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Thinking about making that career switch into early childhood? If you already have a degree* or local polytechnic diploma*, embark on the Diploma (Conversion) in Early Childhood Care & Education - Teaching course to learn all you need to know to be the best teacher for our little ones aged from 18 months to 6 years old.

 

This course was formerly known as Diploma in Early Childhood Care & Education - Teaching (Conversion). 

 

*For the full list of entry requirements, please see Entry Requirements below.

 

The course is available in Chinese here

Learn from Experts

Learn all you need to know to progress to be an early childhood educator, with guidance from our experienced lecturers.

Acquire Knowledge and Skills

Acquire knowledge and skills and understand in-depth principles and practices of early childhood education for children aged up to 6 years old.

Put Theory into Practice

Experience 300 hours of practicums at an ECDA-registered preschool to apply what you have learnt from the course.

 

What You Will Learn

 

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

Entry Requirements

  • Local Polytechnic Diploma and obtained a GCE O-level credit in English (EL1) or other English Language Acceptable Alternatives (ELAA), e.g. a minimum band 5.5 in IELTS (Academic); OR
  • Obtained a Degree with English as the medium of instruction from a state-recognised university

Upon Graduation

Upon successful completion of the course, graduates will be conferred the DECCE-T (Conversion) by NIEC. Graduates will be eligible for L2 certification* by ECDA. They will be qualified to teach Playgroup, Nursery, K1 and K2 children from 18 months to 6 years old.

 

*To be granted certification to teach up to Kindergarten levels by ECDA, new teachers must have a minimum B4 grade for English Language (EL1). Applicants who do not possess a B4 or above in GCE O-level EL1 are given 2 years from the point of teacher registration to obtain a minimum band of 6.5 in IELTS (General) or other ELAA.

Course Schedule

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Duration

Day & Time

Course Start & End Date

Campus

Apply By

13 months / 900 hours

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 9am – 6pm

01-Feb-2023
29-Feb-2024

NIEC (City)

15-Dec-2022

13 months / 900 hours

Mon - Fri: 2pm – 6pm

01-Feb-2023
29-Feb-2024

NIEC (City)

15-Dec-2022

9 months/ 900 hours

Monday to Friday: 10am – 5pm

02-Mar-2023
30-Nov-2023

NIEC (NP)

02-Jan-2023

Open For Application Soon

Duration

Day & Time

Campus

Upcoming Intakes

13 months / 900 hours

Mon - Fri:
2pm – 6pm

NIEC (City)

Jun, Sep, Nov 2023

13 months / 900 hours

3 weekdays:
9am - 6pm

NIEC (City)

May, Aug, Nov 2023

13 months / 900 hours

Mon – Fri:
2pm – 6pm

NIEC (TP)

Apr, Jul 2023

13 months / 900 hours

Mon - Fri:

2pm - 6pm

NIEC (NP)

Apr, Jul, Oct 2023

9 months / 900 hours

Mon - Fri:

10am – 5pm

NIEC (NP)

2024

Please note:

  • 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.
  • Priority will be given to applicants enrolling under the Career Conversion Programme.
  • 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 20% of lessons will be conducted face-to-face for effective learning across practice-oriented sessions, such as for child safety, child development and motor skills development. You will be expected to attend the face-to-face lessons physically. A schedule of upcoming modules will be provided to you in advance before course commencement.
  • A course orientation will also be conducted face-to-face where you will be provided with important information about the course, NIEC’s academic policies, the support that you can expect to receive as a student and connect with your community of learning. You are required to attend this session and will be notified of the date and venue 2 to 3 weeks prior to the orientation.

Before You Apply

1. Securing a practicum centre

The practicum modules are important and crucial component of your practice-oriented learning for course completion. Applicants must secure a practicum centre at an early childhood development centre by the first practicum module. In the event that you are unable to secure a practicum centre by the first practicum module or fulfil all the practicum hours that is required for graduation, you may have to defer your course. This may result in the inability to complete your course within the maximum candidature period.

 

  • Company-sponsored applicants: Your practicum centre can be the preschool you are currently working at. 
  • Self-sponsored applicants: Click here for a list of early childhood development centres. Please contact the centres directly to apply.

Please note that practicum for this course will begin approximately 2 months from the course commencement date.

 

2. Prepare the following documents:

  • Image of your NRIC (front and back) 
  • Highest formal qualification (Certificate and transcripts) 
  • Recent digital photo with a white background
  • If you are currently working in a preschool:
    • Employment Letter
  • If you are under company sponsorship by a preschool employer:

 

Early childhood educators have a responsibility to maintain the highest standards of professionalism in their work while acting in the best interests and well-being of children and their families. You will play a key role in caring for the little ones, inspiring their learning and helping them grow. 

Have questions? Talk to us!
(Mon - Fri, 9am - 4pm)

Ms Gina Lee
Email: Gina_LEE@niec.edu.sg 
Phone: 6887 9501

 

or 

 

Ms Shena Lu
Email: Shena_LU@niec.edu.sg 
Phone: 6887 9540