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Diploma in

Early Childhood Development & Education


If you love interacting with children and have a strong interest in early childhood education, then why not play an active role in shaping a child’s growth with our Diploma in Early Childhood Development & Education (ECDE)?

This course is conducted by the National Institute of Early Childhood Development (NIEC) in collaboration with Ngee Ann Polytechnic at the NIEC (NP) campus. The qualification is recognised by the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) for graduates to register and practise as a preschool teacher in Singapore.

Upon graduation, you will become a certified preschool teacher. You can go on to upgrade your career through post-diploma programmes at NIEC or embark on a local degree programme with up to one-semester exemption.
Practice-oriented Training
Gain relevant work experience through a 22-week internship and two practicum attachments.
ECDA Training Award
Full-course sponsorship, professional development funding and a one-off grant for study-related expenses.
Professional Development
Get opportunities to upgrade your career through post-diploma programmes.

Entry Requirements



Candidates must have the following GCE 'O' Level examination (or equivalent) results.

  • 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 preschool teachers.

You must also fulfil the aggregate computation requirements for the ELR2B2-A Aggregate Type.

ELR2B2-A Aggregate Type >

* 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 in ‘O’ Level English (English as a First Language) or English Language Acceptable 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.


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

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Application Information

  • Range of Net ELR2B2 for 2021 JAE

    5 to 18
  • Planned Intake (2021)



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Diploma in Early Childhood Development & Education (N96)