Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education (Inclusive Education) (Full-time)

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) (Full-time)

Duration and Credits

2-year Full-time: 77 Credits

Mode of Study


Medium of Instruction

Chinese as the main medium of insturction

Commencement of Study

September 2020

Tuition Fee

2-year Full-time Total Tuition Fee: $132,900 ($66,450/year on average)

All tuition fees are subject to the final approval from the Education Bureau.

Scholarships and Grants

Ann Chiang Scholarship
Scholarship for Excellent Academic Achievement
Scholarship for Outstanding Academic Achievement
Scholarship for Excellent Public Examination Results
Scholarship for Best Talents
Community Services Scholarship
IELTS Scholarship
TOEIC Scholarship
Putonghua Shuiping Ceshi (PSC) Scholarship
Japaness Language Proficiency Test Scholarship
Korean Language Proficiency Test Scholarship
Outstanding Achievement in Open Competitions
Outstanding Academic Performance Award
Outstanding Extra-curricular Performance Award
Best Progress Award
HKCT Excellence Award


Government Assistance

CTIHE students can apply for the following assistance provided by the Student Finance Office:

1. Financial Assistance Scheme for Post-secondary Students (FASP)
- Grant
- Low-interest loan
- Student Travel Subsidy
- Community Care Fund — Additional academic expenses

2. Non-means-tested Loan Scheme for Post-secondary Students (NLSPS)

Aims of Programme and Intended Learning Outcomes



1. Facilitate students to have a solid foundation of the professional knowledge and perspectives in early childhood education;

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 childhood educator should possess.


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 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; 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.


Tel: 2265 6993
E-mail: ded@ctihe.edu.hk

Full Professional Recognition

The programme is recognised by the Education Bureau (EDB), the Social Welfare Department (SWD) and the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications (HKCAAVQ).
Graduates of the Programme will be eligible to apply for registration as:

- Qualified kindergarten teachers with Certificate in Early Childhood Education [C(ECE)] with the EDB; and

- Child Care Worker (CCW), Child Care Supervisor (CCS) and Special Child Care Worker (SCCW) with the SWD.

Focus on Inclusive Education

- The Programme is not only a general Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education (ECE) programme but also with 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 equip students to have general knowledge towards special child care education in order to provide sufficient care to young children in early childhood setting and registrated as SCCW.

- Riding on the tide of change for a culturally responsive work environment, the Programme equips students with general knowledge towards 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.

Ann CHIANG Scholarship

The HKCT Institute of Higher Education provides "Ann Chiang Scholarship" to students with remarkable personal character and respectable personal past experience. Each successful applicant will be granted a half exemption of the tuition fee for the entire study duration of the programme. A limited number of scholarships are available.

Specialised Subjects

Child Development
- Child Development I: Physical and Motor Development
- Child Development II: Social and Emotional Development
- Child Development III: Cognitive and Language Development

Early Childhood Education / Curriculum: Planning
- Introduction to Early Childhood Education
- Introduction to Psychology
- Understanding Play Context and Creativity through Art and Music
- Health, Safety and Physical Fitness for the Young Child
- Early Mathematics, Science and Technology for the Early Childhood
- Administration and Event Management in Early Childhood Organisation
- Principles and Practice for Planning Early Childhood Programmes
- Early Childhood Curriculum: Planning and Implementation
- Working with Parents and Families

Special Education / Inclusive Education
- Understanding Diversity Among Children
- Introduction to Teaching Strategies for Children with Special Needs
- Introduction to Early Childhood Inclusive Education
- Introduction to Curriculum Planning for Inclusive Education
- Individualised Education Programme (IEP)

- Practicum I: Fieldwork Practice - Induction to Basic Preschool Teaching Skills
- Practicum II: Fieldwork Practice- Planning and Implementing Early Childhood Learning Activities

Elective Subjects
- Introduction to Food Science and Health
- Health and Fitness

Offer of the subjects (including electives) are subject to Institute's final decision without prior notice.

General Education Subjects

- Ethics and Professional Development
- Academic English
- Chinese Communication
- Putonghua Communication
- Information Management Technologies

Offer of the subjects (including electives) are subject to Institute's final decision without prior notice.


More than 400 hours of practicum is provided to students in order to put their knowledge into practice in the actual environment of early childhood education. The content of the practicum includes pre-practicum introduction, simulation workshop, site visit, attachment and intensive guidance of the practicum in the organization.

Career Prospects

Graduates will be eligible to apply for registration as Qualified kindergarten teachers with Certificate in Early Childhood Education [C(ECE)] with the EDB, and Child Care Worker (CCW), Child Care Supervisor (CCS) and Special Child Care Worker (SCCW) with the SWD.