Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education (Inclusive Education)

This programme provides students with a solid foundation of the professional knowledge and perspectives in early childhood education, and equip them with analytical and practical skills to better prepare for their career pursuits.

Programme Contents

This programme facilitates students to have a solid foundation of the professional knowledge and perspectives in early childhood education, it equips students with analytical and practical skills to work effectively with young children and their families in an inclusive manner; and enhances students in both personal growth and professional growth for embracing professional values and dispositions/qualities that an early childhood educator should possess.


Programme Features

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)], Child Care Worker (CCW), Child Care Supervisor (CCS) and Special Child Care Worker (SCCW).

Focus on Inclusive Education

  • The Programme is not only a general Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education (ECE) 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 registered 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, 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.


Programme Structure

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

General Education Subjects

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


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

Graduation Path

Qualified kindergarten teachers with Certificate in Early Childhood Education [C(ECE)] with the EDB, and eligible to apply for registration as a Child Care Worker (CCW), Child Care Supervisor (CCS) or Special Child Care Worker (SCCW) with the Social Welfare Department.


365 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, institution visit and intensive guidance of the practicum in the organization.

Programme Details
Mode of Study

Part Time

Teaching Mode

Face to face (Classes may need to conducted via online platform depending on epidemic for the sake of students’ safety)

Commencement of Study

September 2020


3 Years

Entry Requirements
  • Level 2 or above in 5 subjects (including Chinese Language and English Language) in HKDSE; or
  • Grade E or above in 1 AL or 2 AS Level subjects in HKALE; and
    • 5 passes in HKCEE including Chinese Language and English Language; or
    • 3 passes in HKCEE plus Level 2 or above in Chinese Language and English Language; or
  • Successful completion of Pre-Associate Degree or equivalent programme (at QF Level 3); or
  • Successful completion of Diploma Yi Jin; or
  • In-service kindergarten teaching assistants / practitioners with QKT or equivalent qualifications; or
  • Aged 21 or above with at least 1 year working experience; and
  • Pass in admission interview.

Non-local Entry

Please contact us at (852) 2265 6993 or email to ded@ctihe.edu.hk for more information.
If there is any inconsistency between the English and Chinese versions, the English version shall prevail.

Tuition Fees and Assistance

Year 1: $34,695 Year 2: $52,035 Year 3: $49,560


Extended Non-means-tested Loan Scheme

For the details of Government Financial Assistance and Subsidy

QF Level
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:1/9/2018 to 31/8/2021
Tuition fees and government subsidies will be reviewed and adjusted annually on various factors. All tuition fees are subject to the final approval from the Education Bureau.
HKCT Institute of Higher Education reserves the right of cancellation of programme and granting offer without prior notice.