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Diploma in Early Childhood Education
MQA/FA 1979 R/143/4/0045 10/2027


2 years 6 months

Credit Hours


MQF Level

Level 4

About the Course

Children Learning and Development have been the focus of the Early Childhood Education (ECE). ECE provides the basic education and prepares children for primary school education. The ECE programme at QCKL will contribute to the all-rounded development of ECE teachers by updating their knowledge, skills and attitude as ECE professionals. The programme is tailor-designed for Early Childhood principals, administrators, teachers, care takers, childminders and those involved with young learners to ensure that they have the necessary and enriched knowledge about child development and assessment, curriculum content, children arts and music, learning and pedagogy, health and safety, and ECE-center management skills.

Programme Structure



Entry Requirements

  1. A pass in SPM with a minimum of 3 credits in any subject or its equivalent; OR

  2. A pass in Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) with a minimum of Grade C (GP 2.0) in any subject or its equivalent; PROGRAMME STANDARDS: EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION 42 OR

  3. A pass in Sijil Tinggi Agama Malaysia (STAM) with a minimum grade of Maqbul; OR

  4. A pass in SKM Level 3 in Early Child Care/Preschool and pass SPM with a minimum of 1 credit in any subject; OR

  5. A Certificate in Early Childhood Education (ECE) or its equivalent; OR

  6. A Certificate in any field or its equivalent.

For international students, Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 500 OR International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 5.0 OR its equivalent. If a student does not meet this requirement, HEPs must offer English proficiency courses to ensure that the student’s proficiency is sufficient to meet the needs of the programme. The student’s proficiency is determined through an assessment process.

Career Prospects

  • ECE Curriculum Developer

  • ECE Lecturer

  • Educational Toy Consultant

  • Kindergarten (Tadika) Teacher

  • Pre-school (Taska) Teacher

  • Pre-school / Kindergarten Owner

  • Pre-school / Kindergarten Principal

  • Private / International School Teacher (Pre-school Level)

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