Early Childhood Education
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).
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 service-learning project. 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 Track||3 Year Track|
||Undertake 12 weeks of Work Attachment
(with condition that you have completed the Enhanced Internship of 22 weeks or equivalent in polytechnic)
The academic admission requirements are: (a) at least three passes in H2 content subjects; or (b) a local polytechnic diploma, 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 SAT1 scores. There will be additional admission criteria to better target students who are aligned to the educational philosophy of our full-time programmes. This will be done through interviews and selection tests.
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.
All shortlisted applicants will be required to complete a self-declaration medical form.
Applicants who are offered a place in SUSS’s full-time Bachelor of Early Childhood Education with Minor programme will need to pass a medical examination before their acceptance of the offer can be confirmed.
Please note that the medical clearance requirements mirror ECDA's pre-employment medical requirements and therefore are subject to ECDA’s updates.
In addition, we would like to bring to your attention that the nature of coursework in this programme involves working with large groups of young children in local child care centres and kindergartens and would require good mental and physical health. Therefore conditions such as the following may impede your coursework:
- Epilepsy (uncontrolled by medication)
- Legal blindness
- Profound deafness
- Diabetes (uncontrolled by medication)
- Restricted mobility
Graduates can look forward to enriching careers in public and private sectors in education and community work, social entrepreneurship, as well as international non-governmental organisations (NGOs).
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 Training Award (University) [TA(Uni)]. The award includes tuition fees and monthly stipend. Applications are made directly to Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA). Please refer to ECDA's website for more details.
|Early Childhood Education Major-Minor Programme|
Common Curriculum Courses
* Elective 1 & Elective 2 are courses offered by SUSS to be taken in the evening outside your major. You may refer for the course lists here.
# It is possible to be exempted from these electives. Click here for details.
|Early Childhood Education Major - Compulsory 90 cu
||Major Electives - 10 cu (Choose 2)
|Minor Courses (to be taken in the evening)
Please note that not all courses are presented every semester and some courses have pre-requisites. You are to select ONE minor from the list of minors available.
* There are specific admission requirements and additional interviews for some of the Minor courses.
Integrative Course & Applied Project
|Compulsory Non Credit Programme Graduation Requirements||