Advanced Diploma in Special Education (E-Learning)

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

This 12-month Advanced Diploma in Special Education (ADISE) part-time programme is designed specifically to train potential candidates to teach children with special needs. The candidates will acquire curriculum development and teaching pedagogy to enable children acquire literacy and numeracy competencies. These children may have a wide range of disabilities, including those with various degrees of intellectual, physical, behavioural, psychological, and sensory problems, or a combination of these.

The course is to be delivered through online conferencing applications such as Zoom.


Each lesson is recorded and the recordings will be saved to a password protected depository (e.g. cloud or hard disk storage) up to 3 months after the last class. The recordings may be retrieved for review purpose by the Academic Board. Feedback is also conducted for both lecturers and students at the end of each module to gather responses on the strengths and areas for improvements.

Funding eligibility: UTAP 

Faculty School of Education
Programme Code ADISE
Intake Date 17 July 2024 / 25 July 2024
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The course’s objectives are as follow:

  • 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.

The ADISE programme begins by introducing students to the psychology of education and then moves on to the nature of special education, the areas of special educational needs, the identification, diagnosis and treatment of these needs and the basic principles and practices of effective teaching and learning. The programme is highly practice-oriented to ensure that what they learn in their classes can be applied to children with special needs under their charge.

11 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 and Intervention Strategies
Module 6 Specific Learning Difficulties
Module 7 Autism Spectrum Disorders
Module 8 Attention Deficit Disorders
Module 9 Sensory Integration
Module 10 Communication Disorders
Module 11 30 hours of Supervised Practicum

Modules Synopses
Click here for information on modules in this programme.

Click here for the list of registered lecturers deployed for the respective programmes and modules.

There will be one graded written assignment (100%) for each module. 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 attain a pass in a module, students must achieve at least 50% on the written assignment.

Candidates must also submit a written report upon fulfilling the compulsory practicum hours, to graduate from the course.

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

For admission to the ADISE programme:

  • Minimum Age Requirement: 17 Years Old
  • Language Proficiency: At least C6 at GCE O Level English, or equivalent
  • Diploma in Learning Disorders Management & Child Psychology awarded by College of Allied Educators; OR,
  • At least passes in 2 ‘A’ Level and 2 ‘AO’ Level subjects including a pass in General Paper obtained at the GCE ‘A’ Level (English) Singapore-Cambridge Examination; OR,
  • Diploma in any discipline; OR,
  • Degree 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: 17 July 2024 / 25 July 2024
Duration: 12 Months (Part-Time)
Contact Hours: 270 hrs (240 hrs + 30 hrs practicum)
Schedule: Tuesday and Thursday and/or Wednesday and Friday
7.00pm – 10.00pm
Course Fee Structure: Payment to be made to
Non Refundable Application Fees: Application Fee – S$150.00
Course Fee: S$10,310.00
Total Payable before GST: S$10,460.00
GST of 9%: S$941.40
Total Payable after GST: S$11,401.40
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.