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What is Nanyang Technological University-National Institute of Education (NTU-NIE) Teaching Scholars Programme (TSP)?

TSP is a prestigious award for outstanding young persons with a passion and calling to be professional leaders in education. It is a four-year programme that offers a wide range of education-related and overseas opportunities.  Moreover, TSP students are given the chance to be part of a close community of exceptionally motivated and talented educators.   It aims to produce graduates with intellectual rigour, strong leadership, and global perspective to make significant contributions to education.


Who can apply to NTU-NIE Teaching Scholars Programme (TSP)? 

TSP is a multidisciplinary, guaranteed residential, academic programme for NTU-NIE undergraduates in the Bachelor of Arts (Education) [BA (Ed)] and Bachelor of Science (Education) [BSc (Ed)] programmes.   

Candidates with good A-levels, Polytechnic and International Baccalaureate students with high grades, NUS High, and other equivalent qualifications are encouraged to apply.  

Selection will be based on Scholastic Aptitude and an interview process.


How is NTU-NIE TSP different from the other local universities scholars programmes?

TSP provides personal, cultural and leadership development opportunities for outstanding students.  The TSP is a rigorous programme that is geared towards helping students connect their academic and personal goals, and through these experiences empower them to be informed citizens, ethical leaders, and active contributors to our society.

TSP provides opportunities to work with academic advisors and eminent research mentors.  For instance, as part of the NTU Undergraduate Research Experience on CAmpus (URECA) programme, it aims to cultivate a research culture among the most able undergraduates in NTU.  It is a unique opportunity for outstanding NTU undergraduates to pursue independent research under the supervision of a professor over an 11-month period. 

In addition, TSP allows students an option to take electives from NIE, NTU (including University Scholars Programmes electives) and overseas universities.  They also have an opportunity to take Masters level courses that can be credited to a Master's degree.

In the programme, teaching scholars are able to attend seminars and dialogues with distinguished professors, policy makers and trailblazers.

The programme also aims to develop a global perspective on education through semester exchange and/or international practicum. Teaching scholars learn beyond the classroom through a wide range of research, internships (MOE, AST, ELIS, etc.), and overseas service learning opportunities, attend leadership programmes and workshops.  Teaching scholars will also be given the opportunity to present their research in an international conference.  This will serve to develop them as professional leaders, and sharpen their research and communication skills. 

A Singapore chapter of the Kappa Delta Pi (an International Honour Society in Education) will be created for our TSP alumni, and TSP scholars will be eligible for induction into the distinguished honour society in education during the course of the programme. 


How much does NTU-NIE TSP cost?

If you are selected to be in the NTU-NIE TSP Programme, you will be sponsored by the Ministry of Education .


Is NTU-NIE TSP a scholarship?

TSP is not a scholarship disbursement programme.  However, students who apply for the TSP will be considered for MOE Scholarships or Awards. 

Students who are recipients of MOE Scholarships or Awards will automatically be placed on the NTU-NIE TSP and with full sponsorship by MOE.

For details on scholarships, please email scholars@nie.edu.sg 


What are the academic expectations of TSP students?  

TSP students are need to maintain a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.5 and above throughout their course of studies.  TSP students are also expected to participate in NTU-NIE activities and contribute to the NTU-NIE community.


Does TSP offer overseas learning opportunities?

Yes, TSP strongly encourages and provides financial support for its students to actively engage in a wide range of experiences beyond the classroom, both overseas and locally.

In particular, TSP aims to develop a global perspective on education through semester exchange and/or international practicum.  It is a unique platform for TSP students to initiate and customise their learning experience in a global context. 

Overseas Service Learning experience will also be provided in the programme.  The experience strives to nurture personal attributes such as compassion, humility, other-centeredness, resilience, adaptability, determination, commitment, enterprise, a sense of mission etc.  

Teaching scholars will also have the opportunity to present their research at an international conference.


What is the difference between the curricular workload of a TSP student and a non-TSP student?

A TSP student has a curricular workload of at least 15 academic units (AUs) more than a non-TSP student.  (1 AU represents an average workload of one hour per week in the form of lecture/tutorial classes or three hours per week in the form of laboratory/field sessions)


Upon successful completion of the programme, what degree will I graduate with?

TSP students will graduate with a BA/BSc (Ed) with direct honours conferred depending on your academic performance. They will also receive a TSP certificate designating them as a NTU-NIE Teaching Scholar.


How many students will be admitted each year?

The NTU-NIE Teaching Scholars Programme will admit up to 70 students per intake. However, the number may change depending on allocated places for the programme.


Is on-campus accommodation compulsory for TSP students?  

Teaching scholars have a Guaranteed Residential Experience in NTU throughout their studies.  NTU has 16 Halls of Residence that are home to some 9200 undergraduate students.  This community forms a massive family unit, actively engaging in social exchange and mutual help. Living in an undergraduate hall is a unique experience.  

However, such privilege is not compulsory. 


What do TSP graduates go on to do?

TSP graduates will be groomed to pursue careers in teaching and leadership positions in the Ministry. Some may go on to do postgraduate studies at both local and overseas universities. 


Do you allow accepted students to defer admission?

Yes, but such decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.


Are TSP students able to get involved in student clubs?

TSP students are encouraged to join student clubs at NIE/NTU.


Are TSP students allowed to take courses from other Colleges / Schools in NTU?

Yes, TSP scholars are NTU students.

 

Eligibility

Can any NTU applicant apply to NTU-NIE TSP?

TSP admits students from the NTU BA (Ed) and BSc (Ed) programmes.  The applicant must have stated BA (Ed) or BSc (Ed) as one of the choices when he/she applies at NTU.  


What are you looking for in a Teacher Scholar?

Prospective Teacher Scholars must demonstrate:

  • Outstanding academic achievement
  • Creativity inside and outside the classroom
  • Passion for teaching and to make a positive difference in this world
  • Strong character and leadership skills
  • Energy, ideas, an ambition to learn and innovate
  • Interdisciplinary curiosity
  • Has vision and global perspective

 

Application

How do I apply?

Please refer to NTU’s website for the admission period relevant to your qualificationhttp://admissions.ntu.edu.sg/UndergraduateAdmissions/Pages/default.aspx

  1. Upon logging in the NTU website, choose BA (Ed) BSc (Ed) as one your preferred choices.  Check the box that says ‘to be considered as a TSP applicant’.
  2. Go to MOE’s website and apply for MOE scholarship. 

I was offered a place by NTU during the Early Admission and Scholarship Exercise, am I still allowed to change my choice? If so, how do I apply? 

Yes, you can still change your choice during the normal admission window for your qualification background.

Please refer to NTU’s website for the admission period relevant to your qualificationhttp://admissions.ntu.edu.sg/UndergraduateAdmissions/Pages/default.aspx

  1. Upon logging in the NTU website, choose BA (Ed) BSc (Ed) as one your preferred choices.  Check the box that says ‘to be considered as a TSP applicant’.
  2. Go to MOE’s website and apply for MOE scholarship.

I am serving National Service and has been offered placement by NTU/NUS, am I allowed to apply for the TSP programme? If so, how do I apply?  

Yes, you can still change your choices during the normal admission window for your qualification background.

Please refer to NTU’s website for the admission period relevant to your qualificationhttp://admissions.ntu.edu.sg/UndergraduateAdmissions/Pages/default.aspx

  1. Upon logging in the NTU website, choose BA (Ed) BSc (Ed) as one your preferred choices.  Check the box that says ‘to be considered as a TSP applicant’.
  2. Go to MOE’s website and apply for MOE scholarship.
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