Specialist Diploma in Special Needs Education

Special Needs Education Singapore

By: ASAS School

October 14, 2014


Special Needs Education Program Introduction

The phrase ‘special educational needs’ refers to kids with understanding problems or disabilities that make it harder for them to be taught than most children of the same age. Our special needs education program will provide you with the techniques and methods to enhance your skills in treating special needs students. You will learn how to work with children or youths who have a mixture of disabilities; understand the various teaching methods to assist these children for better living; and how to work closely with the parents to update the progression and promote learning from home.

Potential Career Path in following industry: Special Need Assistant & Teachers, Counselors, Teaching assistants, Teachers in Pre-school, Kindergarten to Secondary level, Childcare worker.



Academic Requirements

  • Minimum 16 years old
  • 2 GCE ’O’ Level passes (minimum Grade C6) in any subjects, (OR)
  • Nitec, Higher Nitec or equivalent, (OR)
  • WSQ Certificate (any framework), (OR)
  • Mature Students (minimum 30 years old with 8 years of working experience)

Language Requirements

  • Language proficiency:
    • GCE O Level English C6 and above
    • or minimum IELTS 5.5
    • or PTEA 45
    • or WPLN level 5 in Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing


Special Needs Diploma Course Fees

If you apply for our Special Needs Education program, you can receive grants of up to S$200 for Specialist Diplomas.

SkillsFuture Credits: Singaporeans aged 25 and above may use their SkillsFuture credits of up to S$500.

Additional Government Subsidies: Singaporeans and PRs may receive additional Government subsidies of up to 70%.

Post-Secondary Education Account (PSEA): Singaporeans aged 21 to 30 may use their PSEA to offset up to S$3,420, if available, of their course fees.

For miscellaneous fees, kindly refer to the Payment of Fees page.

Leave us a message or give us a call at 6338 0727 to find out more about your eligibility for the above!


Special Needs Diploma Commencement Dates

Please click here for the list of dates.


Structure and Duration

  • 8 Modules
  • Minimum 12 months, Part-time (Full-time study is not available)
  • 2 lessons per week
  • Weekday: 7.00pm – 9.30pm / Weekend: 9.00am – 6.00pm, or 9.00am – 1.00pm


Assessment Methods

The following types of direct assessment methods are used as evaluation tools for each module:

  • Assignments (60%)
  • Exam (40%)

Assignments may consist of Multiple choice, True/False, Short answer questions and written assignment such as essays, Case Studies, Critical Reviews and Research Papers.

The exam is held within 1 to 4 weeks after the last lesson.


Delivery Method



Graduation Requirements

  • Achieve a minimum 24 credits and earn at least a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0.
  • Students will be conferred Specialist Diploma in Special Needs Education upon completion, awarded by Arium School of Arts & Sciences.


Teaching Staff & Student-Teacher ratio

For complete list and profile of our lecturers, please click here

Average Teacher-Student ratio

  • ASAS module 1:49
  • WSQ module 1:25


Special Needs Education Program Subjects

Students must complete 5 core electives and 3 free electives.

ASAS does not offer all the subjects listed below each semester or each year. Certain subjects may be offered on an alternate-year basis or as determined by demand. Check with our consultants on the availability of the subjects: https://asasedu.com/contact-us/


Student Contract

Click here to download a sample of the student contract for this course.


Special Needs Education Diploma Modules

Core Electives (Choose 5 modules from below)

ID Subject Title Credit Hours
1. Child Play Therapy 3
2. Children with Special Needs 3
3. Cognitive Psychology 3
4. Education Psychology 3
5. Write Reports 1.5

Free Electives

ID Subject Title Credit Hours
1. Classroom Management (WSQ) (Classroom & Aysnchronous) 3
2. Early Intervention: Fundamentals and Principles (WSQ) 3
3. Early Intervention: Key Practices and Strategies (WSQ) (Classroom & Asynchronous) 3
4. Ethics, Values and Legislation (WSQ) (Classroom & Asynchronous) 3
5. Family and Caregiver Engagement (WSQ) (Classroom & Asynchronous) 3
6. Para-Counselling (WSQ) (Classroom & Asynchronous) 3
7. Resilience and Self-Care (WSQ) (Classroom & Asynchronous) 3
8. Service Challenges (WSQ) 0.5
9. Service Excellence (WSQ) 1

Course Plan

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