Diploma in Education (Special Needs)

Special Education, Special Needs, Part-Time Programme, Diploma, Advanced Diploma

This 6-month Diploma in Education (Special Needs) (DSPED) part-time programme is designed specifically to train potential candidates to teach children with a wide range of disabilities, including those with various degrees of intellectual, behavioural, and sensory problems, or a combination of these. The candidates will acquire curriculum development and teaching pedagogy to enable children to acquire literacy and numeracy competencies.

Faculty School of Education
Programme Code DSPED
Intake Date 21 March 2023
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  • have a basic knowledge of the key areas of child development, educational theory, and the aetiology of the major types of disabilities;
  • have the skills necessary for the identification of specific disabilities and the diagnosis and assessment of individual weaknesses;
  • be able to develop competency in a range of teaching skills to suit the needs of the children being taught; and
  • be able to plan and evaluate individualised intervention programmes for their own area of disability specialisation.

Students will first gain an introductory yet essential understanding of the various categories of exceptional children and the different supporting educational programmes available. Information on the principles and guidance strategies as applied to the exceptional child will be presented next. Different methodologies to aid a child’s development in literacy, numeracy and daily living skills will be taught before students learn the different variations in behavioural modification in various settings. Lastly, besides various intervention strategies introduced, students will also learn to confidently design and implement an Individual Education Plan or IEP to aid individuals in specific areas such as language and communication, and social and emotional.

5 Modules

Module 1 Special Education and Exceptional Children
Module 2 Diagnosis, Assessment and Referral of Exceptional Children
Module 3 Literacy; Numeracy and Adaptive Daily Living Skills
Module 4 Behaviour and Classroom Management
Module 5 Individual Education Plan (IEP) and Intervention Strategies

Modules Synopses
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Each module will be formally assessed by written assignments and an examination. Students must attend 75% of the classes to qualify for the examination.

CAE requires a minimum 90% attendance each month from its international students on ICA’s Student Pass.

To achieve a pass in a module, students must achieve at least 50% combining both written assignment and final examination.

Students must successfully complete and pass all the stipulated course modules to be awarded the Diploma in Education (Special Needs).

For admission to the Diploma in Education (Special Needs) programme:

  • Minimum Age Requirement: 16 Years Old
  • Language Proficiency: At least C6 at GCE O Level English, or equivalent
  • Certificate in Learning Disorders Management & Language Development awarded by College of Allied Educators; OR
  • At least 3 passes in ‘O’ Level subjects including a pass in English Language obtained at the GCE ‘O’ Level (English) Singapore-Cambridge Examination; OR
  • Diploma in any discipline.

For applicants who do not meet the above entry requirements, on a case-by-case basis, they may be required to take on bridging modules FIRST, before enrolling into this course.

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Next Intake: 21 March 2023
Duration: 6 Months (Part-Time)
Contact Hours: 120 hrs
Schedule: Tuesday & Thursday | 7.00pm – 10.00pm
Course Fee Structure: Payment to be made to
Non Refundable Application Fees: Application Fee – S$150.00
Course Fee: S$5,255.00
Total Payable before GST: S$5,405.00
GST of 8%: S$432.40
Total Payable after GST: S$5,837.40
Payment Mode:

Cash / NETS / Credit Card / Cheque / Telegraphic Transfer / Bank Transfer / PayNow / In-house Instalment

– Interest-free instalment up to 12 months available for UOB & OCBC Credit Card Holders.
– In-house instalments available on a case-by-case basis.
Refund terms: Refund table as per student contract
Fee Protection Scheme (FPS): Fee Protection Scheme
Other Fees: Miscellaneous Fees

Disclaimer: All terms, schedules, and prices are subject to change without prior notice and at the discretion of College of Allied Educators.