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How Far Have We Come?

1991 – Wheelock College Professor Joan Bergstrom, in collaboration with the training arm of National Trades Union Congress (NTUC), the Regional Training and Resource Centre (RTRC Asia), offers a Master of Science in Child Development and Early Childhood Education program in Singapore. In the first year, Wheelock faculty deliver seven courses in a single Masters program. Five additional classes of the Masters program have since graduated.

1992 – The Center for International Education, Leadership and Innovation at Wheelock College is established.

1994 – The first ever Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education in collaboration with RTRC Asia launches. The program is currently into its 50th intake.

1996 – Bermuda begins a 10-year partnership with the Center. Over the decade, 98 students earn Masters Degrees, while another 15 are awarded Bachelors degrees, and 79 students earn Professional Development Certificates.

2003 – The Diploma in Preschool Education– Leadership in collaboration with RTRC Asia launches. This program aims to help supervisors and senior personnel gain an understanding of the issues and challenges encountered in early childhood education. The program is currently into its 18th intake.

2004 – In the first year of the Presidential International Service Learning Program at Wheelock, five students participate on a single trip, to Guatemala.

2005 – The College hosts three scholars from three continents in the first year of the Presidential International Visiting Scholars Program.

The first part-time Bachelor of Science program is offered in partnership with RTRC Asia in Singapore. This program is currently into its 5th intake.

2007 – Wheelock launches the Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Educational Studies and Leadership in 2007 in a tripartite collaboration with Ngee Ann Polytechnic and RTRC Asia (now SEED Institute). This is the first degree tie-up to be announced under the initiative recommended by the Ministry of Education (MOE) where polytechnics can link up with foreign specialized institutions to offer degree courses in niche areas.

Wheelock launches the Master of Science in Early Childhood and Elementary Teaching in The Bahamas in collaboration with The College of The Bahamas.

2009 – The Singapore Ministry of Education creates a new government entity, the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT), to align polytechnic institute/foreign university partnerships under a single framework.

Five years after the inception of the International Service Learning program, 41 students participate on five trips (Mexico, Ireland, West Africa, Puerto Rico, and Brazil).

2015 – In Singapore this academic year, Wheelock faculty are teaching and co-teaching 26 courses, in both Master’s and Bachelor’s programs. Enrollment is currently 147 students: 130 are studying for a Bachelor’s Degree at SIT and 17 in the Master’s at SEED Institute. Wheelock is hosting seven scholars from four continents, as the Presidential International Visiting Scholars Program continues to grow.

A Sense of Accomplishment

In 2015, Wheelock enjoys partnerships in Singapore, Barbados and South Africa along with more than 15 other locations, including International Service Learning and Travel-Learn collaborations that have students and faculty traveling to engage with communities in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Africa.

By June 2016, Wheelock will have more than 3,600 graduates in Singapore across Diploma, Bachelor’s and Master’s programs; 19 in The Bahamas; 169 in Bermuda; and 25 in Barbados for a grand total of 3,821 alumni from our international programs.

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