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Postgraduate Programmes


Postgraduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education

hong kong baptist university
1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
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Commencement : 26 August 2024 (Mon)
Application Deadline : 30 June 2024 (Sun)

Programme Features

The Postgraduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education (PGDECE) programme aims to develop the professional knowledge and skills of degree holders who are interested to develop their careers in early childhood education and childcare services.


To align with the government’s initiative in upgrading the academic qualification of early childhood educare practitioners, graduates of the Programme will be trained to become self-reliant early childhood professionals equipped with in-depth knowledge, lifelong learning skills, and commitment to their profession, with the ability to facilitate learning in a constantly changing world and to promote high quality and innovative education and care for young children in the local early childhood education settings.

Students who have successfully completed the Programme and fulfilled all graduation requirements will be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education by the Hong Kong Baptist University.

Graduates of the Programme are recognised 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 recognised by the Social Welfare Department (SWD) for registration as Child Care Workers and Child Care Supervisors.

The School of Continuing Education (SCE) has a vision for the development of professional training courses for local practitioners in basic education. The Early Childhood and Elementary Education Division (ECEED) is the academic arm of the School to foster the continuing professional development of quality teacher education programmes. The Division is the first higher education institute to offer early childhood education programme at the degree level and was commissioned by the government to offer the Bachelor of Education (Honours) Programme to practicing primary teachers in 1994. In view of the expanding need for quality training services in early childhood education, the ECEED made a firm commitment to uplift the professionalism of early childhood educare practitioners.


The Division offers a range of full-time and part-time academic programmes to provide pre-service and in-service training in basic education studies with qualifications awarded from certificate to postgraduate levels. All programmes are offered with a core emphasis on the advancement of academic qualifications as well as teaching skills for local early childhood and elementary education practitioners. With the continuous development of basic education programmes and the increasing number of government-commissioned courses operated in recent years, the ECEED has further affirmed its leading role and expertise in the provision and enhancement of early childhood and elementary education training in the community.

This programme consists of 35 units from the Core Domain, the Elective Domain, and the Practicum components.



Course Code Course Units
Core Domain
CECE 7101 Early Childhood Development 3
CECE 7102 Using Observation in Early Childhood Education 3
CECE 7103 Understanding How Children Learn 3
CECE 7104 Curriculum in Early Childhood Education 3
CECE 7105 Understanding Children with Diverse Needs 3
CECE 7106 Educational and Administrative Management in Early Childhood Education Settings 3
CECE 7107 Parental Involvement in Early Childhood Education 3
  Sub-total 21
Elective Domain (2 out of 4 courses)
CECE 7305 Early Intervention for Children with Diverse Needs 3
CECE 7306 Leadership in Early Childhood Education 3
CECE 7308 Language and Literacy Development in the Early Years 3
CECE 7309 Professionalism of Early Childhood Educators 3
  Sub-total 6
CECE 7501 Supervised Educare Practice I 2
CECE 7502 Supervised Educare Practice II 6
  Sub-total 8


The school reserves the right to revise the programme structure.


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 lecturers 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 11 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.

The medium of instruction for formal classroom teaching is English.

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Application Fee: HK$450 (For local and non-local applicants)
Tuition Fee:

The tuition fee is HK$68,300 in total for the whole Programme#.

(full-time by two instalments/part-time by five instalments)

# The tuition fee is subject to revision.

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

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


Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants should fulfill any one of the following requirements:

  1. Hold a bachelor’s degree which is obtained from a recognised institution where English is the medium of instruction; or
  2. Provide any of the following English test results for meeting the English proficiency requirements:
    A TOEFL* score of 79 (Internet‐based); or
    An IELTS overall band at 6.5 (Academic)

The test result provided should be within two years from the date of issuance of the Admission Offer letter. Test result of TOEFL iBT Home Edition or IELTS Indicator is not accepted.



 * The TOEFL institution code of the University is 9467.

Application for admission will be accepted once a year from November to December for the Autumn Intake.


Online Application

Applicants will be required to submit/upload the following documents:

  • A set of photocopies of credentials including degree certificate/graduation diploma, transcript, academic and public examination results, as well as evidence of work experience where applicable
  • Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ) Assessment Report (Applicable to holder of non-local academic qualifications only)
  • Two Letters of Reference (to be submitted to the School directly by the referees)

Download Letter of Reference (form)


Online Application (Part-time Mode)

Qualified candidates will be invited for interview during the application period and application will be closed once the places are filled.

Intake Autumn 2024
Application Deadline 30 June 2024 (Sun)
Student Orientation AUG 2024
Course Commencement 26 AUG 2024 (Mon)


Date 2 DEC 2023 (Sat)

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm



The Information Seminar will be conducted online via Zoom. Please register  here  by 1 Dec and a Zoom link will be provided by email for attending the Seminar. 

# If Typhoon Signal No. 8 or above is hoisted or Black Rainstorm Signal is in force at or after 11:00 am on the day of information seminar, the scheduled seminar will be cancelled. 


The School reserves the right to make changes as required.

  1. How long will I need to complete the programme?
    This is a one-year full-time or two-year part-time programme.
  2. What is the study mode?
    Face-to-face mode is adopted for the programme. Students will also have attachment and block placement in the assigned kindergartens (for full-time students) or their serving kindergartens (for part-time students).
  3. When will classes start?
    Classes for the 2024 Autumn intake will start on 26 August 2024.
  4. Will the University acknowledge receipt of my application?
    An acknowledgement will be sent to applicants via email upon receipt of applications.  For applicants who do not receive any notice, please contact the Programme Administration Section by email ( or telephone (3411 4309).
  5. Do I need to attend any interviews?
    Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview in January/February/March/April 2024.
  6. How will I be notified if I am selected for interview?
    Selected applicants will be notified by e-mail/phone.
  7. When will the University make the admission offer?
    For the 2024 Autumn intake, admission offers will be made in March/April/May 2024.

The above information is for reference only. The School reserves the right to make alterations or to cancel any class/programme without prior notice.

Programmes offered by the School of Continuing Education (leading to HKBU awards or SCE awards, or collaborative programmes) are conducted at various teaching venues, including Kowloon Tong and Shek Mun (Shatin) Campuses and Learning Centres in Tsimshatsui, Kowloon East, and Wan Chai. These venues are well-equipped to support students’ studies. While most of the classes are held at either the Kowloon Tong Campus or the Shek Mun Campus, depending on the School’s development, students may be assigned to take classes at other venues during their study period.