Master of Arts in Leadership and Educational Change

The Master of Arts in Leadership and Educational Change is an innovative new program with a dual focus on organizational and curriculum leadership. The program aims to prepare educational leaders to go beyond organisational leadership towards embracing leadership capacities in curriculum, teaching and learning. Jointly taught by two internationally-renowned teacher education institutions, the National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore and Teachers College (TC), Columbia University, New York, the program prepares a new generation of educational leaders for Singapore, the Asia-Pacific region and the larger international community.

The program provides opportunities to build new cross-national learning communities and fraternities steeped in both local and global perspectives.

Graduates of the program will be equipped to:

  • appreciate the economic, cultural, and organizational contexts and tensions of interpreting and bringing about educational improvement and site-based curriculum development,
  • value critical perspectives, diversity and difference and be open to various theoretical stances and practical approaches in educational leadership,
  • understand the complexities and dynamics of transformational educational change, alongside necessary reforms to curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment,
  • assess challenges to educational change and develop strategies to overcome them, and
  • plan, develop and implement educational improvement interventions and curricular innovations through harnessing evidence-based research.

About the Institutions

The National Institute of Education (NIE) is Singapore's premier national teacher education institute. Established in July 1991, NIE is an autonomous institute of the Nanyang Technological University. NIE positions itself as the leader in teacher education in Singapore and the region by producing high-quality graduates who form the foundation for a successful education system.

Teachers College (TC) is the oldest and largest graduate school of education in the United States and a key college of Columbia University. With its tradition of innovation and transformative education, the College is one of the leading schools of education in the country and the world. Since its founding in 1887, TC has been at the forefront of initiatives to advance educational reforms and issues.

Who should apply?

Those tasked with leadership responsibilities in leading educational change in their respective organizations, not only from Singapore and the Asia-Pacific region, but also those from the U.S and other Western countries who may appreciate the advantage of pursuing a higher degree in an Asian context delivered by two leading educational institutions.

Entry Requirements

A good Bachelor's degree, preferably with an honours degree or its equivalent according to international standards, with at least 4 years of teaching experience or other relevant educational experience. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in educational leadership.

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