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Advanced Diploma in Early Childhood Centre Leadership (ADECL)

ADVANCED DIPLOMA IN EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTRE LEADERSHIP (ALSO KNOWN AS THE REVISED ADECL)

With the launch of the refreshed Skills Framework for Early Childhood (SFw) in Oct 2021 and the Leadership Development Framework (LDF) in Mar 2022, ECDA has worked with the National Institute of Early Childhood Development (NIEC) to revise the content of the Advanced Diploma in Early Childhood Centre Leadership to be in line with the SFw and LDF.

Who is revised ADECL for?

The refreshed SFw has expanded the leadership roles and allow senior educators to aspire towards new job roles such as the Lead Early Years Educator, Deputy Centre Leader, and Curriculum/Pedagogy Specialist. As such, the revised ADECL will be made available to EC educators appointed in senior, deputy lead, or lead roles to help prepare them for centre leadership.

NIEC will admit the first intake of this 18-month revised ADECL in April 2023. There are two intakes a year – in April and October. ​​

Key changes in the revised ADECL content

Some of the content changes that students can look forward to in the revised ADECL are:

  • 2 Professional Development Certificates (PDCs) instead of 3
  • Reduction in total hours from 850 hours to 818 hours
  • More application- based to help strengthen theoretical understanding
  • 3 full-time modules
  • Group coaching

At the end of the Revised ADECL programme, participants can expect to achieve the following learning outcomes:

The ADECL aims to equip candidates to:

a) Develop a good foundation in Curriculum & Pedagogical Leadership

  • Build quality learning environments and lead in evaluating and formulating curriculum designs and pedagogical approaches that provide holistic and meaningful learning experience and quality care for children of various groups (2 months to six years old), needs and abilities, to align with trends, best practices, and frameworks.
  • Support a culture of diversity and inclusion in the centre.

b) Acquire the competencies to lead centres in Strategic & Administrative Leadership

  • Guide centre team to align programmes and goals to the organisation’s vision, mission and values;
  • Design processes for engagement and collaborative practices to enhance care and education of all children and establish trusting and respectful relationships with families and the community;
  • Develop strategies for centre team’s continual professional learning and reflective practice for change, improvement and innovation;
  • Lead the centre to maintain ethical standards as per AECES Code of Ethics;
  • Develop systems, processes, and guidelines for centres to operate effectively (including areas of HR and financial management) and to meet relevant regulatory and quality standards.

c) Develop core competencies to lead teams and centre operations

  • Develop confidence in communication and digital literacy;
  • Demonstrate self-management, resilience, critical thinking, and decision making.
ADECL-Programme-Details

For info on other changes to the revised ADECL, please refer to the FAQ on revised ADECL.

Option A: ADECL Full Qualification Option B : Modularised Structure
Target Group: Experienced educators keen to obtain a full qualification in EC leadership, to become Centre Leaders. Experienced educators keen to learn the fundamentals of EC leadership through a modular course.
Description:
  • Enrolment into the full ADECL programme to complete 2 Post-Diploma Certificates (PDCs).
  • A Certificate, issued by NIEC, will be awarded upon successful completion of each PDC.
  • Upon successful completion of the 2 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. The validity period of the ADECL PDC1 is 4 years from the time of enrolment of the 1st module of PDC1.
  • Conferment of the PDC in Educational Leadership I 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 PDC 2 within the 3-year maximum candidature period.
Duration: 818 hours 303 hours for PDC1
Mode of Application: Nomination via NIEC. More details can be found on NIEC’s website.

*The mode of application for ADECL Full Qualification is by nomination only. The nominator has the prerogative to withdraw the nominee’s nomination for ADECL if he/she is assessed to be unsuitable to continue with the course or resigns from the company.
Online application at NIEC 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 modules.

Refer to ADECL Post-Diploma Certificates for more information. Refer to course structure and course fees. For questions on enrolment, please write to: adecl@niec.edu.sg

ADECL IntakeNomination period
Apr 2023 (1st Intake)

[Nomination will open on 10 Oct 2022]
10 Oct to 25 Nov 2022

e-Nomination form (found on NIEC's website) to be completed by 25 Nov 2022 (5pm)
Class Details*
Campus:NIEC (NP)NIEC (TP)
Schedule:Mon, Wed & Fri

There are 3 full-time## modules which participants have to attend:

PDC1
  • Leading Self (3 days)
  • Supporting Diversity and Inclusive Practices (5 days)
PDC2
  • Collaborative Leadership (5 days)

* Course schedule and venue are subject to changes. NIEC reserves the right to reschedule/cancel any programme and amend information without prior notice.

