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Specialist Certificate in the Professional Development of Teacher Leaders/Supervisors (14 Sept - 1 Oct 2021)

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Specialist Certificate in the Professional Development of Teacher Leaders/Supervisors


  • In most educational contexts, teacher educators, supervisors and ELT Heads of Language Departments are often drawn from the ranks of experienced teachers or supervisors and thrust into the job of developing others with themselves having little professional knowledge of how that professional development and in-service training should be managed.
  • This course is designed for teacher leaders and supervisors who are engaged in the planning of professional development programmes for in-service teachers of English. 


3 weeks (54 hours)  



By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • gain an awareness of the different models and practices in the area of Continuous Professional Development for language teachers;
  • articulate the principles which underpin in-service training decisions for language education;
  • increase their awareness of best practices and key principles of training for the purpose of professional development and training of in-service teachers of English;
  • design, plan and resource professional development programmes suited for their teaching contexts; and
  • gain the knowledge and skills required for classroom observation and pre- and post-observation conferencing.


The training strategies used in this course are highly interactive. They include lectures, task-based workshops, role plays and discussions.




Approaches to Language Teacher Education and Professional Development

Description This component will examine approaches to professional development for language teachers and explore models of in-service training. It will review factors affecting the design of language education courses and look at contextualising Professional Development for language teachers in different contexts.

Designing, Planning, Resourcing and Evaluating Language Training

Description This component will examine the skills and qualities needed by teacher leaders in carrying out their roles. Amongst the skills that will be reviewed are facilitation and mentoring skills. Participants will also be introduced to Training Methodology for language teacher education and how to use the methodology in planning language training sessions- linking content and process.

Observation and Feedback of Language Teaching-Learning

Description This component will examine the value of classroom observation and conferencing. It will review models of teaching supervision and evaluate their suitability to the language classroom. It will look at the skills needed for effective supervision of language teachers. Amongst the skills that will be reviewed are feedback skills and skills in managing conflict.  

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

The course accepts a wide range of qualifications for entry into the programme. The requirements for admission to the course are:

  1. An approved bachelor’s degree (or equivalent qualifications) in Linguistics, English Language, TESOL or Education;
  2. At least two years of full-time English language teaching experience; preference will be given to candidates who are teacher leaders (i.e. senior teachers / master teachers) or supervisors or heads of department; and 
  3. Candidates must meet the minimum language scores for any of the following:
  • IELTS: 6.5;
  • TOEFL: 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, or 79 internet-based;
  • GCE O Level English: B3 and above;
  • GCE A Level General Paper: C6 and above; or 
  • Cambridge Advanced English (CAE):  C and above
  • SPM 1119 English: B and above (GPK/PNG 3.00 and above)/Kepujian Tinggi and above
  • STPM General Paper/English Literature: B- and above (CGPA/HGMP 2.67 and above)
  • Malaysian University English test (MUET): Band 4 and above
  • CU TEP with a score of 65 (equivalent to IELTS 6.5) and above
  • APTIS (all four macro skills) B2 and above

Without meeting any of the above, applicants are required to pass the RELC English selection test.

Application Details

Application Details

The closing date for application is 26 February 2021.    


  1. Applications can be done via email at
  2. Please submit the following documents for your application:
  • Application Form  (completed and endorsed)
  • Medical Examination Form  (For overseas applicant only)
  • A copy of  your certificates of degrees/diplomas, certified by your institution
  • A copy of  your transcripts, certified by your institution.  Where a transcript is in a language other than English, it should be accompanied by a certified translation into English.  (In the absence of a transcript, a certified statement on the degrees/academic qualifications achieved with a listing of subjects studied and subject examination results is required.)
  • Reference letters (The two reference letters can be from an academic staff who has supervised you or a current/previous employer.)
  • A copy of current/valid IELTS or official TOEFL results certified by your institution (for applicants from non-English medium education systems)  

3. Please submit a soft copy of the above documents to RELC via email at



Year 2021 course fees to be confirmed (TBC).

Students from outside Singapore are advised to subscribe to the Group Health Insurance Scheme at S$53.50 per month (inclusive of GST), as medical costs in the event of illness can be very high.   




  • All fees are subject to change without notice; 
  • RELC does not accept any responsibility for accidents on journeys to and from Singapore or in Singapore, or for the loss of baggage and other personal belongings in transit or in Singapore;
  • RELC will also not be responsible for taking out air, travel and personal accident insurance for students; and
  • Students are expected to incur additional costs for miscellaneous learning materials.  


Payment of fees  

  • The Registration Fee must be submitted together with the Application Form and supporting documents;
  • Fees are payable before the commencement of the course;
  • Cheques should be crossed and made payable to the SEAMEO Regional Language Centre; and
  • An administration fee of S$50.00 (inclusive of GST) will be imposed for cheques which are dishonoured.  


Refund policy  

  • The registration fee is strictly non-refundable; 
  • Cancellation of enrolment must be made in writing; 
  • An Administration Fee of S$160.50 (inclusive of GST) will be payable if the notice of cancellation / withdrawal is made less than 5 calendar days from the date on which the payment is received;
  • Full course fees paid is non-refundable if the notice cancellation / withdrawal is made after 5 calendar days from the date on which the payment was received; and
  • Withdrawals after the course has commenced will not be eligible for refund.

Grad Requirements

Graduation Requirements

To complete the course successfully, the candidate must satisfy the below criteria. A course participant whose progress has not been satisfactory may be required to terminate his/her candidature.

  • Satisfy class attendance requirements;
  • Attain a satisfactory standard in required course work; and
  • Complete all assignments.



The course will lead to the award of a Specialist Certificate in the Professional Development of Teacher Leaders/Supervisors.

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