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MA in Early Childhood Education The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Hong Kong

Course info


Early childhood education has been targeted by both the mainland Chinese and Hong Kong governments as a major area of expansion. Educators working in kindergartens, child care centres and related sponsoring bodies are charged with leading school-based improvements, and are increasingly held accountable for their success. Kindergartens and child care centres must develop and drive their own quality programmes in line with global trends and local needs. This programme is designed to provide innovative and energetic early childhood educators with both the theoretical and applied knowledge and skills needed to lead successful school improvements.

The objectives of this programme are to:

  • promote an in-depth understanding of the literature of whole child development and how it applies to early childhood education in Hong Kong and elsewhere;
  • examine the types of leadership necessary for principals, mid-level leaders, teachers and other educators to lead pre-schools successfully towards improved student development and learning outcomes;
  • develop knowledge-sharing and professional learning networks;
  • critically review the issues involved in the reform of and policies and practices related to early childhood education; and
  • produce educators who are proactive in facilitating school-based curriculum and teaching reforms and institutional improvement.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study MA in Early Childhood Education.

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees

HK$110,400.00 (10,41,955) per year


02 Sep, 06 Jan


The Chinese University of Hong Kong


Sha Tin, Hong Kong, New Territories

Entry requirement for international students

Applicants must satisfy one of the following:

  • graduated from a recognized university and obtained a Bachelor's degree, normally with honors not lower than Second Class; or
  • graduated from an honors programme of a recognized university with a Bachelor's degree, normally achieving an average grade of not lower than "B" ; or
  • completed a course of study in a tertiary educational institution and obtained professional or similar qualifications equivalent to an honors degree.

To fulfill the University’s minimum English language requirements for admission to postgraduate programmes, applicants should have:

obtained a degree from a university in Hong Kong or taken a degree programme of which the medium of instruction was English; or

achieved scores in the following English Language tests2 as indicated:

  • TOEFL: 550 (Paper-based)/79 (Internet-based);
  • IELTS (Academic): 6.5;
  • GMAT (Verbal): Band 21; or

obtained a pass grade in other English language requirements equivalent to HKDSE or

obtained a recognized professional qualification, provided that the examination was conducted in English.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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