A natural love for children, an aptitude to build good social skills and values, and the ability to fan the flames of learning in young hearts and minds. If you check off these criteria, you should enrol in the Diploma in Early Childhood Education (ECH) and play a crucial role as an early childhood educator!
Fully accredited by ECDA, ECH is the most established professional diploma of its kind which qualifies you to teach in any pre-school in Singapore. It offers a well-developed curriculum and many exciting learning opportunities, ensuring that you embark on a fulfilling journey to a promising career.
From the first year of study, you will go on weekly attachments at childcare centres, which means you get the chance to apply and hone your skills alongside experienced teachers. You will also get to build your knowledge with foundational modules such as Child Development and Child Health & Well-being.In your second year, you will continue your weekly field practice while learning about the holistic development of a child, and curriculum planning and design. You may also get to attend a Global Education Trip (GeT) that will provide insights into the early childhood education practices in selected Asia-Pacific destinations.In the final year, you will get to choose from two exciting tracks. Early Literacy Track This track shows you how to create educational resources and literacy programmes, and develop competence in teaching literacy to children. To deepen your knowledge and skills, you will go on an internship or embark on a related project.Early Childhood Teaching This track offers two electives: ‘Physical Development & Play for Young Children’ and ‘Music & Dance for Young Children’ for you to choose. You will also work on a project that will help to improve teaching practices and/or benefit the community, as well as undergo an enhanced internship with a structured training stint and industry mentorship in a preschool setting. Eligible ECH students may also apply for training awards offered by the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) and the Social Service Awards (SSA) offered by the National Council of Social Service (NCSS) of up to $40,000. The award offers you an $800 monthly allowance, full course fee sponsorship, professional development funding, and a one-off grant of $1,050 for study-related expenses.
But that's not all that we offer. While working or teaching, choose to
deepen your skills with our Academcy for Early Childhood Education (ACE)
which offers a suite of Continuing Education Training (CET) programmes
including pedagogy, languages, early years care, special needs and
leadership, to support your professional development in this field.
With an increasing emphasis on raising the quality of early childhood education in Singapore, there are good career prospects and an abundance of training opportunities. You will be able to land a job as an early childhood educator or as a trained professional in various agencies that offer services for children and families.
ECH graduates get to enjoy up to one semester's worth of exemption for relevant degree programmes at Nanyang Technological University and National University of Singapore.You can also enjoy exemptions for the following overseas degree programmes:
AGGREGATE TYPE ELR2B2-A To be eligible for consideration, candidates must have the following GCE ‘O’ Level examination (or equivalent) results.
You must also fulfil the aggregate computation requirements for the ELR2B2-A aggregate type listed athttp://www.np.edu.sg/admissions/elr2b2* All applicants with a C5 or C6 in EL1 in the GCE ‘O’ Level examination are given two years from the point of teacher registration to obtain at least a B4 or a minimum band of 6.5 in the International Language Testing System (Academic).#Students with a D7 in Mathematics may apply for the course provided they have GCE ‘O’ Level passes (1-6) in 5 subjects (including English).** The main medium of instruction for these subjects must be in English, except for a language subject.Successful candidates are required to pass a medical examination before confirmation of acceptance to the course. See details on the medical/physical requirements below.ITE CertificateStduents with a Higher NITEC in Early Childhood Education with minimum GPA of 3 and above (inclusive of CCA bonus points) will also be eligible to apply. For more information, visit the NP Admissions website.Medical Conditions Successful candidates are required to pass a medical examination before confirmation of acceptance to the course.Whilst not comprehensive, the following medical conditions may lead to non-acceptance into the Early Childhood Education (ECH) course. Candidates who are diagnosed to have such conditions or any other medical conditions are advised to check with the Admissions Office or School of Humanities & Social Sciences before they apply.
YEAR 1 MODULES
This module introduces students to early education from the historical and philosophical perspectives. Students will gain an understanding of the principles, approaches and models of early childhood education as well as developmentally, culturally and individually appropriate practices for young children. The value and role of play in young children's lives and the overview of early childhood education in Singapore, its key stage outcomes, and the transition from pre-school to primary school will also be covered.
This module develops e-competencies by equipping students with essential computing concepts and necessary skills to use computer applications for information research, organisation, collaboration and presentation.
This module introduces foundational knowledge of the development of children from birth to eight years of age and emphasises the importance of observations in early childhood education. Students will understand, describe and respond to children's characteristics and needs based on their developmental profile.
This module focuses on integrating knowledge of development of children from birth to eight years old. Students will identify a range of influences and practices relevant to the holistic development of the child. Students will recognise and describe how culture and home contexts affect child development.
This module examines the management of children in the areas of nutrition, physical and socioemotional health, hygiene and safety. It equips students with basic skills and knowledge in promoting safety and preventive health, identifying and responding appropriately to common childhood illnesses, applying basic first aid and emergency management. Students also become familiar with issues related to child abuse and neglect such as detection, management and reporting.
This module teaches students to make use of creative arts experiences as learning tools for young children from zero to six years old. Students will be exposed to a variety of art experiences as learning tools such as singing, playing percussion instruments, listening to music, moving to music (dance), dramatisation, drawing, painting and other visual arts activities like craftwork.
This module provides a detailed understanding of the components of language arts and shows how they are incorporated in the development of language and literacy acquisition in young children. Explanations of language development will be explored with reference to psychological theories.
The module explores the roles of professionals working with children, families, other professionals and agencies in the community. A range of issues related to the profession will be examined, including the roles of educators, the stages of professional development, the code of ethics, reflective practice, and advocacy.
YEAR 2 MODULES
This module examines a range of factors in designing the learning environment and conditions that influence children's behaviour. Students will learn to conduct observations to understand the thinking and behaviour of children, reflect on the contributing factors, and use developmentally appropriate guidance strategies in the classroom setting.
This module introduces students to exceptional children, including those with physical, mental, behavioural and sensory characteristics that make them different. The module also provides an overview of legislation and programming issues involved in working with exceptional children and their families.
This module explores the dynamics of families and their roles in an evolving society. Students will examine the interdependence between home and school and understand the importance of using the community as a network and resource. The module emphasises the teachers' perspectives in using different approaches and strategies for building bridges between the home, school and community.
This module emphasises the importance of instilling a sense of curiousity and wonder in children to explore and discover their physical and social environment. Students will develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions to plan and facilitate developmentally and culturally appropriate experiences to empower young children to construct their understanding of local culture, heritage and the environment to become socially competent and responsible citizens of the community.
This module aims to provide students with an overview of quality educational programmes. Strategies that promote thinking, physical and socio-emotional development will guide the planning and design of pre-school curriculum. Students will review the different curriculum models including the Kindergarten Curriculum Framework in Singapore and develop skills in devising appropriate learning outcomes for all children. Students will also be introduced to models and curriculum approaches to support children's inquiry in a global society.
This module explores the different theoretical perspectives and practical experiences of a child's first three years. In addition, developmental and programming issues are addressed, including adult/child interaction, the child's attachment and developmentally appropriate programmes.
YEAR 3 MODULES
This module brings students through the process of classroom teaching with focus on affective, instructional and organisational interactions. The module will help students develop self-awareness of their own teaching techniques in indoor and outdoor settings, during large group and small group activity time, and in structured and unstructured environments.
This module deepens students' understanding of the physical development in children from birth to eight years old. It will include developmental changes, and individual differences in physiology and growth. The module will also equip students with the knowledge and skills to help children in three strands of learning which consist of motor skills acquisition, health and fitness, and safety awareness. Research studies on the importance of play as well as the implications and documentation of play will be covered.
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