The WSQ Professional Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education -Teaching is a holistic educational programme which integrates child development theories into practice, and prepares trainees to work in the early childhood industry or related fields.

Students will learn a variety of educational approaches and the emphasis on creative movement and communication skills would be added assets in their work with children and families.

  • Enable students to transfer education philosophies and child development theories into practices which provide wide-ranging, multimedia and developmentally appropriate experiences for young children
  • Enable students to be skillful in their role of observation and application of knowledge of child development, in order to design a learning environment that meets the needs of each individual child
  • Present students with a variety of approaches and strategies which facilitate a creative and developmentally appropriate curriculum for young children
  • Enable students to develop interpersonal and communication skills to collaborate with fellow colleagues, parents and other professionals in the community
  • Help students design, implement and evaluate learning environments and classroom activities based on the Pre-school education curriculum framework/goals and desired outcomes set out by the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA).
Modules Duration
PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES IN EARLY CHILDHOOD CARE AND EDUCATION
Module 1
Demonstrate Understanding of the Centre’s Vision, Mission and Values (Beginning Pre-school Teacher)
60 hrs
CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND LEARNING
Module 2
• Apply Understanding of How Children (Birth to Age 8) Learn and Develop (Beginning Pre-school Teacher)
• Development in Infancy and Toddlerhood
• Development in Early Childhood
• Young Children and Play Development
• Understanding Children with Special NeedsModule 3
Apply Classroom Management Strategies, and Strategies to Observe and Document Children’s LearningModule 4
Foster Trusting, Respectful Relationships with Children through Positive Interactions with Them
180 hrs
CURRICULUM PLANNING AND PEDAGOGY
Module 5
Support Children’s Development of Secure Attachments through Warm, Consistent and Nurturing Care-givingModule 6
Integrate Respectfulness, Responsiveness and Reciprocity within the CurriculumModule 7
Evaluate Teaching and Learning Approaches Aligned to Curriculum FrameworksModule 8
Inculcate the Core Values of Early Childhood Education through Classroom Activities and Programmes (Beginning Pre-school Teacher)
• Young Children’s Language and Literacy Education
• Young Children and Numeracy Development
• Discovery of the World: Science for Young Children
• Music and Creative Movement for Young Children
• Early Childhood Visual Arts
• Motor Skills Development for ChildrenModule 9
Guide the Development and Enhancement of Self-Awareness, Self-Regulation, Social Awareness and Confidence in Children

Module 10
Set Up Quality Learning Environments (Beginning Pre-school Teacher)

480 hrs
SAFETY, HEALTH, HYGIENE AND NUTRITION
Module 11
Adhere to Health, Safety, Nutritional and Hygiene Standards and Procedures (Beginning Pre-school Teacher)
60 hrs
PARTNERSHIP WITH FAMILIES AND THE COMMUNITY
Module 12
Establish Home-Centre Partnerships (Beginning Pre-school Teacher)Module 13
Engage in Collaborative Projects with Community Stakeholders (Beginning Pre-school Teacher)
Engage in Centre Initiatives and Programmes
60 hrs
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND GROWTH: THE REFLECTIVE PRACTITIONER

Module 14
Engage in Continuous Learning and Reflective Practice (Beginning Pre-school Teacher)

• Professional Development, Reflective Practice and Continuous Learning
• Effective Communication Skills: Writing, Speech and Presentation

Module 15
Demonstrate Ethical Behaviour and Professionalism (Beginning Pre-school Teacher)

Module 16
Collaborate with Colleagues to Foster Positive Workplace Relations (Beginning Pre-school Teacher)

60 hrs
SUPERVISED TEACHING PRACTICE

Module 17
Supervised Teaching Practice

300 hrs

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This course consist of:

  • 900 classroom hours
  • 300 practicum hours

Total: 1200 hours

Duration

  • 16 months (Full-time/Place-&-Train)
  • 30 months (Part-time)

Assessment

A range of individual and group projects, quizzes, presentations, role-plays and practicum.

Note: Some projects will include practical tasks such as observation of children and implementing activities in Early Childhood classroom settings.

Award of Certificate

Upon successful completion of coursework and practicum, and a minimum of 80% attendance, students will be awarded the WSQ Professional Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education – Teaching.

Applicants should have:

Local Education Qualifications

  • 5 GCE ‘O’ Level credits, including a credit at least C6 in EL1 OR
  • 5 GCE ‘O’ Level credits and English Language Acceptable Alternatives

Foreign Education Qualifications

  • 10 years of formal education in English as a medium of instruction and passed state exam with credits in 5 different subjects OR required to pass English Language OR
  • Degree with English as medium of instruction from state recognised university OR required to pass English Language Acceptable Alternatives

Please click here for the list of English Language Acceptable Alternatives.

Please click here for the local student Course fees details.

International Student $17,098.60

Course fees are subjected to changes without prior notice. For a full schedule of the miscellaneous fees, please click here.

SkillsFuture Credit (For Self-fund applicants only)

Singaporeans aged 25 years and above can use their SkillsFuture Credit to defray course nett fees. To find out your SkillsFuture Credit balance, please login to www.myskillsfuture.gov.sg/credit using your Singpass.

Professional Conversion Programme (PCP) for Pre-School Teachers (Optional)

The Professional Conversion Programme (PCP) for Pre-School Teachers is jointly offered by the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA), SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) and Workforce Singapore (WSG). It is designed to equip mid-career individuals who aspire to become Pre-school Teachers with the necessary qualifications and skills. The PCP operates in the mode under which the participating pre-school operators will employ eligible trainees before the commencement of the WSQ Professional Diploma-Teaching full-time course. Successful trainees under this PCP will receive monthly salary and course sponsorship from employer and undertake commitment to signing of bond.

Eligibility criteria for PCP applicants who:

  • Singapore Citizen (SC) or Permanent Resident (PR) aged 21 years and above
  • Graduated or completed National Service, whichever is later, at least two years prior at the point of application;
  • Have fulfilled the minimum course entry requirements;
  • New hires should be hired for not more than six months;
  • New hires must not be in the same job role prior to joining the PCP;
  • New hires must not be a shareholder of the PCP company, or its related companies;
  • New hires must not be related to the owner(s) of the PCP company; and
  • New hires must not be immediate ex-staff of PCP company or its related companies.