|Venue||Tai Po Campus / Tseung Kwan O Study Centre / satellite study centre at urban locations as decided by the University|
|Programme Leader||Dr Eva Lai|
This programme aims to respond to the increasing demand for suitably qualified leaders and managers within preschools who can support the learning needs of non-Chinese speaking children. It also assists qualified early childhood educators to become highly competent, innovative and ethical professionals who are able to contribute to the development of quality programmes for young children and their families in Hong Kong.
The teaching methods of this programme aim to encourage students to challenge and extend their understanding of early childhood education in general, and their own practice in particular. Approaches to teaching are generally interactive and non-didactic. Students will be encouraged to reflect and build on their practical experience through participation in workshops, seminars and tutorials in a stimulating teaching and learning environment.
Note: Students may be required to provide proof of service for taking the courses in diverse needs. The University reserves the right to approve students' eligibility.
This programme is a four-year part-time programme consisting of 81 credit points (cps). It is designed as an "add-on" to the in-service Certificate / Higher Diploma in Kindergarten Education Programme (CE(KG) / HD(KG)), or the pre-service Certificate / Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education Programme (CE(ECE) / HD(ECE)) or equivalent. This programme comprises the following domains:Education Programme (CE(ECE) / HD(ECE)) or equivalent. This programme comprises the following domains:
This domain includes courses primarily focused on children and their families, as well as education theory. These courses are divided into three strands, namely Foundations of Early Childhood Education, Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood Education and ECE Elective Studies with core and elective courses. The core courses are sequenced to start with a focus on children's studies and critical issues about early childhood education. Further, the ECE Elective Studies strand consists of seven elective areas / streams. The elective courses in each ECE elective area/stream enable students to follow-up areas of interest in greater depth.
All students are required to take five elective courses out of the following seven elective areas/streams, and the five elective courses must come from at least two elective areas. For students who opt for the Diverse Needs elective area, they will take four compulsory courses and one elective course from any other elective areas/streams. For students without training in Special Child Care Work recognized by the Social Welfare Department, student must take the two compulsory courses: ‘Understanding and Embracing Diversity’ and ‘Meeting Diverse Needs in the Early Years’ from the elective area of Diverse Needs.
This domain consists of advanced courses on leadership and non-Chinese speaking children. Students will learn about using their knowledge on non-Chinese speaking children to lead other practitioners in a multi-cultural early childhood settings.
Courses in this domain enable students to further extend their personal and/or professional development and their own knowledge base in a selected subject area. Students may wish to enrich their personal competencies in a discipline related to their ECE Elective Studies area or they may wish to continue studying in an area introduced at the Certificate / Higher Diploma level.
Students are required to complete three Subject Studies courses, namely; Introduction to Chinese Culture, English for Early Childhood Education and one elective. The role of the two language Subject Studies courses is to further students' ability to use Chinese and English for professional and academic purposes, and to enhance their communicative competence in the two languages.
The core courses are:
Field Experience (6 cps) aims to assist early childhood practitioners to innovate and reflect on their practice that builds on the students' foundation of situated knowledge, as well as help students critically reflect on their practice and increase their theoretical knowledge of early childhood practice. Students are expected to develop and implement theory-based action plan for enhancing teaching and learning.
Remarks: Students specializing in Diverse Needs area are required to develop their Field Experience study in Diverse Needs.
This domain comprises two 3-credit point courses:
(Remarks: Students specializing in Diverse Needs area are required to develop their Project study in Diverse Needs.)
The medium of instruction is mainly Chinese. English or Putonghua is adopted as the language of instruction for relevant courses, (e.g. the course 'Multiculturalism, Multilingualism: Developing International Mindedness in Early Childhood Education' might be conducted in English) as appropriate.
Students are normally required to attend two to three 3-hour sessions per week. Courses will be held on weekdays from 6:30 pm to 9:20 pm at Tai Po Campus or Tseung Kwan O Study Centre/satellite study centre at urban locations as decided by the University whereas some may be offered on Saturday afternoon in one of the campuses.
Graduates of the programme will:
* Graduates' individual registration on professional qualifications as kindergarten principal is subject to the approval of the Education Bureau.
To be eligible for admission, applicants should normally have completed the Certificate / Higher Diploma in Kindergarten Education Programme (CE(KG) / HD(KG)) or Certificate / Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education Programme (CE(ECE) / HD(ECE)) or equivalent, such as Higher Diploma in Child Care and Education. Eligible applicants may be required to attend an interview.
Early admission offers will be given to highly qualified applicants. These applicants will be informed of the admission result individually by email. Applicants who are not offered early admission shall not assume that they are not being considered for admission. Please check your personal email and your online application account regularly for the progress of your application.
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