PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME (PDP) for Teachers /
PDP (T)

About PDP

Early childhood professionals play a key role in providing a good start for every child. The Professional Development Programme (PDP) for Teachers is a 3-year programme to support the professional development of pre-school teachers with the potential to take on larger job roles in their organisations. ​

A strong tripartite partnership among operators, pre-school teachers and ECDA to support the professional development of the pre-school teachers is key to the success of PDP(T).​


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Key Features

Some key features of the PDP(T) include:

·         Variety of Professional Development opportunities to suit participant’s needs and interests;

·         Flexibility to complete courses at participant’s own pace within 3 years;

·         Bond-free; and

·         Annual cash awards after completion of programme and service milestones.

 

Eligibility Criteria

·        Preferably 3 years of relevant teaching experience in the Early Childhood sector based on date   
         of DECCE-T attainment to date of appointment in April;

·        Currently employed in a pre-school registered or licensed with ECDA;

·        Singapore Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident;

·        ECDA-certified L2;

·        Nominated by their current operator; and

·        Met the relevant competencies and skills required (Please refer to Annex A and B of the
         Nomination Form).


PDP(T) in the Spotlight

Newspaper articles on PDP
·         http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/pre-school-teachers-get-help-to-move-up-ladder
·         http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/career-development/2149908.html
·        http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/pre-school-teachers-get-leg-up-on-career-ladder
·         http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/preschool-teachers-get-boost-in-efforts-to-      enhance-language/3113434.html
·         http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/mother-tongue-modules-added-to-pre-school-teachers-    training-programme
·         ​http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/pre-school-teachers-can-now-take-mother-tongue-language-courses-part-pdp​


Programme Structure   

  

About the compulsory module

The compulsory module “Developing the Leader in Me” seeks to equip participants with foundational understanding of both centre and teacher leadership. The 3-day course will also scaffold participant’s understanding of their own leadership values, dispositions and potential career progression. 

Absentee payroll for the Compulsory Module is applicable for selected centres. For more information on Absentee Payroll, please refer to http://www.wda.gov.sg/content/wd​awebsite/L102-ForEmployers/L223E-007EmployerBasedFund.html.​ 


About the Modular Courses

There is a range of skills-based modular courses for the PDP (Teachers) offered by the Institutes of Higher Learning. These early childhood related courses provide teachers with more flexible, bite-sized and targeted options to acquire and deepen their skills, and customise their learning based on their interests and needs. If the PDP participant enrols for a full qualification programme subsequently, credits earned from some of these modular courses may be counted towards the attainment of an early childhood-related qualification, e.g. Specialist Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Degree.​ 

Participants attending the Modular Courses will be required to meet the respective course entry requirements as stipulated by the Institutes of Higher Learning.

Click here  for the list of 2018 Modular Courses available.​


About the Projects
 

Projects provide an opportunity for PDP (T) participants to apply their knowledge and skills within the centre and classroom. They include:

1.       Innovation Projects​

2.       Innovation Guidance Projects​

3.       Practitioner Inquiry Projects

4.       Centre-Initiated Projects 


About the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Courses

CPD courses aim to raise the quality and professional experience of EC educators. PDP (Teachers) participants may embark on CPD courses to supplement the required hours of PDP (Teachers). Apart from the CPD courses offered by ECDA, other CPD courses (ECDA or in-house) that contribute to the development and growth of PDP (T) participants in performing their professional role, can also be considered as CPD hours for PDP (T).

Participants may count non-ECDA CPD activity hours towards their PDP(T) by recording them into the non-ECDA CPD Activity Logsheet .

For more information on CPD courses and the prospectus, please refer to https://www.ecda.gov.sg/Educators/Pages/Continuing-Professional-Development.aspx​.

