The main difference is that the PSC(T) is administered by the Public Service Commission (PSC). If you are a PSC(T) scholar, you will automatically be placed on the General Phase of the Public Service Leadership Programme (PSLP). The PSLP is a talent development programme run by the Public Service Division (PSD) to groom officers for future leadership positions within the Public Service. As an Education Officer in the General Phase, upon university graduation, you will go through the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) programme in the National Institute of Education (NIE), and then serve with the MOE (your parent ministry) for about five years in schools and Headquarters. This will be followed by a posting to another ministry for the next two years to broaden your exposure beyond the education service. After which, you will return to MOE to be developed under a parallel talent management programme in lieu of the Sectoral Phase of the PSLP, or under the Future Leaders Programme (FLP).
If you are a MOE Teaching Scholar/Award holder, upon the completion of your teacher preparation programme (either through the BABSc (Ed) or PGDE programme), you can look forward to a myriad of challenging and meaningful work in schools and outstanding Education Officers will be considered for stints in MOE HQ and/or placement on MOE's talent programmes.
Only students who are offered the PSC Scholarship (Teaching Service) may be granted NS disruption.
Students awarded the Education Merit Scholarship, MOE Teaching Scholarship or MOE Teaching Award will have to complete their NS obligation before proceeding for undergraduate studies. Students who have not completed NS will be given a provisional scholarship/award if selected. MOE will then confirm their provisional award upon NS completion, subject to good NS conduct and performance, medical and other clearances.
The PSLP is a structured programme that focuses on cultivating and developing talent in government sectors, i.e. the economy building, social, security, infrastructure & environment, and central administration sectors. Officers in the PSLP will be required to undertake varied postings within the sectors that they choose.
As the Education Service is a specialised scheme of service which requires its leaders to have significant depth of expertise in the education domain, outstanding Education Officers (EOs), including MOE teaching scholars, will be groomed and developed under MOE's in-house talent management scheme, i.e. the Future Leaders Programme (FLP). The FLP is MOE's key talent management programme to identify, develop and retain promising EOs with the potential to assume key leadership positions within the Education Service. Officers on the FLP can also look forward to a wide array of developmental opportunities such as milestone courses or general training programmes, exposure to senior management and challenging assignments.
Development and Career Opportunities
Teaching Scholars/Award holders can look forward to challenging and meaningful postings in schools and MOE HQ* to develop a holistic understanding of education issues.
*Teaching Scholars and Award holders may consider applying for a posting to MOE HQ via the annual Open Posting Exercise after gaining a few years of teaching experience in schools.
Outstanding teaching scholars may have the opportunity to pursue a Masters' degree immediately upon the completion of their undergraduate degree.
An option that is popular amongst serving Scholars/Award holders is to apply for the MOE Postgraduate Scholarship/Award or one of the Professional Development Packages (e.g. study leave, study loans) to pursue education-related postgraduate studies after gaining a few years of teaching experience. This option allows you to tap on your teaching experience to better identify the developmental gaps you aim to fill through the postgraduate programme, thereby enhancing your learning.
Students who are interested in a PSC or MOE Teaching Scholarship should submit their applications online via the PSC Gateway (www.pscgateway.gov.sg). Students will need to indicate Teaching Service as one of their top career preferences in the online application.
Students who are keen on the MOE Teaching Award can visit MOE's website to apply and submit the relevant supporting documents for our consideration. You should visit our website (www.moe.gov.sg/moe-teaching-award) for the latest information on the application window, which is typically between January and March. Application details and instructions will also be published on the website.
Please refer to www.moe.gov.sg/tss for an overview of the scholarship application and selection process.
Application window typically closes on 15 March every year. For more information on the application window, please visit PSC Gateway.
Male students who are interested in a PSC Scholarship (Teaching Service) should apply to a university as soon as they are eligible for NS disruption. Other male Teaching Scholarship/Award applicants should also apply for university admission as early as possible, bearing in mind that some overseas universities will only allow them to defer their placement for one year.
MOE does not restrict your choice of university, as long as the university is reputable, and the course of study provides the requisite breadth and depth of subject content mastery to enable you to teach in schools. We welcome you to discuss your choice of university and country of study with our Scholarship Officers if you have been offered the scholarship/award.
Generally, students are encouraged to apply to the local or overseas universities of their choice concurrently with their scholarship/award application. This is to ensure timely admission into university upon confirmation of the scholarship or award.