Wheelock College-Singapore to Graduate 56 Students

June 09, 2011

Fifty-six students will be graduating on June 15, 2011 in Commencement exercises for Wheelock College, the first of Singapore's baccalaureate programs that links a foreign specialized institution with one of the country's polytechnics. This cohort will be the third class graduating from the innovative program, which is headed by Wheelock and aided by its partners, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, and the SEED Institute, following the degree's launching in June of 2007.

President Jackie Jenkins-Scott of Wheelock will be presenting the Commencement address. The ceremony will start at 3 pm, and will be held in the Ngee Ann Polytechnic Convention Center. A reception will follow in the Center.

The Singapore graduates have been studying full-time for two years in the Wheelock-Singapore BS degree in Early Childhood Educational Studies and Leadership. A highly-regarded American institution, with a reputation for its global outreach to Singapore and other parts of the world, Wheelock has collaborated with Ngee Ann and SEED in developing and implementing the program. Faculty from both Boston and Singapore are the instructors, and in most cases they team-teach the 20 courses required for the degree.

Students learn in cohort groups, and must spend five weeks, at the start of their second year, in residence on the Wheelock campus in Boston. There they take three courses, visit numerous childhood education centers, schools, and other related facilities in the Greater Boston area, and interact with a variety of professionals and experts in the field. Courses in Singapore are taught at Ngee Ann Polytechnic.

"It's an exciting time of year for Wheelock College, its two partners and, of course, for the students and their families," said David Fedo, Executive Director and Visiting Scholar of the Wheelock College Center for International Education, Leadership, and Innovation-Singapore, who has been with the program since the beginning. "The Singapore students, all of whom have diplomas in Early Childhood Education from Ngee Ann Polytechnic, have been serious about and committed to their studies. But I think they've had some fun too, and they've learned from their peers as well as from the instructors. The emphasis is on engagement, on interactive learning, and teaching.

"Above everything else, these graduates—all of whom are women incidentally—are passionate about nurturing and mentoring children, and in turn supporting the families of children and the communities in which they live. We at Wheelock-Singapore are confident that they will make a measurable difference in Singapore or wherever they choose to live and work, as superb teachers and leaders in the profession of early childhood education."

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