ADVANCED DIPLOMA IN EARLY CHILDHOOD LEADERSHIP (ADECL)​

 

ABOUT ADECL

The ADECL is designed to prepare Senior Pre-school Teachers for the role of centre leadership. It is 
offered by the National Institute of Early Childhood Development (NIEC) and there are two intakes a
year (April and October).  

Early childhood (EC) educators may select one of the following options to enrol1:

1.     Option A: ADECL Full Qualification

2.     Option B : Modularised Structure

Successful ADECL (Full Qualification) candidates may apply for the SkillsFuture Study Awards (SFSA) for EC Sector. To find out more about the SkillsFuture Study Award for EC Sector, click h​ere.​

     1Further information on options to enrol can be found under 'Programme Details'.


LEARNING OUTCOMES

The ADECL aims to enable candidates to:

  1. Evaluate issues and practices in early childhood services 

  2. Reflect on one's personal philosophy, values and beliefs and formulate strategic/organisational
      goals to meet the needs and aspirations of the centre, families and community stakeholders 

  3. Lead in the review, planning and implementation of the curriculum for the holistic development of
      children

  4. Build a culture of collaboration and continuing professional development through leading and      
      managing early childhood educators in their practice, professional development and 
well-being

  5. Lead in establishing strategic partnerships with stakeholders

  6. Manage centre operations, including Human Resource Management (HRM) matters, industry      
      regulations and crisis management​

 

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Option A: ADECL Full Qualification

Option B: Modularised Structure

• Be ECDA-certified as a Level 2 pre-school 
  teacher

• Have completed an ECDA-recognised     
  diploma in early childhood care and 
  education2

• Have met the competency level for Senior
  Pre-school Teacher 
  (with reference to the Skills Map3​)​

• Have completed the pre-requisite core 
  course(s) as identified and offered by 
 
  ECDA4​)​

• Be ECDA-certified as a Level 2 pre-school  
  teacher

• Have completed an ECDA-
  recognised 
diploma in early childhood care
  and 
education2

• Have at least 3 years of trained teaching
  experience5


  2The list of ECDA-recognised diplomas in early childhood care and education will be determined by ECDA, and will be subjected to review periodically.  Some examples of current ECDA-recognised diplomas in early childhood care and education are​:    ​​

   ​1.     Diploma in Early Childhood Care & Education – Teaching (DECCE-T)

   2.    Diploma in Child Psychology & Early Education (CPEE)

   3.    Diploma in Early Childhood Education (ECH)

   4.    Diploma in Preschool Education – Teaching & Leadership (DPE- T&L)

   5.    Specialist Diploma in Preschool Education (SDPE)

   6.    Specialist Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education (SDECCE)

   7.    Diploma in Early Childhood Studies (ECS)

   8.    Diploma in Psychology Studies with Specialist Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching

   9.    Diploma (Conversion) in Kindergarten Education Teaching (NVKET)

  10.   Advanced Diploma in Kindergarten Education Teaching (ADKET)

  11.   Diploma in Early Childhood Studies (SIM)

  12.   Diploma in Early Years Teaching

  13.   WSQ Professional Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education (WSQ PDECCE)

  14.  WSQ Professional Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education (Childcare)​ (WSQ (PDECCECC)

  15.   Diploma in Preschool Education - Teaching (DPE-T)

      3The Skills Map is part of the Skills Framework for Early Childhood Care and Education (SF for ECCE).

   4The pre-requisite core course for 7th intake in April 2019 is ‘Mentoring for Professional Growth (LMAMFPG17E)’. This course was previously known as ‘Mentoring for Success (LMAMNFS14E)’. Details of this course may be found in the CPD Prospectus and ONE@ECDA.

    5The number of years of trained teaching experience will be calculated from the date of the applicant is conferred or awarded the ECDA-recognised diploma in early childhood care and education. All trained teaching experience has to be within the Early Childhood ​sector.


PROGRAMME DETAILS

 

 

Option A: ADECL Full ​Qualification

Option B : Modularised Structure

Target Group

Experienced teachers keen to obtain a full qualification in EC leadership, to become Centre Leaders.

Experienced teachers keen on learning about fundamentals of EC leadership through a modular course.

Description

·  ​Enrolment into the full ADECL programme to complete all 3 Post-Diploma Certificates (PDCs).

·  ​​A Certificate, issued by NIEC, will be awarded upon successful completion of each PDC

·   Upon successful completion of the 3 PDCs within the 3-year maximum candidature period, the candidate will be conferred the ADECL by NIEC.

·   Enrolment into PDC 1 as a 
     Continuing Professional 
     Development (CPD) 
     course 
only. 

·   Conferment of the PDC in Fundamentals of Early Childhood Leadership upon successful completion of PDC 1.

 ·   Upon completion of PDC 1, those who wish to complete the full ADECL will have to meet the eligibility criteria for the ADECL Full Qualification (Option A) and be nominated for the ADECL.

·   ​After being admitted into the ADECL programme, candidates would have to complete PDCs 2 and 3 within 3 years.

Duration

850 hours

180 hours for PDC1

Mode of Application

By nomination only.


All Option A applicants must be nominated.

 

Online application at NIEC's website only. 

No nomination is required for PDC 1 as CPD. Nomination is only required when candidates decide to enroll in the ADECL full qualification upon completion of PDC 1.

Candidates who plan to continue to PDC2 immediately after PDC1 completion are advised to plan their nomination in advance. Nomination is conducted twice yearly, typically during March-April and September-October.


POST-DIPLOMA CERTIFICATES​

Refer to attachment for further information on ADECL PDCs  .​ 


NOMINATION / APPLICATION PROCESS

Option A: ADECL Full Qualification

The nomination period for the 7th intake of the ADECL (commencing April 2019) is from 17 Sep 2018 to 2 Nov 2018 (5 pm). All late nominations will not be accepted.

 

Please note that the nominator and nominee must use their own SingPass to complete the respective
forms. Form details cannot be saved to submit later. Nominators and nominees are advised to have all details and information ready before they access the online form.

If you have any clarifications or queries, please email ​ADECL@ecda.gov.sg.

*Successful nominees who are Singapore Citizens and have enrolled successfully for ADECL may
apply for SkillsFuture Study Award ($5000 cash).
 

Option B: Modularised Structure

The projected application period for the Post-Diploma Certificate (PDC) in Fundamentals in Early
Childhood Leadership (PDC 1 of the ADECL) as a CPD course is in Jan 2019. 
Please see https://niec.edu.sg/courses/14/detail​ for details.

 

Information updated as at 13 November 2018​​
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