Capability Development For Special Education


38-Hour Course: Facilitating Arts-Based Learning for Children with Special Needs

To equip arts instructors with skills to deliver arts programmes to children with special needs, NAC has collaborated with the Social Service Institute (SSI) to deliver a customised training course for arts instructors to better understand children with learning disabilities in SPED and mainstream schools. 


The 38-hour Facilitating Arts Based Learning for Children with Special Needs course is a highly interactive course with activities, case studies, discussions and a practicum attachment with SPED schools. The course aims to equip arts instructors with the skills to: 


  • Describe common disabilities, characteristics and developmental milestones of children with special needs


  • Assess and analyse students’ learning profiles via a theoretical framework


  • Apply specific and broad theories in enhancing students’ learning behaviour


  • Integrate knowledge and practice of special needs in arts lessons or activities

Course Fees:

The full cost of training is $1,872.50, inclusive of GST. 


To encourage participation and a culture of continuous skills upgrading, arts instructors who are approved to conduct programmes under the NAC-AEP and arts instructors conducting NAC supported programmes will pay only $187.25 per person after a 90% course fee subsidy


For more information on the NAC –AEP scheme, please refer here.


Venue Course Dates and Timing Register By

Various locations including: 

  • Rainbow Centre Yishun Park School


  • Rainbow Centre Margaret Drive School


  • Social Service Institute Central Plaza

29 January 2019 (Tues): 3pm - 5.30pm 
Orientation and Class Attachment

31 January 2019 (Thurs): 7pm - 9.30pm 
Skills required for functional activities

8 & 11 February 2019 (Fri & Mon): 7pm - 9.30pm 
Overview of disabilities
(focus on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Learning Disability and Intellectual Disability)

15 & 18 February 2019 (Fri & Mon): 7pm - 9.30pm 
Identify and manage students with Sensory Processing Disorders during lesson in the arts

22 & 25 February 2019 (Fri & Mon): 7pm - 9.30pm 
Social Communication in children with special needs

1 & 4 & 8 March 2019 (Fri & Mon & Fri): 7pm - 9.30pm 
Understanding & managing behaviour: Strategies and application

11 March to 17 May 2019: Within school hours
Observation and Practicum Sessions

24 May 2019 (Fri): 7pm - 9.30pm 
Presentation and Wrap-Up

* above schedule may be subject to changes.

23 Nov 2018



Registration for this course is now closed. Thank you for your interest.

To sign up for the course, please register using your SingPass or CorpPass (for company-sponsored applications) via SSI online course webpage here.


Please note that this course satisfies the minimum pedagogical requirement for NAC-AEP instructors wishing to conduct NAC-AEP Experience workshop programmes for SPED schools from 2017 onwards. It is NOT compulsory to attend the pedagogy training courses if you are not an approved instructor under the NAC-AEP.


If you already possess a minimum of 10 years of teaching experience or other relevant pedagogical qualifications necessary for exemption from EM, please refer here for more information about the relevant verification processes. 


Please contact us at if you have any queries or require any clarifications.


The arts are an expression of ideas, feelings and experiences. The different art forms, theatre, dance, music, literary arts and visual arts encourage cognitive, behavioural and affective growth and development among students in Special Education (SPED). 



It is NAC’s vision that the arts will one day become an integral part of all SPED schools’ curriculum. In 2012, the NAC introduced the Artist-SPED School Partnership Programme to provide a unique opportunity for artists and SPED teachers to co-develop and co-teach arts-based lessons. A variety of media, and lessons were customised to the learning needs of students with diverse abilities and interests. As a result of this programme and the NAC Artist-in-School scheme, seven projects were selected to be included in this Visual Arts Toolkit for SPED Schools, catering to students of varied disability profiles.



This Visual Arts Toolkit contains a collection of unique and innovative projects jointly developed and implemented by Singapore-based artists working in close collaboration with SPED teachers to bring the teaching and learning of the Visual Arts into the SPED classroom. These projects give students the opportunities to express themselves through different modes, acquire social skills and cultivate their self-confidence. This contributes to their holistic development. By gathering these experiences into a toolkit, NAC hopes to inspire more SPED teachers to explore ways to introduce the visual arts into their classrooms, and engage students in appropriate, meaningful and successful artmaking. 



MOE-NAC Collaboration


The Ministry of Education (MOE) is a key partner in bringing the Visual Arts Toolkit to fruition.  The MOE considers the arts as an integral part of the SPED curriculum, one that contributes to a holistic development of SPED students. In the SPED Curriculum Framework (2012), the arts come under one of the six core Learning Domains to meet the desired Living, Learning and Working (LLW) outcomes of every student.