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Acquire specialised skills

Gain proficiency in administering screening tools and learn how to support children with mild developmental needs as a Learning Support Educator.

Advance your career

For preschool teachers who have been practising for at least 2 years and wish to be a fully trained Learning Support Educator.

Industry recognition

Be awarded with 2 Post-Diploma Certificates in the Foundations of Learning Support in Pre-schools and in Learning Support Practice.

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


The 260-hour Specialist Diploma in Early Childhood Learning Support (SDELS) comprises two Post-diploma Certificates (PDCs). A Certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of each PDC.


PDC 1: 3.5 months/90 hours

To be eligible for application for Post-Diploma Certificate in the Foundations of Learning Support in preschools (PDC 1) only, candidates need to meet the following criteria:

  • Have completed a DECCE-T and
  • Have been practising for at least two years as an early childhood educator
  • Alternative pathway into course – practitioners with DISE / ADESN

PDC 2: 7.5 months/170 hours

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

Modules in 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

  • Diploma in Early Childhood Care & Education - Teaching (DECCE-T) or acceptable equivalent; AND 
  • Have a minimum of 2 years of trained teaching experience; AND 
  • Have been hired as a Learning Support Educator (LSEd) for the Learning Support Programme (Not applicable for applicants applying for modules via SBMC).

Upon Graduation

Upon successful completion of the 2 PDCs within the 2-year validity period, graduates will be conferred the SDELS by NIEC and will be fully trained as Learning Support Educators.

Course Schedule

Open For Application Soon


Day & Time


Upcoming Intakes

260 hours

PDC 1: 3 days per week: 6.30pm - 9.30pm

PDC 2: 2 days per week: 2pm - 6pm


Sep 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.
  • There are 4 lessons under PDC 1, which will be conducted in the morning from 9am to 12pm.

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 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 begin approximately 3 months from the course commencement date.


Documents to prepare

  • Image of your NRIC (front and back)
  • Highest formal education qualifications (Certificates and transcripts)
  • Recent digital photo with a white background
  • Employment Letter (if you are currently working with a preschool centre)
  • Sponsorship Letter (if you are currently under company-sponsorship with a preschool employer)
  • Past employment letters to prove a minimum of 2 years of trained teaching experience

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

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