Diploma in Early Childhood Education

7 Semesters / 2 Years 6 Months
Alor Setar | Ipoh | Johor Bahru | Kota Bharu | Kota Kinabalu | Kuala Terengganu | Kuching | Malacca | Petaling Jaya (Main) and Seremban
100% PTPTN Available
RM 729.00per
RM 20,400.00 total fee
Price listed above is applicable to local students only

Why this course

The Diploma in Early Childhood Education program aims to provide professional development opportunities for prospective preschool teachers to possess a diploma qualification. Specifically, the program equips students with the knowledge, skills and competencies for them to work in industries that involve children such as preschools, Child Care & development centres, children Enrichment centres, children play centres, theme parks and so on.

At UNITAR, apart from physical learning in the lecture hall or online learning, students are also given the opportunity to do activities in the simulation room that provide a real experience of early childhood education. Through this course, students will be assessed on a value based project that will include fieldwork in groups or individually to give students real-life experience in the early childhood education industry and also through final examinations.

Price listed above is applicable to local students only
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Course information

Programme Entry Requirements

  • Pass SPM or its equivalent, with at least three (3) credits in any subjects; ​OR
  • Pass STPM or its equivalent, with a minimum of Grade C (CGPA 2.0) in any subject; ​OR​
  • Pass STAM with a minimum Grade Maqbul;​ OR
  • Pass SKM Level 3 in ‘Pengasuhan Awal Kanak-kanak/Prasekolah / Early Childcare for Children/Pre-School’ subject to Senate approval and MUST attend bridging courses;​ OR
  • Pass Certificate in Early Childhood Education or its equivalent; OR
  • Pass BTEC Level 3 and pass SPM or its equivalent, with at least one (1) credit in any subjects; ​OR
  • Any recognized Certificate or its equivalent.; OR
  • Entry requirements for admission into the Diploma’s program (level 5, MQF) through APEL as approved by the Ministry of Education (MOHE). Applicants must be/have:
    • A Malaysian citizen; and    ​
    • The candidate should be more than 20 years of age in the year of application​
    • Relevant work experience / prior experiential learning; and
    • Pass the APEL Assessment​

Language Requirements

International students
  • Minimum score of 5.0 for IELTS OR
  • Minimum score of 500 for TOEFL OR
    its equivalent.


Core Modules

  • Introduction to Child Development-Program Core 
  • Family and Community in Early Childhood Education-Programme Core 
  • Curriculum for Early Childhood Education-Programme Core 
  • Guiding Child Behaviour-Programme Core 
  • Teaching and Learning Approaches in Early Childhood Programme-Program Core 
  • Health and Nutrition for Young Children-Programme Core 
  • Approaches in Teaching Arts and Creativity for Young Children-Programme Core 
  • Approaches in Teaching Science and Mathematics for Young Children-Programme Core 
  • Movement and Physical Intelligence for Young Children-Programme Core 
  • Safety and Environmental Management for Young Children-Programme Core 
  • Teaching English for Young Children-Programme Core 
  • Creative Learning Through Play-Programme Core 
  • Approaches in Teaching Affective Development for Young Children-Programme Core 
  • Pendekatan Pengajaran Bahasa Melayu untuk Kanak-Kanak-Programme Core 
  • Approaches in Teaching Music for Young Children-Programme Core 
  • Planning and administering in Early Childhood Programme-Programme Core 
  • Assessment in Early Childhood Education-Programme Core 
  • Entrepreneurship in Early Childhood Programme-Programme Core 
  • Micro Teaching-Programme Core 
  • Practicum-Programme Core 
  • Critical Thinking-Programme Core 
  • Community Service -Programme Core 

University Core Modules 

  • English 1 
  • English 2 
  • English 3 
  • Critical Thinking 
  • Basic Mandarin / Arabic 

MPU Modules 

  • Penghayatan Etika dan Peradaban / Bahasa Melayu Komunikasi 1(Int) 
  • Skills Enhancement 
  • Culture and Society 
  • Community Service 

Areas of Study

  • Early Childhood Education Management
  • Children’s Development
  • Children’s Activities
  • Child Care Assistant
  • Children’s Art Educator
  • Children’s Language Educator
  • Education Centre Assistant

The Programme Learning Outcomes (PLO) of this programme is to prepare graduates who are able to:

  1. Understands the principles and methods of teaching and learning for children.
  2. Learn the role of adults in creating a stimulating environment from birth to the age of preschool.
  3. Designing of play classrooms with a safety protocol, including resources and teaching methods for child’s creativity development.
  4. Manage effective strategies involving the environment and adult child interaction in a childcare setting
  5. Get Entrepreneurship requirements for laws and regulations as well as marketing and finances to effectively manage a business.

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