Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Early Childhood Education

Validated and Awarded by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Course Overview

The Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Early Childhood Education offered by Asian International College is thoughtfully designed to develop outstanding leaders for high quality early childhood programmes.

This degree programme, comprising 120 credit points, provides early childhood professionals with advanced knowledge of early years' development and education, as well as a sound understanding of the key roles and expectations of educators working with young children and their families. The programme takes into account the environment and unique cultural heritage of Singapore while complying with the British Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) benchmarks on early childhood studies.

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the programme, students will be able to:

  • Address issues related to the preschool curriculum ranging from subject knowledge and understanding; planning, teaching and class management; monitoring, assessment, recording, reporting, and accountability; 
  • Implement best practices for teachers or principals of preschool centres in the areas of curriculum development, centre management, leadership and administration, and current curriculum issues and research; 
  • Develop a thorough understanding of the ethical issues in early childhood education provision;
  • Have an increased awareness of the needs and rights of children in a multicultural environment; 
  • Develop the standards required of teachers or principals in the area of subject knowledge according to ECTAC (formerly known as PQAC) guidelines as a basis for further professional development and the statutory standards required by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David; 
  • Become reflective practitioners who are able to analyse, synthesise, apply and manage and evaluate.

Programme Structure

Students will gain an in-depth comprehension of the integrated nature of child development in its theoretical and methodical context. The degree seeks to combine the breadth of coverage required by preschool educators and principals, and develop their critical acumen and soundness of judgement characteristic of studies at the Honours level.

Upon completion of the Core Modules, students will be able to address issues related to preschool curriculum, with focus on the requirements of relevant preschool agencies and accreditation committees. They will develop the standards required of educators in the areas such as planning, teaching, monitoring and assessment, as well as extend and deepen their own subject specialisation knowledge. In addition, students will develop the standards required of preschool principals in the areas such as curriculum development and leadership, current curriculum issues and research.

Delivery

The course comprises six core modules. It is delivered through a variety of engaging, interactive and hands-on modes, which include face-to-face sessions, small group discussions, projects and role-play.

Students will have the strong support of a well-qualified and experienced full-time and adjunct faculty. There will also be opportunities to benefit from interactions with early childhood industry experts who will contribute to the degree programme as guest speakers.

Assessment

Students will be assessed based on individual work for every module in the programme. The weightage for assignment will range from 30% to 70%. A range of assessment methods are used over the whole process of the programme learning: in-class presentations, individual written assignments, reflective journals, and a dissertation based on a research project within the broadly defined area of early childhood education and development.

Module Synopses

Entry Requirements & Duration

The degree programme is open to Teachers, Principals and Administrators who have a strong commitment towards their professional development and possess the relevant entry qualifications:

  • Graduates of Diploma in Preschool Education - Leadership OR
  • Graduates of Diploma in Early Childhood Care & Education - Leadership OR
  • Graduates of WSQ Specialist Diploma in Early Childhood Care & Education

All applicants will require a minimum of IELTS 6.0 or GCE ‘O' level English grade C5 or GCE ‘A' level General Paper grade C6 or equivalent.

Academic Progression

Requirement for Graduation

To qualify for certification and/or progression to the next level of the programme, students must pass all prescribed modules.

  • Students will be notified on their assessment results within 3 months from the last assessment.
  • The certificate will be presented to the student upon graduation annually.

Award

Students who successfully complete all modules will be awarded the prestigious Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Early Childhood Education by the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, United Kingdom. The degree is fully accredited by the British Government by means of a Royal Charter and carries the same status and recognition as other Bachelor degrees granted by the University to its on-campus students. Graduates will be entitled to use the title BA (Hons) ECE after their names.

Financial Assistance Schemes

We offer interest-free instalment plans for programme fees to all students requiring assistance in managing their educational expenses. Recognising that higher education is a long-term investment, our interest-free instalment plans will allow for payment for the course fees over a period of time rather than one lump sum. The quantum of payment scheme differs for each programme.

Alternatively, we can also assist students in applying for study loans with financial institutions.

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