Diploma in Early Childhood Education – Penang Campus

Duration:2 years & 6 months

Intakes:January, May & August

Campus:MCKL College Penang (Pykett Campus)

Level of Study:Diploma

Faculty:Early Childhood Education

Course Code:KPT/JPS(N/143/4/0191)(MQA/PA14313)05/27

About this course

Early Childhood Education (ECE) has been gaining increased recognition of its importance by parents and educationists alike. Quality training programmes have been developed over the years to form knowledgeable and skilled early childhood educators.

The Diploma in Early Childhood Education programme covers five integral core knowledge areas which aim to provide comprehensive training to early childhood educators. Some of the ECE specialities that are covered in this programme are child development, creativity through music, movement, art and drama, language and literacy, health, safety and nutrition, infant and toddler care, as well as emotional, cognitive and language development in early childhood.

Upon completion of this programme, students will be fully equipped with theoretical knowledge, teaching pedagogies, practical skills and a holistic understanding of young children’s development, learning needs and growth. MCKL graduates will be able to seek employment in the ECE field as a qualified practitioner, or earn a globally recognised degree either in Ireland or U.K. with just an additional one year of studies abroad to support their career goals.

xtensive Programme
The subjects offered in this programme are comprehensive and extensive to ensure students are well prepared to work professionally in a variety of professions in the early childhood sector and succeed in it.

Substantial Practicum Exposure
Over the course of the programme, students will complete two practicums. This opens the opportunity for students to translate classroom learning into practice, gain hands-on experience working alongside experienced kindergarten teachers, and learn in a professional working environment.

Qualified & Experienced Academic Team
Learn from a combination of both passionate and nurturing lecturers, who are well qualified and experienced in the Early Childhood Education (ECE) industry.

Affordable Fees
Students are able to obtain quality education at an affordable cost at  MCKL, one of the most affordable private universities in Malaysia. Various scholarships are also available.

Strong Network to Provide Industrial Experience
MCKL has built strong relationships with a wide range of childcare centres and kindergartens to place students during their practicum and explore employment opportunities upon graduation.

Holistic Learning Environment
At MCKL, we focus on all-encompassing growth, pairing community and service-learning activities with the programme’s academic content to create a holistic approach to tertiary education and to provide students with continuous exposure to enhance their soft skills.

Proven Track Record
MCKL has a proven track record of students graduating with honours and first-class honours after furthering their studies at renowned universities overseas.

Established Global Partnership
Through our partner universities, students have the option to transfer over to pursue their final year degree programme at various prestigious universities. Take this opportunity to study abroad with our globally recognised programme.

Total Course Fees

Local Students: RM20,700 (Full time), RM15,750 (Part Time) International Student: RM28,800 *Fees above are just an estimated fees which exclude general fees, deposits, registration fees and other miscellaneous fees.

To find out more on scholarships, visit us at https://mckl.edu.my/admission/scholarship-financial-aid/

For more information, please email admission.pg@mckl.edu.my

Subject Offered

  • Foundations of Early Childhood Education
  • Child Development 1
  • Positive Behaviour Management
  • Language and Early Literacy
  • Creative Expressions Through Art and Drama
  • Physical Education for Young Children
  • Programme Planning and Implementation
  • Observation and Assessment of Young Children
  • Infant and Toddler Care
  • Teaching Social Studies to Young Children
  • Play in Early Childhood Education
  • Partnership with Families and the Community
  • Teaching Mathematics to Young Children
  • Creative Expressions Through Music and Movement
  • Child Development 2
  • Guidance of Young Children
  • Children with Special Needs
  • Foundations of Professional Practice
  • The National Preschool Standard Curriculum
  • Child’s Health, Safety and Nutrition
  • Technology in Early Childhood Education
  • Entrepreneurship and Early Childhood Administration
  • English Enhancement
  • Teaching Young Children with Learning Disabilities

  • Practicum I:
    Block Practice in Childcare Centre (TASKA)
  • Practicum II:
    Block Practice in Preschool/ Kindergarten (TADIKA)
*Mata Pelajaran Umum (MPU)  

  • Falsafah dan Isu Semasa 3
  • Information Literacy
  • Character Formation
  • Service Learning
  • Bahasa Kebangsaan A
    • For local students who do not have credit in SPM BM
  • Bahasa Melayu Komunikasi 1
    • For international students

*MPU: The Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) requires all students to take Mata Pelajaran Umum (MPU) (i.e. General Studies) within the duration of their studies. MCKL established a series of subjects that different programs need to implement for all students to meet the Ministry’s requirements. Subjects will differ depending on the institution and the level of degree the student is taking.

Entry RequirementsApplicants must have one of the following Entry requirements:

Min. 3 credits and a pass in Bahasa Melayu and Sejarah (History)

Min. 3 credits in any subjects

Min. Grade C in any subjects

Min. 80% in 5 subjects


Other equivalent qualifications recognised by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) or Malaysian Government will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

International Student Only

Entry requirements for international students – please contact: admission.pg@mckl.edu.my

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