Diploma in





First of its Kind

The only such diploma course in Singapore, with a curriculum that is taught in Tamil and English.


Real-World Learning

Learn outside the classroom with cultural immersion locally and abroad.


Industry Recognition

Conducted by the National Institute of Early Childhood Development (NIEC) in collaboration with Ngee Ann Polytechnic at the NIEC (NP) campus, and recognised by the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA).


year 01

Get an introduction to Tamil history, literature and culture. You'll also learn about child development and early education practices.

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

year 02

Continue your cultural journey through modules such as Introduction to Tamil Film & Performing Arts and Tamil Arts & the Contemporary Society. Explore the role of an educator and gain insights into the socio-emotional wellbeing of children.

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

year 03

Deepen your knowledge in curriculum planning, classroom management, and the psychology of exceptional children. Complete a three-month internship at a pre-school.

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

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Tamil Studies with Early Education (N95)

For Students with ‘O’ Levels

ELR2B2-A (2018) – 21

Planned Intake (2018) – 30

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*
  • Higher Tamil OR 1 - 4
  • Tamil1 - 2
  • Any three other subjects**1 - 6

You must also have sat for Mathematics (Elementary/Additional) and fulfil the aggregate computation requirements.

*To be granted teacher certification status to teach up to Kindergarten levels by Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA), new teachers must have a minimum of a B4 grade for English Language (EL). Those with a C5 or C6 in EL are given 2 years from the point of teacher registration to obtain either a B4 or any acceptable EL alternatives. Click here for the list of acceptable EL alternatives.

** 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 confirming acceptance to the course.

Medical Conditions

The following medical conditions may lead to non-acceptance into the course.
Candidates are advised to check with the Admissions Office or the School of Humanities & Social Sciences before they apply.

  • Active Tuberculosis
  • Uncontrolled Epilepsy
  • Psychiatric Condition
  • Uncontrolled Asthma
  • Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS)
  • Legal Blindness
  • Uncontrolled Hypertension
  • Uncontrolled Diabetes
  • Profound Deafness

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.