Nomination ​

PDP (T)​ participants are nominated by their operators/supervisors through an online nomination form at ONE@ECDA . All operators/supervisors interested in nominating their pre-school teachers for PDP (T) may download and reference the following guide in doing so.  ​

·      Guide for Centre Administrator 

·      Guide for HQ Administrator ​

​Please note that for organisations with HQ structure, HQ will have to review all nominations submitted
by their centre​s.
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Nomination for PDP(T) 2019 is now open from 10 Sep 2018 to 26 Oct 2018!​

For enquiries, please contact us at ​ecda_pp@ecda.gov.sg​​.  ​

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Additional References

·        Guide for PDP(T) Participants 

·         Guide for PDP(T) Employers 

·         Briefing slides 2018 for Professional Development Programme (Teachers) 

·         PDP (Teachers) Brochure    

·        Individual Development Plan (IDP) [Optional for use] 


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Frequently Asked Questions - TOP 12 PDP FAQs

1. Is the PDP a deg​ree or diploma course?

The PDP is neither a degree nor a diploma course. If the PDP (Teachers) participant enrols for a full qualification programme subsequently after completing a Modular Course, credits earned from some of these Modular Courses may be counted towards the attainment of an early childhood related qualification such as a Specialist Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Degree.​ 

 

2. Does the PDP provide a certification?

The PDP does not provide a certification at the end of the programme. It is a programme that aims to enhance your professional competence and capacity, via modular courses and projects, so that you can assume larger job roles in the pre-school sector. 

3. Are Diploma holders and Mother Tongue (MTL) teachers eligible for the PDP? 

Yes, Diploma holders and Mother Tongue (MTL) teachers are eligible for the PDP, as long as they meet the eligibility criteria of the programme.​



4. Are vice-principals eligible for the PDP (Teachers)?

If the vice-principal, at point of nomination, is a centre leader/lead teacher, we encourage her/him to apply for the PDP (Leaders). More information on the PDP (Leaders) will be available to the sector via email in due course.

The PDP (Teachers) targets preschool teachers with at least 3 years of relevant teaching experience in the early childhood sector.


5. Are there limitations to the number of teachers a centre can nominate?

Nominations open yearly and there is no limit to the number of nominations a centre can submit.


6. If the teacher is L2-certified, between the PDP and the ADECL, which can she choose?

ECDA provides different opportunities for Early Childhood professionals. The ADECL targets Senior Teachers who aspire towards centre leadership and have the relevant competencies. It is a regulatory requirement for Centre Leaders to obtain their ADECL.  

On the other hand, the PDP (Teachers) targets pre-school teachers who have the potential or display the dispositions to take on Senior Teacher roles and responsibilities.


7. What is the compulsory module?  

The compulsory module “Developing the Leader in Me” seeks to equip participants with foundational understanding of both centre and teacher leadership. The 3-day course will also scaffold participant’s understanding of their own leadership values, dispositions and potential career progression. Registration for all classes is now open. Participants are required to register for the module via ONE@ECDA before the application closing dates. For more information on Absentee Payroll, please refer to http://www.wda.gov.sg/content/wdawebsite/L102-ForEmployers/L223E-007EmployerBasedFund.html.​


8. Do teachers who have already attained DECCE-L and/or a Degree have to complete the Compulsory Module? 

Yes, all participants have to complete the Compulsory Module in their first year of the PDP regardless of their academic level and/or achievements.


9. Are the Modular courses subsidised? 

Modular courses are subsidised. The remaining course fees after subsidies will depend on the type of course the participant is taking and the available subsidy schemes.


10. Are the courses full-time or part-time?

The compulsory, modular and CPD courses provided under the PDP contain a mix of full-time and part-time courses.


11. Are courses scheduled to be after working hours?

Course schedules are dependent upon the Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) that provide the courses. ECDA is working with the IHLs to ensure that course schedules cause minimal disruption to the participants’ work within the centre. Courses may be provided together with E-learning components to reduce the number of hours participants have to spend outside of their centres.

12. On what grounds will I be withdrawn/terminated from the programme?

To remain on the PDP, participants need to fulfil 180 hours of professional development over three years and achieve the programme milestones. In addition, participants have to remain with their nominating operator throughout the programme and for at least six months after the end of each PDP year to qualify for the annual cash awards. Any requests for deferment will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and subject to ECDA’s approval.​​​

​Information updated as at 03 September 2018

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