Hong Kong witnesses an increasing need for parent education and related studies. The BA(ECFS) programme addresses this need by training students who are able to empower parents to promote the development of young children using science-informed methods.
Students will learn how to develop and evaluate family-oriented programmes. Students will also learn how to collect data to address research questions about early childhood and family studies. Graduates are expected to be competent practitioners who are able to support families and schools in their efforts to take care of young children, run systematic family-oriented programmes in school and community settings, and deal with a wide range of family-related issues.
|Study Mode||Normal Period of Study||JUPAS Code||EdUHK Programme Code|
|Full-time||2 Years (for Senior Year Admissions)||N/A||A2B102|
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|Dr Lam Chun Bun Ian
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|Ms Lee Sin Ki Sarah
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The BA(ECFS) programme addresses the emerging needs for family studies in Hong Kong, particularly in the developmental period of early childhood. The programme introduces both theoretical knowledge and practical skills on how to empower parents, as well as other caregivers, to promote the development and learning of young children.
Students will learn how to develop, implement and evaluate family-oriented programmes, taking into account both micro factors (e.g., child developmental needs, parent-child dynamics) and macro factors (e.g., societal structures, cultural values). Students will also learn how to collect data by themselves, and address specific research questions pertaining to early childhood and family studies. Graduates of the programme are expected to be competent practitioners who are able to support families and schools in their efforts to take care of young children and to develop and evaluate more systematic family-oriented programmes in school and community settings.
Programme Structure (for Senior Year Entrants)
The BA(ECFS) programme prescribes a total of 60 cps, which are typically earned within two years of full-time studies. The programme structure is set out as below:
|Domain||Credit Points (cps)|
|Final Year Project||6|
|University ePortfolio (Final Year Sem 1)||3|
|English Language course||3|
|Electives / Minor||15|
Note: Students who did not complete a postsecondary programme in Early Childhood Education (ECE) before admission to the BA(ECFS) programme are required to study a 3-cp bridging course in the first semester of Year 3, ECE 2244 Child Development [retitled from ECE 1148 The Child as a Learner] (an existing BEd(ECE) course). The Major Study and Final Year Project requirements of these students would be 42 cps (i.e, 63 cps for the whole programme).
The major study curriculum covers courses which enable students to understand how micro factors (e.g., child developmental needs, parent-child dynamics) and macro factors (e.g., societal structures, cultural values) may shape the learning and development of children. The curriculum also covers how frontline practitioners may use scientific evidence to develop programmes for children and families. Through taught courses and experiential learning, theory and practice are closely interwoven to enable graduates to become efficient and effective practitioners in the areas of child and family studies.
The core courses are:
The interdisciplinary course, “Working with Families from Diverse Backgrounds,” prepares student for leadership roles in enhancing home-school collaboration, developing innovative policies, and implementing empowering practices.
Final Year Project
The Final Year Project comprises of two 3-cp courses:
- Honours ProjectI/Capstone Project I: Introduction of research methods and proposal in Semester 2 of Year 3; and
- Honours Project II/Capstone Project II: A one-year project to be conducted in the final year. Students can choose their topic from either their Major, and will complete an individual project under the supervision by an academic staff member.
Electives / Minor
The BA(ECFS) programme allows its students to take up to 15 cps of elective courses, so that they can use these opportunities to meet their interests, diversify their experiences, and move towards their career aspirations. The students may:
- study courses available in the Elective Course List, General Education, or other elective courses recognised by the programme; or
- design a Minor, based on their own interests and goals, and study courses among the Minor choices available within the University.
University ePortfolio—which promotes students’ reflective learning—is a required component of the BA(ECFS) curriculum. Based on personal reflections on their own learning experiences throughout their studies, students will construct their University ePortfolios using the knowledge, skills, and deliverables gathered from different courses in the programme. Importantly, students will be able to demonstrate their IT proficiency through the construction of the University ePortfolio, which is completely digitalised.
To enhance students’ English skills and facilitate their academic studies and career development, BA(ECFS) requires its students to study English Language course offered by the Centre for Language in English (CLE). When the programme implementation is granted, the programme will liaise with CLE in order to identify one or a group of existing English course(s) for the BA(ECFS) students.
Medium of Instruction
The programme will mainly be conducted in English: All Major courses will be taught in English, but non-Major courses, depending on the course nature, may be taught in English, Putonghua, or Cantonese, if appropriate.
Career Prospects/Professional Qualifications
- Professional practitioners in social service sectors;
- Teachers* or Teaching Assistants in early childhood settings;
- Project Officers or Community Liaison Officers in public organisations, private enterprises, and community agencies that serve children and families; and
- Research Assistants in academic institutions, as well as government and non-government organisations, who study child development and family relationships.
*for those who possess teacher qualifications before admission to this top-up degree programme.