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Teaching as a Career
What are the eligibility criteria?
If you possess strong content knowledge in the subject(s) you wish to teach, a keen interest in teaching, good personal attributes and values, and the ability to communicate and relate to the young, we welcome you to join the Education Service.
Please visit the following links to view the additional entry qualifications for each of the teacher training programmes:
Postgraduate Diploma in Education
Diploma in Education
Teacher Training Scheme for Tamil, Art, Music and Chinese
What are the qualifications required of a trained teacher?
To teach in MOE schools as a trained teacher, you must possess a professional teaching qualification. Examples of professional qualification include the Diploma in Education and the Postgraduate Diploma in Education from the National Institute of Education (NIE). Such qualifications have a practicum component built into the teacher training programme. You should note that professional qualifications aside, MOE also takes into consideration the applicant's content mastery, experience and personal qualities when deciding on the person's suitability for teaching in our mainstream schools. All applicants are considered in competition with one another, so that only the most suitable is recruited for the system.
What are the minimum required qualifications for each of the relief teacher scheme?
Relief Teaching (RT) Scheme
To register for the RT Scheme, you must possess a teaching qualification. Examples include the Postgraduate Diploma in Education or the Diploma in Education from the National Institute of Education, Singapore.
Scheme for Relief Educators (SRE)
To register for the Scheme for Relief Educators (SRE), you must meet one of the following criteria:
Graduate with a degree obtained on campus basis; or
Undergraduate currently pursuing a degree on campus basis.
All other non-graduates (excluding undergraduates) will be placed on the Relief Allied Educator (READ) Scheme instead, if the following criteria are met:
Possess a diploma from a local polytechnic, NAFA or LaSalle College of Arts; or
Possess an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or NUS High School Diploma; or
Possess at least 2 GCE 'A' Level/H2 and 2 GCE 'AO' Level passes/H1 Passes (including General Paper); or
Possess 5 GCE 'O' level passes (including English and Mathematics) with L1B4 of <= 26 points
Which teacher training programme should I apply for?
Please refer to the following
for a list of academic qualifications and the relevant teacher training programmes.
How do I submit an application to become a teacher?
All applications for teaching are to be submitted via
. Your application will be considered in competition with the other applications received in the same application window.
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