Diploma in Early Childhood Education

MQA / FA 2140 | KPT (R / 143 /4 /0061) | DK 116 (W)

The Malaysian government is a strong advocate for early childhood education and has tabulated the National Policy for Early Childhood Education.  The minimum requirement for teaching at private preschools and childcare centres will be a Diploma in Early Childhood Education by the year 2020.  According to the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2015, there will be approximately 900,000 children expected to enroll in preschools nationwide and 30,000 qualified teachers will be demanded. 

Our course is fully accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency and is suitable if you are an aspiring pre-school teacher, kindergarten principal, and entrepreneur or if you are pursuing further education.  The Diploma programme has a very concentrated content in early childhood and amongst the best in the country and aims to equip learners with knowledge of child development and professional skills.  These skills include lesson planning, guiding and supporting young children, managing child behaviour observing and recording behaviours, communication skills, developmentally appropriate practices and the role of the teacher in early childhood settings.

Upon completion of the Diploma in ECE programme, students can proceed to complete the Bachelor in ECE programme at IIMAT College with credit transfers for selected subjects.  This Bachelor in ECE programme is a special collaboration with Sultan Idris Education University (UPSI).


  • Full accreditation by MQA
    MQA / FA 2140  |  KPT (R / 143 / 4 / 0061) | DK 116 (W)
  • Eligible entry to all Institutions of Higher Learning in Malaysia (IPTA & IPTS)

Entry Requirement :

  • SPM/SPMV with at least a credit in 3 subjects;
  • APEL ‘A’ – above 20 years old; 
  • Certificate (Level 3 MQF) in relevant field at least CGPA 2.0;
  • UEC with at least B grade in 3 subjects;
  • O-Level with at least C grade in 3 subjects;
  • SKM (Level 3 MQF) in Early Childhood /Preschool & pass in SPM with a minimum of 1 credit in any subject;
  • STPM/equivalent with at least a grade C (CGPA 2.00) in 1 subject;
  • STAM (Maqbul rank)
  • Other equivalent qualifications recognized by the MQF.

Financial Aid :

  1. PTPTN
  2. IIMAT Scholarship / Bursary
  3. Other Scholarships & Loans

Course Duration :
2 Years 6 Months (7 semesters)

Career Opportunity :
Pre-school / Kindergarten Teacher, ECE Program Developer, Teacher in enrichment center, Childcare Center, Pre-school / Kindergarten Assistant Teacher, Pre-school / Kindergarten Principal, ECE publication’s writer, Pre-school Management Personnel & others

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MAJOR subject

  • Approach and Pedagogy in Early Childhood Education
  • Professionalism of Early Childhood Educator
  • Parents, Teachers and Community Involvement in Early Childhood Education
  • Art and Craft in Early Childhood Education
  • Computer Application for Young Children
  • Music and Creative Movement in Early Childhood Education
  • Health, Safety and Nutrition for Children
  • Language Development in Early Childhood Education
  • Critical Thinking
  • Sociology of Education 
  • Early to Mathematics and Science in Early Childhood Education
  • Monitoring Early Childhood Development
  • Assessment and Evaluation
  • Industrial Training

MINOR subject

  • Proficiency English
  • Effective Business Communication
  • Child Behaviour Management
  • Curriculum of Early Childhood Education
  • Growth and Development in Early Childhood
  • Philosophy of Early Childhood Education
  • Education in Malaysia
  • Facilitation in Early Childhood Education 
  • Educational Technology in Early Childhood Education
  • Introduction to Information Technology
  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  • Micro Teaching
  • Planning, Establishment and Management of Early Childhood Education Program

MPU subject

  • Pengajian Malaysia
  • Personal Financial Planning
  • Community Service and Co-Cocurriculum
  • Critical Thinking for Better Communication 
Diploma in Early Childhood Education
Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)
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