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Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood Education)


What will I learn?

The aim of the Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) Programme is to train and nurture professional early childhood, primary and secondary school teachers. The Programme comprises course work and teaching practice, with early childhood, primary and secondary streams. The curriculum is flexible and will be reviewed regularly to meet the ever-changing needs arising from social and educational development.

Coursework Requirement

Students are required to complete 6 required courses, 4 elective courses and Teaching Practice, constituting 20 units in total, before graduation.

Teaching Practice

Teaching Practice (TP) is an integral part of the Programme. Through TP, students can improve their teaching quality and professional development. During the TP period, the Faculty’s TP supervisors will visit students in their TP schools and support their professional development through assessment, taking into consideration their teaching performance as well as their professional behaviour and attitude.

Arrangement of Teaching Practice

Full-time Programme:

Students are required to complete a 10-week TP within the study period. Students will have two blocks of TP and each block lasts for five weeks (including preparation week). Each student will be assigned to a TP school by the Faculty. Experienced teachers in TP schools will be invited to act as Teaching Advisers to provide students with guidance and supervision within the entire TP period.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Education

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
HK$145,000.00 (15,16,736) per year
Subject to review
Start date

Expected January, September 2023


The Chinese University of Hong Kong


Sha Tin, Hong Kong, New Territories

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have obtained a Bachelor's degree from a recognized university. English Language Requirements: TOEFL: 550 (Paper-based)/79 (Internet-based); IELTS (Academic): 6.5; GMAT (Verbal): Band 21.

For international students

In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School, applicants should hold a local or non-local recognized Bachelor’s degree preferably with a major in a discipline relevant to the major subject applied for.

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.

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


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