Our cookies

We use cookies to offer you a better browsing experience with personalized content, relevant ads and enhanced functionalities. By allowing all you agree to the use of cookies as per the cookie policy and remember you can manage your preferences anytime.

Diploma in Child Psychology and Early Education (N86) - Early Intervention (Special Needs) Track



What will I learn?

Unique diploma that combines developmental psychology and early education

​Second or third-year students may be selected for a two-week Global Education Trip (GeT) to visit early education centres in Australia, Hong Kong or Taiwan​

​Field practice at pre-schools and early intervention centres

​Training awards offered by the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) and the Social Service Awards (SSA) offered by the National Council of Social Service (NCSS)

New Academy for Early Childhood Education (ACE) offers Continuing Education and Training (CET) programmes to support your professional development after graduation

How do you shape young minds to think out of the box? How do you teach them to read and write well? Take a peek into the world of little tots to understand what works best for them, and that’s what the Diploma in Child Psychology & Early Education (CPEE) is designed to do!

A unique diploma, CPEE focuses on both developmental psychology and the learning needs of young children. You will pick up teaching techniques and learn how to design an early childhood curriculum.

Right from the first year, you will go on a practicum programme to gain practical experience at pre-schools and early intervention centres. You will also cover core modules such as Developmental Psychology & Learning, Children’s Health & Socio-emotional Well-being and Perspectives in Early Education.

In the second year of your studies, you will continue with the practicum while picking up skills and knowledge in curriculum planning and design. You will also gain an understanding of the behaviour of children in response to different learning settings.

Second or third-year students will also have the opportunity to embark on a two-week Global Education Trip (GeT) that will provide a first-hand look at the early childhood education centres around the world, including Australia, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

In the third year, you will get to choose from two exciting tracks.

Early Intervention (Special Needs) Track

If you long to make a difference in the lives of children with special needs, opt for this track to learn more about childhood disorders and the various intervention approaches. To deepen your knowledge in this field, you will get to go on an internship or embark on a project related to your field.

What's more, the CPEE diploma is a professonal qualification recognized by ECDA. This means you are qualified to teach in any pre-school in Singapore!

Equipped with a Diploma in CPEE, you will be ready to work as an early childhood professional. But that's not all that we offer. While working or teaching, choose to deepen your skills with your Academy for Early Childhood Education (ACE), which offers a suite of Continuing Education and Training (CET) programmes including pedagogy, languages, early years care, special needs and leadership, to support your professoinal development in this field.

Eligible students may also apply for training awards offered by the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) and the Social Service Awards (SSA) offered by the National Council of Social Service (NCSS) of up to $40,000. The award offers you an $800 monthly allowance, full course fee sponsorship, professional development funding, and a one-off grant of $1,050 for study-related expenses.


With the CPEE diploma, you can become an early childhood educator or an early intervention teacher and work with children with special needs.

Which department am I in?

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
SG$9,050.00 (5,54,874) per year
Start date

Expected October 2023


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Ngee Ann Polytechnic,

Block 52 #04-01, 535 Clementi Road,

599489, Singapore

Entry requirements

For international students


To be eligible for our diplomas, candidates must have the following GCE ‘O’ Level examination (or equivalent) results.

Subject : English Language as a First Language: 1–6 ('O' Level Grade); Mathematics (Elementary/Additional): 1–6 ('O' Level Grade); Any three other subjects : 1–6 ('O' Level Grade)

All applicants with a C5 or C6 in EL1 in the GCE ‘O’ Level examination are given two years from the point of teacher registration to obtain at least a B4 or a minimum band of 6.5 in the International Language Testing System.

Students with a D7 in Mathematics may apply for the course provided they have GCE ‘O’-level passes (1-6) in 5 subjects (including English).

The main medium of instruction for these subjects must be in English, except for a language subject.

Successful candidates are required to pass a medical examination before confirmation of acceptance to the course. See details on the medical/physical requirements below.

ITE Certificate

Students with a Higher NITEC in Early Childhood Education with minimum GPA of 3 and above (inclusive of CCA bonus points) are also eligible to apply


Get in touch