What is Early Childhood Education?

Early childhood education covers the education of infants, toddlers as well as young children. The early years of a child’s life are very important as children develop cognitive and learning skills, motor skills as well as social and emotional skills during this period.

An encouraging and stimulating environment can have a positive impact on children’s development. It helps to ensure that children hit all their developmental milestones and thus, prepare them for success as they enter primary school.


Who should get a Diploma in Early Childhood Education?

Here are some qualities and skills that you will need in order to do well in this field.

  • You love being around children – Do you love spending time with young children? If you are passionate about children and want to make an impact on their lives, a diploma in Early Childhood Education might just be the course for you. 
  • You have the patience to deal with young children – Young children are limited in their understanding and often express themselves by crying and through tantrums. You will need to be sensitive to their needs while teaching them to behave appropriately. 
  • You want to help develop young minds – The early years are important because it is where children form and develop foundations. As an early childhood educator your role is to provide a positive environment for kids to grow and learn.
  • You have strong organizational skills – Managing young children requires organizational skills! There will be much to prepare and many things to juggle. You will need to keep your cool when things go wrong and be able to plan for worse case scenarios.
  • You are creative – Young children have short attention spans and you will need to be creative in order to keep them engaged. You will also need to be able to think on your feet and be flexible when the need arises.
  • You enjoy teaching and learning – Early childhood educators need to be updated on the latest teaching methods and strategies. You will also need a passion for teaching and making learning fun for young children.


Career opportunities with a Diploma in Early Childhood Education

A diploma in early childhood education will enable you to pursue the following careers:

  • Early Childhood Educator / Early Childhood Enrichment Centre Practitioner
  • Enrichment Instructor
  • Childcare Professionals
  • Curriculum Developer
  • ECE Lecturer
  • Educational Toy Consultant
  • Kindergarten (Tadika) Teacher
  • Pre-school / Kindergarten Owner
  • Pre-school / Kindergarten Principal
  • Private / International School Teacher (Pre-school Level)


Why get your Diploma in Early Childhood Education at UOW Malaysia?

In line with the Ministry of Education’s aims to scale up the structure of early childhood education in successive waves, aligning the objective of universal preschool enrolment with an equal head start in education for all children, the Diploma in Early Childhood at Glenmarie, Selangor campus provides the platform to do so. We aim to provide professional and quality upgrading opportunities for existing preschool teachers and to students who understand the importance of helping to develop young minds.

The program is about nurturing early childhood educators who are knowledgeable, ethical and professionally qualified in Early Childhood Education discipline in line with the industry requirements. It also teaches the students to solve early childhood education problems innovatively, creatively and ethically through a sustainable approach.


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Why Choose the Diploma in Early Childhood Education at UOW Malaysia?

If you have a passion for working with children and envision a career in this field, this program will give you an excellent foundation. You will be equipped with the theoretical and practical aspects in the teaching of pre-school.

Furthermore, the UOW Malaysia’s Diploma in Early Childhood Education program is created to develop early childhood education’ professionals who are well equipped with the knowledge and skills relevant in this field and who are thus able to contribute to the growth of early childhood education in Malaysia.

In the face of increased attention to early childhood professional development in the practice and policy communities, graduates are required to have a strong foundation in early childhood studies as well as exposed to other relevant fields of study in order to make them holistic learners. This makes you industry ready and sets you apart as a graduate.

By studying with UOW Malaysia, you will gain more than just a degree. You will receive the real-life knowledge, experience and skills that employers are really looking for.

Teaching the young minds require the right mindset, approach, methods, tools and skills in order to enhance their learning abilities. A solid foundation in the early years will shape the children’s pathway into primary, secondary and ultimately tertiary education. If you have the passion to mould the young minds and shape their future pathways, this program will provide you the excellent and solid foundation.

The UOW Malaysia’s Diploma in Early Childhood program is created to develop knowledgeable, ethical and professionally qualified educators who are well equipped with the necessary set of skills and competencies relevant in this field and hence contributing to the overall growth of early childhood education in Malaysia.


Students may eligible to continue to Bachelor of Early Years in University of Wollongong Australia (UOW)


Multiple Experiences
Opportunities for rural and international professional experiences, to study overseas with UOW’s international exchange and study aboard partners, and to join international cultural immersion programs


Flexible Delivery
Students can study on-campus with weekly classes and in a flexible mode. Flexible mode means some lecture contents and other activities can be delivered via online. The flexible mode also allows students to access to regional campus facilities and student support services


Career Opportunities
Wide career options to choose from


Practicum will be arranged with major early childhood education providers in Malaysia


Job Opportunities
The demand for the early childhood education is a necessity, making jobs available for the qualified professionals

2 - 3 years
Program Location
UOW Malaysia KDU College, Utropolis Glenmarie


  • Language and Literary in Early Childhood Education
  • Mathematics in Early Childhood Education
  • Science in Early Childhood Education
  • Planning and Development Early Childhood Education
  • ICT in Early Childhood Education
  • Principles of Teaching & Learning in Early Childhood Education
  • Music and Movement in Early Childhood Education
  • Guidance in Early Childhood Education
  • Social Development in Early Childhood Education
  • Special Needs in Early Childhood Education
  • Assessment & Observation in Early Childhood Education
  • Playing as Early Childhood Education Pedagogy



  • Child Growth and Development
  • Health, Safety and Nutrition in Early Childhood Education
  • Arts and Craft in Early Childhood Education
  • Early Childhood Education, Philosophy, Theory and Policy
  • Curriculum in Early Childhood Education
  • Practicum 1: Childcare Centre
  • Practicum 2: Preschool / Kindergarten
  • Spiritual and Moral Studies for Young Children
  • Educator in Early Childhood Education
  • Organizing Early Childhood Centre
  • Entrepreneurship in Early Childhood Educators
  • Family and Community Involvement in Early Childhood Education
  • Penghayatan Etika dan Peradaban (Malaysian Students)
  • Bahasa Melayu Komunikasi 1 (International Students)
  • Personal Development Skills
  • Integrity and Anti-Corruption
  • Teamwork and Community
  • Bahasa Kebangsaan A*

Bahasa Kebangsaan A is compulsory for all Malaysian students

  • without a credit in SPM Bahasa Malaysia.
  • without SPM Bahasa Malaysia (applicable to students from UEC, O Level, or other equivalent programs)

Intake dates


12 January 4 March 17 May 15 July 17 September 18 October
Estimated fees
Local students


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*Instalment Payment Plan Available

Academic Qualification

SPM / GCE O Levels :
Min. 3 Credits


Min. 3 Credits


GCE A Levels / STPM :
Min. Grade C (GPA2.0) in any subject


Certificate :

English Requirement

Local Student:
Pass (SPM / 1119 / UEC / Student O Levels Examination)


International Student:
Band 5.0 in IELTS; or a min score of 40 (IBT) or 7.5 (Essentials-Online) in TOEFL; or Cambridge English (154); or PTE Academic (47)


If English language requirements are not fulfilled, additional English module(s) may be taken at UOW Malaysia.