Ministry of Education

Hi people!

What’s up! Is minutes during Ministry of Education‘s talk.

Two branches from MOE – (1) Psychological Services Branch and (2) Psychological Assessment & Research Branch

 Educational psychology

  • Education/ Hospital
  • Educational psychologists are hot in demand in Singapore and internationally

What do educational psychologists do?

  • Help young people who encountered problem in their education (people with learning difficulties, social or emotional problems)
  • Help children to succeed academically, socially, behaviorally and emotionally
  • Applied their work in  school and education context

 Differences in associate and educational psychologists

  • Min. degree for educational psychologists – masters

 Benefits of joining PSB

  • More opportunities to use research tools that we read in many literature
  • Dynamism: Able to interact with teachers, students, parents
  • Work in small team (Able to work with caring, warm colleague)
  • Flat structure within the branch
  • Able to publish literatures t an international platform
  • Able to work with children and learn from them
  • Able to learn different approaches to tackle children with a wide range of problem (Eg. Students who have difficulty in reading/ sustaining attention etc.)
  • Get to apply psychology knowledge that you learn in school
    • You are able to apply the cognition/ behavioral/ developmental theories you learn
    • Get to hypothesize the student’s problems and analyze it

 What are the psychological services provided by psychologists within MOE

  • Psychological services to schools
    • IQ testing, provide advices to both students and parents
    • Clinical approach in a school setting
    • School system and programme consultation

Eg. Teach teachers how to identify the student need/ How do school prioritize cases of students with special needs

  • Education system review and policy formulations
    • Researches you made are able to be placed on practical grounds

Professional development

  • Monthly branch meetings (update psychologists of all the policy changes)
  • Involved in Ad- hoc training (get to attain more skills and knowledge
  • Learning Journeys (Eg. Fieldwork in hospitals etc.)
  • Attend both national and international conferences

 Professional development for associate psychologists

  • Every associate psychologists get to go through a diploma course (part time basis, 2 years)at NIE
    • Time will be set aside from your work to attend the course
    • There are about 7 modules to cover in 2 years.  Every module spans about 3 months.  For each module, there will be 3-4 days of lectures.  After which, there’ll be about 3 tutorial sessions (tutorial is conducted as problem- Based Learning)
    • After the course, you will be certified as an associate psychologists competent of completing educational psychological testing (CCET; accredited by the British Psychological Society)

Internship between mid-May and end July

Interns get to go down to the field to be involved with children, and attend the regularly conducted board meetings

 Information with regards to employment opportunities as an associate psychologists can be found on MOE website


  • Starting pay – around $3k+- (bachelor degree holder)

How to attain Master degree?

  • Applied under NIE (NIE offered both part time and full-time programme for Master degree)
  • Scholarships offered by MOE

How was the intake for associate psychologists?

  • 15 people (as of 2012)

Psychological Assessment and Research (PAR) Branch

  A research & development unit within MOE

  • Objective & evidence-based analysis

Psycho-educational Research

  • Directly applicable to the real-world situation, e.g. how to help students learn better
  • Adopts different research methods in the projects – qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods

  Psycho-educational Testing & Test Development

  • See how psycho-educational instruments (e.g., Wechsler Intelligence, behavioural instruments) are conceptualized and developed from scratch
  • Adapt tests that are available in other countries like US & UK to suit the local context
  • Conduct research to guide test development
  • Evaluation on educational programmes to study their effectiveness

 People in the team

  • Officers come from a diversity of backgrounds, so as to provide different perspectives on issues
  • Profile of Psychological Researchers: Basic Psychology degree – conduct literature review, contribute to the research design; Honours degree in Psychology and Masters in related fields; Management Executive (MXO) Officer Scheme
  • Cross-functional, multi-disciplinary teams of diversity in expertise, skills, knowledge

Professional Development Opportunities

  • Opportunities to attend workshops and conferences to be exposed to a whole breadth of knowledge
    • Overseas conferences (presenter/participant) – APA, APS NCME, AERA, ITC, European Conference on Developmental Psychology etc.
    • Local conferences / workshops
    • Post-graduate studies – Masters in Development Psychology; Programme Evaluation & Organization Psychology
    • Training opportunities
      As a trainer – conduct workshops on research methodology, sampling methods, item writing, literature reviews

How do we contribute to such a large organization like MOE?

  • Contribute to the research done by other branches, partner with them to provide thought leadership in various research projects, construct instruments and analyze data to come up with coherent findings
  • Brainstorming – conceptualizing projects, coming up with new studies either by bottom-up (self-initiated) or top-down (based on senior management’s directions) process
  • Writing up on findings & sharing findings
  • Professional development, learning new things

 Interested undergraduates may apply to join for an internship on a project basis
Submit CV to Ms Lin Nian Ying (, including information on educational background, research competencies & experience, relevant working experience and copies of educational transcripts and certificates. 

Next up – Clinical Psychology!

With regards,

NUS Psychology Society


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