Early Childhood Program Expands Globally

January 17, 2012

Wheelock College partners with the Singapore Institute of Technology to offer Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education

Wheelock Singapore Partnership

In its ongoing mission to improve the lives of children and families across the globe, Wheelock College recently announced its new partnership with the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) to offer a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education. The degree program is a joint offering between Wheelock College and SIT.

Wheelock College launched the Bachelor of Science degree program on the campus of Ngee Ann Polytechnic in 2007. It was the first Singapore program linking a Foreign Specialized Institution with a Singapore polytechnic to offer a baccalaureate degree in a "niche" field. In June 2013, the last cohort of bachelor degree students will graduate from the original program.

Wheelock's Early Childhood Education degree, in partnership with the SIT is one of seven new degree programs SIT will be offering. Other programs will include occupational therapy, physiotherapy, communications design, interior design, aeronautical engineering, and aerospace system. In addition to its partnership with Wheelock, SIT will collaborate with three other Overseas University partners for its August 2012 intake to include the University of Glasgow (UK), The Glasgow School of Arts (UK), and Trinity College Dublin (UK).

"It is with great personal pleasure that we formally transition from our original program to the Singapore Institute of Technology," said Wheelock College's President, Jackie Jenkins-Scott. "Like Principal Chia of Ngee Ann Polytechnic, our colleagues at SIT are committed to excellence and to continuing the legacy initiated nearly six years ago. We are most honored and pleased to join with seven other distinguished institutions that are collaborating with SIT to expand excellent educational opportunities. We mark this event as a very special moment in the history of Wheelock's presence in Singapore and we look forward to the contribution we will make together in meeting the educational goals of the people of Singapore and of those around the world."

On the new collaborations, SIT President Professor Tan Chin Tiong said, "SIT has grown rapidly since its establishment in 2009. Expanding our discipline now into design and education, our goal is to equip our students with the knowledge to excel in their chosen fields of study and to be job-ready when they graduate. We are pleased to offer these new degree programs and anticipate more announcements soon."

Relationships built in the early years of Wheelock College's presence in Singapore have led to a deep understanding of the social, political, and cultural factors that influence the design of early education in diverse settings. The rapid and continuous expansion of the need for high-quality child care centers has afforded Wheelock the opportunity to design and deliver innovative programs to meet the changing needs for professional development in the early childhood field in Singapore and in other parts of the world.

By June 2012, Wheelock will have 2,767 graduates in Singapore.

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