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Teaching in special education schools

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Minimum requirements to be a SPED teacher

The minimum requirements are based on the type of qualification you have:

Local GCE A-Level or diploma

You must have 1 of the following:

  • Polytechnic diploma.
  • Diploma from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA).
  • Diploma from Lasalle College of the Arts.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma.
  • Any other equivalent or relevant qualifications.

International special education qualifications

You must have all of the following:

  1. Bachelor’s or Masters degree in special education.
  2. Teaching practicum at a special education school as part of your studies.
  3. Transcript showing special education teaching practicum and English Language competence, if your degree was not conducted in English.

Degree holders are also welcome to apply. 


You will receive a starting monthly salary of $2,620 to $3,120 while undergoing your untrained teaching stint in school. 

Your exact salary would depend on factors such as:

  • Your academic training.
  • Your relevant experience to teaching.
  • Time spent on your job.

You can contact the SPED school that you are interested in on the types of benefits that you will be eligible for.

Information on salaries is accurate at the point of publication but may be subject to review and change.

How to apply

Apply directly to one of the SPED schools. Applications are open year-round.

In-service MOE teachers may be considered for secondment to a SPED school through the annual Open Posting Exercise.

For untrained teachers

As an untrained teacher, you will have to experience a teaching stint with the SPED school. During which, the school will assess your suitability and nominate you for the mandatory Diploma in Special Education (DISE) programme conducted by the National Institute of Education. The DISE is fully funded by MOE.

If you are successfully enrolled in the DISE, you will receive a training allowance from the school. Upon successful completion, you will serve a bond of 3 years with the SPED school.

For trained teachers

As a trained teacher, you will receive in-service professional development opportunities to continue building your knowledge and skills and help you reach your career aspirations. 

The SPED Teaching Profession: Journeys of Excellence Package seeks to empower trained teachers’ professional development and growth as well as provide opportunities for continuous learning and development. The social service agencies running the SPED schools will implement this package with the support of MOE.


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