Diploma in


Diploma conducted by the National Institute of Early Childhood Development (NIEC) in collaboration with Ngee Ann Polytechnic, recognized by Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA).​


Practice-based Learning 

Practice-based Learning

A 22-week student internship programme and two practicum attachments ensure relevant work experience.

ECDA Training Awards 

ECDA Training Awards

Full course fee sponsorship, professional development funding and a one-off grant for study-related expenses.

Professional Development 

Professional Development

Opportunities for career upgrade through post-diploma programmes.


Year 01

Build a strong foundation in understanding child development, early childhood care and education for infants and young children. Apply and hone your skills alongside experienced teachers on weekly field practicum.

For a complete listing and description of the modules, click here.

Year 02

Strengthen your knowledge in the holistic development of a child including helping the child to become a curious learner and a problem solver. Pick up skills on curriculum planning and design, ​and bring your skills to the next level with field practicum.

For a complete listing and description of the modules, click here.

Year 03

Deepen your knowledge in your area of interest with a suite of electives like “Music & Dance for Young Children” or modules in the Early Intervention track. Go on a six-month student internship programme to put your skills and knowledge into practice.

For a complete listing and description of the modules, click here.


Early Childhood Development & Education

For Students with O-Levels

Entry Requirements


To be eligible for consideration, candidates must have the following GCE O-Level examination (or equivalent) results.

  • Subject O-LEVEL GRADE
  • English Language 1 - 6 *
  • Mathematics (Elementary/Additional) ** 1 - 6 #
  • Any three other subjects ** 1 - 6

Candidates would need to be certified medically fit for study by a certified medical doctor, and to work with children according to ECDA’s medical requirements for pre-school teachers.


*All applicants with a C5 or C6 in EL in the GCE O-Level examination are given two years from the point of teacher registration ​to obtain at least a B4 or or any acceptable EL alternatives. Click here for the list of acceptable EL alternatives.

#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.

Early Admissions Exercise (EAE)

The exercise is now closed. ​

Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE)

The exercise is now closed.

Direct Admissions Exercise (DAE)

The exercise is now closed.​

For Students with Other Qualifications

Click here to find out more on entry requirements and admissions exercise periods for qualifications such as N(A)-Level, A-Level, ITE, IP, IB and more.