This course allows you to graduate with two diplomas under the Ministry of Education's (MOE) four-year Home Economics Teachers Training Scheme. Armed with a second Diploma in Home Economics Education, awarded by the National Institute of Education (NIE), you will be trained in effective pedagogy and be well-prepared to become competent Home Economics teachers.
The distinctive feature of this Diploma is its combination of expertise from the Applied Food Science & Nutrition course delivered by Temasek Applied Science School and the Apparel Design & Merchandising course delivered by the Temasek Design School. This inter-disciplinary approach aims to equip you with the scientific and technical skills related to Food Science & Nutrition, as well as the creative aspects of textiles and design. You will receive training in food chemistry, nutrition, food preservation, food quality control and human physiology. In Textiles & Design, you will be trained in textile fundamentals, apparel design, lifestyle sewing and decorative construction. The module on Consumer Resource Management will let you to gain a good understanding of consumer economics.
Minimum Entry Requirements
|English Language (EL1)*||Grades 1-6|
|Mathematics (E or A)||Grades 1-6|
|One of the following Science subjects #||Grades 1-6|
|Any two other subjects, excluding CCA||Grades 1-6|
#Biology, Chemistry, Combined Science, Engineering Science, Physical Science, Physics, Science (Chemistry, Biology), Science (Physics, Biology), Science (Physics, Chemistry)
*Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM)/Unified Examination Chinese (UEC) holders must have a minimum of grade 6 for the relevant English Language subject (e.g. Bahasa Inggeris). .
Note: Applications are to be made online directly to MOE at the following website: http://www.moe.gov.sg/careers/teach/applying/o-levels/#home-economic.
The cut-off point for the Consumer Science & Technology course varies between 10-20 points depending on the demand for the course and quality of applicants. The cut-off point is to be used as a guide only as it may vary from year to year depending on the aggregate scores of students applying for the course. The cut-off point is the aggregate of the last student admitted to the course. In addition, shortlisted applicants would have to attend an interview conducted by MOE.
Yes, some relevant degree programmes include:
Upon completion of this course, you will join the Education Service as untrained teachers while concurrently reading the Diploma in Education (Home Economics) at NIE. Upon completion of both diplomas, you will serve as Home Economics teachers in secondary schools.
Teaching in itself offers tremendous opportunities for career growth and development. It demands exploration of new and exciting ways of teaching while shaping the thoughts and inspirations of future generations. It is challenging and rewarding. At the school level, a teacher can be promoted to Subject Head, Level Head or Head of Department. Beyond this, a teacher can be promoted to Vice-Principal or Principal in schools depending on the teacher’s potential and performance.
Students admitted into this course will be fully sponsored by MOE. This sponsorship includes course fees as well as a monthly bursary during the first three years. In the fourth year, each student will be appointed to the Education Service as an untrained teacher drawing a salary. In return, students will serve a five-year bond with MOE.
Students who withdraw or are removed from the course will have to pay liquidated damages in accordance with the contract signed with MOE.
"The environment is really conducive for learning."
"Staff are ready to help all the time."
"I've learnt to be independent... able to make decisions for myself and be responsible for my own actions."
"There are many enrichment programmes and activities conducted for the students."
"We first thought Home Economics pertained only to cooking & sewing. However, we soon saw the links between Chemistry, Microbiology and Food Science with Food Preparation."
"The student internship program was a turning point in my education. I realized that teaching may not be an easy task but it can be a wonderful and enriching experience"
"... well-trained & equipped with the necessary knowledge & skills."
"... have a positive attitude to work and are independent."
"... have potential to be good Home Economic teachers."
Employers who offered SIP placements for our students:
"During the ten-week attachment, the intern from your course worked proficiently and independently and was a great asset to the Home Economics Department. She carried out her duties with enthusiasm and displayed a great sense of responsibility. With her commitment and passion, I have no doubt that she has what it takes to be a good teacher".
Lim Chek Quay
Home Economics Subject Coordinator
Temasek Secondary School
"Your intern is positive and committed in delivering her duties given to her by the School. She is capable of applying her knowledge learnt from the Polytechnic to complete her project on 'Food Investigation and Healthy Eating'. She loves her work and spends time in school on extra activities for the students. In general, she is a reliable and valuable trainee".
Tham Yoke Yin
Home Economics Teacher
Chung Cheng High School (Main)