Course Details:

Early Childhood Education is the study of young children from birth to eight years old – how they develop physically, how they learn successfully or fail, the adoption of appropriate strategies that would assist them to reach their potential, and how they develop holistically. It is best done through an academic and professional ECE programme.

Young and developing children require educators who are able to provide appropriate care and education for them. The significance of having qualified and trained ECE educators is now accepted by young parents, policy makers and society at large.

The Diploma of Early Childhood Education (DECE) Programme prepares students to become professionally trained edu-carers and academically qualified preschool teachers who will be motivated to pursue the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (BECE) (Hons) Programme.

Three Qualities of DECE

  • Enables students to become competent English Language models for young children
  • Facilitates the acquisition of knowledge and understanding, skills and strategies, values and attitudes towards teaching that promote appropriate learning experiences leading to overall balanced development of the young child.
  • Sustains students’ motivation for tertiary education and further professional development

Context of Early Childhood Education Settings

Semester 1: 14 Weeks
5 Subjects
  • DECE101 Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood Settings
  • DECE102 Social-Psychology of Child Studies
  • DECE103 ICT and Multimedia
  • DECE105 Observation Study of Early Childhood Settings or
  • DECE106 Current National Campaign in Early Childhood Settings
  • MPW1113/1123 Bahasa Kebangsaan A/B
Semester 2: 7 Weeks
3 Subjects
  • DECE104 The Educators’ English Language
  • DECE107 Language Arts in Early Childhood
  • MPW1133 Pengajian Malaysia


Context of Early Childhood Education
Semester 1 (4): 14 Weeks
5 Subjects
  • DECE113 Health and Nutrition or
  • DECE114 Physical and Health Education
  • DECE207 Early Childhood Education: Review and Reflection
  • DECE208 Observations and Assessment of Young Children
  • DECE209 Development of Malaysian Education
  • LLS101 Leadership Skills
Semester 2 (5): 7 Weeks
3 Subjects
  • DECE210 Children and Play
  • DECE202 The Developing Child or
  • DECE203 The Developing Reader
  • MC100 Social and Business Communication
Semester 3 (6): 14 Weeks
5 Subjects
  • DECE 204 Expressive Arts: Music, Movement, Dance
  • DECE205 Play and Learning or
  • DECE206 Play and Cooperative Learning
  • DECE211 Child Development
  • DECE301 Psychology of Education
  • DECE302 Sociology of Education


Semester 1 (7): 8 Weeks
1 Practicum
  • DECE201 The Eight Weeks Teaching Practice and Childcare Practictum

To reflect the focus of the DECE programme on the education of the preschool teacher and edu-carer, the range of assessment modes reflects the aims of professional preparation and academic studies. The three general modes of assessment apply to most subjects.

  • Mid-Term Test or Assignment or Practicum
  • Portfolio or Journal or Inquiry Report
  • Final Examination
    Formative assessment constitutes 60-70% and examination is given 30- 40% of the overall mark

One of the following:

  • SPM or SPMV with a minimum of 3 credits (including the English language or its equivalent) and a pass in Bahasa Malaysia at SPM level
  • GCE O-Levels with 3 credits (including English language)
  • Other equivalent qualification approved/accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency

PMR Entry

Students without SPM 3 credits or the PMR certificate will be required to sit for the MQA qualifying test on three subject areas: BM, English and Mathematics.
Credit Transfer/Subject Exemption

Counselling will be given for credit transfer or subject exemption based on MQA guidelines.

Intake Date:

January, May and August.