Overview

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.

Highlights

Practicum and Advanced Practicum

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.

Capstone Project

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.

Overseas Study Trip Experience

BEdECE students will have the opportunity to have exchange study trips in overseas countries such as Australia, Singapore, UK, South Korea etc.

Career Prospect

  • Yew Chung / Yew Wah Teachers of Tomorrow Scheme
  • Teaching positions in International and local kindergartens/schools and child care centres, special schools and other educational settings
  • Greater Promotion opportunities such as coordinators / principals in schools
  • Administration in NGOs, family and children’s agencies and other educational bodies
  • Research opportunities in organisations and tertiary institutions
  • Other jobs such as children book publishers and education officers in Government

Further Study

BEdECE graduates are eligible to apply for:

  • The Certification Course for Kindergarten Principals, which, together with one-year post-qualification experience, is a prerequisite for registration as Kindergarten Principals in Hong Kong.
  • Other postgraduate certificate/diploma in education or master in education programmes
Progression Pathways

Admission Requirements

Admission to Year One

HKDSE 33222

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

or

Other alternative qualifications

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 Qualifications
Other equivalent qualifications including non-local qualifications obtained in or outside Hong Kong

Pass the admission interview

Notes

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.

Admission to Year Three

Higher Diploma in ECE

Holders of YCCECE (or YCCC) Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education Award

or

Other alternative qualifications

Holders of recognised Higher Diploma awards in the field of ECE from other institutions in Hong Kong

Pass the admission interview

Notes

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.

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