Practising License Program: Special Needs Educational Therapist (BLENDED)

This program aims to qualify any candidate who has passed all the program’s requirements of International Association of Counselors & Therapists (IACT) and be admitted as a licensed & practising educational therapist. We may understand that traditional teaching deals specifically with academics. An educational therapist understands both the academics and the processing of information. 

Officially recognised by the World Health Organization (WHO), Educational Therapy has been classified under the procedure code 93.82 since 1986 in the International Classification of Diseases, Clinical Modifications-ninth revision, Volume 3 (ICD-9-CM, Version 3). It is the gold standard, non-pharmacological and the most holistic by far as it treats a wide range of learning difficulties, disorders, differences and deficits. 

A child with learning differences & difficulties may find it challenging to learn in normal settings as s/he may process information uniquely arising from various disabilities and disorders including emotional, cognitive, neurological and physical. An educational therapist is required to understand all the learning challenges faced by the child through a comprehensive diagnostic assessment and offers a wide range of individualised intensive interventions or therapy procedures, unique to the specific child, to treat these challenges. An educational therapist may have different professional backgrounds such as special education, psychology, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and counseling etc. 

IACT is the largest and a highly prestigious professional body based in the USA that admits members who have fulfilled the rigorous requirements of the practising license programs to obtain practising membership as a counselor or a therapist. The membership with IACT is a mark of high standard and excellence. Practising members are not only knowledgeable and bound by high ethical standards, but are also highly respected as well. They are eligible to work in many countries such as North American, Asian and European countries etc. 

The three tiers of IACT’s practising license are Credentialed (Therapist), Registered (Assessor) and Board Certified (Diagnostician). A Board-Certified (Diagnostician) member holds the highest status of the membership of IACT. Each tier of the practising license comprises 5 modules and takes a year to complete.  All tiers of the practising license programs must be completed in sequence.

As a requirement of IACT, all coursework, assignments and essays of a candidate must be supervised and verified by an approved instructor of IACT. All works of the candidate are required to be submitted by the instructor to the IACT’s Assessment Board based in the USA for final assessment. 

Merlion Academy is authorised to supervise and verify candidates’ work seeking to gain admission as an IACT member. Student member will also be supported by the Singapore and Malaysia IACT-chapters.

The 5 modules at the credentialed (therapist) tier are: 

  • Module 1: From Pedagogy to Techno-Psychagogy
  • Module 2: Lifespan Human Development (From Birth to Late Adolescence)
  • Module 3: Nosology of Disabilities & Disorders
  • Module 4: Psychoeducational Assessment
  • Module 5: Treatment Planning in Educational Therapy (with Case Studies)

Module exemptions will be granted based on individual’s merits and to the graduate of relevant diploma accredited by International Association of Therapists.


1. Assessment is based on essays and case studies.
2. Guided learning hours to fulfil: 30 hours per module (150 hours in total).
3. Non-guided learning hours (reading time and journal papers writing for publishing): 30 hours per module (150 hours in total).

Entry Requirements:


21 years and above

Minimum qualification

Minimum a bachelor’s degree in
i. special education, education, psychoeducational therapy, speech & language therapy, occupational therapy, counseling or psychology; or
ii. any discipline with postgraduate diploma in teaching, education, educational therapy, psychology etc.

English requirement

1.  Pearson Test of English (PTE) 53; or
2.  IELTS 6.0 (reading and writing must be at 6.0); or
3.  A pass in English Language paper at GCE Ordinary Level
4.  TOEFL 65 
5.  Equivalent (such as Pearson Versant English Test). 

Course Fees:

(Non-refundable one-time application fee of SGD 95.00 is payable upon application)

Program fee

SGD 1,500.00 per module

Marking fee

SGD 50.00 per module

Payment mode

Stripe / Credit card / Alipay

Refund Terms

90% – more than 28 days before course commencement

50% – less than 28 days before course commencement

10% – less than 3 days before course commencement

  0% – more than 3 days after the course commencement