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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, except for selected modules that will be more effective conducted face-to-face. This is subject to prevailing COVID-19 measures implemented by the government. Students will be notified at least 2 weeks prior to the commencement of modules that are conducted face-to-face.


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.

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.


**Pre-requisites for Option A
With effect from Jun 2021, the pre-requisites to the Advanced Diploma in Early Childhood Leadership (ADECL) will be replaced by these new courses:


Note: Applicants must complete Mentoring 101 before progressing to Mentoring 201.


The previous pre-requisite for ADECL, Mentoring for Professional Growth, will no longer be available after Jun 2021.


To be eligible for ADECL nomination for…

Applicants need to complete…

Oct 2022 intake

  • Mentoring for Success, OR
  • Mentoring for Professional Growth, OR
  • Mentoring Novice Teachers AND Mentoring 201 latest by Jul 2022, OR 
  • Mentoring 101 AND Mentoring 201 latest by Jul 2022

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:
6.30pm - 9.30pm


Apr 2023

18 months/
850 hours

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


Apr 2023

Please note:

  • For applicants applying for Option B: Modularised Structure, please click "Register your interest" above to be notified when applications are open.
  • 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 Success OR Mentoring for Professional Growth OR Mentoring 201 certificate
  • Passport-sized photograph
  • If you are under company sponsorship by a preschool employer:

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

Ms Oh Ling Shan

Email: OH_Ling_Shan@niec.edu.sg 

Phone: 6887 9505