Master of Arts in Professional Education (Training and Development)

Master (Coursework)

Programme Type

Full-time, Part-time

NIE Graduate Programmes

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The Master of Arts in Professional Education (MAPE) seeks to deepen academic knowledge and competencies for individuals who work in or wish to move into professional roles within various settings of higher and adult professional education.

Within workplaces, services, and organizations, employees are expected to engage in ongoing improvement through continuing professional education. Professional learning has become even more important in recent years with the increasing pressure on schools and academic institutions for greater evidence of quality work and outcomes in the continual education of their own educators. Professional educators play critical roles in professional learning of staff working in schools, universities, and public/ private educational institutions (e.g., teachers, faculty members, administrators and professional development staff) play critical roles in teaching, leading, and researching about their practices and carry out multiple missions of the institution.

This programme aims to provide a rigorous understanding of educational practices and systems from social, philosophical, psychological, cross-national and normative perspectives. It also seeks to foster an understanding of central issues in learning and development, education and training, and educational leadership in the various professional contexts. Its specific objective is to educate professional educators with values and beliefs as well as equipping them with a distinct set of skills to drive mentoring and coaching, innovative training, assessment and design practices.

MAPE is suitable for experienced professionals involved in:

  • School staff development
  • Facilitating Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) in schools
  • Mentoring and coaching
  • Managing training and professional development organizations
  • Managing teams of Adult Educators
  • Leading Adult Education project teams
  • Policy-making for institutions and professional bodies
  • Researching in higher education, and adult and life-long learning
Teachers who are interested in school-based ICT innovation could check out the Master of Education (Learning Sciences & Technologies Programme).

The MAPE (Training and Development) is unique and differentiated from other Masters programmes in Singapore and in the region based on the high degree of local content.

The unique features of the programme include:

  • experiential components focusing on applying learning in authentic workplace contexts.
  • development of specialised skill sets required for professional development such as evaluating and developing workplace mentoring and coaching skill sets, both of which need greater emphasis in the increasingly complex and dynamic organizational environment.
  • development of participants’ capacity to engage in disciplined reflection on their experiences, studies and practices in the local contexts.
  • Incorporation of latest development in theories of learning from the learning sciences perspective as well as providing opportunities for participants to understand theories and practice of technology-enhanced learning.
  • A good Bachelor's degree, preferably with an Honours degree, or a relevant NTU FlexiMasters with good grades
  • At least one year of working experience in one of the following:
    • Teacher Professional Development
    • Educational Leadership
    • Higher Education
    • Continuing Education and Training
  • Other relevant adult education or management

There is generally only one intake for this programme, in August. You are advised to visit the website and look out for NIE’s announcements in November/December 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 MAPE (Training and Development) is a coursework Masters programme of 30 Academic Units. You are required to complete four core courses and four electives. Three out of four electives must be selected from the MAPE electives. The other elective can be either from the MAPE elective courses or open elective.

Core Courses (14 AUs)

  • MTD900 Professional Practice Inquiry Skills
  • MTD901 Professional Practice Inquiry Project
  • MTD902 Foundations of Learning and Instruction
  • MTD903 Instructional Design Models and Practices

MAPE Elective Courses (4 AUs each, select at least 3 Courses)

  • MTD905 Workplace Coaching and Mentoring
  • MTD907 Training Needs Assessment and Solutions
  • MTD908 Training Methods and Strategies
  • MTD909 E-learning Tools for Training
  • MTD910 Multimedia Design
  • MTD911 Facilitating Adult Learning 
  • MTD912 Programme Evaluation Models and Methods
  • MTD913 Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

MAPE 1 AU Elective Course

  • MTD914 Facilitate Teaching and Learning with Technology

Open Elective Courses (4 AUs)

Select one course from the list of MAPE Elective Courses given above or the open elective courses offered across all NIE Master's Degree programmes. 

Important note for matriculated students:
Please refer to the ISAAC system for the programme structure relevant to your intake during Course Registration or consult A/P Doris Choy, your programme leader if you need clarifications.

The programme is offered on both full-time and part-time basis. The candidature periods are as follows:



1 year


2 years



2 years


4 years

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 coursesand 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, A/P Doris Choy for more information.

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