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

Range of Net ELR2B2 for 2019 JAE
8 to 22

Planned Intake (2019​)

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

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 have sat for Mathematics (Elementary/Additional) and fulfil the aggregate computation requirements for the ELR2B2-A aggregate type listed here.

To be granted teacher certification status to also teach English up to Kindergarten levels by Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA), new teachers must have a min of a B4 for GCE ‘O’ level English Language (EL).


* 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. 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.







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.