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Bachelor of Early Childhood Education with Minor

Equip students for entry into the Singapore early childhood education profession as certified teachers for kindergartens and child care centres.

Bachelor of Early Childhood Education with Minor


Overview

Early Childhood Education is an in-demand multi-disciplinary career around the world as governments are now paying greater attention to the healthy growth and development of young children. Recent research has shown that when governments invest more in the lives of young children, especially those in poverty and neglect, the investment can result in a healthier, more educated and employable adult population. As such, early childhood education has become an emerging and exciting field that can lead to real improvements for any society.

The Bachelor of Early Childhood Education with Minor is a four-year direct honours teacher preparation programme. It aims to equip students for entry into the Singapore early childhood education profession as certified teachers for kindergartens and child care centres. The programme is also designed with a future and global outlook to produce graduates who are poised to contribute towards improving the lives of young children and their families across traditionally separate disciplines such as social services and public education (e.g., museums, healthcare).

Working with young children (infants through age 6) in centre-based care is a physically demanding profession. Candidates would need to meet ECDA's medical requirements for pre-school teachers upon admission into the programme as students in this programme are required to spend more than 1000 hours in direct contact with young children in child care centres and kindergartens during the course of their study from Year 1 onward.

Admission Requirements

The academic admission requirements to the full-time programme are: (a) at least three passes in H2 content subjects; or (b) a local polytechnic diploma, or an international baccalaureate diploma or a diploma from NUS High School; or (c) an equivalent of (a) or (b). Applicants with (c) have to submit either SAT or ACT scores. There will be additional admission criteria to select students who are aligned to the educational philosophy of our full-time programmes. This will be done through interviews and selection tests.

Applicants who have taken IELTS should submit their IELTS result as part of their application. The IELTS result is valid for a period of two years. For each July intake of the full-time programmes, all IELTS results should be submitted to SUSS by 31st May.


Teacher Registration Requirements
To be a teacher or educarer in pre-school centres in Singapore, students must register with ECDA. Please find more details on the category of teacher here.

Medical Requirements
Applicants who are offered a place in SUSS's full-time Bachelor of Early Childhood Education with Minor programme would need to be certified medically fit for study and to work with children by a certified medical doctor according to ECDA's medical requirements for pre-school teachers.

Financial Assistance

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

All Singaporeans or Singapore Permanent Residents who are successfully enrolled into the full-time Bachelor of Early Childhood Education with Minor programme in SUSS may qualify for the following scholarships, which include full tuition fee sponsorship and monthly stipend.

  • Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) Training Award (University) [TA(Uni)]
    Applications are made directly to ECDA. Please refer to their website for more details.
  • NTUC First Campus Pre-Service Scholarship
    Applications are made directly to NTUC First Campus. Please refer their website for more details.

Programme Structure

To graduate, students are required to complete a total of 200 credit units ( cu), inclusive of 40 cu of Common Curriculum courses which are designed to hone students' conceptual and writing abilities along with their communication skills.

In addition, they are required to complete up to 12 months of supervised field education (including Work Attachment), an overseas experience and a community engagement. Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) aims to produce graduates who are professionally competent, social-minded, self-directed learners who are versatile enough to work with both young children and adults.

4 Year Track3 Year Track
Applicable for

Applicants with non-ECE background from:

  • A Levels
  • IB Diploma
  • NUS High
  • Polytechnic Diploma (non-ECE)

OR

Applicants with an ECE Polytechnic Diploma who do not meet the requirements for the 3 Year Track.

Applicants who have studied Diploma in Early Childhood Education or Diploma in Child Psychology & Early Education in:

  • NIEC (National Institute of Early Childhood Development
  • Ngee Ann Polytechnic
  • Temasek Polytechnic

AND

Have achieved CGPA of 3.50 and above

AND

At least B4 grade for GCE 'O' Level English

Exempted from
No exemptions
Exempted from:
  • ECE104
  • ECE108
  • ECE110
  • ECE200
  • 1 ECE Elective
  • 2 University Core Electives
Work Attachment

12 weeks of Work Attachment
*ECE Diploma holders are exempted from Work Attachment

Exempted from Work Attachment

Module Types
SUSS CORE COMPULSORY
10 cu
SUSS CORE RESTRICTED
10 cu
SUSS CORE UNRESTRICTED
20 cu
COMPULSORY
110 cu
ELECTIVE
10 cu

(Choose 2)

Minor Courses

Entrepreneurship

40 cu

The programme aims to equip students for entry into the Singapore early childhood education profession as certified teachers for kindergartens and child care centres.

Find out more about the role of an early childhood educator here. For more information on careers in the early childhood education sector, contact the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) here.

The programme is designed with a future and global outlook to produce graduates who are poised to contribute towards improving the lives of young children and their families across traditionally separate disciplines such as social services and public education (e.g., museums, healthcare).

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