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Diploma in Early Childhood Education

Offered by: Methodist College Kuala Lumpur (MCKL)
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Course Duration2.5 years
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Fees (International Student)RM20,900/Course
Conducted entirely in MalaysiaYes
Level of StudyDiploma Level
Field of StudyEducation (Teacher Training & Education Sciences)
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Course Description

Early Childhood Education (ECE) has been gaining increased recognition of its importance by parents and educationists alike. Quality training programmes have been developed over the years to form knowledgeable and skilled early childhood educators.

The Diploma in Early Childhood Education programme covers five integral core knowledge areas which aim to provide comprehensive training to early childhood educators. Some of the ECE specialities that are covered in this programme are child development, creativity through music, movement, art and drama, language and literacy, health, safety and nutrition, infant and toddler care, as well as emotional, cognitive and language development in early childhood.

Upon completion of this programme, students will be fully equipped with theoretical knowledge, teaching pedagogies, practical skills and a holistic understanding of young children’s development, learning needs and growth. MCKL graduates will be able to seek employment in the ECE field as a qualified practitioner, or earn a globally recognised degree either in Ireland or U.K. with just an additional one year of studies abroad to support their career goals.

    • Foundations of Early Childhood Education 
    • Child Development 1
    • Positive Behaviour Management 
    • Language and Early Literacy
    • Creative Expressions Through Art and Drama
    • Physical Education for Young Children 
    • Programme Planning and Implementation
    • Observation and Assessment of Young Children
    • Infant and Toddler Care
    • Teaching Social Studies to Young Children 
    • Play in Early Childhood Education 
    • Partnership with Families and the Community
    • Teaching Mathematics to Young Children 
    • Creative Expressions Through Music and Movement
    • Child Development 2
    • Guidance of Young Children 
    • Children with Special Needs
    • Foundations of Professional Practice
    • The National Preschool Standard Curriculum
    • Child’s Health, Safety and Nutrition 
    • Technology in Early Childhood Education 
    • Entrepreneurship and Early Childhood Administration
    • English Enhancement 
    • Teaching Young Children with Learning Disabilities


    • Practicum I:
      Block Practice in Childcare Centre (TASKA)
    • Practicum II:
      Block Practice in Preschool/ Kindergarten (TADIKA)

    *Mata Pelajaran Umum (MPU)  

    • Falsafah dan Isu Semasa 
    • Information Literacy
    • Character Formation
    • Service Learning
    • Bahasa Kebangsaan A
      • For local students who do not have credit in SPM BM
    • Bahasa Melayu Komunikasi 1
      • For international students

    *MPU: The Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) requires all students to take Mata Pelajaran Umum (MPU) (i.e. General Studies) within the duration of their studies. MCKL established a series of subjects that different programs need to implement for all students to meet the Ministry’s requirements. Subjects will differ depending on the institution and the level of degree the student is taking. 

Entry Requirements

Min. 3 credits in any subjects

Min. 3 credits in any subjects

Min. Grade C in any subjects

Min. 80% in 5 subjects 


Other equivalent qualifications recognised by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) or Malaysian Government will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Intake Months

January, June & August

Career Prospects
  • Early Childhood Teacher
  • Kindergarten and Childcare Centre Proprietor, Principal or Administrator
  • ECE Lecturer
  • ECE Curriculum Developer
  • ECE Entrepreneur
  • Teacher Trainer

Related careers:

  • Special Education Teacher
  • Child Psychologist
  • Child Therapist

All fees are in RM (Ringgit Malaysia) currency unless stated otherwise.

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