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With the launch of the refreshed Skills Framework for Early Childhood (SFw) in Oct 2021 and the Leadership Development Framework (LDF) in Mar 2022, the content of the Advanced Diploma in Early Childhood Leadership has been revised and is now renamed as Advanced Diploma in Early Childhood Centre Leadership.

 

Please refer to this FAQ document for more detailed information on the revised ADECL.

 

Building quality learning environments

Lead in evaluating and formulating curriculum designs and pedagogical approaches that provide holistic and meaningful inclusive learning experiences and quality care for children.

Strengthen leadership skills

Focus on building self-management, resilience, critical thinking, and decision-making to solve daily challenges or come up with innovative ideas to solve problems.

Practice-oriented learning

Learn to develop systems, processes and ethical guidelines to effectivity operate and meet centre’s goals.

Skills-Based Modular Courses (SBMC)

The following 2 modules under PDC 1 of this course are offered as Skills-Based Modular Courses (SBMC):

 

  • Designing Early Childhood Programmes (DECP)
  • Leading in Curriculum & Pedagogy (LDCP)

 

What You Will Learn

Click here for a complete list of modules that will be covered in the course.

Entry Requirements

Option A: Full Qualification

  • Be nominated by an Early Childhood Development Centre;
  • Have completed an ECDA-recognised diploma in early childhood care and education or equivalent;
  • Be an ECDA-certified Level 2 preschool educator;
  • Have at least 4 years of trained teaching experience post-L2 certification and be appointed to Senior, Deputy Lead or Lead roles; and
  • Have completed the pre-requisite CPD courses as identified by ECDA and offered by NIEC.

The nomination period for the ADECL intake commencing in Apr 2023 will be from 10 Oct to 25 Nov 2022. Late nominations will not be accepted. An e-form link will be made available when the nomination period starts on 10 Oct 2022.

 

Note: The SkillsFuture Study Award scheme has been discontinued from 1 Apr 2022 onwards. The Oct 2021 intake was the last intake for the study award. 

 

Option B: Modularised Structure

To be eligible for PDC 1, you will need to

  • Have completed an ECDA-recognised diploma in early childhood care and education or equivalent;
  • Be an ECDA-certified Level 2 preschool educator;
  • Have at least 4 years of trained teaching experience post-L2 certification.

To progress to PDC 2, you will need to

  • Fulfil all the entry requirements for Option A.

Applicants who are interested in applying for PDC 1 as a CPD or under Option B, may apply from Jan 2023 onwards.

 

Priority will be given to applicants who undergo the full qualification ADECL (i.e. applicants who have been nominated by their centres and successfully approved by NIEC).

 


Pre-requisites for Option A

To be eligible for the revised ADECL Apr 2023 intake, applicants need to complete or be registered for the following 3 pre-requisite CPD courses before applying.

1. [NEW] Developing a Professional Portfolio for Educators (DPPE) (Open for application)

2. [NEW] Essentials of Leadership (ESLP) (launching in Mar 2023)

The following CPD courses can be recognised as a pre-requisite in lieu of the ESLP:

    • “Developing the Leader in Me” a PDP(T) compulsory module by NIEC, or
    • “Senior Teacher Series Leadership Essentials for Senior Teachers” by ECDA

3. Mentoring 201: Bringing Out the Best in EC Educators (Mentoring 201)

Upon Graduation

Upon completion of the two PDCs, graduates will be conferred the ADECL by NIEC, and qualify for leadership appointments at early childhood development centres.

Course Schedule

Open For Application Soon

Duration

Day & Time

Campus

Upcoming Intakes

18 months/
818 hours

Mon, Wed & Fri,

6.30pm to 9.30pm*

NIEC (NP)

Apr 2023 (Nomination Period will be from 10 Oct to 25 Nov 2022)

18 months/
818 hours

Mon, Wed & Fri,

6.30pm to 9.30pm*

NIEC (TP)

Apr 2023 (Nomination Period will be from 10 Oct to 25 Nov 2022)

*For the following 3 modules, the lesson schedule will be Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm:

PDC 1

  • Leading Self (3 days); and
  • Supporting Diversity and Inclusive Practices (5 days)

PDC 2

  • Collaborative Leadership (5 days)

 

Please note:

  • For applicants applying for Option B: Modularised Structure, please click "Register your interest" above to be notified when applications are open.
  • Course schedule and venue are subject to changes. NIEC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel any programme and amend information without prior notice. 
  • Classes will only commence if the minimum class size is met. A confirmation email will be sent to you at least 3 weeks before course commencement.
  • Limited seats are available and applicants will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Applicants will be given priority for the next intake if seats are all taken up.
  • Your learning is important to us, and we have designed our lessons to facilitate your optimal learning experience for this course. Our courses are largely conducted online and around 1% of lessons will be conducted face-to-face for effective learning. You will be expected to attend the face-to-face lessons physically. Students will be notified at least 2 weeks prior to the commencement of modules that are conducted face-to-face.

Before You Apply

Documents to prepare (in soft copy):

  • NRIC
  • Early childhood qualification certificate and transcripts
  • ECDA LON letter
  • Letter of Employment (dated within 3 months or supplemented with recent salary slip)
  • Proof of Completion or Registration of the following pre-requisite CPD courses:
    • Developing a Professional Portfolio for Educators (DPPE);
    • Essentials of Leadership (ESLP); and
    • Mentoring 201: Bringing Out the Best in EC Educators.
  • Proof of Occupational Title (e.g. screenshot from One@ECDA portal)
  • Passport-sized photograph
  • If you are under company sponsorship by a preschool employer:

Have questions? Email us!

Ms Oh Ling Shan

Email: adecl@niec.edu.sg