Essentials of Teaching and Learning Approaches (ETLA)

The course is designed and facilitated by leading drama educators and academics in the industry and is the only part-time drama pedagogy programme in Singapore.

SDEA's signature drama pedagogy certification course.

This 49-hour certification course will provide you with fundamental pedagogical knowledge and skills to create meaningful and imaginative learning experiences for your students and participants with drama, and widen the possibilities and opportunities for work in Singapore.

At the end of the course, participants will be awarded with a Certificate of Completion, which is recognised by the National Arts Council. This Certificate satisfies the pedagogical requirement for arts instructors to conduct NAC-AEP Arts Experience programmes in Primary and Secondary Schools, Junior Colleges, Centralised Institutes and ITE Regional Campuses.

ETLA graduates will be invited to join a Community of Practice that meets quarterly to reflect on their practice and share best practices.

About The Course

Course Objectives:

  • Develop greater awareness of the role and impact of a drama educator in the Singapore context
  • Understand the creative potential of drama-based pedagogies that aim to foster students’ curiosity, empathy and criticality
  • Understand key components of lesson planning and acquire skills in planning developmentally appropriate drama lesson for target groups
  • Manage resources and the physical environment as part of classroom management
  • Understanding of physical, psychological and emotional safety and well-being in the classroom
  • Develop skills and strategies to guide students in unpacking arts and cultural experiences while encouraging critical thinking and dialogue

Minimum Requirement:

  • Professional Qualification (minimum of a diploma in a relevant art form, and/or industry experience)
  • Some Teaching Experience

Suitable For:

  • Fresh Graduates from Tertiary Drama Programmes
  • Drama/Theatre-based Artists
  • Drama Educators Without Pedagogy Training (e.g., Drama CCA Instructors, Drama Enrichment Instructors)
  • School Teachers

Course Fee

Standard Registration:S$1,250.00

SDEA Members: S$1,000.00

(inclusive of admin and registration fee)

Course Application

Express your interest to join the 2025 Course Run

Estimated course period: Jan - early March 2025

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