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Empower you with practical knowledge and skills to support learners with dyslexia and other Specific Learning Differences (SpLD)
Date: July 1, 2022
Duration: 15 hours


Specialist Diploma in Learning Support for Specific Learning Differences (SpLD)


Individuals who aspire to support students with dyslexia and other specific learning differences, who may learn differently


This programme introduces a teaching approach that is built on international practices with an Asian perspective. 

Recognising that learners with dyslexia often have co-occurring SpLDs, this programme equips individuals with knowledge and skills to support other areas that learners with dyslexia may face challenges in, including Math, Chinese, exam skills, executive function, and language development.

The bite-sized modules make learning accessible for adult learners, while the choice of modules offers autonomy in charting their own learning pathway.


Be awarded the Specialist Diploma in Supporting Learners with SpLD upon successful completion of the programme.

Students in this programme may also apply for membership with the Register of Educational Therapists (ASIA) (RETA) which connect SEN practitioners by recognising their professional status and endorsing their qualifications and providing opportunities for professional development.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Students who have obtained relevant prior knowledge and skills OR completed any of the certificate courses with the DAS Academy may apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL) within three years from the date of acquiring the qualifications or certificates. With the completion of outstanding modules and practicum, they will be able to qualify for the Specialist Diploma in Supporting Learners with SpLD.

Teaching and delivery

Dual mode learning is provided i.e. students can choose to attend physical or online lectures. The lectures are delivered mainly by DAS Academy lecturers with extensive field experience, supported by other DAS professionals whenever relevant.


Typical module assignments include quizzes, written assessments, lesson plans and presentations.

Upcoming intakes and application period

This programme admits students monthly. Application closes on the 7th of each month.

Teacher-student ratio

This programme has a student-teacher ratio of 1:35.

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$6.252.90 (inclusive of 8% GST)

The course fee will be adjusted to $6,310.80 for all payments received on or after 1 January 2024, reflecting the increase in GST from 8% to 9%. *The Credit Card Instalment Payment Plan (IPP) is applicable for OCBC Visa/Mastercard.
  • The eligible cardholder may choose to pay in Monthly Instalments over 6 and 12 months.
  • A minimum amount of $500.00 for each transaction.
  • The IPP is interest-free to cardholders.
Updated 5 Dec 2023
Wef 1 Jan 2023 (incl. of GST at 8%) Wef 1 Jan 2024 (incl. of GST at 9%)
Non-refundable Application Fee $32.40 $32.70
Accreditation of Prior Learning – Non-Refundable APL Processing Fee $54.00 $54.50


Applicants will be notified to make payment of course fee in two installments, once their applications have been accepted. If you have previously undertaken any of the modules as certificate courses that make up the Specialist Diploma (e.g. Certificate in Dyslexia & Literacy Teaching) or its equivalent within the last three years, you may be exempted from part of the Specialist Diploma via Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL). This will prevent you from duplicating the study which has been previously completed.

Interested to deepen your knowledge of dyslexia and other specific learning differences but don’t know where to get started?

Join us at the DAS Academy Programme Preview Session to find out more about the higher education courses we offer, the Master of Arts in Special Educational Needs/Additional Learning Needs and the new Specialist Diploma in Learning Support for Specific Learning Differences.

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The Specialist Diploma in Learning Support for Specific Learning Differences can be completed in a minimum of 12 months and a maximum of 36 months. For the award of the Specialist Diploma in Learning Support for SpLD, participants have to successfully complete seven modules (127 hours).

These modules are also offered alone as standalone certificates from our Certificate Courses

Two Compulsory ModulesElective A: Choose three 15-hr modulesElective B: Choose one 21-hr modulePracticum
  • 10-hour teaching intervention
  • 5 hours of consultation with supervisor

For the award of the Specialist Diploma in Specific Learning Differences, students have to complete 6 modular courses and a practicum. The Specialist Diploma is delivered on weekday evenings and/or Saturdays, with a total of 127 contact hours for the entire diploma.

Module Description

Please click on the titles to learn more about the modules.

No.Compulsory Modules2023 RunsDates
1Understanding Dyslexia1st of every monthView here
2Dyslexia and Literacy Teaching





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No.Compulsory Modules2023 RunsDates
1Specific Learning Differences (SpLD) in Practice (Practicum)





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Minimum Age: 18 years old
Academic Level: Minimum 5 GCE ‘O’ level passes, or equivalent
Language Proficiency: GCE ‘O’ Level pass in English Language as the 1st Language, or equivalent

Documents to be included in your application:

  • Copy of NRIC (Front & Back)
  • Passport-sized photo
  • Copy of O Levels Certificate or equivalent
  • A personal statement
    (500 – 1000 words) should introduce your background; explain your rationale for taking up this programme and the significance of this programme for your personal and/or professional development.
  • 2 Character References
    (the character reference is a recommendation or a personal reference provided by someone who knows you and can attest to your character and abilities. Character referees should not be immediate family members. Testimonials should be about 250 words and should support your application for the course)
  • Relevant Academic / Professional Qualifications
    (if applying via the Alternative Entry)
  • Copies of DAS Academy Certificates and Transcripts
    (if applying for Accreditation of Prior Learning)

For updated information on the closing date, please contact DAS Academy.
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Why choose us?

An Asian Perspective

Academic programmes are developed with a perspective relevant to the Asian educational environment

Wide Expertise

Lecturers have a wide range of expertise in the fields of Specific Learning Differences, Psychology and Special Education

Practical Approach

Academic programmes provide both theoretical and practical approaches


  • Q. How is the Teaching Practicum module conducted?

    Students are required to teach a learner who may be at risk of literacy difficulties for 10 lessons, each lesson should be a duration of 1 hour. The learner will have to be sourced from students’ own contacts. A mentor will be assigned to you for a duration of 5 hours, which will run concurrently with the teaching practicum.

  • Q. I have completed all the compulsory modules and four other modules via the Certificate Courses route. How do I make the conversion for the Specialist Diploma?

    You should have achieved a Certificate of Achievement for 6 completed modules. The application fee of $32.10 and Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) of $53.50 will be required for conversion.

    Please contact our Student Services at 6336 2555 for the cost of the Practicum Module. Please note that the Practicum module must be completed no later than 3 years from the completion date of your first Certificate Course.

  • Q. I have not completed all the required certificate courses. Can I still apply to convert to the Specialist Diploma?
    Yes, you can indicate your interest to make the conversion here. Our Student Services Associate will get in touch with you on how to proceed.
  • Q. When is the closing date of application?

    Application closes two weeks before the commencement of the course. Commencement of the Specialist Diploma will be upon successful signing of the student contract.

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