Bringing new vision into leadership
The Master of Arts in Leadership and Educational Change is an innovative new programme with a dual focus on organisational and curriculum leadership. The programme 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 programme prepares a new generation of educational leaders for Singapore, the Asia-Pacific region and the larger international community.
About the Program
The programme comprises 32 Academic Units, which is inclusive of 6 core courses, 4 electives and 1 open elective. Courses will be taught by faculty from both institutions, allowing participants to engage in learning from two leading educational institutions. The 4 electives may vary from cohort to cohort depending on the profile and interests of each cohort. One open elective is chosen from any of the courses offered in NIE’s master‘s programmes, subject to course prerequisites, if any.
Who Should Apply?
Those tasked with leadership responsibilities in leading educational change in their respective organisations, 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.
Applications may be made online. More information on application details can be found here.
The programme provides opportunities to build new crossnational learning communities and fraternities steeped in both local and global perspectives.
Graduates of the programme will be equipped to:
- appreciate the economic, cultural, and organisational 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.
What the Experts are Saying
This joint Master’s degree programme brings together the best thinking in curriculum and teaching from TC and NIE, two high calibre institutions of international standing, thereby enacting-versus simply implementing-educational leadership that is dynamically informed by and contextually grounded in both the local and the global.
- Professor A. Lin Goodwin Vice Dean and Professor of Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
Significant and purposeful educational change requires the courage to advance new, critical ways of thinking and doing. We invite you to join high calibre TC and NIE faculty and senior educators, both local and international to re-envision educational leadership and change and step forward in the making of new leaders for tomorrow’s schools.
- Associate Professor Mary Anne Heng Curriculum, Teaching & Learning Academic Group, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University
The MALEC programme is looking for forward-thinking professionals. We welcome students from diverse institutional and national backgrounds. We are seeking bright, ambitious people who want to take their leadership, change, and curriculum management competencies to the next level and beyond. If you have the desire to improve these essential competencies in a challenging but supportive environment, we are the programme for you.
- Assistant Professor Christopher Charles Deneen Curriculum, Teaching & Learning Academic Group, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University
What Our Students are Saying
I would recommend the programme to anyone, in Singapore or anywhere else in the world, considering taking up educational leadership roles or interested in understanding what education is for and how they might contribute to creating purposeful learning experiences and educational opportunities for children.
- Ms Reshu Dhungana Managing Director, Sensus Investment Co. Pte. Ltd, Nepal, Class of 2014
My journey with MALEC exceeded all my expectations. I experienced an invigorating and rigorous intellectual journey with a faculty that offers the best minds in education and educational thought leadership from both NIE and TC.
- Mr Low June Meng Head, Boarding and Character & Leadership Education, Raffles Institution, Singapore, Class of 2014
The programme offers students the privilege of learning from excellent professors from Singapore and America, and interacting with fellow educators with rich experiences to share. I value the opportunity to take time to consider the changes and challenges in the field of education today, and what they mean for us as educators, students, parents or policy-makers.
- Ms Wang Yitian Education Consultant/Gifted and Talented Education, Hwa Chong Institution, Singapore, Class of 2014
Contact Person: TC AdmissionsPhone: 212-678-3000