Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education (Inclusive Education)

Qualifications Framework

The qualification of this programme is recognised under the Qualifications Framework in Hong Kong.

QF Level: 4

QR Registration No.: 18/000435/L4

Registration Validity Period: 01/09/2018 To 31/08/2021


Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education (Inclusive Education)

Normal Duration and Commencement of Study

2-year Full-time: September 2018
3-year Part-time: January 2019

Mode of Study

Full-time and Part-time

Credits Required for Award:

Full-time: 77 Credits
Part-time: 77 Credits

Medium of Instruction

Majority of the subjects will be taught in Chinese

Tuition Fee

Full-time Total Tuition Fee: $125,400 ($62,700/year on average)
Part-time Total Tuition Fee: $128,700 ($42,900/year on average)

Scholarships and Grants

Internal Student Articulation Scholarship
Scholarship for Excellent Academic Achievement
Scholarship for Outstanding Academic Achievement
Scholarship for Excellent Public Examination Results
Scholarship for Best Talents
Community Services Scholarship
Outstanding Achievement in Open Competitions
Outstanding Academic Performance Award
Outstanding Extra-curricular Performance Award
Best Progress Award

More details

(Scholarships by CTIHE are independent of the Government Subsidy)

Government Assistance

CTIHE students can apply for the following assistance provided by the Government:


1. Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students (FASP)
2. Non-means-tested Loan Scheme for Post-secondary Students (NLSPS)
3. Student Travel Subsidy for Tertiary or Post-secondary Students
4. Community Care Fund — Additional academic expenses grant under the Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students

Aims of Programme

1. Facilitate students to have a solid foundation of the professional knowledge and perspectives in early childhood education and developmentally appropriate early childhood curriculum;
2. Equip students with analytical and practical skills to work effectively with young children and their families in an inclusive manner; and
3. Enhance students in both personal growth and professional growth for embracing professional values and dispositions/qualities that an early chilchood educator should possess.

Programme Intended Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate the attitude, professional knowledge and practical skills appropriate for an early childhood educator;
2. Establish a broad understanding of child development in different aspects and the importance of early intervention in the local preschool contexts with reference to some global experiences and perspective;
3. Utilise a range of contemporary learning and teaching approaches and inclusive pedagogies in the preschools to cater for learning diversities;
4. Apply learning theories and scientific observation skills to analyse classroom situations and teaching performance;
5. Able to handle unexpected situation for problem resolutions and adapt to the changing work environment, having an appreciation of various external factors affecting the development of early childhood education in Hong Kong;
6. Develop the skills, abilities and supportive relationship to interact, communicate and work with parents, especially those families with children with special educational needs; and
7. Have a solid foundation of generic skills and general education to learn how to learn, communicate fluently and in writing with others and undertake continuous professional development and further study.

Full Professional Recognition

The programme is accredited by the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications and the Education Bureau (EDB) for a period from September 2018 to August 2021. 


Professional Qualifications

Education Bureau

- Registered Kindergarten Teachers

Social Welfare Department

- Child Care Workers

- Child Care Supervisors

- Special Child Care Workers

Focus on Inclusive Education

The Programme is not only a general Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education (ECE) programme but also with specialised elements covering the values of inclusive education which include respect for diverse needs and the importance of early intervention for children with early signs of special educational needs, which will better equip students for registration as SCCW.
Riding on the tide of change for a culturally responsive work environment, the Programme equips students with different programme and service models to help Non-Chinese Speaking (NCS) children in the learning of Chinese and local culture.

Comprehensive Practicum

Through practicums in kindergarten-cum-child care centres with Integrated Programme, kindergartens joining On-site Preschool Rehabilitation Service (OPRS) and mainstream kindergartens, student teachers will be allowed to integrate their skills to serve mainstream children, children with early signs of special educational needs and NCS children as well in an inclusive manner.

Versatility in Hands-on Skills

The curriculum has been enriched with hands-on skills which are mostly required of ECE graduates. For example, students will learn about event management to organise and manage events such as graduation ceremony. Enrichment activities such as professional talks, workshops, visits and exchange trip are organized for students to equip them to be professional early childhood educators. Also, an elective cluster covering skills relating to health and fitness as well as food nutrition is in place for interested students to acquire relevant certificates which may help increase students’ employability and allow them to serve better in the ECE field.

Core Specialised subjects

- Introduction to Early Childhood Education

- Introduction to Early Childhood Inclusive Education

- Introduction to Psychology

- Child Development I: Physical and Motor Development

- Child Development II: Social and Emotional Development

- Child Development III: Cognitive and Language Development

- Early Childhood Curriculum: Planning and Implementation

- Understanding Diversity Among Children

- Health, Safety and Physical Fitness for the Young Child

- Introduction to Curriculum Planning for Inclusive Education

- Introduction to Food Science and Health

- Health and Fitness

- 365 hours practicum


To provide a pivotal opportunity for the student teachers to combine learned theories with the everyday realities in the early childhood work settings, the proposed curriculum contains a total of 365 practicum hours which will provide guidance to novice student teachers with a structured pre-practicum induction lectures, simulated practical workshops, field visits, school attachment and intensive guided work practices undertaken in the field. 

Career Prospects

Graduates are eligible to apply for:

- Registered Kindergarten Teachers

- Child Care Workers

- Child Care Supervisors

- Special Child Care Workers