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Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood Education)
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Programme Code A1P018 C2P040
Mode of Study One-year Full-time Two-year Part-time
Programme Leader Dr Wu Shu-chen Dr Kong Siu Hang, Eric

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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 students' 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 students’ 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 students’ ability to promote integration of theory and practice and to critically translate programme content into workplace practice.

Programme Structure

Students of full-time programme are normally required to attend four to five study days* per week in semester I, and at least three days per week in semester II. Students of part-time programme are normally required to attend two 3-hour classes per week in each semester. For full-time programme, classes are normally held in daytime/evening on weekdays and/or Saturdays at Tai Po Campus and/or Tseung Kwan O Study Centre/ North Point Study Centre/ Kowloon Tong Satellite Study Centre as decided by the University. For part-time programme, classes are normally held in evening on weekdays and/or daytime on Saturdays at Tai Po Campus and/or Tseung Kwan O Study Centre/ North Point Study Centre/ Kowloon Tong Satellite Study Centre as decided by the University. This Programme comprises a programme orientation and the following components#:

1. General Methods 9 cps
2. Education Studies 12 cps
3. Electives 3 cps
4. Field Experience 6 cps
Total: 30 cps

* Subject to change due to the timetabling arrangement of the University
# Subject to change due to the programme development

Important Note: Students admitted into the full-time PGDE(ECE) programme may be required to visit the Greater Bay Area (GBA) and/or other parts of Mainland China or participate in other non-local learning experience for completion of the programme. While the visits are subsidised, students are still required to contribute part of the estimated cost of the visits ("student contribution"), whereas personal entertainment, meal expenses, travel document fee and personal insurance costs will not be supported. The estimated cost of the visits for students admitted to the 2024/25 cohort is not available yet as it is subject to a variety of factors such as changes to the cost of the visits as a result of inflation, trip duration, traveling expenses, the exchange rate, etc. The exact amount of student contribution is thus not available.

Programme Orientation

All students must attend a programme orientation which includes information sessions about the curriculum, campus facilities and services, as well as an IT workshop.

General Methods

The General Methods component helps students 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, contemporary pedagogical approaches as well as assessment of learning. The courses are:

  • Enhancing Children's Creativity and Self-Expression
  • Promoting Language and Literacy in Early Childhood
  • Scientific and Mathematical Explorations for Young Children

Education Studies

The Education Studies component provides students with an understanding of the elements of educational foundation disciplines, including understanding of children's development and the learning process, the contexts of development and education, as well as ensuring that all aspects of the programme are linked in a systematic and synergistic way to cater for the diverse needs of young children. The courses are:

  • Child Development
  • Learning and Teaching
  • Understanding Children and Families with Diverse Needs
  • Sustainable Preschool Management and Parent Involvement


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

  • Drama and Play in Early Years
  • Enhancing Children’s Psycho-social and Physical Well-being
  • Strategies in Supporting Children with Diverse Needs

+ Electives will be offered in both CMI and EMI but they are subject to the option most part-time students choose in that medium of instruction (MoI).

Field Experience

The Field Experience component comprises the following three main elements:

  1. Block Practice / Supervised Teaching
    Students will be guided by the University's supervisors to try out what they have learnt in the General Methods, Education Studies and Electives courses and to evaluate the effectiveness of their teaching in the placement schools (full-time programme) / serving schools (part-time programme) during the supervisory teaching visits*. Students are then encouraged to seek ways to improve their teaching with the guidance of the University's supervisors.
  2. Field Experience e-Portfolio
    This component includes analysis of students’ own conception of teaching, reflective records of tryouts of teaching strategies and approaches introduced in various courses.
  3. Educational Visit
    Students will have the opportunity to visit child care centres / crèches and primary schools. 

* For Part-time PGDE(ECE) programme, supervisory visits will be arranged in students' serving school teaching children at 3-6 years old.

Important Note: The University will ask students of our full-time teacher education programmes to declare whether they have been convicted of or are being prosecuted for any sex-related offence in Hong Kong or elsewhere, and to provide relevant details prior to undertaking teaching practice. Such information may be released to their placement schools. The University reserves the right not to allow these students to attend the block teaching practice. If so, they won't be able to meet the graduation requirements of the programmes.

