Chinese Language and Its Teaching
  • MCL 903 The Instructional Use of Children and Young Adults’ Literature in Chinese Language Teaching and Learning
  • MCL 904 Chinese Literature and Culture and Its teaching
  • MCL 905 Character and Citizenship Education and its Pedagogy in Singapore Primary Schools
  • MCL 906 Chinese Educational Linguistics
  • MCL 907 Chinese Language Curriculum Design and Instructional Materials Development
  • MCL 908 Teaching of Listening and Speaking of Chinese: From Theory to Practice
  • MCL 909 Teaching of Reading and Writing of Chinese: From Theory to Practice
  • MCL 910 Chinese Language Testing and Assessment
  • MCL 911 Application of Information and Communication Technologies in Teaching and Learning of Chinese Language
  • MCL 912 Chinese-English Translation and Chinese Language Teaching: From Theory to Practice

Open Elective Courses

Other than the core and specialisation courses, you may select open elective courses offered across all NIE Master's 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.

For tuition fees, please click here.

In line with SkillsFuture Singapore's (SSG) initiative, some of the courses in this programme can be taken as standalone modular graduate courses and may be stacked to qualify for a Graduate Certificate, an NTU FlexiMasters Certificate and, where appropriate, even an NTU Master’s degree. For more information, please click here.

For more information about scholarships, please click here

For programme-related matters, please consult the programme leader, Dr Choong Kok Weng for more information.

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