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 program.

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) Program 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) Program.

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

YEAR 2

Context of Early Childhood Education

Semester 1: 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: 7 Weeks

3 Subjects

  • DECE210 Children and Play
  • DECE202 The Developing Child or
  • DECE203 The Developing Reader
  • MC100 Social and Business Communication

Semester 3: 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

YEAR 3

Semester 1: 8 Weeks

1 Practicum

  • DECE201 The Eight Weeks Teaching Practice and Childcare Practictum

Assessment:

To reflect the focus of the DECE program 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

Since 1986 we have grown steadily and sturdily. We have sustained our student number and ensured a robust financial position. We have distinguished ourselves by excelling as a thought leader, an incubator of outstanding graduates, a model of selective excellence, and as a community-caring institution.

All these years our educational goals have been to prepare students for their first job graduate school, to prepare students for their subsequent career and to prepare students for a fulfilling and productive life. The drives of our vision are our values which are based on “Pride Of Achievement, Sharing Success, The Courage to Be, To Be compassionate, and To be Significant”

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