Specialist Certificate in the Professional Development of Teacher Leader/ Supervisors


Please download the application forms under the ‘Application Details’ section. Course fees will be updated as soon as they are available.


  • 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 meant for teacher leaders, staff developers, Heads of Department and supervisors who are engaged in the planning of language professional development programmes for in-service ELT teachers.


The course aims to achieve the following objectives:

  • enable participants to be aware of the different models and practices in the area of Continuous Professional Development for language teachers
  • enable participants to articulate the principles which underpin in-service training decisions for language education
  • raise awareness of best practices and key principles of training for the purpose of professional development and training of in-service teachers of English
  • give participants an opportunity to design, plan and resource professional development programmes suited to their work contexts
  • equip participants with the knowledge and skills needed for classroom observation and holding pre and post-observation conferencing with teachers about language teaching and learning


3 weeks (54 hours) 


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



Course Components


  • Teacher professional journey and teacher career stages
  • Continuous teacher development (TD) and four traditions in TD
  • Critical incidents
  • Qualities of a trainer and what trainers need to know
  • Differences between English teaching and training teachers
  • Train-the-trainer and designing a training workshop for teachers
  • Formulating aim and objectives and selecting relevant content
  • Learning approaches for adult learners
  • Observing and giving feedback Teacher leadership (formal and informal) and the REACH Model
  • Roles and responsibilities of a teacher leader
  • Skills and dispositions expected of a teacher leader
  • Mentoring, coaching, counselling and consulting roles
  • Being a coach and being a mentor GROW(TH) model of coaching
  • Roles and responsibilities of a supervisor Instructional supervision
  • Performance management and appraisal
  • Key Performance Indicators
  • Dealing with difficult/marginal/underperforming teachers

Admission Requirements

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

  1. A Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent qualifications) in Linguistics, English Language, TESOL, or Education;
  2. At least 2 years of teaching experience; preference will be given to candidates who are staff developers, teacher leaders (i.e. senior teachers/master teachers) or supervisors or heads of department; and
  3. Minimum English language proficiency of B1 (CEFR) or its equivalent.

Application Details

Closing Date : 06 March 2025

To apply for this course, please submit the following documents to our email address at sa@relc.org.sg.

  • Application Form (completed and endorsed)
  • Officially certified copies of the applicant’s certificates of degrees/diplomas
  • Officially certified copies of the applicant’s transcripts. 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.)
  • Two reference letters (The two reference letters can be from an academic staff who has supervised you or a current/previous employer.)
  • Officially certified copies of current/valid IELTS or official TOEFL results for applicants from non-English medium education systems

Note: Shortlisted candidates not residing in Singapore will be required to undergo a medical examination in their home countries as part of the application process. We will provide the necessary details to them in due course.

Please submit a soft copy of the above documents to RELC via email at sa@relc.org.sg


Year 2025 Course Fees

To be confirmed

* Course fees exclude 9% GST, which will be added during payment.


  • 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 SGD 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 SGD 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 are 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.

Graduation Requirements

To complete the course successfully, the candidate must satisfy the below criteria. 

  • 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.