This module is part of the NUS-SEED Institute Advanced Certificate in Centre Leadership and Management and has to be taken as part of the Advanced Certificate with the other modules.
For information on the module registration, please email Steven Loo
The Capstone Project is a workplace-learning process. Students pursue independent research on a question or problem of their choice, and engage with the operators and Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) sector stakeholders in the relevant topics. With the guidance of a field practicum supervisor, students produce a portfolio that reflects a deep understanding of the topic through a self-directed learning model. Students are strongly encouraged to choose a topic in which they have some competence, based on both their academic understanding and professional experience, or exploration of future career options. The Capstone Project is a valuable intellectual experience and acts as a vehicle through which students can demonstrate their understanding, as well as analytical and writing skills, to either their current or prospective employers or counterparts within the ECCE sector. Completion of the Capstone Project and its subsequent pass grading are required for graduation.
At the end of the course, participants will be able to:
- Incorporate a culture of continuous learning in an authentic setting;
- Enhance professional growth and development;
- Drive their centre’s initiatives, systems and processes and look into the coherence of plans;
- Articulate and evaluate systems and processes;
- Evaluate resource planning strategies that support the sustainability of the centre;
- Formulate strategies and implement plans to build the capacity of human resource management and development;
- Lead team leaders to develop business strategies and governance management; and
- Lead workplace communication and engagement.
The Capstone Project is a 48 academic hour process, taking place over one month, in which students pursue independent research on a question, topic or problem of their choice. With the guidance of a supervisor – students will produce a portfolio and give a short presentation that reflects a deep understanding of the selected topic through a Self-Directed Learning (SDL) model.
Students are strongly encouraged to choose a topic in which they have some competence based on both their academic understanding and professional experience. The Capstone Project is a valuable intellectual experience and acts as a vehicle through which students can demonstrate their understanding and analytical skills. Completion of the Capstone Project and its subsequent pass grading are required for graduation.
The participant should have:
- At least two years of working experience as a childcare teacher or manager;
- Proficient in Advanced Microsoft Excel; and WPLN level 5 in Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing and Numeracy
- Prior knowledge and skills in:
- Recognising the opportunities, challenges, current trends and digital influences in the ECCE landscape;
- Designing values-centric learning environment;
- Appreciating effective workplace communication, diversity and its impact on the business to:
- drive coherent centre’s initiatives, systems and processes;
- manage and review systems and processes;
- manage sustainable resource planning;
- lead others to develop business strategies and governance management;
- Building effective human resource management to develop staff and instilling continuous learning culture in the organisation;
- Developing leadership effectiveness to lead change for business success; and
- Coaching team members for enhanced performance
Who Should Attend
Lead Teachers, Senior Lead Teachers, Centre Leaders, Senior Centre Leaders, Curriculum Quality Managers, Childcare Centre Entrepreneurs
Mode of Training
Ms. Yip Kwai Heng
Yip Kwai Heng, Lecturer, holds a Master of Arts in Early Childhood Studies from Roehampton University, a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education with a Focus on Literacy from Wheelock College, a Degree in Bachelor of Business Administration from University of Singapore, and a Diploma in Early Childhood Studies from Singapore Institute of Management.
Kwai Heng has over 18 years of early childhood experience where she has held a professional portfolio spanning teaching and managing child care centres as well as mentoring pre- and in-service teachers. Prior to joining SEED Institute, Kwai Heng teaches the certificate and diploma programmes. She also conducts Continuing Professional Development (CPD) workshops for early childhood educators in the fields of teacher-child interaction, classroom management and observation and assessment.
Ms. Geraldine Susay
Geraldine Susay comes with more than 25 years of experience in the ECCE field. Over the years her passion for ECCE has led her to guiding and mentoring teachers and partnering with parents.
She joined My First Skool as a principal, leading in a centre. Subsequently, she was transferred to NTUC First Campus (NFC) Headquarters in the Learning and Development unit. Geraldine played a vital role in co-facilitation and in mentoring in the Grow with Us Programme (GWU). Besides GWU, she has inspired and on boarded many cohorts of new early childhood educators. Since then her portfolio has expanded to designing various in-house programmes for principals and teachers. She continues to facilitate in various in house programs
As a strong believer of professional mastery, Geraldine completed her Master of Education (Early Childhood) with University of Monash in 2017. She also holds an Advance Certificate of Training and Assessment (ACTA), a professional workplace trainer certification from Workforce Development Agency.