Postgraduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education
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.
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 registrations 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 academic programmes on a full-time or part-time basis 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.
Associate Dean (Programme Development) and
Head (Early Childhood and Elementary Education) ：
|Dr. Amelia N.Y. Lee|
|Senior Lecturers ：||Dr. Vanessa H.K. Pang||Dr. Amanda F.H. Wu||Dr. Paulina P.S. Yuen|
Dr. Franziska O.Y. Cheng
Ms. Tiffany H.L. Sin
Ms. Wong Sing-ying
Ms. Cheung Ching Ching
Ms. Wendy W.Y. Hung
Mr. James Lee
Ms. Daisy K.M. Wong
Ms. Sandra S.H. Cheung
Ms. Luk Hoi Ting
Ms. Winnie Wong
This programme consists of 35 units.
|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|
|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|
|CECE 7501||Supervised Educare Practice I||2|
|CECE 7502||Supervised Educare Practice II||6|
The school reserves the right to revise the programme structure.
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.
- Recreation facilities
- Online course management system (Moodle)
- Medical and dental services
|Application Fee:||HK$450 (For local and non-local applicants)|
The tuition fee is HK$65,000 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:
- Hold a bachelor’s degree which is obtained from a recognised institution where English is the medium of instruction; or
- 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 scores should be attained within 2 years prior to the date of the issuance of our Admission Offer letter.
* 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.
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)
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview.
|Application Deadline||31 DEC 2022 (Sat)|
|Student Orientation||AUG 2023|
|Course Commencement||28 AUG 2023 (Mon)|
|Date||24 NOV 2022 (Thu)||3 DEC 2022 (Sat)|
|Time||7:00 -8:30 pm||
2:00 -3:30 pm
|The Information Seminar will be conducted online via Zoom. Please register here on or before 23 NOV 2022. A Zoom link will be provided for attending the Seminar.||
Room 414, 4/F, David C. Lam Building
Please register here on or before 2 Dec 2022.
The School reserves the right to make changes as required.
- How long will I need to complete the programme?
This is a one-year full-time or two-year part-time programme.
- 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).
- When will classes start?
Classes for the 2023 Autumn intake will start on 28 August 2023.
- 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or telephone (3411 4309).
- Do I need to attend any interviews?
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an interview in January/February/March 2023.
- How will I be notified if I am selected for interview?
Selected applicants will be notified by e-mail/phone.
- When will the University make the admission offer?
For the 2023 Autumn intake, admission offers will be made in March/April 2023.
The above information is for reference only. The School reserves the right to make alterations or to cancel any class/programme without prior notice.
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