Bachelor of Education (Honours) (Early Childhood Education) in Leadership and Special Needs

  • Government-funded programme with competitive tuition fee
  • In response to the kindergarten education policy concerning the future demand for qualified leaders and management staff in kindergartens and the provision of appropriate support to children with special needs.
  • Qualified graduates taking the specified courses in Diverse Needs will be considered as having acquired training on the One-year In-service Course in Special Child Care Work, recognised by the Social Welfare Department*
  • Taught by locally and internationally renowned scholars
  • Interactive learning approach

*Students may be required to provide proof of service for taking the courses in Diverse Needs. The University reserves the final right of approving students' eligibility.

Graduates of the Certificate/ Higher Diploma in Kindergarten Education or Early Childhood Education Programme or equivalent (such as the Higher Diploma in Child Care and Education), who seek education advancement in early childhood education.

It is designed as an “add-on” to the in-service Certificate/ Higher Diploma in Kindergarten Education Programme, or the pre-service Certificate/Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education Programme or equivalent.

  Credit Points
Education Studies  39
Specialized Studies  21
Subject Studies  9
Field Experience  6
Project 6
Total 81


Students are normally required to attend two to three 3-hour sessions per week. Courses will be held on weekdays from 6:30 pm to 9:20 pm at Tai Po Campus or Tseung Kwan O Study Centre/satellite study centre at urban locations as decided by the Institute whereas some may be offered on Saturday afternoon in one of the campuses.

The medium of instruction is mainly Chinese. English or Putonghua is adopted as the language of instruction for relevant courses (e.g. the course 'Inclusive education: Comparison of Policies and Practices at Global and Local Levels' might be conducted in English) as appropriate.

Graduates of the programme will:

  • meet the professional qualifications as kindergarten principal*;
  • be able to work competently in a broad range of positions that involve working with children and families;
  • obtain degree-level professional qualifications that are in high demand in the early childhood education sector and advanced knowledge to lead and promote educational practices that support the learning needs of children with special needs; and
  • be eligible to apply for the University's Master of Education Programme.

*Graduates' individual registration on professional qualifications as kindergarten principal is subject to the approval of the Education Bureau.

  • Hold the Certificate/ Higher Diploma in Kindergarten Education Programme, or Certificate/ Higher Diploma in Early Childhood Education Programme or equivalent, such as the Higher Diploma in Child Care and Education;
  • Interview may be required.

The tuition fee for the programme is HK$28,100 per annum for local students. This fee is provisional and subject to adjustment.