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What will I learn?

NURTURE AND TEACH YOUNG CHILDREN IN DIVERSE SETTINGS

Learn to teach children from birth to six in kindergartens, child care centres, and special child care centres. The five-year programme will equip you with the knowledge, skills, and attitude to work with young children and their families.

An integrated education

Learn the skills to support children with typical and atypical development.

Professional opportunities

Graduates can apply for registration as a qualified kindergarten teacher, a child care worker and supervisor. They will be considered as having acquired training on the One-year In-service Course in Special Child Care Work recognised by the Social Welfare Department, and to have met the academic qualifications required as a kindergarten principal.

What You’ll Study

The curriculum fully integrates early childhood and inclusive education to prepare you to effectively recognise and acknowledge children’s diverse needs and support both typical and atypical development. Combine rigorous academic study and experiential learning to earn a hands-on education across five years of study.

Exciting Opportunities

Participate in experiential learning and practical application opportunities, and internships to test your knowledge in the real world and learn what it takes to succeed.

Professional Recognition

Following graduation, you can apply for registration as a qualified kindergarten teacher, a child care worker and supervisor under the Child Care Services Regulations. You will be considered as having acquired training on the One-year In-service Course in Special Child Care Work recognised by the Social Welfare Department. You will also be considered to have met the academic qualifications required as a kindergarten principal.

Career Prospects

Graduates may take up teaching positions in kindergartens and child care centres, and special child care centres. Others may pursue administrative positions in NGOs, family and children agencies, and other academic institutions. Alternatively, you can consider research opportunities in tertiary institutions or other organisations.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Education

Study options

Full Time (5 years)

Tuition fees
HK$171,000.00 (17,37,099) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

24 August 2022

More details

Start date

1 September 2022

Venue

The University of Hong Kong

MG 14, Ground Floor, Main Building,

The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam,

Southern, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Island

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education/HKCEE/HKALE or equivalent. English Language Requirement: IELTS - An overall band of 6.5 in IELTS Academic Module; TOEFL - A score of 93 in the TOEFL internet-based test, or an overall score of 70 in the revised TOEFL Paper-delivered Test; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English / Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English - Level C1 or an overall score of 180 in Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English; or Grade C or an overall score of 180 in Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English. AP Exams: Level 3 in each of the 3 subjects.

For international students

Competitive Admission Standards:

  • An International Baccalaureate Diploma with 32 points out of 45 or equivalent
  • GCE A-Level / International A-Level: Candidates should present at minimum of 3A level subjects, excluding English and Chinese language or equivalent
  • SAT Reasoning Test / ACT plus Writing and SAT Subject Test / Advanced Placement Test: Candidates should have completed - Redesigned SAT: 1380; SAT Subject Tests: 600 in each of the 3 subjects; AP Exams: Level 3 in each of the 3 subjects or equivalent

You must achieve at least one of the following English Language Requirements to be considered for admission to HKU.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

GCSE / GCEO

  • Grade C in English Language at GCSE/GCEO;
  • Grade C in English First Language at IGCSE; or
  • Grade B in English as a Second Language at IGCSE

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English / Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English

  • Level C1 or an overall score of 180 in Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English; or
  • Grade C or an overall score of 180 in Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English

SAT Reasoning Test: Sub-scores of 550 in both Critical Reading and Writing in the same attempt of the SAT Reasoning Test (prior to March 2016); or Test scores of 31 in Writing and Language and 30 in Reading in the same attempt of the Redesigned SAT Reasoning Test;

IELTS: An overall band of 6.5 in IELTS Academic Module;

TOEFL: A score of 93 in the TOEFL internet-based test, or 583 in the paper-based test.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About The University of Hong Kong

HKU produces the ‘Most Employable University Graduates in Hong Kong’ and is 10th in producing ‘Most Employable University Graduates in the World’.

  • 1st in Hong Kong - QS World University Rankings in 2022
  • Based in one of world’s most cosmopolitan cities- Hong Kong
  • 22nd in the world - QS World University Rankings in 2022
  • 9 of its disciplines rank in top 25 globally