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DECSE ID - Diploma In Early Childhood Special Education


Registration & Prospectus: Rs. 500 /-
Course Fees: For Fee and Other Details Contact Us
Submission of Application Forms: As per guidelines of RCI
Last Date with late fees of Rs. 500/- for submission of Application Forms: As per guidelines of RCI.
Duration: 1 year
Eligibility: 10+2 or above. Preference given to existing professionals & teachers.
Rehabilitation Council of India's (RCI) Course.
Centre Code: 9071

The training programmes in India, currently focuses on persons with Mental Retardation at school going age and vocational age. The importance of early detection and suitable training and management is well known. Early childhood education has emerged as an important area of interest. Children with developmental delay (DD) or at risk for Mental Retardation certainly need supportive education in early years of life. Currently, there is a worldwide trend towards enhancing support through early childhood special education. This being the critical period, appropriate intervention at the right time arrests further damage and helps parents mould their attitude positively towards management of the child with DD/Mental Retardation.

Objectives of the Course

  • Human resource development
  • Research and development
  • Development models of care and rehabilitation
  • Consultancy services to voluntary organisations
  • Documentation and dissemination
  • Extension and Outreach programmes

Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) focuses on children below 6 years of age and has various modes and approaches in imparting training based on the ability of the target group. This could be home based training, centre based training, placement in regular pre-schools, Anganwadis or Balawadis. This demands training of human resources suitable to reaching out to the families by being a home visitor or itinerant teacher, to manage children with disabilities in regular or special pre-schools. The early childhood special educator is also expected to work as a member in a multi-disciplinary team for designing and managing the curriculum, to enhance inclusion of the disabled children alongside the mainstream population. To provide all of these competencies, a programme leading to Diploma in Early Childhood Special Education is being offered at INPA, Chandigarh.


  • To provide competencies among trainees in areas of early detection of disabilities, assessment, programming and evaluation.

  • To train them to work as a member in a multi-disciplinary team.

  • To provide teaching strategies in ECSE, in various pre-school settings.

  • To be an effective link between home and the school.

  • To prepare the children for primary school education.

Scope & Placement Opportunities

Placement opportunities to work as Early Childhood special Educator:

  • In regular preschools.
  • In Special schools in classes for pre school children.
  • In research projects on ECSE/ECE.
  • Coordination of Anganwadi Centres and any Govt or Private pre - school centres including children with special educational needs.
  • To be a home based instructor and/or itinerant teacher for pre school children with developmental delays.
  • Any school programme special / regular schools working towards inclusion of special children in regular pre-schools

Minimum educational qualification for admission to the course will be, successful completion of ten plus two or equivalent examination with 50% marks for candidates belonging to general category and 40% for reserved category as prescribed by Govt. of India.

Admission Criteria
Educational Qualification: 10+2 : 60 marks

Preferential weightage for candidates for Science/Engineering stream : 10 marks

Weightage for experienced / sponsored candidates : 05 marks

Parents / siblings of persons with mental retardation : 05 marks

Interview : 20 marks