In Singapore and around the world, there has been increasing emphasis on providing quality care and education to children as governments recognise the importance of investing early in their well-being and development. High quality early childhood care and education services require well-trained and continuously improving educators. Therefore, there is a need to prepare more knowledgeable teacher educators and professional developers within education systems to support teachers’ continued growth and development.
Working with adults (i.e., teachers and leaders) in a childcare centres/kindergarten, however, requires additional knowledge base and skillsets that are different from working directly with young children.
Increasing with the need to raise the quality of the teachers in the early childhood sector, it is also essential for the curriculum developers, trainers in local preschool chains and standalone entities to have deeper expertise on the teaching of English Language which is the working language in many parts of the world.
The revised Master of Early Childhood Education Programme (MECED-SPE-SPE) has two tracks:
- Teacher Trainer
- Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
The goal of the programme is to support existing professional developers, trainers and curriculum developers as well as enhance curriculum leadership and pedagogical knowledge amongst early childhood educators (teachers and leaders included). The programme has also broadened its admission criteria to support related educational professionals who need to design the curriculum, training and provide continuous learning and development opportunities for early childhood educators within ECCE organisations as well as the ECCE sector-at-large.
Unique Features of the Programme
- Contemporary findings in research on child development and quality ECCE.
- Adult-learning or TESOL theories/strategies that can be applied to ECCE teacher training and development contexts.
- Application of research-based practices into the design of workshops and courses for early childhood teachers.
- Courses are taught by academics and practitioners with a blend of local and global perspectives.
- Classes are scheduled to suit the needs of working adults, in short bursts of face-to-face seminars and plenty of self-directed learning materials
- Assignments revolve around real-world problems and contexts.
- Currently, none of the other autonomous universities are offering a Master degree for Early Childhood Education with either Teacher Trainer or TESOL specialisation.