Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education (Inclusive Education)

Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education (Inclusive Education) (Part-time) - This programme will let students have a good grasp of the professional knowledge and vision of early childhood education, equip them with the analytical abilities and practical skills of inclusive education.
This programme is operated by HKCT Institute of Higher 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.

Strategic use of medium of instruction

  • This programme is one of a few Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education using Chinese to assess student performance in Hong Kong. Most of the subjects are delivered in Chinese, the assessment of assignments is also mainly in Chinese in order to encourage students to discuss on academic topics proactively.

Programme Structure

Specialised Subjects

Child Development

  • Child Development – Infants and Toddlers Development
  • Child Development – Preschoolers Development

Early Childhood Education / Curriculum: Planning

  • Introduction to Early Childhood Education
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Learning and Teaching for Cognitive and Language Development
  • Early Childhood 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
  • Family and School Collaboration

Special Education / Inclusive Education

  • Understanding Diversity Among Children
  • Introduction to Teaching Strategies for Children with Special Needs
  • Early Childhood Inclusive Education
  • 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

  • Nutrition 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.

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. Graduates who registered successfully can work in kindergartens, child care centers or nurseries in Hong Kong. Graduates can also work in children's storybook publishing houses or other related organizations.

More than 50% of the graduates were employed in the field of kindergarten including teachers, teaching assistants, child care workers and playgroup tutors, etc. 

360 hours of practicum and 84 hours of practical workshop are provided to students in order to put their knowledge into practice in the actual environment of early childhood education. The content of the practicum workshops includes pre-practicum introduction, simulation workshop, and practicum content. In addition, site visits and school visits are also provided for students to have a certain understanding of different child care institutions before their internship.

Mode of Study

Part Time

Teaching Mode

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

Commencement of Study

September 2023


3 Years

Entry Requirements
  1. Level 2 or above in 5 subjects (including Chinese Language and English Language) in HKDSE [each applicant is allowed to use no more than two Applied Learning subjects at “Attained” level as equivalent to Level 2 in the application]; or
  2. 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
  3. Completion of Pre-Associate Degree or equivalent programme (at QF Level 3); or
  4. Completion of Diploma Yi Jin; or
  5. In-service kindergarten teaching assistants/practitioners with QKT or equivalent qualifications; or
  6. Aged 21 or above with at least 1-year working experience;
  7. Pass in the 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.

PO Wing Yu, Tobey
"The early childhood education curriculum includes elements of Inclusive Education. In addition to mastering basic knowledge of children, I also learned the characteristics of and teaching strategies to different types of children with special learning needs. Also, the programme provides students with different kind of opportunities including visits to different institutions, school sharing and internship to different preschool settings in Hong Kong. All these experiences have enhanced my confidence to accept challenges and hardship in the future."


LEE, Yan
"Through the courses of the Institute, I have learnt a lot about daily work and attitudes of early childhood educators. The programme curriculum design is practical that theoretical knowledge and internship supplement with each other and enable me to truly apply what I have learned. At the same time, the programme is also very distinctive. It does not only allow students to understand the routines of mainstream kindergartens, but also special education institutions. This broaden my career path after graduation. On the other hand, the lecturers are very professional. They are willing to share experiences, answer questions and guide me to think in multiple perspectives. To conclude, the whole learning process helps me in personal development and learning professional knowledge."


JI Xiao Qin, Jenny
"Children are joyful and innocence. Being able to teach them is a fun and challenging job. CTIHE’s Higher Diploma of Early Childhood Education Programme incorporates the elements of inclusive education and focuses on training professional knowledge. It teaches in Chinese and allows me to understand the curriculum and master the skills of early childhood education more easily. Also, I have a basic understanding of special early childhood education after taking the programme. The design of the curriculum is closely related with actual teaching work. It allows me to apply the knowledge I have learned to my future career. Being able to pass on the knowledge I have learned to children, and being able to apply what I have learned, makes me very satisfied!"


TAM Ko Kit
"I am a student with dyslexia. When I was still a high school student, I found studying a very tough task and I had poor grades, resulting difficulties for me to be admitted to post secondary institution. However, the CTIHE has given me a chance to reinvigorate me. I have benefited a lot from the two-year Higher Diploma Programme. I understand the importance of early intervention of young children, which can reduce the developmental impact of individual differences. After graduation, I participated in the PROcriut C Project through CTIHE and successfully interviewed for the position of art instructor of children. I am working as a kindergarten teacher now."


Year 1: $36,057 Year 2: $54,079 Year 3: $51,510

The tuition fee above is under 2023/24 Cohort.

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 31/8/2024
Tuition fees and subsidies are to be reviewed and adjusted annually on various factors.