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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 fully trained to provide learning support in the Development Support and Learning Support (DS-LS) programme & Inclusive Support Programme (InSP). 

EC sector recognition

Be awarded with the Specialist Diploma in Early Childhood Learning Support (SDELS). 

Note: This course will be conducted via online learning, except for selected modules that will be more effective conducted face-to-face. This is subject to prevailing COVID-19 measures implemented by the government. Students will be notified at least 2 weeks prior to the commencement of modules that are conducted face-to-face.

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

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 a Learning Support Educator (LSEd) by either an Early Childhood Development Centre (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, graduates will be conferred the SDELS by NIEC and will be fully trained to provide learning support in the Development Support and Learning Support (DS-LS) programme & Inclusive Support Programme (InSP).

Course Schedule

Open For Application Soon


Day & Time


Upcoming Intakes

13 months / 270 hours

PDC1: Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 6.30pm – 9.30pm

PDC2: Monday and Friday: 2.30pm – 5.30pm


Sep 2023

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.


Administration Fee for Module Exemption Requests

Applicants are strongly encouraged to take up the full SDELS qualification. Those who wish to apply for module exemptions may do so at the point of course application. Please note that there will be a one-time administration fee of $120 (before GST) per student. The fee is non-refundable and will apply regardless of the module exemption outcome.

Before You Apply

1. Prepare the following documents (soft copy):

  • 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 and not sponsored by preschool employer:
    • Employment Letter, indicating your designation, eg. hired as a LSEd
    • A letter/ email to state that the centre is agreeable to host, support and guide you for practicum. Do note that you will be billed for the full practicum supervision charges of up to $3000 by NIEC.
  • 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: 6887 9529