## Class will be from 10am - 5pm for these 3 modules.

You have two options to choose in taking ADECL and must meet the following criteria for your selected option.

Option A: ADECL Full Qualification Option B: Modularised Structure
  1. Be nominated by an early childhood development centre;
  2. Have completed an ECDA-recognised diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) or equivalent1;
  3. Be an ECDA-certified Level 2 preschool educator;
  4. *Have at least 4 years of trained teaching experience post-L2 certification2 and be appointed in senior, deputy lead or lead roles; and
  5. Have completed the pre-requisite core courses3 as identified by ECDA and offered by NIEC.
  1. Have completed an ECDA-recognised diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) or equivalent1;
  2. Be an ECDA-certified Level 2 preschool educator; and
  3. *Have at least 4 years of trained teaching experience post-L2 certification2.
Note: To access PDC2, candidates must fulfil all the entry requirements for Option A.

*revised requirement

1The 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:


  • Diploma in Early Childhood Care & Education - Teaching (DECCE-T)
  • Diploma in Child Psychology & Early Education (CPEE)
  • Specialist Diploma in Preschool Education (SDPE)
  • Diploma in Early Childhood Studies (ECS)
  • Diploma in Psychology Studies with Specialist Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching
  • Diploma (Conversion) in Kindergarten Education Teaching (NVKET)
  • Advanced Diploma in Kindergarten Education Teaching (ADKET)
  • Diploma Conversion in Early Childhood Care & Education - Teaching (DECCE-T (Conversion))
  • Diploma in Early Childhood Studies (SIM)
  • Diploma in Early Years Teaching
  • WSQ Professional Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education (WSQ PDECCE)
  • WSQ Professional Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education (Childcare) (WSQ PDECCE CC)
  • Diploma in Preschool Education - Teaching (DPE-T)

2The number of years of trained teaching experience will be calculated from the date 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.

3Further information on options to enrol can be found in the next section under ‘About the Pre-requisite Courses’.

There are three pre-requisite short continuing professional development (CPD) courses which ADECL nominees have to typically complete 3 months before course commencement.

No. Pre-requisite Course to be Completed Remarks
1. Developing a Professional Portfolio for Educators (DPPE) (new!)
  • New CPD course with first run expected in Oct 2022
2. Essentials of Leadership (ESLP) (new!)
  • New CPD course with first run expected in Mar 2023
  • *NIEC’s Professional Development Programme for Teachers [PDP(T)] compulsory module “Developing the Leader in Me” and ECDA’s “Senior Teacher Series: Leadership Essentials for Senior Teachers” CPD course will be accepted under NIEC’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) policy as an alternative short course in place of ESLP, within the past 4 years upon registration to the revised ADECL.
3. Mentoring 201: Bringing Out the Best in EC Educators
  • Existing CPD course
  • With effect from Aug 2021, the pre-requisite course for ADECL, Mentoring for Professional Growth, is replaced by Mentoring 201: Bringing out the Best in EC educators (Mentoring 201). NIEC will accept the following CPD course(s) as an alternative for Mentoring 201: Bringing Out the Best in EC Educators:
    • Mentoring for Success (course has been discontinued), or
    • Mentoring for Professional Growth (course has been discontinued)
As Mentoring Novice Teachers (MNT) has been replaced by Mentoring 101: Bringing Out the Best in EC Educators with effect from Jun 2021, educators who have completed MNT can register for Mentoring 201 in ONE@ECDA.

Option A: ADECL Full Qualification

The nomination period for the 1st intake of the revised ADECL (commencing Apr 2023) is from 10 Oct to 25 Nov 2022.

*Late nominations will not be accepted.

If you have any clarifications or queries, please email adecl@niec.edu.sg.

*Note: The SkillsFuture Study Award scheme has been discontinued from 1 Apr 2022 onwards. The Oct 2021 intake was the last intake for the study award.

Option B: Modularised Structure

The projected application period for the Post-Diploma Certificate (PDC) in Educational Leadership I (PDC 1 of the revised ADECL) as a CPD course for Apr 2023 intake is in Jan 2023.

Please see https://niec.edu.sg/courses/advanced-diploma-in-early-childhood-leadership-adecl/ for details on the application period for the Post-Diploma Certificate (PDC) in Educational Leadership I (PDC 1 of the ADECL) as a CPD course.