Update day: 22-08-2023
Category: Education / Training
Job type: Full-time
Salary: $3,000 a month
DYSLEXIA ASSOCIATION OF SINGAPORE LIMITED
Join a rapidly growing organisation that has over 250 full time employees and operates from 14
centres and other locations in Singapore!
The Dyslexia Association of Singapore Limited (DAS) provides a continuum of services for children
with dyslexia, their parents, mainstream teachers and other professionals in the field of dyslexia in
Position Trainee Educational Therapists – Full Time
Division/Branch Main Literacy Programme, English Language & Literacy (ELL) Division
Receive training to become a specialist professional - to provide educational therapy and help shape
the lives of children with dyslexia who can achieve their true potential in life when given the right
guidance and support.
All candidates must be registered with the Ministry of Education (MOE) before they can start
teaching at the DAS.
Programmes under the DAS
Children with dyslexia, once assessed by DAS Specialist Psychologists from the SpLD Assessment
Services (SAS) Division, are referred to the Main Literacy Programme (MLP) under the English
Language & Literacy (ELL) Division. Many children are also referred to DAS by psychologists from
MOE, hospitals and private practice. These children attend classes in MOE schools and come to the
DAS for additional support after school hours. Students normally come to the 14 DAS learning
centres for two hours a week during the regular school term. DAS classes are kept to an average of
four students to ensure individual attention can be provided. Our educational therapy is based on
the Orton-Gillingham approach and covers a range of literacy skills including phonics, which enables
children with dyslexia to learn better and become independent learners. DAS Educational Therapists
also meet up regularly with learners’ parents to give feedback, advice and encouragement.
The duties and responsibilities of DAS Educational Therapists include
Conducting lessons in a group setting (4 to 5 students in a class).
Conducting informal assessments at least twice a year in a group setting.
Developing teaching methods and instructional materials that meet young learners’
Monitoring the academic progress of the students.
Writing progress report, sharing information and discussing issues relating to students’
learning progress with parents during the school terms.
Conducting Meet-the-Parents sessions held at the end of each semester (twice a year).
Being involved in the conduct of awareness talks and training courses.
Being engaged in curriculum and resource design and development, action research and
Any other duties as assigned.
OTHER AREAS OF INVOLVEMENT
Educational Therapists (EdTs) are also actively involved in the conduct of awareness talks and
training courses. These activities are conducted at DAS centres, national libraries, community
centres and MOE schools. EdTs are also encouraged to participate in research projects. As a not-for-
profit organisation, all DAS staff are expected to take part in fundraising activities as and when
The DAS places great emphasis on providing a professional service. To help Trainee Educational
Therapists develop as a teacher of children with dyslexia, they will attend a Certificate in Dyslexia
Studies course and three weeks of intensive therapist training. As they commence teaching, they will
at the same time undergo a six-month mentoring programme, followed by further training
culminating in an award at a specialist diploma level (Specialist Diploma in Educational Therapy).
Educational Therapists (EdTs) will also attend various specialist workshops and in-service training. As
part of their continuous professional development, EdTs are required to undertake a postgraduate
certificate in Special Educational Needs (PGC SEN).
We encourage all EdTs to explore and we will support relevant further professional development
In view of the investment in our Educational Therapists (EdTs), they are required to sign an initial 3-
year bond. The training for the Certificate course, Specialist Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate
(PGC) will be conducted during the bond period. If the EdT is not able to fulfil the bond obligations,
compensation to the DAS is required. EdTs will be required to sign bond extensions if they are
recommended and agree to attend further training (beyond the PGC).
Personal Competencies (Core) :
Positive learning attitude
Great drive and initiative
Passionate in working with children of all
Technical Competencies (Skills) :
Online meeting platforms such as Zoom,
Google meet etc
Degree from a recognised
university, in any discipline
will be an advantage.
