SDEA Drama Pedagogy Course


This Drama Pedagogy course provides participants with fundamental pedagogical knowledge and skills to help them create meaningful and imaginative learning experiences for their students with drama. The course results in a Certificate of Completion recognised by the National Arts Council since 2016 and is the only part-time drama pedagogical course for professionals in Singapore.


Get more with the Revised version!

As part of our efforts to continuously improve the relevance and standard of the programme to suit the current market needs, the programme has been extended from 40 hours to 49 hours.


The key differences are:

  • The extension of the Drama as Critical Pedagogy module to allow more time for participants to delve deeper into the content covered in the module.
  • The inclusion of an introduction to contract law under the Professional Code of Practice module to address a key topic that will be especially beneficial for participants.
  • The restructuring of the Assessment and Evaluation course into two separate modules to allow participants to understand the key differences between assessment and evaluation.


Course Objectives:

  • Develop greater awareness of the role and impact of a drama educator in the Singapore context
  • Understand the creative potential of drama-based pedagogies that aim to foster students’ curiosity, empathy and criticality
  • Understand key components of lesson planning and acquire skills in planning developmentally appropriate drama lesson for target group
  • Manage resources and the physical environment as part of classroom management



Minimum Requirements:

  • The course is suitable for educators with at least 2 years of minimum classroom experience. 


Course Schedule:

Two new intakes for the course are available.


Course run

Course dates

Compulsory Orientation

Closing Date

6th Intake


5th October 2020 to 17th November 2020

3rd October 2020

14th September 2020

7th Intake

1st February 2021 to 16th March 2021

30th January 2021

30th November 2020



The full course module outline and course schedule details including dates and times details can be found on the SDEA website here. 



NAC-AEP Subsidy


Arts instructors who meet the following criteria may enjoy a 50% course fee subsidy and will pay only S$625.00 after the course fee subsidy.


  • Have at least two years of teaching experience in schools AND
  • Proficient in English language AND
  • Are Approved to conduct programmes under the NAC-AEP 2017/2018 and 2019/2020 OR
  • Have Conducted NAC supported programmes


Arts instructors who meet the criteria and is a member of SDEA will enjoy a 70% course fee subsidy.  They will pay only $375.00 after the course fee subsidy. Applicant can apply to be an SDEA member here.


Applicants must attain a full 100% attendance in the course and be certified competent in order to be eligible for the funding. Failing which the individual is liable to forfeit the subsidy and bear the full course fee.



SDEA Member Discount

Arts instructors who are SDEA members are entitled to 20% off from the full course fee and pay only $1000.00 (including admin and registration fees). There is an additional 5% Early Bird Discount so SDEA members who register before before the closing date  will enjoy a total of 25% off and will pay S$937.50.



Additional 5% Early Bird Discount


Arts instructors who are not eligible for NAC-AEP subsidy may enjoy 5% off if they register before before the closing date  and will pay S$1187.50.



SkillsFuture Credit Eligibility

Singaporeans above 25 years old who are eligible for SkillsFuture Credit can apply for a claim for this course here.


Skills Future Credit claims must be submitted at least one day before course start date.



UTAP (Union Training Assistance Programme) Eligibility

This course has been approved for UTAP support.


Please note that members are required to fulfil the following conditions to be eligible for UTAP reimbursement:


  • Paid-up union membership before course commencement, throughout whole course duration and at the point of claim
  • Course by training provider must be supported under UTAP, and training must commence within the supported period
  • Course must not be funded through company sponsorship or other types of funding
  • Unfunded course fee must be S$20.00 and above
  • Member must achieve a minimum of 75% attendance for each application and sat for all prescribed examination(s), if any
  • UTAP application must be submitted within 6 months after course completion

You may find this course at the course directory here.



SDEA Tina Sergeant Professional Development Initiative (TSPDI)


You may apply for TSPDI here if you meet the application criteria for TSPDI.



To register for the course, please refer to SDEA website here.


For all course enquiries, please contact SDEA directly at 63456997 or


The SDEA Drama Pedagogy Course satisfies the minimum pedagogical requirement for Theatre instructors wishing to conduct NAC-AEP Experience programmes from 2017 onwards. It is NOT compulsory to attend NAC-supported pedagogy training courses if you are not involved in NAC-AEP.