SINGAPORE: Enhancements will be made to the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) programmes, which help prepare university graduates to become primary, secondary school or junior college teachers.
The programme will be extended from the current 12 to 16 months, with the December 2016 the first to participate in the enhanced scheme, announced the National Institute of Education (NIE) on Friday (Nov 20).
With this extension, the key enhancements to the PGDE programmes will include an additional four-week teaching practice and greater coverage of topics for deeper understanding of learning. There will be new courses on teachers’ roles as form tutor and to build their capabilities for better engagement with parents.
Another new course - Singapore Kaleidoscope - provides a multi-faceted perspective on Singapore to deepen their knowledge on Singapore's natural and cultural heritage, NIE said.
The first cohort of the enhanced PGDE will be matriculated at the end of 2016. This will apply to the primary, secondary and junior college general tracks as well as the specialisation tracks in mother tongue, art and music, it added.