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Deepen your knowledge

Lead in the review, planning, and implementation of holistic curriculum. Foster a culture of collaboration, continuous learning and professionalism among teachers and lead them in strategic partnerships with stakeholders. 

Strengthen leadership skills

Learn to manage centre operations, including Human Resource Management matters, industry regulations and crisis management, and attain skills for Curriculum Leadership in an Early Childhood Setting.

Practice-oriented learning

Take 1-year leadership practicums, which focus on action research to solve daily challenges or come up with innovative ideas to solve problems.

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

Skills-Based Modular Courses (SBMC) and Professional Development Programme (PDP)

Modules in PDC 1 of this course are offered as Skills-Based Modular Courses (SBMC). Applicants under the Professional Development Programme for Teachers [PDP(T)] may also apply for these modular courses. Learn more here.


SkillsFuture Study Award for Early Childhood Sector

For Singapore Citizens with at least 3 years of work experience in the early childhood sector, you may wish to consider applying for the SkillsFuture Study Award for Early Childhood Sector. Awarded recipients will receive a bond-free cash award of $5000 which can be used to defray out-of-pocket expenses associated with the course that you are embarking on. For more information on the award and its eligibility criteria, please click here. For enquiries, please contact ECDA_PP@ecda.gov.sg.

What You Will Learn

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

Entry Requirements

Option A: ADECL Full Qualification

  • Have completed an ECDA-recognised diploma in early childhood care and education.
  • Be an ECDA-certified Level 2 preschool teacher.
  • Have met the competency level for Senior Preschool Teacher (with reference to the Skills Map).
  • Have completed the pre-requisite core course(s) as identified by ECDA and offered by NIEC.
  • Entry to ADECL Full Qualification is by nomination through ECDA only. Click here to find out more about the ADECL nomination process. 


Option B: Modularised Structure

  • ECDA certified L2 preschool teacher who have completed an ECDA-recognised diploma in early childhood care and education; with at least 3 years of trained teaching experience. 
  • Candidates are to produce PDC 1 Certificate and/or Statement of Results prior to progression to PDC 2 (subject to meeting the full eligibility criteria).
  • Entry to ADECL PDC 2 and 3 is by nomination through ECDA only. Click here to find out more about the ADECL nomination process.

Priority will be given to applicants who have been nominated by their centres and successfully approved by ECDA.

Upon Graduation

Upon completion of three PDCs within the 3-year validity period, graduates will be conferred the ADECL by NIEC, and qualify for leadership appointments at early childhood development centres.

Course Schedule

Open For Application Soon


Day & Time


Upcoming Intakes

18 months/
850 hours

3 weekdays:
3pm – 6pm


Jul 2021

18 months/
850 hours

3 weekdays:
6.30pm - 9.30pm


Oct 2021

18 months/
850 hours

2 weekdays:
6.30pm - 9.30pm & Sat:
9am - 2pm/3pm


Oct 2021

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.
  • Limited seats are available and applicants will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Applicants will be given priority for the next intake if seats are all taken up.

Before You Apply

Documents to prepare (in soft copy)

  • NRIC
  • Early childhood qualification certificate and transcripts
  • ECDA LON letter
  • Preschool employment letter
  • Recent payslip 
  • Mentoring for Professional Growth Certificate
  • Passport-sized photograph
  • If you are under company sponsorship by a preschool employer:

Have questions? Talk to us!
(Mon - Fri, 9am - 4pm)

Mr Lim Jenq Jye
Email: LIM_Jenq_Jye@niec.edu.sg
Phone: 6904 1861