Medium of Instruction

Full-time Programme

The medium of instruction is Chinese and/or English for the full-time programme. Applicant’s adequate proficiency in both Chinese and English is required, if appropriate. English is adopted as the language of instruction for relevant courses. Combined classes with students of the part-time programme would be arranged where necessary. 

The full-time programme offers a stream of Chinese and English (CEMI) and an English stream (EMI). Applicants have to choose which medium of instruction they prefer upon application.

Part-time Programme

The part-time programme offers a Chinese stream (CMI) and an English stream (EMI). Applicants have to choose which medium of instruction they prefer upon application. 

  • Chinese as the medium of instruction
    The medium of instruction is mainly Chinese. English may be adopted as the language of instruction for relevant courses, as appropriate.
  • English as the medium of instruction
    The medium of instruction is mainly English.

Information Technology Competency in Education (ITCE)

Before graduation, students who are enrolled in education programmes (leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)/Qualified Kindergarten Teacher (QKT)) are required to complete two parts:

Part One: Complete and pass the IT e-Portfolio Checking (ITC3003)

  • Complete the IT e-Portfolio, or
  • Complete the Student Teacher Education Program (STEP); or
  • Complete the Artificial Intelligence Literacy (AIL) program

Part Two: Complete and pass all the required courses in the programme to demonstrate the attainment of ITCE (ITC3001)

For the details of ITCE and IT e-Portfolio Checking, please visit For the details of Student Teacher Education Program (STEP) and Artificial Intelligence Literacy (AIL), please visit

Career Prospects / Professional Qualifications

Graduates of this programme will be eligible to apply for registration as Qualified Kindergarten Teachers recognised by the Education Bureau, Child Care Workers and Child Care Supervisors recognised by the Social Welfare Department.

Entrance Requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants should normally:

For One-year Full-time Programme 

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

For Two-year Part-time Programme 

  • hold a recognised Bachelor's degree, or equivalent; and
  • be serving teachers* in early childhood education settings registered with the Education Bureau in Hong Kong.

* Applicants are required to teach a regular class of at least 10 children aged 3-6 years old with minimum of 3 hours per day during the teaching practice period. (Please submit the completed recommendation form with your application.) 

Shortlisted applicants may be required to attend an interview.



  Admission Programme
Tel (852) 2948 6886 (852) 2948 8112


  Programme Leader
(One-year Full-time)
Programme Leader
(Two-year Part-time)
Name Dr Wu Shu-chen Dr Kong Siu Hang, Eric
Tel (852) 2948 7548 (852) 2948 7861



Every effort has been made to ensure that information contained in this website is correct. Changes to any aspects of the programmes may be made from time to time due to unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control and the University reserves the right to make amendments to any information contained in this website without prior notice. The University accepts no liability for any loss or damage arising from any use or misuse of or reliance on any information contained in this website.

Any aspect of the course and course offerings (including, without limitation, the content of the course and the manner in which the course is taught) may be subject to change at any time at the sole discretion of the University. Without limiting the right of the University to amend the course and its course offerings, it is envisaged that changes may be required due to factors such as staffing, enrolment levels, logistical arrangements, curriculum changes, and other factors caused by unforeseeable circumstances. Tuition fees, once paid, are non-refundable.

EdUHK is one of the teacher education providers in Hong Kong. Graduates of the University’s teacher education programmes are eligible to apply to become fully qualified and registered teachers. As regards teacher registration, graduates should approach the Teacher Registration Team of the Education Bureau (EDB) to submit applications directly. All applications will be assessed by the EDB which will consider, among other things, whether an applicant has been convicted of any criminal offence (including sex-related offences) in Hong Kong or elsewhere, or is involved in any ongoing criminal proceedings or investigations. For details, please browse the EDB’s website.

In the event of inconsistency between information in English and Chinese version or where an interpretation of the programme content is required, the decision of the University shall be final.

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