WSQ Professional Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education

KLC International Institute


Course introduction

Introduction


The objective of this programme is to prepare aspiring teachers and teachers of young children for a successful career in Early Childhood Care & Education (ECCE). A field teeming with opportunity, the ECCE industry is eager for qualified, capable teachers to fill its ranks. The rewards for those who rise to the challenge are many, on both professional and personal levels.

The course will equip you with both theoretical and practical knowledge of child development at a higher level, as a basis for effective teaching and interaction with young children. Also emphasized are practical aspects such as effective communications skills and the ability to work with parents and others.

The programme is also accredited as the WSQ Professional Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education under the Singapore Workforce Skills Qualification (WSQ) system.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, trainees will be able to:

  • Transfer education philosophies and child development theories into practices which provide wide-ranging, multimedia and developmentally appropriate experiences for young children;
  • Be skilful in their role of observation and application of knowledge of child development;
  • Gain knowledge on  a variety of approaches and strategies which facilitate a creative and developmentally appropriate curriculum for young children;
  • Develop interpersonal and communication skills to collaborate with fellow colleagues, parents and other professionals in the community; and
  • Design, implement and evaluate activities and learning environments that are appropriate to young children’s developmental needs and learning based on the Pre-school education curriculum framework/goals and desired outcomes set out by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) and the Ministry of Education (MOE).  
Structure
 
Modules Duration
PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION 
- Early Childhood Education in Singapore and Historical Perspectives
30
EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT STUDIES
- Development in Infancy And Toddlerhood
- Development in Early Childhood Ages 3-6
- Development in Middle Childhood and Transition
- Observing, Documenting and Assessing Young Children’s Development
- Young Children and Play Development
- Understanding Young Children with Special Needs
210
CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY
- Programmes for Infants and Toddlers
- Young Children’s Language and Literacy Education
- Young Children and Mathematics Education
- Discovery of the World: Science for Young Children
- Music Education and Creative Movement and Dance for Children
- Arts Education for Early Childhood
- Fitness, Health and Wellness in Early Childhood
- Self and Social Awareness
- Technology in Early Childhood Education
- Creating Curriculum for Young Children
- Classroom and Behaviour Management
- Creating Learning Spaces for Young Children
460
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 
- The Teacher’s Professional Growth and Conduct
- Personal Growth: Developing Interpersonal and Communication Skills
100
SAFETY, HEALTH and NUTRITION
- Young Children's Safety, Health & Nutrition
40
FAMILIES AND THE COMMUNITY
-Working with Families, Schoolds & The Community
60
TEACHING PRACTICUM - Teahing Pratice 300
Total Course Hours 1200

Assessment
  •     Projects/Assignments
  •     Written Examination
  •     Practicum

Award of Certificate

Upon successful completion of coursework and practicum, and a
minimum of 80% attendance, students will be awarded the WSQ
Professional Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education
(WSQ PDECCE).

Average Teacher-Student Ratio
1:50


Admission Requirements

Applicants should have:
Local Qualifications
• 5 GCE ‘O’ Level credits, including a credit at least C6 in EL1* OR
• 5 GCE ‘O’ Level credits and English Language Acceptable Alternatives*

Foreign Qualifications
• 10 years of formal education in English and passed state exam with credits in 5 different subjects including a credit at least a C6* in GCE ‘O’ level EL1 or English Language Acceptable Alternatives* OR
• 10 years of formal education not in English and passed state exam with credits in 5 different subjects and at least a B4 in GCE ‘O’ level EL1 or English Language Acceptable Alternatives* OR
• Degree with English as medium of instruction from state recognized university+ OR
• Degree not in English as the medium of instruction from state-recognized university+ and at least a B4 in GCE ‘O’ level El1 or English Language Acceptable Alternatives*

+This applies to applicants with state-recognised PhD/Master degree with English as the medium of instruction.

*Applicants with a C5 or C6 in EL1 are given 2 years from the point of teacher registration to obtain either a B4 or any acceptable alternatives.
 
*HEALTH CLEARANCE Requirement:
Please refer to the following link under childcare link for health clearance requirement: http://www.childcarelink.gov.sg/ccls/uploads/CCC_Guide.pdf (Refer to page 12 of document)


Programme Structure
Classroom Hours: 900 Hours
Practicum Hours: 300 Hours
Total Hours: 1200 Hours
Full Time Course: 20 Months
Part Time Course: 30 Months
 



Fees & Funding


Funding / Grants
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