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Diploma in Early Childhood Education

Offered by: Methodist College Kuala Lumpur
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Course Duration2.5 years (3 years for Blended Mode)
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FeesFT: 24250/Course ; PT: 15500
Fees (International Student)FT: 34350/Course ; PT: not available
FacultyTertiary Programme
Conducted entirely in MalaysiaYes
Level of StudyDiploma Level
Field of StudyEducation (Teacher Training & Education Sciences)
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Course Description

ECE which comprises childcare for children below the age of four and preschool education for four to six year olds, is an up-and-coming field in career planning. Governments and parents worldwide are investing in early childhood education in view of the increasing number of working mothers and the importance of providing young children with good and proper foundations for development.

Government Commitment

Governments and parents worldwide are investing heavily in ECE so it has recently become a fast growing business opportunity both at home and overseas. The Malaysian government recognises that the first 3 years of life are critical in the development of children and is therefore committed to providing quality education for its youngest citizens. As a result of this, it is expected that soon only professionally qualified staff will be able to work as early childhood educators. Parents who want to give their children a right headstart in life place them with well-trained professional childcare providers and preschool teachers.


  • Child development
  • Creativity through music & movement and art & drama
  • Teaching mathematics & sciences to  young children 
  • Language & Literacy
  • Health, Safety & Nutrition
  • Infant & Toddler Care
  • Teaching social studies to young children


  • Core Subjects 

    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 Mathematics to Young Children

    Creative Expressions Through Music and Movement

    Child Development 2

    Guidance of Young Children

    Children with Special Needs

    Teaching Social Studies to Young Children

    Play in Early Childhood Education

    Partnership with Families and the Community

    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

    Elective Subjects (select one) 

    Teaching Young Children with Learning Disabilities

    Literasi Awal


    Practicum I: Block Practice in Childcare Centre (TASKA)

    Practicum II: Block Practice in Preschool/ Kindergarten (TADIKA)

    MPU Subjects

    Pengajian Malaysia (Local Students)

    Bahasa Melayu Komunikasi 1 (International Students)

    Effective Communication Skills

    Bahasa Kebangsaan A (for local students without Cr in SPM Bahasa Malaysia)

    Moral Studies

    Service Learning 


Entry Requirements

Minimum 3 credits overall in SPM, IGCSE, or equivalent, including English OR

Minimum 2 credits + 3 years relevant working experience + APEL Admission  OR

Minimum 1 credit + 5 years relevant working experience + APEL Admission 

Intake Months

 FT: January, April, August ; PT: April 

Career Prospects

ECE Curriculum Developer

ECE Lecturer

Educational Toy Consultant

Kindergarden (Tadika) Teacher

Pre-school (Taska) Teacher

Pre-school / Kindergarden Owner

Pre-school / Kindergarden Principal

Private / International School Teacher (Pre-school Level)

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

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