Programme Code: A1E001
Study Mode: One-year Full-time


Programme Structure

D(ECE) is a one-year full-time programme comprised of 36 credit points. The programme curriculum is built on a theory-practice integrated framework, and comprises ten taught courses and a Practicum.

  1. Understanding Child Development from an Ecological Perspective
  2. Supporting Social and Emotional Development of Non-Chinese Speaking Children in Home and Schools
  3. Supporting Language Development of Non-Chinese Speaking Children
  4. Building Culturally Responsive Classrooms in Local Context
  5. Embracing Play-based Learning and Teaching
  6. Applying Technology into Learning and Teaching Resources
  7. Promoting Equity and Social Inclusion in Home-School-Community Collaboration
  8. 幼兒教育專用中文(一)Chinese for Specific Purpose I
  9. 幼兒教育專用中文(二)Chinese for Specific Purpose II
  10. English Communication Skills in ECE
  11. Practicum



The Practicum course offers opportunities for participants to put what they learn into practice and hone their skills in supporting the NCS students in learning. The course spans two semesters, and includes school attachment and block practice.

Important Note: Prior to undertaking the Practicum, the University will request participants of the programme 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. Such information may be released to their placement schools/organizations. The University reserves the right not to allow any participant of the programme to undertake the Practicum. If so, these participants will not be able to meet the graduation requirements of the programme.


Medium of Instruction

Based on the course nature and teaching content, six courses will be taught in English and five courses will be taught in Chinese (Cantonese).


Venue of Teaching and Learning

Classes will be held at Tai Po Campus and/or New Study Centre in North Point as decided by the University.


Career Prospects

Graduates of this programme are empowered with the knowledge, skills and values in culturally responsive practices. They can work as teaching assistants in kindergartens and non-formal education agencies, to facilitate and support the achievements of NCS children.

Graduates may continue their professional development by enrolling in a higher diploma programme that will carry them up the ladder towards becoming a qualified teacher in the field of early childhood education, particularly in support of NCS children.


General Entrance Requirements

Applicants are eligible to apply through the Direct Application route if they:

  1. have obtained in the HKDSE (a) Level 1 or above in Chinese Language (Note 1) and English Language; and (b) 6 points or above in the best five subjects (Notes 2 & 3); or
  2. possess other equivalent qualifications; or
  3. are mature applicants (aged 21 or above by 1 September 2023) who can demonstrate academic ability and commitment to study in the programme.


Applicants are also required to have achieved satisfactory performance in both Language tests and an interview. Having knowledge of one or more ethnic minority languages (e.g. Hindi, Urdu, Nepali) will be an advantage.


  1. For NCS students who have met the specified circumstances as announced by the Education Bureau (EDB), the University accepts alternative qualifications in Chinese Language (only those under GCE, GCSE, and IGCSE) for the purpose of meeting the minimum entrance requirements. From the 2017/18 onwards, the HKDSE Applied Learning Chinese will also be accepted as an alternative Chinese Language qualification with “Attained” as the minimum requirement.
  2. If an applicant has attempted less than 5 subjects but can obtain 6 points or above, his/her application will also be considered. Calculation of points: Level 5** = 7 points; Level 5* = 6 points; Level 5 = 5 points; Level 4 = 4 points; Level 3 = 3 points; Level 2 = 2 points; Level 1 = 1 point.
  3. Applicants are allowed to use up to two Applied Learning (ApL) subjects (Applied Learning Chinese is not applicable) in the application. The recognition of the ApL subjects is as follows: “Attained with distinction” is deemed equivalent to Level 3 in the HKDSE Examinations; and “Attained” is deemed equivalent to Level 2 in the HKDSE Examinations.


Submission of Application

Applicants can submit their applications online at