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Enhance your capabilities

The course provides upgrading opportunities for teachers especially from the Early Intervention Programme for Infant and Children (EIPIC) Centres and other early childhood settings, such as integrated childcare programmes that wish to enhance their capabilities to support young children with special needs.

Deepen your knowledge

Learn all about early childhood special education, including typical and atypical child development, issues and trends in special needs and early childhood intervention, and early literacy and numeracy. Equip yourself with intervention strategies and ways to collaborate with parents and other professionals.

Industry Recognition

The only course recognised by National Council of Social Services (NCSS) for the training of EIPIC centres.

The 450-hour ADESN comprises three PDCs. A Certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of each PDC.

  • Part-time: PDC 1: 6 months/150 hours
  • Part-time: PDC 2: 6 months/150 hours
  • Part-time: PDC 3: 6 months/150 hours


Note: This course will be conducted via online learning until further notice.

What You Will Learn

Click here for a complete list of modules that will be covered in the course.

Entry Requirements

  • Diploma in Early Childhood Care & Education - Teaching (DECCE-T) or acceptable equivalent; OR 
  • Diploma in Special Education (DISE); OR 
  • Certificate in Special Education (CISE) and 2 GCE A-Level credits; OR 
  • Diploma or Degree in a related field of study (Psychology, Social Work, Human Services) from a recognised tertiary institution; AND 
  • Have at least 1 year of relevant work experience in teaching children (aged 0 - 6) with special needs

In addition, for students undertaking the Advanced Diploma in Early Childhood Intervention (Special Needs), the practicum must be carried out in the Early Intervention Programme for Infants and Children (EIPIC) centres. 


Priority will be given to applicants sponsored by EIPIC Centres, other EC Intervention Programmes, and Early Childhood Development Centres with DS Plus programmes. Other EC educators may wish to apply for PDC 1 of SDELS

Upon Graduation

Upon completion of three PDCs within the three-year validity period, graduates will be conferred the ADESN by NIEC and will be fully trained as early intervention teachers, as certified by the National Council of Social Services (NCSS).

Course Schedule

Open For Application Soon


Day & Time


Upcoming Intakes

18 months/450 hours

3 Weekdays: 6.30pm to 9.30pm



Please note:

  • Course schedule and venue are subject to changes. NIEC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel any programme and amend information without prior notice. 
  • Classes will only commence if the minimum class size is met. A confirmation email will be sent to you at least 3 weeks before course commencement.
  • Priority will be given to company-sponsored applicants.

Before you apply

Securing a practicum centre

The practicum module is an important and crucial component of your practice-oriented learning for course completion. Applicants must have successfully secured a practicum centre at an early childhood development centre at the point of application. 

  • Company-sponsored applicants: Your practicum centre can be the EIPIC centre you are currently working at. 
  • Self-sponsored applicants: Click here for a list of EIPIC centres. Please contact the centres directly to apply.

Please note that practicum for this course will begin approximately 1 year from the course commencement date.


Documents to prepare

  • Diploma in Early Childhood Care & Education - Teaching (DECCE-T) or acceptable equivalent (Certificate and transcripts); OR
  • Diploma or Degree in a related field of study (Psychology, Social Work, Human Services) from a recognised tertiary institution (Certificate and transcripts)
  • Employment letter (dated recent 3 months) for us to understand your current designation
  • Supporting documents to prove minimum one-year work experience with special needs children
  • For those not employed in an EIPIC centre, to provide supporting documents to show that practicum placement has been successfully secured at an EIPIC centre
  • Company sponsorship letter (for those under company sponsorship)
  • Image of your NRIC (front and back)
  • Recent digital photo with a white background


Have questions? Talk to us!
(Mon - Fri, 9am - 5.30pm)

Ms Jolene Teo
Email: Jolene_TEO@niec.edu.sg
Phone: 6904 2623