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Master of Science In Early Childhood Education

*This course is not available to new students for enrolment. Existing students are in the process of completing the course. 

The Wheelock College-SEED Institute Master of Science in Early Childhood Education programme applies current research-based knowledge, theory, and evaluation in the fields of child development and early education. Participants engage in critical and analytical thinking and research studies that support the development of lifelong learning skills. This graduate programme provides an excellent model to educate professionals for leadership and management, curriculum development and evaluation, and parent and early childhood education positions in Asia and the world.

Upon successful completion of the programme, graduates will be awarded with a Master of Science from Wheelock College.

This programme is recognised with international accreditation by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Wheelock College is accredited by the National Council for Teacher Education (NCATE), Council on Social Work Education (SWE) and recognised by several national specialty organisations including the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI), the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), and the International Reading Association (IRA).

Wheelock College is charted by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and holds accreditation from the following institution:

  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). NEASC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation as being a reliable authority on the quality of institutions of higher education.
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).
  • Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Wheelock College undergraduate and graduate degrees are also recognized by the following national specialty organizations:

  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
  • Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI)
  • Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)
  • International Reading Association (IRA)

Wheelock's focused commitment, coupled with solid academic programs, has won it an international reputation for leadership, innovation, and excellence. Recognition has been given by:

  • In 2006, The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) selected Wheelock College as a leadership institution for the new program, Teachers for the 21st Century, for its role in strengthening teacher preparation programs.
  • In 2005 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) ranked Wheelock College in the top one percent for enriching educational experiences in colleges that offer master degrees.


  • Support professional development to create an upgraded core of educators, leaders and advocates in early childhood education.
  • Offer knowledge and competence for professionals to be effective in curriculum development, review and evaluation.
  • Build a cadre of leaders who can support others to teach, care for, and continue to improve the quality of lives for children and families in the 21st century.
  • Provide professionals with access to a network of peers who collaborate and exchange ideas.
  • Equip educators with the competence to respond to leadership challenges as they gain exposure to new developments in educational leadership and other human services fields
  • Empower learners to become advocates for children and be sensitive to the diverse needs of children and families in multicultural and inclusive educational environments.


The Master of Science in Early Childhood Education programme grants a total of 30 credits of Graduate study and may be completed over approximately 18 months (250 hours). Courses are taught by senior Wheelock College and SEED Institute faculty, conducted after office hours in the evenings (Monday to Friday) including an all-day Saturday commitment.

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Programme Module

Courses address the individual learner's career goals including a six-credit Independent Study which allows learners to explore a topic of individual interest. Includes graduate courses such as:

Module Title Duration
Lifespan Development: Birth to Adulthood 24 Hours
The Impact of Special Needs on Learning and Development: The Early Years 24 Hours
Research Methods 24 Hours
Developing Infant and Toddler Programs 24 Hours
Practitioner as Researcher 24 Hours
Leadership for Organizational Change in Educational Settings 24 Hours
Contemporary Issues in Child and Family Studies 24 Hours
Early Childhood Curriculum Planning and Assessment 24 Hours
Early Childhood Program Development and Evaluation 24 Hours
Capstone Research 24 Hours

Note: Courses offered are subjected to modification.

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Students will be assessed by written assignments, case studies and/or a project.

Entry Requirement

Generally, learners admitted into this Program will have three to four prior years of work experience in the area of education and have the equivalent of a Baccalaureate Degree in any discipline.

In addition, all learners admitted into this program must have a Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education accredited by the Preschool Qualification Accreditation Committee (PQAC) of the Ministry of Education (MOE) and Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF). Applicants without this experience can also be considered and reviewed by Wheelock College. Wheelock College holds the right to make the final admissions decision for all applicants to the Master of Science program.

Graduates of the master programme will still need to obtain the necessary qualifications accredited by MOE-MSF Pre-School Qualification Accreditation Committee (PQAC) (e.g. Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education - Teaching [DECCE-T] / Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education - Leadership [DECCE-L]) for teaching / supervisory positions in local childcare centres / kindergartens.

Programme Fee

$30,762.50 (inclusive of prescribed textbooks and study materials) 
(17 months installments interest free)

Self-sponsored applicants who are NTUC members enjoy UTAP funding of up to 50% claim on unfunded programme fee capped at $250 per year. Prevailing terms & conditions apply.

Early Bird Discount – Candidates who have successfully enrolled before 31st August 2017 are entitled to an early bird discount of $200. Eligible candidates would have this amount offset from your final instalment. 

SEED Alumni Members – Candidates who are existing SEED Alumni members are entitled to a $300 discount. Alumni membership must be valid throughout course of study to qualify. This amount will be offset from your final instalment upon proof of your membership status. Please provide email proof of your SEED Alumni membership + renewal to enjoy this discount.

Referral Programme – If you are a SEED and/or Wheelock College alumni and you refer a friend to join the MSc10 course, you will stand a chance to win an iPad*!
*Referee must be accepted into the MSc10 course and have started class for the referrer to be eligible for the lucky draw.