Master of Science In Early Childhood Education

Provided by SEED Institute (An NTUC Training Institute)


Awarded by Wheelock College

Course introduction


The Wheelock College-SEED Institute Master of Science in Early Childhood Education programme applies current research-based knowledge,theory, and evaluation in the fields of child development and early education. Participants engage in critical and analytical thinking and research studies that support the development of lifelong learning skills. This graduate programme provides an excellent model to educate professionals for leadership and management, curriculum development and evaluation, and parent and early childhood education positions in Asia and the world.

Upon successful completion of the programme, graduates will be awarded with a Master of Science from Wheelock College.

This programme is recognised with international accrediation by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Wheelock College is accredited by the National Council for Teacher Education (NCATE), Council on Social Work Education (SWE) and recognised by several national specialty organisations including the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the Association for Childhood Education International (AECI), the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), and the International Reading Association (IRA).

Wheelock College is charted by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and holds accrediation from the following institution:

  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). NEASC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and by the Council on Higher Education Accrediation as being a reliable authority on the quality of institutions of higher education.
  • National Council for Accrediation of teacher Education (NCATE).
  • Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
Wheelock College undergraduate and graduate degrees are also recognized by the following national specoalty organizations:
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
  • Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI)
  • Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
  • International Reading Association (IRA)
Wheelock's focused commitment, coupled with solid academic programs, has won it an international reputation for leadership, innovation, and excellence. Recognition has been given by:
  • In 2006, The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) selected Wheelock College as a leadership institution for the new program, Teachers for the 21st Century, for its role in strengthening teacher preparation programs.
  • In2005 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) ranked Wheelock College in the top on percent for enriching educational experiences in colleges that offer master degrees.

  • Support professional development to create an upgraded core of educators, leaders and advocates in eaely childhood education.
  • Offer knowledge and competence for professionals to be effective in curriculum development, review and evaluation.
  • Build a cadre of leaders who can support others to teach, care for, and continue to improve the quality of lives for children and families in the 21st century.
  • Provide professionals with access to a network of peers who collaborate and exchange ideas.
  • Equip educators with the competence to respond to leadership challanges as they gain exposure to new developments in educational leadership and other human services fields
  • Empower learners to become advocates for children and be sensitive to the diverse needs of children and families in multicultural and inclusive educational environments.


The Master of Science in Early Childhood Education programme grants a total of 30 credits of Graduate study and may be completed over approximately 18 months (250 hours). Courses are taught by senior Wheelock College and SEED Institute faculty, conducted after office hours in the evenings (Monday to Friday) including an all-day Saturday commitment.


Students will be assessed by written assignments, case studies and/or a project.

Curriculum Overview

Programme Structure

Courses address the individual learner's career goals including a six-credit Independent Study which allows learners to explore a topic of individual interest. Includes graduate courses such as:

Module Title Duration
Lifespan Development: Birth to Adulthood 24 Hours
The Impact of Special Needs on Learning and Development: The Early Years 24 Hours
Research Methods 24 Hours
Developing Infant and Toddler Programs 24 Hours
Practitioner as Researcher 24 Hours
Leadership and Organizational Change in Educational Settings 24 Hours
Contemporary Issues in Child and Family Studies 24 Hours
Early Childhood Curriculum Planning and Assessment 24 Hours
Early Childhood Program Development and Evaluation 24 Hours
Capstone Research 24 Hours

Note: Courses offered are subjected to modification.

Entry Requirements

Generally, learners admitted into this Program will have three to four prior years of work experience in the area of education and have the equivalent of a Baccalaureate Degree in any discipline.

In additional, all learners admitted into this program must have a Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education accredited by the Preschool Qualification Accreditation Committee (PQAC) of the Ministry of Education (MOE) and Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF). Applicants without this experience can also be considered and reviewed by Wheelock College. Wheelock College holds the right to make the final admissions decision for all applicants to the Master of Science program.

Graduates of the master programme will still need to obtain the necessary qualifications accredited by MOE-MSF Pre-School Qualification Accreditation Committee (PQAC) (e.g. Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education - Teaching [DECCE-T] / Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education - Leadership [DECCE-L]) for teaching / supervisory positions in local childcare centres / kindergartens.

Fees & Funding

$30,762.50 (inclusive of prescribed textbooks and study materials)
(17 months installments interest free)

Self-sponsored applicants who are NTUC members enjoy UTAP funding of up to 50% claim on unfunded programme fee capped at $250 per year. Prevailing terms & conditions apply.