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Postgraduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education

Award and Recognition

Students who have successfully completed the Programme and fulfilled all graduation requirements will be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education. Graduates of the Programme are recognized by the Education Bureau (EDB) as meeting the requirement for registration as teachers serving in kindergartens and kindergarten-cum-child care centres. Graduates are also recognized by the Social Welfare Department (SWD) for registrations as Child Care Workers and Child Care Supervisors.

Mode of Study

This is a one-year full-time or two-year part-time programme with face-to-face mode adopted to cater for student needs and to encourage interaction between tutor and students. The conceptualization of teaching professionalism will be facilitated through peer interaction as well as the stimulus which comes from a challenging classroom learning environment.

In addition, practical sessions will be provided for students to apply the theoretical concepts acquired. The practicum component covers 10 weeks of placement in a local kindergarten or kindergarten-cum-child care centre. Practicum training for part-time students will take place at their serving kindergartens.

Medium of Instruction

All lectures and tutorial sessions will be conducted in English.

Campus Facilities

  • Libraries
  • Recreation facilities
  • Online course management system (Moodle)
  • Medical and dental services (Applicable to full-time students only)

Admission Criteria

Applicants should hold a recognized Bachelor's degree.  For part-time mode, preferences will be given to in-service kindergarten teachers.

Language Requirements: An applicant seeking admission on the basis of a qualification from a university or comparable institution outside Hong Kong of which the language of teaching and/or examination is not English is required to obtain a minimum score in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) at 550 (PBT) / 79 (IBT)* or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at 6.5.

* PBT: Paper-based Test; IBT: Internet-based Test

Tuition Fee

The tuition fee is HK$65,000 in total for the whole Programme.

Financial Assistance

Students can apply for the Extended Non-means-tested Loan Scheme (ELNS) from the government.

Important Dates


Autumn 2018

Application Deadline

3 February 2018 (Sat)

Student Orientation

August 2018

Course Commencement

27 August 2018 (Mon)

Remarks: The School reserves the right to make changes as required.