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Bachelor of Early Childhood Education with Minor

The programme is designed for early childhood educators working with children and families.

Bachelor of Early Childhood Education with Minor


Overview

The early childhood education (ECE) scene in Singapore has rapidly evolved over the last decade. Increasing studies have affirmed and documented the importance of learning and development of children in the first 6 years of life, making early education an increasingly important component of a successful educational, social and family policy agenda in Singapore.

The need to raise the quality of preschool programmes through better teacher training have also been highlighted in recent government initiatives.

You may pursue Early Childhood Education in combination with a Minor.

Refer to Minor Courses for more details.

Admission Requirements

Refer to general admission criteria for undergraduate programmes.

Additional specific requirements (any one of the qualifications listed below):

Currently employed as

  • L2 ECDA registered teacher on a full-time basis;
  • 21 years old and above, AND

ONE of the following:

  • GCE 'A' level with two passes (prior to 2006) or two H2 passes (from 2006) with at least a Grade B4 in GCE 'O' Level English Language + ECDA (PQAC) accredited Diploma in Preschool Teaching or Early Childhood Care and Education (DPE-T/DECCE-T)*, or
  • Local Polytechnic Diploma in Early Childhood Education (ECE)* + 5 GCE 'O' level credits with at least a Grade B4 in English Language, or
  • Local Polytechnic Diploma (non-ECE) + ECDA (PQAC) accredited Diploma in Preschool Teaching or Early Childhood Care and Education (DPE-T/DECCE-T)* + 5 GCE 'O' level credits with at least a Grade B4 in English Language

*NIEC qualifications included as of 2019.

In addition to the admission requirements for the programme, applicants will be evaluated on academic merit and/or relevant work experience. Interviews will be conducted for all shortlisted applicants to assess their suitability in terms of their motivation and ability to complete the programme. Shortlisted candidates may be required to undergo one or more interview(s) and/or take written admission or other evaluation tests.

Priority will be given to preschool teachers currently employed in the field.

All applications are considered individually and the offer of admission depends on the number of places available. Admission is solely within the discretion of Singapore University of Social Sciences.

Financial Assistance

There are also various types of financial aid available to students who need financial assistance. Please click here for more details.

Teaching Awards and Scholarships from the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA): details available on ECDA website.

Programme Structure

Building on what the teachers already know in relation to the teaching and caring of young children, the programme includes a major subject combination that equips students with advanced knowledge in curriculum design and pedagogy in literacy, arts, mathematics and science for early childhood programmes.

Through the multi-disciplinary courses, learners will be able to critically evaluate their teaching practices and apply their understanding of young children's characteristics and needs to create environments and programmes that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging for all children.

The core and elective courses are selected to extend the range of professional knowledge and competencies of the early childhood professional across different disciplines and areas of study and will incorporate latest research-based evidence and practical application to enable students to stay relevant in an ever-changing and evolving ECE industry.

Bachelor of Early Childhood Education with Minor
Students are required to complete a total of 130 credit units ( cu) to graduate with a basic degree, inclusive of 10 cu of SUSS core courses.

The breakdown of the cu to be completed is:

  • 80 cu of Core and Elective Courses, including a course on research methods
  • 40 cu of Minor courses
  • 10 cu of SUSS core courses

All courses are in 5-cu units unless stated otherwise.

Please note that the minor in management will not lead to ECDA certification for principal/centre leader positions. Those interested in centre leader qualifications should contact ECDA directly for information or look up https://www.ecda.gov.sg/Educators/Pages/Becoming-a-Centre-Leader.aspx.

Module Types
SUSS CORE COMPULSORY
10 cu
COMPULSORY
75 cu
MAJOR ELECTIVE
5 cu
Minor Courses

Entrepreneurship

Work Study

MINOR ELECTIVE (20 cu)
40 cu
The programme is designed for early childhood educators working with children and families.
Career opportunities in children and education related professions such as early childhood educators, curriculum specialists, enrichment programme specialists, managers, executives and entrepreneurs in children-related industries.
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