The highly engaging programme is designed to promote lateral and analytical thinking.
TSP Scholars will undertake a research project with an eminent research mentor or through the Undergraduate Research Experience on Campus (URECA) offered at NTU. They will be given the opportunity to present their research in international conferences. The requirement to undertake education research is also crucial to prepare scholars for a meaningful career in education by strengthening their understanding of how theory can be applied in actual learning contexts.
TSP Scholars will also have the opportunity to undertake a minor programme of study if they choose to. There is a diverse selection of Minor Programmes offered in NTU.
They will also complete an additional 4-6 elective courses that supplement the core curriculum and general education in the internationally recognised Bachelor of Arts (Education) or Bachelor of Science (Education) programme. They are allowed to pursue their interest and create their own learning plan through an extensive selection of electives. The electives may be taken from the range of courses offered at NIE, NTU or overseas universities. These include electives offered by NTU University Scholars’ Programme (USP).
Examples of USP courses:
TSP scholars have the option to read advanced level courses that can be credited to a Master's degree.
“I chose TSP because I wanted to go beyond having content mastery in physics; I also wanted to learn to be good at teaching physics. Compared to the conventional bachelor’s degree in physics, NIE’s programme offers me a good balance of both subject mastery as well as pedagogical content knowledge.” - Roysmond
Read more about Roysmond’s article here
TSP Scholars will be exposed to a wide array of innovative pedagogical approaches used to enhance learning. For example, Team-Based Learning, Self-directed Learning, Problem-Based Learning, Flipped Classroom are just some of the innovative and different pedagogical approaches that will be used to present meaningful learning. These pedagogical approaches challenge the TSP Scholars to be Engaged Thinking Educators so that they are best equipped with the right competencies to meet the demands of making a real difference to the lives of their students in the 21st century. Importantly, the delivery of content knowledge will not be limited to a classroom or laboratory setting. The world is your classroom and TSP Scholars will be engaged meaningfully throughout their time here in NTU.
TSP scholars will undertake a research project with an eminent research mentor over an 11-month period in the final year of study. The research project will provide an unparalleled opportunity for TSP scholars and their mentors to explore a topic of mutual interest together, following a spontaneous flow of dialogue and intellectual exchange in the spirit of learning. TSP Scholars will also need to undertake an educational research project in their third year of study to provide further grounding on the links between educational content and practice.
TSP scholars with CGPA of 4.5 and above will also be invited to participate in the Undergraduate Research Experience on CAmpus (URECA).
URECA is a university-wide programme to cultivate a research culture among undergraduates in NTU. The opportunity is open only to the most academically able second- and third-year undergraduates. These undergraduates will be given the coveted title of NTU President Research Scholar (NTU PRS).
NTU PRSs are required to undertake a minimum of 160 hours of research over an 11-month period (August to June) in an academic year.
TSP scholars will be given the opportunity to present their research at professional conferences to help them hone their research and presentation skills, and develop insights by plugging into the network of researchers globally.
TSP scholars have the opportunity to learn beyond the classroom through a wide range of internship, school attachments, field trips, as well as local and overseas service learning opportunities
BUILD (Building University Interns for Leadership Development) Programme allows the TSP scholars the opportunity to seek attachment experience with the organisations such as the Ministry of Education, Academy of Singapore Teachers or other partner institutions. This broadening of experience helps TSP scholars apply knowledge learned in the university to situations beyond the classroom environment and help develop their leadership capacity.
Service learning serves as a platform to nurture leaders, who are socially responsible and active citizens, who can identify needs and contribute to the community both at home and overseas. Through such experiences, the statement “Serving to Learn, Learning to Serve” becomes alive for the TSP scholars. The experience will shape the TSP scholars’ character, and strengthen their sense of mission, compassion, humility, resilience, adaptability, determination, commitment, and enterprise.
Residential Learning Experience provides an additional platform for TSP Scholars to engage in learning beyond the classroom. A key component of the TSP programme will incorporate residential learning where TSP scholars have the opportunity to undertake learning experiences situated within the residential houses. For example, residential learning can include involvement in formal or informal exchanges with international partners (students and academics) as well as networking sessions with educational leaders (local and global) at the House of residences.
In the era of rapid globalisation where the world is more connected and interdependent, a global experience will enable our TSP scholars to acquire a global edge. Opportunities for such global experiences are provided through overseas programmes such as the Overseas Student Exchange Programme and the International Practicum. Through the experience, TSP scholars will be able to explore global issues, develop insights, expand their horizons, and connect with people of diverse cultures.
TSP scholars are given priority in NIE’s exclusive Student Exchange Programme. They can take courses in an overseas partner university, e.g., Boston College, University of Helsinki, Hong Kong Institute of Education, for one semester.
TSP scholars have the opportunity to do their Teaching Assistantship overseas. They will be exposed to different classroom environments and educational standards. The experience will encourage the TSP scholars to understand and appreciate both Singapore’s and the host’s educational systems, help them cultivate an international outlook on teaching and learning, and network with other educators from partner universities in countries such as Finland, Denmark, Switzerland, New Zealand, Taiwan, Sweden and the US.
See testimony from our students
"I learnt that there is an education system outside the confines of our own country. I've been told how different the education system would be in America (or any other country for that matter), but when you've spent your whole life studying in Singapore, you tend to forget, or find it hard to imagine, that another country would approach education in a wholly different way. I am thankful for this overseas practicum for enlightening me and broadening my world-view; being able to observe a foreign classroom and actually be a part of it was no doubt the best part of the trip. There is so many things done differently to think about; so many things which don't happen in a Singapore classroom ... But even as I say that, the essence of education remains the same. That is, the learner is at the heart of the teacher's lessons."
“With my experience in this exchange and taking on a broader global perspective, I realized one thing that would work across the globe that is constant in providing good education for the future generation. It is caring for the students from the bottom of your heart, which I had mentioned earlier. By caring for the students, you would definitely want the students to do well not only in their studies but also in life, as a person. I believe that education would shape a person for a lifetime, and character building and values are more important that achieving academics success. I will keep this in mind and be a teacher who educates, who cares and who inspires.”
Gain a head start by reading advanced courses for direct transition to a Masters degree.
TSP scholars with at least CGPA of 4.0 at the end of Year 2 Semester 2 and meet additional subject-specific criteria can read up to 3 Masters level courses in Year 3 -4.
A Singapore chapter of the Kappa Delta Pi will be created for the TSP alumni.
TSP scholars are eligible for induction into the distinguished honour society in education during the course of the programme.
TSP scholars are guaranteed on-campus accommodation.
Enjoy the company of friends and interact with fellow budding educators in a dynamic campus environment that caters to both learning and leisure. Moreover, the residential experience will provide immense opportunities for scholars across all the NTU Premier Scholars programme to socialize, interact and build meaningful friendships that extends beyond your time in NTU.
Surrounded by lush greenery, the serene and beautifully landscaped campus environment on the island’s west quarter offers a stimulating and conducive environment for your studies throughout the programme.