Other Skills & Knowledge:
Strong command of
English (written and
Ability to work flexible
weekday evenings (4
week nights per week)
All DAS staff work 44 hours a week. As the majority of our students attend mainstream schools,
Educational Therapists are expected to conduct their classes on weekday evenings up to 9 pm, and
on Saturdays and Sundays during MOE school terms. Please note that the above timings may
change in the future if client demand so dictates.
Successful candidates must expect to work from any of our 14 learning centres in Ang Mo Kio,
Bedok, Bishan, Chinatown, Chua Chu Kang, Jurong Point, Parkway Parade, Queenstown, Rex,
Sengkang, Serangoon, Tampines, Woodlands and Yishun. Our Educational Therapists need to go
where the children are!
SALARY AND BENEFITS
Successful candidates will receive a competitive starting salary of S$3,000 per month. Those with
good and relevant honours degrees may receive a starting salary of up to S$3,300. After probation
and upon meeting the necessary criteria (if any), they will also receive an annual wage supplement,
performance bonus, and other benefits. Staff will be entitled to medical benefits while on
probation. Educational Therapists (EdTs) enjoy up to 6.5 weeks of school holidays.
EdTs who teach on weeknights and Sundays will receive an allowance per teaching hour.
Upon completion of relevant postgraduate qualifications, and with at least three years experience in
supporting children with dyslexia and making significant additional contributions to the work of the
DAS, EdTs will be eligible to apply for promotion to the next salary scale which starts at S$3,580 per
The DAS also awards responsibility allowances, training incentives and sponsorship to deserving
staff. A Masters Degree accredited by a recognised UK university and delivered by the DAS Academy
(http://www.dasacademy.edu.sg/) will also be available to deserving staff.
REGISTRATION WITH THE REGISTER OF EDUCATIONAL THERAPIST (ASIA) [RETA]
The DAS has initiated the setting up of a Register of trained and experienced professional tutors and
therapists who specialise in supporting individuals with dyslexia and/or related specific learning
difficulties. The Register is guided by a steering committee which comprises senior DAS staff and
individuals working in the private practice and other educational bodies. The Register will provide
public recognition of professional training and competence for members. DAS Educational
Therapists will sign up with RETA (http://www.reta.sg/) once they have attained the necessary
training and experience.
HEAR FROM OUR CURRENT EDUCATIONAL THERAPISTS!
Get a glimpse of the journey and experience of an Educational Therapist through these featured
articles by our current Educational Therapists:
1. Lead Educational Therapist, Ms Hani Zohra
Hani’s passion for special education pushes her to mentor not only students but other teachers as
2. Senior Educational Therapist, Mr Steven Sim
From chemical engineer to award-winning special needs educator!
3. Educational Therapist, Ms Zaidah
My journey as an Educational Therapist
All interested applicants are to submit the following as part of their application
1. DAS Employment Application Form, duly completed (form can be downloaded from the
Careers page of our website)
3. A short video describing why they want to join the DAS (see Sections 1 and 2 for submission
Email the above submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org by 6 March 2022.
Only complete applications (with the above 3 items) will be considered.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
All shortlisted candidates are required to attend a Preview Session on 16 March 2022.
Selected candidates must be able to start work from 20 June 2022.
Section 1: How to attach a video for email
1. Right-click your video file. Click on "Properties" and look at the size of the file. Many email
systems limit you to a file size of about 10 megabytes or less. If your video file is larger than
10 megabytes, see Section 2 below for an alternative sending method.
2. Attach the compressed folder to a new email message and send it to email@example.com
Section 2: How to send large video files
1. Upload your video file to https://www.hightail.com by creating a free account and uploading
files not larger than 50 megabytes.
2. Using Youtube to upload video:
Sign in to YouTube.
Click the Upload link at the top of the page.
Select the video you’d like to upload from your computer.
You can also record a video from your webcam, or create a video slideshow.
Once the upload is completed, an email will be sent to notify you that your video is done uploading
and processing. You can then forward that email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you prefer not to receive
notification, you can opt out by visiting your email settings.
Supported YouTube file formats
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