Office of Teacher Education

  • The National Institute of Education, Singapore is one of the leading teacher preparation institutions in the world, and has been an integral part of Singapore's education system since it was first established as the Teachers’ Training College in 1950. NIE provides pre-service teacher education, provides ongoing professional development to existing teachers and school leaders, and conducts extensive educational research that loops back into our continual programme review and enhancement process. Our aim is to develop education professionals who embrace the philosophy of being leaders in the service of learners.

    About the Dean

    Professor LOW Ee Ling is the Dean of Teacher Education at the National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University (NTU). She is also a Professor of Education (Applied Linguistics and Teacher Learning) at the English Language & Literature Academic Group. She is a member of the NIE Senior Leadership Team and an elected member of the NTU Senate (2014-2018). Her previous appointments include: Chief Planning Officer (2017-2018), Head of Strategic Planning and Academic Quality (2014-2017), Associate Dean for Programme and Student Development at the Office of Teacher Education (2009-2013) and Sub-Dean for Degree Programmes (2004-2009). 

    She has played a leading role in the conceptualization of the following strategic documents for NIE, Singapore: NIE Moving Forward: Towards 2017 Strategic Roadmap and Teacher Education for the 21st Century (TE21): A Blueprint for Teacher Education in Singapore (2009).

    She obtained her BA (with Direct Honours) from the National University of Singapore (NUS), an M.Phil and a PhD in Linguistics (Acoustic Phonetics) from the University of Cambridge, UK under the Nanyang Technological University–National Institute of Education Overseas Graduate Scholarship. In her undergraduate years, she was selected for the prestigious Direct Honours Programme for English Language at the National University of Singapore and in her pre-university years, was awarded the Ministry of Education Humanities Scholarship which she pursued at Raffles Junior College. In recognition for her academic merit and leadership potential, Professor Low was awarded the highly competitive Advanced Fulbright Research Scholarship in 2008 which she spent at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. 

    Professor Low is an internationally renowned expert and has given numerous keynote addresses in both Teacher Education and World Englishes. Her most recent book publications include “Empowered Educators in Singapore: How High-Performing Systems Shape Teaching Quality” (co-authored with Prof Lin A. Goodwin and Prof Linda Darling-Hammond) and “Lee Kuan Yew’s Educational Legacy: The Challenges of Success” (co-edited with Prof Tan Oon Seng and Prof David Hung). 

    She is Singapore’s representative on the Stanford University International Teacher Policy Study and the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Global Education Innovation Initiative (GEII) projects. She is also Singapore’s representation on the Education 2030 initiative by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and served as an international expert in the Teaching and Learning International Survey (TALIS) Initial Teacher Preparation study for Wales and Australia. In 2012, she was awarded the Public Administration (Bronze) Medal. 

    Dean, Teacher Education


    Professor Low Ee Ling

  • Programmes

    Diploma programmes

    Diploma in Special Education

    Postgraduate Diploma in Education

    Undergraduate programmes


    Practicum matters

    Professional Practice and Inquiry

    PPI matters (Digital Portfolio)

    Group Endeavours in Service Learning (GESL)

    GESL matters

    The Meranti Project

    The Meranti Project matters

    Student Matters

    Clubs @ NIE

    Student Counselling @ NIE

    Student Exchange Programme

    Student Exchange matters