Programme Information

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Higher Diploma in Kindergarten Education Programme (Two-year Evening Mixed Mode)

Programme Code: E2H015

Programme Information

“The University will cease to offer the Higher Diploma in Kindergarten Education Programme (Two-year Evening Mixed Mode) commencing from 2022/23. The last two cohorts will be admitted in 2020/21 and 2021/22 respectively.”

Programme Aims

This programme enables students to build on their previous qualifications and experience in early childhood education. It further develops the knowledge, skills and attitudes required of competent, caring and reflective preschool educators who are able to construct their own philosophy of teaching and learning.

Programme Features

  • A wide range of teaching methods will be used, including workshops, school visits, seminars and discussions.
  • The programme emphasizes guiding and encouraging students to actively participate in the learning process; to understand, critically evaluate and apply what is taught; and to acquire the skills for independent, lifelong learning and development.
  • Classes will be conducted in Kowloon Tong Satellite Study Centre (i.e. Kowloon True Light Middle School) / Tai Po Campus / Tseung Kwan O Study Centre as decided by the University.

Programme Structure

This is a 68-credit-point programme, including 4 credit points of Supervised Independent Studies and 8 credit points of Supervised Teaching and Field Work in an early childhood education setting in Hong Kong. This programme comprises the following domains:

  1. Education Studies
  2. Subject Studies
  3. General Education
  4. Field Experience

Education Studies

Foundations of Early Childhood Education Strand

  • Child Development and Assessment
  • Child Development and Assessment (Supervised Independent Studies)
  • Foundations of Education
  • Educational Management and Sustainable Development of ECS
  • Parent and Community Relations
  • Understanding and Embracing Diversity

One elective from the following:

  • Care and Protection of Young Children
  • Children with Language Difficulties
  • Guidance in Early Childhood Education
  • Issues in the Interface with Primary Education
  • Leadership in Early Childhood Education
  • Mentoring in Early Childhood Settings

Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood Education Strand

  • Teaching and Learning in the Contemporary Preschool
  • Early Childhood Curriculum: Theory and Practice
  • Enhancing Creativity and Aesthetic Development
  • Developing a Scientific and Mathematical Mind
  • Enhancing Language Development
  • Promoting Children's Health & Social Well-being
  • Developing an Integrated Curriculum (Supervised Independent Studies)

One elective from the following:

  • Childhood Stress and Coping
  • Chinese as a Medium of Instruction
  • Creativity, Early Childhood and the Arts
  • Early Experience in English
  • Early Experience in Putonghua
  • Information and Communication Technology in ECE Curriculum

Subject Studies

  • Chinese

Two electives from the following:

  • Art and Design
  • Computer Applications
  • English
  • Environmental Studies
  • Health Education
  • Human Dynamics
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Putonghua
  • Science, Technology and Society

General Education

  • Lifeskills
  • Computer Literacy
  • Basic English
  • Basic Putonghua

Field Experience

  • Practicum Workshops I & II
  • Supervised Teaching and Field Work I & II

Medium of Instruction

The medium of instruction is mainly Chinese (Cantonese). English / Putonghua is adopted as the language of instruction for relevant courses, as appropriate.

Mode of Study

  • This programme is offered on evening part-time basis with a 3-week summer block between the two years.
  • It follows a course structure with on-going school-based supervised teaching, peer observation and school visit.
  • Students are normally required to attend two to three 3-hour sessions per week from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Some of the lessons may be conducted in the morning / afternoon sessions on Saturdays.
  • For the full-time summer block conducted after the 1st year of study, students are required to attend lessons from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm from Mondays to Saturdays. It will start from mid-July and last for 3 weeks.


Evening Programme
Kowloon Tong Satellite Study Centre (i.e. Kowloon True Light Middle School)Note

Full-time Summer Block
Tai Po Campus

Note : Some lessons including Saturday classes in morning / afternoon sessions will be conducted in Tai Po Campus/Tseung Kwan O Study Centre. The location of teaching venue in the second year of study will be subject to the University’s final decision.

Career Prospects/Professional Qualifications

Graduates of the programme:

  • have the professional qualification required of child care supervisors; and
  • are eligible to apply for the University's Bachelor of Education (Honours) (Early Childhood Education) Programmes (Part-time).

Entrance Requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants should normally:

  1. be serving principals/teachers or centre supervisors/child care workers in registered early childhood education institutions using Chinese as the medium of instruction; and
  2. hold Qualified Kindergarten Teacher status or equivalent.

Early Admission

Early admission offers will be given to highly qualified applicants. These applicants will be informed of the admission result individually. Applicants who are not offered early admission shall not assume that they are not being considered for admission.

Admission Enquiries

Tel: (852) 2948 6886

Programme Enquiries

Tel: (852) 2948 7129 / (852) 2948 8034
E-mail: /

Programme Co-ordinator

Dr Becky Lau
Tel: (852) 2948 7569

Application and Admission

Application Deadline and Late Applications

The main round application deadline is 20 April 2020. Late applications will only be considered on a space-available basis. Applicants are therefore advised to apply as soon as possible.

Submission of Application

Applicants must submit their applications online. The University does not accept paper applications. Application fee for local applicants and non-local applicants* is HK$150 and HK$300 respectively which is non-refundable and non-transferable unless the programme has been cancelled by the University. Applicants are advised to visit the admission website for details before submitting their applications. Upon successful submission of application, applicant will receive an application acknowledgement by email.

* Please refer to for the definition of non-local students.

Documents to be Submitted with your Application

You should upload your transcript, certificate and other supporting documents direct on If you are a current final year student of a degree or post-secondary programme, please upload a copy of your current year results when it is available. If you are our graduate in 1995 or after, you do not need to submit any copies of academic transcript(s) and certificate(s) obtained at the EdUHK/HKIEd, but you will need to authorise us to extract and use your records of studies to process your application.

Interviews and Admission Results

No interview is required for HD(KG) applicants. The whole selection process is normally completed by the end of August. Successful applicants will receive individual notifications by post/email. Applicants who are not offered admission by that date may assume their applications unsuccessful. No individual notifications will be sent to unsuccessful applicants and waitlisted applicants.

Tuition Fees

Students of HD(KG) programme are not required to pay tuition fees.

Caution Money

All students are required to pay HK$350 as caution money in the first semester. If there are no claims against the caution money, it will be converted to the graduation fee upon completion of the programme. The caution money is refundable on withdrawal from the University if no claims are outstanding.

Cancellation of Programme/Subject

The University reserves the right to cancel any programme(s)/subject(s) in which case all fees paid will be refunded.

Right of Access to and Correction of Information

In accordance with the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance, you have the right of access to and correction of the information contained in your application form and the right to request a copy of such data. If you wish to do so, you may submit your request in writing to the Admissions, Registrations and Academic Planning Section of the Registry.