Diploma in Early Childhood Education

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Offered in line with the government’s policy to equip preschool teachers with a minimum diploma qualification, the programme provides professional upgrading to existing teachers. It equips you with a solid foundation in knowledge and skills needed to become an effective nursery or kindergarten educator, handle diverse groups of children and plan activities accordingly.

Considered among the most affordable diplomas in the country, the programme trains you to apply problem-solving, self-reflection, scientific skills and creative thinking in the care and education of young children below six years old in Malaysia.

It combines understanding the relevant theories and their applications so that you will have good subject knowledge and sound professional skills to be an efficient educator.

You will be able to create, provide and maintain a safe, healthy and nurturing environment where the children can learn and develop. You will learn to resource, select and apply information to enhance early learning and self-development, and be able to communicate effectively with children, colleagues, family and the community. You will gain related basic managerial and entrepreneurial skills.

Non-Compulsory SPM BM

Can Be Replaced with WOU BM Course

Teaching Practicum

Can Be Done At Own ECE Centre

Classes and Exams

Conducted on Weekends

No Exam Component

For More Than Half of the Courses

Masters Programme

Can Be Taken After Graduation with Sufficient Work Experience

“The expert in anything was once a beginner.”
Helen Hayes

Top Core Courses

Fundamentals that will build you up to stay relevant and excellent today, tomorrow and beyond.

Introduction to Pedagogy in Early Childhood Education

This course equips students with the skills and knowledge of effective early childhood education pedagogical practices through the integration of theory and practical experience. It facilitates students in  evaluating a variety of instructional approaches, identifying lesson objectives and learning outcomes, selecting and developing appropriate learning activities and assessment tools, as well as critiquing and documenting the effectiveness of their teaching.

Technology in Early Childhood Education

This course exposes students to the types of technology that are suitable for early childhood classrooms and gives information that is highly useful in current times as online learning and teaching are now more necessary than ever. This course prepares students to effectively engage children to use and integrate current technology to reinforce children's IT skills.

Young Children with Special Needs

This course provides students with an understanding of the major concepts and issues in the area of young children with special needs, thus enabling them to identify the signs and symptoms of children who may have special needs based on developmental delays. Students will learn how to provide an inclusive learning environment with adaptations for these children.

Management and Administration in Early Childhood Education

This course is designed for teachers who have plans to be involved in the management and administration of early childhood programmes and centres. It provides students with useful working knowledge of roles and procedures which they can apply in their practice.

Observation and Assessment in Early Childhood Education

This course fosters an understanding of the concept of assessment in early childhood education, its importance and how it is carried out for various learning domains. It covers the types of assessment tools and techniques, along with the recording, documentation and reporting of children’s growth and development.

Learning Path

Students will be introduced to the main theories and concepts that all early childhood educators should know, understand and apply in their practices. This year includes courses covering child psychology and development, play as a pedagogical tool, as well as other teaching strategies, health and safety, home and community partnerships. In order to support those who have left academic studies for some time, there is a course in the first semester that equips them with imperative learning and writing skills in an open distance learning environment.

Students will delve into the main learning areas  found in early childhood curricula and programmes, encapsulating courses on early literacy, numeracy, art and craft, music and movement and physical education. These will also contain technology in early childhood education that will show them how to engage children using various technological tools, both software and hardware.

Students will enter the realm of gaining knowledge related to setting up early childhood centres that will entail courses on administration, management, programme planning,  special needs children, law and social policies, as well as assessment and evaluation.

This final year comprises only one semester in which students will conduct their teaching practicum for 14 weeks. One half is dedicated to serving in a nursery, and the other half to serving in a kindergarten. Students with more than five years of related experience can choose to be exempted from the teaching practicum. As a replacement, they will conduct action research in the two different settings while being mentored by a research supervisor.

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