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).

Where to Obtain Certification for Preschool Teachers

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

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)

What do I need for Certification as Preschool Teaching

Certificate in ECCE (2nd Language) Diploma in ECCE (2nd Language)
As an English Language Teacher
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
As a Second Language Teacher
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*
As a Foreign Language Teacher
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

*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.

Post-Secondary Education Institutions (PSEIs)

Name of Agency Accredited Courses
Ngee Ann Polytechnic
535 Clementi Road
Singapore 589489Tel : 6460 8577
Fax : 6467 6502
Website : www.np.edu.sg
Email: sch-hms@np.edu.sg
Professional Education and Training (PET) courses

  • Diploma in Child Psychology and Early Education (CPEE)
  • Diploma in Early Childhood Education (ECH)

Continuing Education and Training (CET) courses (Part-time)

  • Diploma in Early Childhood Care & Education – Teaching (DECCE-T)
  • Advanced Diploma in Early Childhood Leadership (ADECL)
    (to be offered from April 2016)
Singapore Polytechnic

500 Dover Road
Singapore 139651

Tel: 6772 1288
Fax: 6772 1967
Website : www.sp.edu.sg
E-mail : pace@sp.edu.sg

Continuing Education and Training (CET) course (Part-time)

  • Diploma (Conversion) in Kindergarten Education Teaching (NVKET)
Temasek Polytechnic

21 Tampines Ave 1
Singapore 529757

Tel : 6780 6565
Fax : 6789 4080
Website: www.tp.edu.sg
E-mail : hsshotline@tp.edu.sg

Professional Education and Training (PET) courses

  • Diploma in Early Childhood Studies (DECS)
  • Continuing Education and Training (CET) course (Part-time)
  • Diploma in Early Childhood Care & Education – Teaching (DECCE-T)
  • Advanced Diploma in Early Childhood Leadership (ADCEL)
    (to be offered from April 2016)
Institute of Technical Education

ITE College Central
2 Ang Mo Kio Drive
Singapore 567720

Tel : 1800 – 225 5483
Fax : 6590 2578
Website : http://central.ite.edu.sg
E-mail : training@ite.edu.sg

  • Higher Nitec in Early Childhood Education
    Please note that the Higher Nitec in Early Childhood
    Education is pegged at the same professional qualification
    as the Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care and
    Education (ACECCE).

Private Training Agencies (PTAs)

Name of Agency Accredited Courses
Advent Links – SAUC Education Centre

299 Thomson Road
Singapore 307652

Tel : 6254 9246
Fax : 6254 9247
Website : www.alsauc.edu.sg
Email: info@alsauc.edu.sg

  • WSQ Higher Certificate in Infant Care (HCIC)
  • WSQ Advanced Certificate in Early Years (ACEY)
  • Fundamentals Certificate in Early Childhood Care & Education (FECCE)
Asian International College

11, Eunos Road 8, #04-01
Lifelong Learning Institute
Singapore 408601

Tel : 63368335
Fax : 6601 9710
Website : www.aic.edu.sg
Email: enquiries@aic.edu.sg

  • WSQ Advanced Certificate in Early Years (ACEY)
  • WSQ Higher Certificate in Infant Care (HCIC)
  • WSQ Professional Diploma in Early Childhood Care & Education (PDECCE)
  • WSQ Professional Diploma in Early Childhood Care & Education-Chinese (PDECCE-CL)
  • Fundamentals Certificate in Early Childhood Care & Education (FECCE)
  • Fundamentals Certificate in Early Childhood Care & Education – Chinese (FECCE-CL)
KLC International Institute Pte Ltd

587 Upper Serangoon Road,
Singapore 534564

Tel : 6858 9601
Fax : 6282 4191
Website : www.klc.edu.sg
Email: enquiry@klc.edu.sg

  • WSQ Higher Certificate in Infant Care (HCIC)
  • WSQ Higher Certificate in Infant Care – Chinese (HCIC – CL)
  • WSQ Advanced Certificate in Early Years (ACEY)
  • WSQ Advanced Certificate in Early Years – Chinese (ACEYCL)
  • WSQ Advance Certificate in Early Childhood Care & Education (ACECCE)
  • WSQ Professional Diploma in Early Childhood Care & Education (PDECCE)
  • WSQ Professional Diploma in Early Childhood Care & Education-Chinese (PDECCE-CL)
  • WSQ Professional Diploma in Early Childhood Care & Education (Child Care) [PDECCE(CC)]
  • Fundamentals Certificate in Early Childhood Care & Education (FECCE)
  • Fundamentals Certificate in Early Childhood Care & Education – Chinese (FECCE – CL)
SEED Institute

73 Bras Basah Road
#07-01 NTUC Trade Union House
Singapore 189556

Tel : 6332 0668
Fax : 6339 7408
Website : www.seedinstitute.edu.sg
Email: info@seedinstitute.edu.sg

  • WSQ Higher Certificate in Infant Care (HCIC)
  • WSQ Advanced Certificate in Early Years (ACEY)
  • WSQ Advance Certificate in Early Childhood Care & Education (ACECCE)
  • WSQ Professional Diploma in Early Childhood Care & Education (PDECCE)
  • WSQ Professional Diploma in Early Childhood Care & Education-Chinese (PDECCE-CL)
  • WSQ Professional Diploma in Early Childhood Care & Education (Child Care) [PDECCE(CC)]
Association for Early Childhood Educators, Singapore

Blk 18 #01-159, Hougang Avenue 3
Singapore 530018

Tel: 62814989
Fax: 62814328
Website : www.aeces.org
Email: info@aeces.org

  • Fundamentals Certificate in Early Childhood Care & Education (FECCE)
MMI Academy

MMI Building
72 South Bridge Road
#01-00
Singapore 058702

Tel: (65) 6220 8200
Fax: (65) 6235 3086
Website : www.mmi-academy.com
Email: mmtci@singnet.com.sg

  • WSQ Advanced Certificate in Early Years (ACEY)
  • Fundamentals Certificate in Early Childhood Care & Education (FECCE)
Nanyang Institute of Management

6 Eu Tong Sen Street (The Central)
#04-01
Singapore 059817

Tel: 67776996
Fax: 63240905
Website : www.nanyang.edu.sg
Email: contact@nanyang.edu.sg

  • Fundamentals Certificate in Early Childhood Care & Education (FECCE)
Raffles Skills Lab International Training Centre

Blk 70 Geylang Bahru
#03-2719
Singapore 330070

Tel: 63925071
Fax: 63925072
Email: rusydah@rsi.edu.sg

  • Fundamentals Certificate in Early Childhood Care & Education (FECCE)
Information correct as of January 2016. For more details, please visit www.ecda.gov.sg.
 

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