Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education

Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education is recognised under the QF
QF Level: 4
QR Registration Number: 14/002865/L4
Registration Validity Period: 01/09/2018 to 31/08/2022

Programme Features

  • Practicum opportunities in selected premium international and local kindergartens, including exclusive placement at Yew Chung International School
  • 100% English teaching and learning environment
  • Quality international academic faculty and strong team of ECE advisors
  • Strong links with overseas universities (articulation paths)
  • Student-centered learning
  • Attending professional conferences and field trips
  • Visiting Professors from top universities around the world
  • Strong English language courses, as well as Putonghua and critical thinking

Programme Objectives

  • Develop high quality early childhood educators who are knowledgeable in contemporary and international ECE theories and practice, and can be strong advocates for children and their families, and the ECE profession
  • Provide high quality early childhood teacher training using English as the medium of instruction
  • Prepare students for both local and overseas Bachelor Degree programmes

Specialized Education

  • Child Studies I (Physical, Cognitive, Language)
  • Child Studies II (Social Emotional)
  • Child Studies III (Culture)
  • Foundations of Early Childhood Education I
  • Foundations of Early Childhood Education II
  • Early Childhood Curriculum I (General)
  • Early Childhood Curriculum II (Infant & Toddler Care)
  • Early Childhood Curriculum III (Creative Arts)
  • Early Childhood Curriculum IV (Children’s Language & Literature)
  • Early Childhood Curriculum V (Early Mathematics, Science, and Technology)
  • Children with Diverse Needs I (Introduction & Characteristics)
  • Children with Diverse Needs II (Infant & Toddler)
  • Children with Diverse Needs III (Ages 3-5)
  • Children with Diverse Needs IV (Interdisciplinary Collaboration & Assessment)
  • Educational Management and Sustainable Development of Early Childhood Settings
  • Parental Involvement in Early Childhood Education
  • Early Childhood Final Project


  • 8 weeks of supervised practice in early childhood settings

Languages and General Education

  • English I
  • English II
  • Academic Writing
  • Rhetoric and Public Speaking
  • Composition through Literature
  • Effective Communication in Putonghua 2 or Ab Initio Chinese 1 or 3 (Beginners)
  • Modern Chinese Reading and Writing 2 or Ab Initio Chinese 2 or 4 (Beginners)
  • Critical Thinking and Independent Learning

Professional Qualifications & Career Path

Graduates are eligible for registration as Kindergarten teachers with the Education Bureau, as well as Child Care Workers/Supervisors, and Special Child Care Workers with the Social Welfare Department. They are also qualified to pursue careers in many related professions.

Medium of Instruction