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No matter if you are a graduating student or a current student exploring your career choices, come embark on a fun and exciting adventure to uncover, explore and take a step closer towards achieving your dream.


This microsite will be a one-stop place for you to gain access to all information about our early childhood (EC) courses and for graduating students to find out more about the upcoming Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE).


Every adventure is going to be unique and special. So, what are you waiting for? from our Director, Mrs Loke-Yeo Teck Yong and let’s set sail!








This expedition can be confusing and intimidating, fret not! We are here to give you a rundown:  

  • How do I know if being an early childhood (EC) educator is right for me?

    Here is a checklist of what qualities you’ll need:

    • Resilience
    • In a Team (Collaboration)
    • Professionalism
    • Passion
    • Love for Learning
    • Enthusiasm


    If you have these qualities, you’re on the right path to a fulfilling EC career!

  • If I am taking my O-levels this year, when is the JAE period?

    Mark your calendars! You’ll need to take note of the following dates:

    • From Sep 2022: Learn about the different admission criteria including polytechnics and the ITE.
    • Before 30 Sep 2022: Verify your CCA records
    • 12 Jan 2023 (Tentative): Release of O-Level results
    • 12 Jan to 17 Jan 2023 (Tentative): Submit your application through the JAE Internet System (JAE-IS) using your Singpass or alternatively, the JAE PIN.
    • 2 Feb 2023: Release of posting results
  • How do I apply for EC courses via JAE?

    You can apply right after receiving your O-level results, from 12 Jan to 17 Jan (tentative), via the JAE portal. Here’s how:


    • Ensure that you meet the minimum entry requirements for the course(s) you want.
    • Put it as a choice into the JAE-Internet System.
    • You are strongly encouraged to list Diploma in Early Childhood Development & Education at both campuses (i.e. course codes N96 and T68 for NIEC’s Ngee Ann Polytechnic and Temasek Polytechnic campuses respectively) in your choices!


    For more information about JAE, visit the Ministry of Education (MOE) website.





Not sure which course to take? Click on any of the courses to learn more about them. Choose from our 3 EC courses!



PRO-TIP: You can get your training fully sponsored and receive a monthly allowance with the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) Training Award! Details here.

Lessons aren’t always in lecture theatres or classrooms at NIEC. We have special rooms that simulate real-world early childhood learning facilities.


Pro-tip: Deepen your skills with specialisations you can take in your final year*!
Both NIEC (NP) and NIEC (TP) offer the Diploma in Early Childhood Development & Education, where you can choose the Early Intervention or Mother Tongue Language Teaching - Chinese or Tamil Track at NIEC (NP) or the Visual Arts Track or Mother Tongue Language Teaching - Malay at NIEC (TP) in your third year.


*Subject to prevailing terms and conditions





How you learn is important. Yes, it’s not just textbooks here. You’ll get to go on field trips engage in microteaching (where you conduct a lesson for your peers acting as preschoolers), and more!



All pumped up and ready to get into the groove of things?
Try out these lessons, where our lecturers share their expertise with you through fun activities!


Take a look through the lens of our students' eyes! 




They are so much more than just your captains; they are also your teammates to an incredible experience! Who better to share more about your learning journey than our lecturers?


I teach a Drama module that involves various drama strategies they can apply in the classroom. I give my students roleplay scenarios to help them fully immerse themselves in the strategies. For example, I give some students the role of a teacher doing a dramatic reading of a storybook to their children! This helps them better understand the process of each strategy. 

- Ms Amelia George, lecturer 

Visual arts has always been a vital area for children’s holistic development in critical thinking, openness to new experiences and creativity. These are 21st-century competencies for a new world we face today. As we train students to be early childhood educators, it is important for them to harness the interest in the visual arts, so that they can create an encouraging and creative environment for children and be the nurturing educator alongside children.

- Mr Terence Lin, lecturer

As lecturers, we play the role of mentors too! I make time to listen to my students, especially when they are struggling to cope or need a listening ear. I always assure my students that our classroom is a safe space and they are free to express their thoughts and ask questions. Reminding them that all their questions and opinions are valued also sets an example for them. When they become teachers, they should do the same in their classroom. 


- Ms Claire Chan, lecturer


Wondering what life is like after graduation? Let’s take a trip to where you will be working.





Our alumni has more to share too! 



Of course, your journey doesn’t stop at being an educator. The Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA), who takes care of the sector, gives educators plenty of opportunities to progress to leadership roles.




Now that you’re almost at the end of the NIEC JAE adventure, let’s take the final step – apply for our courses via JAE!


Have questions? 

Here’s how you can reach out to us!

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All the best!