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College of Allied Educators Singapore’s vision is to be the leading learning institute for Allied Health Sciences and to be a pillar of support and knowledge in Singapore and Asia Pacific region.

Since 2004, the College formerly known as School of Linguistics was a pioneering institution providing accredited training programmes to parents, teachers, and caregivers acquiring practical tools and skills in order to support children with special needs. In 2010, School of Linguistics was acquired and registered as College of Allied Educators with the Committee for Private Education (CPE) and has since expanded to include programmes, short courses, and workshops to train and help individuals and professionals in counselling, psychology, and allied health and science.

The College brings a grounded, holistic experience with its focus on theory as well as real-world, practical case studies and examples delivered by lecturers who actively practice in their respective fields.

With further plans to extend its programmes and services into the Asia Pacific region in order to provide for the growing demand for special needs, counselling, psychology and allied health and science training, College of Allied Educators remains committed to providing quality education and training to individuals and professionals in Singapore and the region.

Committee for Private Education (CPE) is part of SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG)


College of Allied Educators Singapore’s vision is to be the leading learning institute for Allied Health Sciences and to be a pillar of support and knowledge in Singapore and Asia Pacific region.

Mission Statement:

To provide accredited training programs in the field of Special Education, Counselling, Psychology and Health Sciences.

To promote the well-being of mental health and emotional wellness, so as to allow every individual to achieve their fullest potential.


Our core values at College of Allied Educators is CARE.

We seek to foster an inclusive and open environment where everyone will feel valued and can find success in their studies or career.

Whether student, staff, or educator, we believe it is essential to create the right atmosphere allowing for opportunities, growth, and advancement.

We believe that respect is a necessary component between our student, staff, and educators. We seek to foster open dialogue and understanding for all.

Equality is intrinsic to every person, and everyone should have a fair chance to study, participate, and be heard.


Our Milestones

The history of our organization began in 2001. We started as a tuition and enrichment center for children. Our founders observed that there was something fundamentally lacking in some children’s cognitive learning ability. Back then many still did not understand Autism, Dyslexia, ADD/ADHD and other specific learning difficulties.

Year 2004 was the cornerstone as School of Linguistics was incorporated to be a pioneer learning institution for special education programmes. It offered certificate courses mainly to teachers, parents and caregivers of children with learning difficulties.

As more and more people became aware of autism, dyslexia, ADD/ADHD and dyspraxia, the school launched a diploma course to include people from non-teaching professions who recognized that their passion is in special education and who wanted to use that passion to affect society.

In early 2007, the school deliberated over the idea of starting a special needs school as an extension to our training programmes. By August 2007, Saint Clare School for Special Education was set up to provide an educational process that enables children with learning difficulties to become contributing members of their respective communities. At the same time, it also allowed our trainees to apply their theoretical knowledge in a realistic and experiential environment.

That same year also saw the opening of our first regional centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, which culminated in a partnership with the Rotary Club of Melawati to open an intervention centre for children with special needs.

This was followed a year later by the opening of our second regional centre in Jakarta, Indonesia through a joint partnership with Shining Stars, an inclusive preschool and kindergarten which provides mainstream and early intervention services, and Hope Worldwide Indonesia, a voluntary organization that works tirelessly to help the poor and needy in Indonesia.

Year 2010 saw the establishment of College of Allied Educators to reflect more appropriately the services and programmes we are offering in Special Education and to embrace the expansion of offices throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

College of Allied Educators was officially registered with Committee for Private Education (CPE), the regulatory body responsible for administering and developing private education in Singapore, for the period from 28 June 2012 to 27 June 2016.

Committee for Private Education (CPE) is part of SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG)

College of Allied Educators is also registered as a Goods and Services Tax (GST) business with the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) as of 1st June 2012.

Advisory Board

We are honoured to have the distinguished Mr. Koh Guan Hoe on our advisory board. He has contributed significantly towards the community of people with special needs, including children and youths with autism and developmental delays.

Mr. Koh will help ensure that our strategic directions and our programmes are holistic and multi-disciplinary, and always relevant to the needs of our students and the needs of the special needs industry.


Mr. Koh Guan Hoe

Mr. Koh Guan HoePreferring to work behind the scenes, little is known about Mr. Koh, despite his major contributions to the area of special education. His passionate involvement for more than a decade sees the growth and development of the Special Olympics movement, not just in Singapore, but also other Asian countries. Therefore, Mr. Koh’s experience is much sought after in the special education field.

Below is a summary of Mr. Koh’s professional history and his involvement in the Special Olympics.

Professional History :

  • 1967 – 1986 : Special Education Teacher
  • 1987 – 1992 : Founding Principal, Johor Bahru School for the Hearing Impaired
  • 1994 – 1996 : Head, Arthur Road Training Centre
  • 1997 – 2003 : Founding Principal, Delta Senior School
  • 1997 – 1998 : Founding Head, APSN Centre For Adults
  • 2000 – Present : Adviser, Kiwanis Sentosa Careheart Centre for the Intellectually Disabled

Special Olympics Involvement :

Joined Special Olympics in 1995

Became a Life Member in 2006

Presently serving as an Executive Committee member

Member of Fundraising committee

Newsletter Editorial Board

Past Honorary Treasurer for 3 terms<

Team Manager of soccer team to Xi’an, China, in September 2002

Head of Delegation of Singapore to the World Summer Games in Shanghai, China, from 28 September to 12 October 2007

Delegate at 2 Asia Pacific Conferences in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Our Accreditations


Committee for Private Education (CPE) is part of SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG)


Singapore Association for Counselling

Academy of Play and Child Psychotherapy ( APAC ), UK
Partner to provide training in the area of play therapy

International Registry of Counsellor Education Programs



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Tan Ean Kiam Building
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