The Bachelor of Education (Honours) in Early Childhood Education (BEdECE) programme aims to nurture world-class early childhood educators who are knowledgeable in contemporary and international ECE theories and practice and can be strong advocates for children and their families.
The BEdECE programme is a multi-entry and multi-exit programme, providing great flexibility to students and supporting lifelong learning. Those requiring pre-service training will acquire all 4 ECE Professional Qualifications in Hong Kong, enabling them to be registered with the Education Bureau (EDB) and Social Welfare Department (SWD). Those who are already ECE practitioners in the field can also pursue in-service training via a top-up degree (Year 3 entry), paving the way towards Kindergarten Principal certification.
Other than the General ECE concentration, the BEdECE programme offers to students two additional choices of specialisation in ‘Special Education Needs’ (SEN) or ‘Infant & Toddler Education’ (InTod). These specialisations will strengthen students’ skills and knowledge in their opted area of specialism and give them competitive edge for employment when they graduate.
The 8-week Practicum and 8-week Advanced Practicum provides wonderful opportunities for students to be placed in different Early Childhood Education Settings to polish observation and hands-on skills.
Students will have the opportunities to have Practicum in international and local kindergarten and in special education settings.
A unique feature is that practicum experience in Yew Chung International School is exclusive to YCCECE students taking the ECE programmes.
In the last term of the Programme, students will take the Capstone Project which will be conducted in an ECE setting where they will be engaged in in-depth Action Research on real-life ECE-related issues. Students may choose different ECE settings such as schools, children hospitals, non-government organisations etc.
At the end of the action research, students will come up with insights or suggestions for the host organisation to consider adopting.
BEdECE students will have the opportunity to have exchange study trips in overseas countries such as Australia, Singapore, UK, South Korea etc.
BEdECE graduates are eligible to apply for:
Level 3 in English Language and Chinese Language and Level 2 in Mathematics and Liberal Studies plus one elective/Applied Learning subject at Level 2 (i.e. 3322+2) in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)
Non-Chinese Speaking (NCS) Students
Applicants who have (i) learned Chinese Language for less than 6 years while receiving primary and secondary education or (ii) learned Chinese Language for 6 years or more in schools but have been taught an adapted and simpler Chinese Language curriculum not normally applicable to the majority of students in local schools, can use the following qualifications to replace HKDSE Chinese Language Level 3 to meet the entrance requirement for Chinese Language:
∙ HKDSE Applied Learning Chinese “Attained with Distinction (I)” or above
∙ GCE A-Level/AS-Level Chinese Grade E or above
∙ GCSE/IGCSE/GCE O-Level Chinese Grade C or above
Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)
∙ Grade E or above in 2 AL subjects or equivalent AS-Level subjects in HKALE; and
∙ AS in Use of English and Chinese Language and Culture; and
∙ 5 subjects at Grade E or above in Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) including English Language and Chinese Language
International Baccalaureate (IB)
Obtained the IB Diploma with a minimum score of 24 including 3 higher level and 3 standard level subjects and a Level 4 in English Language
General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level / International A-Level
∙ Grade E in 2 AL subjects; or
∙ 1 AL plus 2 AS subjects; and
∙ Grade E in English Language at A/AS Level or Grade C in English Language for GCE O Level/GCSE/IGCCSE
Other equivalent qualifications including non-local qualifications obtained in or outside Hong Kong
Applicants who cannot meet the stipulated minimum admission requirements and mature applicants of age 23 or above by 1 September of the year of admission may be considered for admission based on individual merits.
Holders of YCCECE (or YCCC) Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education Award
Holders of recognised Higher Diploma awards in the field of ECE from other institutions in Hong Kong
Holders of Higher Diploma awards admitted without acquiring training as Special Child Care Workers recognised by the SWD will be required to take and complete some bridging courses.