What will I learn?

​ Unique diploma that lets you share your passion for the Tamil language and culture by teaching young children

​Go on a five-week cultural immersion programme locally or overseas where you get to visit cultural and heritage sites

​Participate in the Global Education Trip (GeT) programme to attend workshops and observe best practices in early childhood education overseas

​Get your tuition fees covered, plus a monthly allowance by applying for the MOE Teacher Training Scheme or Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) Training Award with this diploma

Has it always been your dream to be a teacher? Are you gifted with a love for Tamil language? You can now realise your dream by taking up the new Diploma in Tamil Studies with Early Education (TSE)!

Through this unique diploma, you get to share your passion for the Tamil language and culture by teaching young children. With an increasing emphasis on the Mother Tongue Language in schools, you will become a highly sought-after Tamil Language pre-school teacher.

So, embark on your exciting learning journey right here at Ngee Ann Poly. Get a good understanding of the rich Tamil language and culture. Discover how young children learn, and be exposed to practices in the early childhood education settings!

In the first year, you will hone your language proficiency in Tamil and English while gaining exposure to the rich Tamil history, literature and culture.

In your second and final year, you will continue your cultural journey through modules such as Introduction to Tamil Film & Performing Arts and Tamil Arts & the Contemporary Society. You will also learn about child development to design and deliver language and literacy programmes for young children.

In addition, you get to broaden your perspectives as you embark on a cultural immersion programme locally or overseas to visit cultural and heritage sites. What’s more, you are eligible to apply for the Global Education Trip (GeT) programme to attend workshops and observe best practices in early childhood education overseas. You also get to apply what you have learnt in a three-month internship with a pre-school where you will teach Tamil MTL and literacy to young children.

Throughout your three years, you will be exposed to career and professional preparation modules that prepare you for the workplace.

Careers

Upon graduation, you are certified as a Tamil Language pre-school educator. You may also apply to MOE to be a primary school Tamil Language teacher if you meet MOE’s criteria.

Further studies

Further studies and specialisation are possible in the following local universities:

National Institute of Education / Nanyang Technological University

- Diploma in Education (Tamil Language) (Primary)

- Bachelor of Arts (Education) – if selected for MOE Teaching Award/Sponsorship

- Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics & Multilingual Studies

National University of Singapore

- Bachelor of Arts in South East Asian Studies (Tamil Studies)

SIM University

- Bachelor of Early Childhood Education with Tamil Language

- Bachelor of Arts in Tamil Language and Literature

Which department am I in?

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
SG$9,050.00 (US$ 6,710) per year
Start date

Expected October 2021

Venue

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Ngee Ann Polytechnic,

Block 52 #04-01, 535 Clementi Road,

599489, Singapore

Entry requirements

For international students

AGGREGATE TYPE ELR2B2-B

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); Tamil as Mother Tongue: 1–2 ('O' Level Grade); Higher Tamil: 1–4 ('O' Level Grade); any three other subjects (excluding CCA): 1–6 ('O' Level Grade)

You must also have sat for Mathematics (Elementary/Additional) and fulfil the aggregate computation requirements.

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