Home Our Courses Diplomas

About Course

Learn More

Acquire observation techniques and skills for better understanding of young children and their learning. Learn how to choose children’s literature and play materials and the techniques of using these materials.

Apply Skills

Acquire knowledge and skills to help young children develop perceptual, fine and gross motor skills and learn in the physical, cognitive and socio-emotional domains. Apply inquiry or process skills to explore the world around them, experience creative expressions, and create a sense of curiosity in young children.

Deeper Understanding

This course is for existing and aspiring early childhood educators, who require an in-depth understanding of the principles and practices of early childhood care and education.

Please note:

  • This course will be conducted via online learning until further notice.
  • This course is available in Chinese here


What You Will Learn

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


Entry Requirements

Local Qualification

  • 5 GCE O-level credits including English (EL1) or other English Language Acceptable Alternatives (ELAA), e.g. a minimum band 5.5 in IELTS (Academic); OR   
  • GCE A-level or International Baccalaureate (IB); OR 
  • Local Polytechnic Diploma and obtained a GCE O-level credit in EL1 or other ELAA; OR 
  • Higher Nitec Certificate with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a GCE O-level credit in EL1 or other ELAA; OR 
  • Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care & Education [ACECCE] (or acceptable equivalent) with a minimum GPA of 3.5 and 3 GCE O-level credits including EL1 or other ELAA


Note: In addition to the above qualifications, a minimum of 1-year work experience is preferred.


Foreign Qualification

  • Completed 10 years of formal education and passed state exam with credits in 5 different subjects including a Grade C6 in GCE O-level EL1 or other ELAA, e.g. a minimum band 5.5 in IELTS (Academic); OR 
  • Obtained a Degree with English as the medium of instruction from a state-recognised university


Note: In addition to the above qualifications, a minimum of 1-year work experience is preferred.


Upon Graduation

Upon successful completion of the course, graduates will be conferred the DECCE-T by NIEC. Graduates will be eligible for L2 certification* by ECDA. They will be qualified to teach Playgroup, Nursery, K1 and K2 children from 18 months to 6 years old. 


*To be granted certification to teach up to Kindergarten levels by ECDA, new teachers must have a minimum B4 grade for English Language (EL1). Applicants who do not possess a B4 or above in GCE O-level EL1 are given 2 years from the point of teacher registration to obtain a minimum band of 6.5 in IELTS (General) or other ELAA.

Course Schedule

Open For Application Soon


Day & Time


Upcoming Intakes

30 months/
1,200 hours

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


Jul 2022

30 months/
1,200 hours

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


Apr, Oct 2022

18 months/
1,200 hours

Mon - Fri:
2pm - 6pm

NIEC (City)

Mar, Aug 2022

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 applicants enrolling under the Place-and-Train programme.

Before You Apply

1. 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 preschool you are currently working at. 
  • Self-sponsored applicants: Click here for a list of early childhood development centres. Please contact the centres directly to apply.

Please note that practicum for this course will start:

  • About 3 months from the course commencement date for Monday - Friday classes.
  • About 11 months from the course commencement date for 2-weekday classes.


2. Prepare the following documents:

  • Image of your NRIC (front and back)
  • Highest formal education qualifications (Certificates and transcripts)
  • Recent digital photo with a white background
  • If you are currently working in a preschool:
    • Employment Letter
  • If you are under company sponsorship by a preschool employer:


Early childhood educators have a responsibility to maintain the highest standards of professionalism in their work while acting in the best interests and well-being of children and their families. You will play a key role in caring for the little ones, inspiring their learning and helping them grow.

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

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