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About Course

This course will equip Diploma-trained EC educators with additional knowledge and skills to work with children with developmental needs included in the regular EC settings.

Enhance your capabilities

Gain the knowledge and skills to work with children with additional needs in regular early childhood settings.

Put theory to practice

Acquire knowledge about children with diverse needs and apply principles of differentiation within teaching and learning activities.

Build culture of collaboration

Apply strategies to build a culture of communication and collaboration within the school, and with families, professionals, and other stakeholders.

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


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

All modules in the CIP are offered as SBMCs and will be recognised as modular courses for the Professional Development Programme for Teachers (PDP-T). Learn more here.


What You Will Learn

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

Entry Requirements

ECDA-certified L2 preschool teachers who:

  • Have been practising for at least one year; and
  • Have successfully completed the Diploma in Early Childhood Care & Education – Teaching (DECCE-T) or its equivalent.

Note: Students need to have ongoing access to children who may have additional needs in early childhood settings.

Upon Graduation

Upon successful completion of the course, graduates will be conferred the Certificate in Inclusive Practice (CIP) by NIEC. 

How to Apply

CIP comprises 7 modules, subdivided into 3 clusters. You may apply for this course as:

  • 3 Skills-Based Modular Courses (SBMCs) [Clusters A, B and C] OR
  • 7 singular SBMC units [7 modules] OR
  • A full qualification.

Each SBMC or SBMC unit will be stackable towards the full qualification. By completing all 3 SBMCs or 7 singular SBMC units, you will be able to attain the full Certificate.

Please note that the full qualification will only be available in 2022.


  • Students must complete CIP Cluster A and meet the minimum attendance requirements, before progressing to CIP Cluster B or C.

  • Students will be allowed to progress to CIP Cluster B before the release of results for CIP Cluster A. However, should they fail any of the modules, they will be required to re-take and pass the respective module(s) in order to successfully complete the course.

Course Schedule




Upcoming intakes

CIP Cluster A

Apply for Cluster A


1. Introduction to Early Childhood Inclusive Practice (ECIP)

This module provides students with broad understanding of the emerging and ongoing trends of inclusion; the programme philosophy of inclusion; quality of inclusion and how it differs from special needs education. Students will revisit the images of the child, the teachers and families, as perceived images will affect their roles in including children.

15 hours

Apply for ECIP

Jun 2021

2. Learning Differences in Children (LDIC)

This module covers behaviours, needs and strengths of children with disabilities, as they are key to identifying and applying appropriate strategies and understanding the types of support required for their learning.

15 hours

Apply for LDIC

3. Learning Environment for Inclusive Practice (LEIP)

In this module, students will learn about the role that the learning environment plays in the successful inclusion of young children. Key areas such as classroom climate, modelling of inclusive language, and intentionality of the curriculum will be explored.

15 hours

Apply for LEIP

CIP Cluster B

Apply for Cluster B

4. Classroom and Behaviour Management (CLBM)

This module explores effective classroom management and behaviour intervention strategies for challenging behaviours. Students will learn about the role the environment plays in supporting positive behaviour in preschools.

27 hours

Apply for CLBM

Sep 2021

5. Differentiated Learning in Preschool (DLIP)

This module will explore principles of Universal Design for Learning in early childhood classrooms. Principles of differentiation will be applied across daily activities and routines.

18 hours

Apply for DLIP

CIP Cluster C

Apply for Cluster C 

6. Effective Communication and Collaboration with Families & Other Professionals (ECFO)

This module will cover interpersonal and practical skills in communicating and collaborating with families and external stakeholders that supports children with additional needs (e.g. the therapist, psychologist, social worker) for case management. 

15 hours

Apply for ECFO

Dec 2021

7. Shaping an Inclusive Practice (SHIP)

This module will focus on the importance of a culture of shared responsibility and respect in order to provide optimal support for all children included in the setting. Content will cover communication and interpersonal skills for working with supervisors, co-teachers, and support staff to create a shared understanding of inclusion and the development of an inclusive practice.

15 hours

Apply for SHIP

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

Prepare the following documents:

  • Image of your NRIC (front and back)

  • Highest formal academic qualifications (Certificates and transcripts)

  • Recent digital photo with a white background

  • Employment letter
  • If you are under company sponsorship by a preschool employer:

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

Ms Eunice Goei
Email: Eunice_GOEI@niec.edu.sg

Phone: 6904 2620