Diploma (Conversion) in Kindergarten Education – Teaching




The Diploma (Conversion) in Kindergarten Education-Teaching (NVKET) is the first specifically-designed course that focuses on the educational aspects of teaching children in kindergartens with an emphasis on curriculum knowledge and teaching methods. The training programme is equivalent to the WSQ Professional Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education (Kindergarten Teaching) (PDECCE-KT) under the Singapore Workforce Skills Qualification (WSQ) system.

Eudora Tan, a graduate of Diploma (Conversion) in Kindergarten Education - Teaching (NVKET) talks about her experience of studying at PACE and shares her perspectives on how this course has helped her by providing job-relevant skills in this video.


Course Objectives

The course aims to equip students with knowledge and skills in the following areas:
• Principles and practices of early childhood education and child development
• Curriculum planning and pedagogy
• Essentials of the early years learning environment and classroom management
• Awareness of basic safety, health, hygiene and nutrition for young children
• Partnership with families and communities
• Personal and professional development


Suitable for

The Diploma (Conversion) in Kindergarten Education -Teaching is offered to degree and local diploma holders with or without work experience and who are employed in ECDA-registered kindergartens as fresh entrants or mid-career switchers after the closing date of application for the last run.


Minimum Entry Requirements

Applicants will be considered for admission to the course if they satisfy the minimum entry requirements below:

• Recognised 3-year full-time polytechnic diploma or equivalent with at least a credit in GCE ‘O’ level English as a first language  / recognised bachelor’s degree where the medium of instruction is English.

Foreign degree holders in non-Native English speaking states require an IELTS (Academic) of 5.5 band prior to entering the course

• Employment in an ECDA-registered kindergarten would be preferred.  Applicants can enrol for the course through their kindergartens, following confirmation of employment in the kindergartens.  Self-sponsored applicants are welcome to apply. These applicants will need to undergo an interview selection process.

All applicants to note that teaching practicum has to be completed in an ECDA-registered kindergarten.

• Declaration of physical and mental health will be required at the point of application to ensure suitability of candidates for the course.

Note: Successful applicants who do not have a B4 in EL1 or a C5 in General Paper are required to attain a minimum band 6.5 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS) within 2 years of teacher registration.

 Course Outline

There are 4 separate modular Post-Diploma Certificates (PDC). Each PDC is designed to be completed in one academic semester and is made up of three to five modules, of 30, 45 or 60 hours each. It is recommended that participants complete the four PDCs in sequence. Upon completion of the four PDCs (a total of 810 hours) within a maximum period of 2 years, the participant will be conferred a qualification of the Diploma (Conversion) in Kindergarten Education – Teaching.

Please click here for Module Synopsis

Semester One
PDC 1 Certificate in Fundamental Principles of Early Childhood Education
Module 1- Early Childhood Education and Child Development
Module 2 - Safety, Health, Hygiene and  Nutrition
Module 3 – Creating and Managing the Learning Environment

PDC 2 Certificate in Curriculum Studies
Module 1 - Language Skills
Module 2 - Numeracy Skills
Module 3 - Aesthetics and Motor Skills
Module 4 - Teaching Practicum I

Semester Two
PDC 3 Certificate in Diversity in Teaching and Learning
Module 1-  Individual Differences in Learning
Module 2-  Assessment, Intervention & Evaluation
Module 3 - Environment and Social Awareness

PDC 4 Certificate in Planning and Professional Practice
Module 1 - Programme Planning and Resources
Module 2 - Partnership with Families and Communities
Module 3 - Independent Study Project
Module 4 - Personal Growth and Professional Development
Module 5 - Teaching Practicum II

Mode of Assessment

Assessment for all modules will be based on in-course assignments which include personal reflects, oral presentations, written assignments, and teaching practicum.

Award / Certification / Accreditation


Upon completion of four Certificates within a two-year validity period, the participant will be conferred a Diploma (Conversion) qualification from Singapore Polytechnic.


To complete one certificate, the participant is required to have at least 75% attendance rate and passing all assessments.



Course Fees

Diploma (Conversion) in Kindergarten Education – Teaching
Post Diploma Certificates (PDC)

Singapore Citizens Below the age of 40

Singapore Citizens Aged 40 and above Singapore PR Enhanced Training Support for SME scheme Workfare Training Support Scheme
Certificate in Fundamental Principles of Early Childhood Education $264.34 $176.23  $704.92  $181.99  $99.64
Certificate in Curriculum Studies $528.69 $352.46  $1,409.83  $363.98  $199.28
Certificate in Diversity in Teaching and Learning $264.34 $176.23  $704.92  $181.99  $99.64
Certificate in Planning and Professional Practice $528.69 $352.46  $1,409.83  $363.98  $199.28
Total Course Fees: $1,586.06 $1,057.38  $4,229.50  $1,091.94  $597.84



Other Fees Payable:

Fee Description Per semester (after GST)
Singapore Citizens Singapore PR and others
Examination Fee - $16.05
Miscellaneous Fee $7.49 $7.49
Statutory Licence Fee (CLASS) $0.94 $0.94
Total $8.43 $24.48

The fees shown (inclusive of 7% GST) are indicative as they are based on prevailing funding policies and subject to review. Post Diploma Module Certificate fee is payable on a semester basis.


WDA Salary Support Funding

The Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) will provide Salary Support Funding to the employers in the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Industry for eligible trainees under the Place-and-Train Professional Conversion Programme for Kindergarten Teachers.

Eligibility of Trainee for WDA Salary Support Funding:

  • Must be either Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident;
  • Must possess either a 3-year local diploma or a university degree with English as the medium of instruction;
  • Must be company-sponsored; and
  • Must be employed in an ECDA-registered Kindergarten after the closing date of application for the last run.

SP will administer the funding to the sponsoring employers based on the following rates:

  1. Salary Support Funding, at up to 70% of basic monthly salary capped at $2,000 per eligible trainee per month for up to 12 months; or
  2.  Enhanced Salary Support Funding, at up to 90% of basic monthly salary capped at $4,000 per eligible mature or long term unemployed Singaporean PME* per month for up to 12 months

*Mature PMEs aged 40 years old and above; or PMEs who are unemployed for more than 6 months or fresh graduates who are unemployed for more than 12 months from the date of graduation. The enhanced salary support applies to Singapore Citizens only.

The funding rates and caps are subject to WDA’s prevailing corporate policies on funding outcomes-based programme. WDA reserves the right to revise the rates and caps at any point of time.

SP will email the claim form to the sponsoring employer half-yearly. The sponsoring employer will be required to submit the completed form together with the trainee’s salary slips and other supporting documents to SP.


Terms and Conditions

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Last Intake:

Oct 2016 (Application Closed)


810 hours ( 1 year )


Class Schedule:

5 Days per week
3pm- 8pm


PDCs to start with:

PDC1 and 2


Funding Incentives and Fees Matters


Academic Calendar


Application Procedures



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