Qualifications

To qualify as a pre-school teacher in Singapore, you will need at least a Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) or Diploma in ECCE. You can either be an English Language Teacher (English as first language) or a Second Language Teacher (Chinese, Malay, Tamil, Non-Tamil Indian Language (NTIL).

As an English Language Teacher

Certificate in ECCE? Diploma in ECCE?
How to Obtain Through Professional Training Agencies (PTAs) accredited by Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA).

List of PTAs

Through local polytechnics and Professional Training Agencies (PTAs) accredited by Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA).

List of local polytechnics and PTAs

What do I need?
  • At least 3 ‘O’ level credits in 3 different subjects
  • At least a C6 in GCE ‘O’ Level English Language 1 or 5.5 in IELTS
  • At least 5 ‘O’ level credits in 5 different subjects
  • At least a B4 in GCE ‘O’ Level English Language 1
Who can I teach? Nursery, Pre-Nursery and Playgroup (18 mths – 4 Years Old) Kindergarten, Nursery, Pre-Nursery and Playgroup (18 mths – 6 Years Old)

As a Second Language Teacher

Certificate in ECCE (2nd Language) Diploma in ECCE (2nd Language)
What do I need?
  • At least 3 ‘O’ level credits in 3 different subjects
  • At least C6 in GCE ‘O’ Level 2nd Language
  • At least 5 ‘O’ Level credits in 5 different subjects
  • At least B4 in GCE ‘O’ Level 2nd Language OR C6 in GCE ‘O’ Level 2nd Language + HSK Requirements*

*C6+HSK Requirements are for CL Teachers only. A pass at HSK Level 6 for written test with minimum score of 60 in each of the 3 components AND a pass at HSK Advanced level for the oral test

As a Foreign Language Teacher

Certificate in ECCE (2nd Language) Diploma in ECCE (2nd Language)
What do I need?
  • At least 3 ‘O’ level credits in 3 different subjects
  • At least a C6 equivalent in foreign language obtained in a national/state examination
  • At least 5 ‘O’ level credits in 5 different subjects
  • At least a B4 equivalent in foreign language obtained in a national/state examination
 
For more details, please visit www.ecda.gov.sg.
 

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