Course Details

Diploma in Early Childhood Education

Southern University College




  • Description

    The Diploma in Early-Childhood Education (DECE) is a two years full-time program with a three months attachment with childcare centres or kindergartens for practical job training. This program provides graduates with a solid foundation upon which to enter employment and equips them with the necessary skills to meet the challenges of today’s multi-cultural world. As Southern University College is a non-profit institution, our fees are relatively low when compared to other private institutions. This means that obtaining a quality tertiary education need not be a financial burden. However, for those families who require financial assistance, the university college is able to offer financial aid. Students who have completed the program will be able to handle children from birth to six years of age, facilitate their learning and give relevant guidance by implementing professional education approaches. The emergent needs of the profession include applying pedagogical approaches covering the education of children, teaching and nurturing young children professionally, possessing a high level of competency in preparing and interpreting children development and behavioural problems, the ability to organize and work independently, as well as having skills in interpersonal communication to collaborate with others on a team to perform tasks cooperatively. The learning outcomes of the program will fully equip students with these required skills.

    Field of Study


    Duration (Years)


    Course Fees

    RM 35,500 (USD 8,520)

    MQA No.


    Degree Type

    Internal Degree

  • Intake (Month)
    February, May, September

Entry Requirements

  • O-Level/GCSE

    3 credits

  • UEC

    Grade B in 3 subjects


    3 credits

  • Certificate 

    Obtain a Certificate in Early Childhood Education or its equivalent with a minimum of CGPA 2.00

  • Others
    Other equivalent qualifications recognised by the Malaysian Government
  • English Requirements

    IELTS: 5.0
    TOEFL: 500

Programme Structure

  • Overall Structure
    Compulsory Subjects

    Child Growth and Development

    Theory and Practice in Early-Childhood Education 

    Curriculum in Early Childhood Education Malaysia 

    Assessment for Childhood Education

    Safety, Health and Nutrition for Young Children 

    Administration of Early-Childhood Programs 

    Guidance of Young Children

    Leadership in Childhood Education

    Basic Research in Early-Childhood Education 

    Ethics for Early-Childhood Education

    Core Subjects

    Early-Childhood Care and Education in Malaysia 

    Language and Literacy

    Sciences and Math for Young Children 

    Creative Activities for Young Children 

    Physical Activities for Young Children 

    Computer in Early-Childhood Education 

    Young Children with Special Needs 

    Home School Partnership


    Elective Subjects

    Becoming a Professional in Early-Childhood Education 

    Children in the Changing World

    Multilingualism and Multiculturalism in Early Childhood Education

    Behavioural and Emotional Challenges in Early Childhood Education

    Issues in Early-Childhood Education

Additional Information

  • Fees
    RM 35,500 (USD 8,520)

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