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Acquire specialised skills

Gain proficiency in administering screening tools and learn how to support children with mild developmental needs as a Learning Support Educator.

Advance your career

For preschool teachers who have been practising for at least 2 years and wish to be a fully trained Learning Support Educator.

Industry recognition

Be awarded with 2 Post-Diploma Certificates in the Foundations of Learning Support in Pre-schools and in Learning Support Practice.

Note: This course will be conducted via online learning until further notice.

Skills-Based Modular Courses (SBMC) and Professional Development Programme (PDP)

Modules in this course are offered as Skills-Based Modular Courses (SBMC). Applicants under the Professional Development Programme for Teachers [PDP(T)] may also apply for these modular courses. Learn more here


SkillsFuture Study Award for Early Childhood Sector

For Singapore Citizens with at least 3 years of work experience in the early childhood sector, you may wish to consider applying for the SkillsFuture Study Award for Early Childhood Sector. Awarded recipients will receive a bond-free cash award of $5000 which can be used to defray out-of-pocket expenses associated with the course that you are embarking on. For more information on the award and its eligibility criteria, please click here. For enquiries, please contact ECDA_PP@ecda.gov.sg.

What You Will Learn

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

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for SDELS [PDC 1 only], candidates need to meet the following criteria:

  • Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education-Teaching (DECCE-T) or acceptable equivalent; or

  • Diploma in Special Needs (DISE); or

  • Certificate in Special Needs (CISE) and 2 A-level credits; or

  • Diploma or Degree in a related field (Psychology, Social Work, Human Services) from a recognised tertiary institution; and

  • Have worked in an early childhood setting.

In addition to the above requirements, candidates for SDELS (both PDC 1 & PDC 2) are required to:

  • Be hired as LSEds by ECDC or Therapy Hubs that provide the Development Support (DS) and Learning Support (LS); and

  • Have at least 1 year of working experience with children.

Please note:

  • Completion of PDC 1 is a pre-requisite for PDC 2.
  • Candidates must qualify as L2 teachers and hired as LSEd before taking up PDC 2.
  • Candidates who do not have early childhood training but have at least an equivalence of a Polytechnic Diploma and found to be suitable by ECDC or Therapy Hubs for the role of an LSEd can embark on 120 hours of Child Development modules from the DECCE-T offered as Skills-based Modular Courses (SBMC).

Upon Graduation

Upon successful completion of the 2 PDCs within the 2-year validity period, graduates will be conferred the SDELS by NIEC and will be fully trained as Learning Support Educators.

Course Schedule

Open For Application Soon


Day & Time


Upcoming Intakes

16 months/
270 hours



Sep 2021

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.

Before You Apply

Securing a practicum centre

The practicum module is an important and crucial component of your practice-oriented learning for course completion. Applicants must have successfully secured a practicum centre at an early childhood development centre at the point of application. 


  • 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 9 months from course commencement date.


Documents to prepare

  • Image of your NRIC (front and back)
  • Highest formal education qualifications (Certificates and transcripts)
  • Recent digital photo with a white background
  • Past employment letter to prove a minimum of 1 year of work experience with children
  • If you are currently working in a preschool:
    • Employment Letter
  • If you are under company sponsorship by a preschool employer:

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

Ms Jolene Teo
Email: Jolene_TEO@niec.edu.sg
Phone: 6904 2623