|Mode of Study||One-year Full-time||Two-year Part-time|
|Programme Leader||Dr Wu Shu-chen||Dr Kong Siu Hang, Eric|
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.
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.
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|
* Subject to change due to the timetabling arrangement of the University
# Subject to change due to the programme development
All students must attend a programme orientation which includes information sessions about the curriculum, campus facilities and services, as well as an IT workshop.
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
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).
The Field Experience component comprises the following three main elements:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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.
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 www.eduhk.hk/mit/students_itce/. For the details of Student Teacher Education Program (STEP) and Artificial Intelligence Literacy (AIL), please visit www.lttc.eduhk.hk/.
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.
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.