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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.

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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.

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