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Bachelor of Education (Honours) (Early Childhood Education) (Three-year Part-time)

Programme Code C3B001
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

Programme Aims

This programme 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.

Programme Features

Professional Upgrading

  • In the 2006/07 Policy Address, the government encourages all kindergarten principals to pursue further studies and obtain a degree by 2011/12.
  • The Education Bureau (EDB) proposes as one of the new initiatives in Pre-primary Education that all new principals from the 2009/10 school year must have a degree in early childhood education (BEd(ECE)).
  • Graduates of this programme who have been teaching in special child care service units throughout the programme years and have completed the required courses in Diverse Needs will be considered as having acquired training on the One-year In-service Course in Special Child Care Work recognized by the Social Welfare Department.

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.

Interactive Learning Mode

  • Students will be encouraged to reflect and build on their practical experience in early childhood education through participation in workshops, seminars and tutorials in a stimulating teaching and learning environment.

Programme Structure

This is a three-year part-time programme consisting of 60 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:

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

Education Studies

This domain includes courses primarily focused on children and their families or on 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.

Foundations of Early Childhood Education Strand

Core courses:

  • Comparative Early Childhood Education
  • Current Trends in Child Development and Assessment
  • Theoretical Perspectives on Early Childhood Practice
  • Working with Diverse Families: Theory and Practice

Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood Education Strand

Core courses:

  • Child Health, Safety and Welfare
  • Children in Transition
  • Current Curriculum Issues in Early Childhood Education
  • Emergent Literacy

ECE Elective Studies Strand

For all elective areas/streams (except Diverse Needs), students are required to take five elective courses out of the following seven elective areas/streams; the five elective courses must come from at least two areas. For students who opt for the Diverse Needs elective area, they will take four compulsory courses and one elective course from other elective areas/streams.

  • Language and Literacy (Chinese Stream)
  • Mathematics and Science
  • Creativity and Aesthetics (Art Stream)
  • Creativity and Aesthetics (Music and Movement Stream)
  • Child and Family Well-being
  • Diverse Needs
  • Leadership, Policy and Innovation

Subject Studies

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:

  • Introduction to Chinese Culture
  • English for Early Childhood Education

One elective from the following:

  • Art II
  • An Introduction to Modern Chinese Language
  • Academic English: Writing and Reading
  • Mathematics II
  • Music II
  • Physical Education II
  • Putonghua II
  • Science II
  • Social Studies II

Field Experience

Field Experience (6cps) aims to assist early childhood practitioners to innovate and reflect on their practice that builds on students' foundation of situated knowledge and field experience; 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 in an early childhood education setting in Hong Kong for enhancing teaching and learning.

(Remarks: Students specializing in Diverse Needs area are required to develop their Field Experience study in Diverse Needs.)

Project

This domain comprises two 3-credit point courses:

  • Research Methods of Child Study: Introduction to methods for conducting practical research in early childhood education
  • Project: The course aims to develop students' competence in conducting systematic inquiry to enhance teaching and learning. They are expected to undertake a small-scale action research project of their own selection on a topic of investigation and are expected to implement the action plan, collect data, reflect on data, and plan informed action.

(Remarks: Students specializing in Diverse Needs area are required to develop their Project study in Diverse Needs.)

Medium of Instruction

The medium of instruction is mainly Chinese. English or Putonghua is adopted as the language of instruction for relevant courses, as appropriate.

Mode of Study

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.

Career Prospects / Professional Qualifications

Graduates of the programme will:

  • meet the professional qualifications as kindergarten principal*;
  • be able to work competently in a broad range of positions that involve working with children and families;
  • obtain degree-level professional qualifications that are in high demand in the early childhood education sector; and
  • be eligible to apply for the University's Master of Education Programme.

* Graduates' individual registration on professional qualifications as kindergarten principal is subject to the approval of the Education Bureau.

Entrance Requirements

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

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.

Admission Enquiries

Tel: (852) 2948 6886
E-mail: admission@eduhk.hk

Programme Enquiries

Tel: (852) 2948 7131

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