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What will I learn?

Programme Aims

This Programme of initial teacher education prepares graduates to achieve competence and confidence in working in the early childhood education sector. It aims to develop participants' professional knowledge, skills and attitudes required for effective teaching and administration in a broad range of early childhood education settings.

Programme Features

This Programme focuses on nurturing participants' professional knowledge, skills and attitudes for incorporation into teaching practice, enabling them to gradually develop into competent early childhood educators and administrators in ECE settings.

It fosters participants' ability to promote integration of theory and practice and to critically translate programme content into workplace practice.

Programme Structure

Participants of full-time programme are normally required to attend four and three study days per week respectively in semester I and semester II, while participants of part-time programme are normally required to attend two 3-hour classes per week in both semesters. Classes are normally held on weekdays (full-time programme only), evening(s) and/or Saturday at Tseung Kwan O Study Centre and/or Tai Po Campus as decided by the University. This Programme comprises a programme orientation and the following components:

1. General Methods 6 cps
2. Education Studies 15 cps
3. Electives 3 cps
4. Field Experience 6 cps

General Methods

The General Methods component helps participants acquire the necessary understanding and expertise for promoting young children's holistic development and learning in all domains. This component includes the study of the theory and practice of integrated curriculum as well as the contemporary pedagogical approaches for early childhood education. The courses are:

  • Promoting Language & Literacy in Early Childhood
  • Enhancing Children's Creativity and Self-Expression

Education Studies

The Education Studies component provides participants with an understanding of the elements of educational foundation disciplines, including children's development, learning process and the contexts of development and education. The courses are:

  • Child Development
  • Learning and Teaching
  • School-Family-Community Partnerships
  • Understanding and Managing Diversity
  • Educational Management and Sustainable Development of Early Childhood Settings


The Electives component offers participants with the extended studies that may be curriculum-related or professional-development-oriented. Participants are required to choose one out of the following two courses according to their own professional needs and/or interests:

  • Scientific & Mathematical Explorations for Young Children
  • Promoting Children's Health and Well-being

Career Prospects/Professional Qualifications

Graduates of this programme will:

  • be eligible to register as Qualified Kindergarten Teachers and Child Care Workers;
  • meet the professional qualifications as head of kindergarten and child care supervisor; and
  • be eligible to apply for the University's Master of Education Programme.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Education and Human Development

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
HK$140,000.00 (14,22,186) per year
Start date

Expected September 2022


Tseung Kwan O Study Centre

No.1, King Yin Lane,

Tseung Kwan O,

Sai Kung, Hong Kong, New Territories

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
HK$140,000.00 (14,22,186) per year
Start date

Expected September 2022


The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK)

Tai Po Campus,

10 Lo Ping Road,

Tai Po, Hong Kong, New Territories

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants should normally hold a Bachelor degree (or equivalent qualification) from a recognised university. English Language Requirements: IELTS 6.5 with no subtest lower than 6.0; or TOEFL 550 (paper-based test) or 80 (internet-based test); or Other equivalent qualifications.

For international students

To be eligible for admission, applicants should normally:

  • hold a recognised Bachelor's degree, or equivalent;

Fulfill one of the following minimum English proficiency requirements:

  • IELTS 6.0 or above;
  • a TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based test) or 80 (internet-based test); or
  • GCSE / GCE OL English Grade C or above;
  • GCE AS Level or AL Level English Grade E or above;
  • Band 6 in the Chinese Mainland's College English Test (CET 6) (not lower than 430); or
  • Other equivalent qualifications.

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


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