Early childhood is the foundation stage for the development of human beings. Learning and young children developmental activities that take place during this stage have significant lifelong effect on the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual development of these children. This stage, therefore, is important to produce healthy and well balanced adults.
The design and implementation of the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (ECE) is in response to the need to have highly trained educators in early childhood. The proposed programme will bridge the gap created by scarcity of highly trained manpower in ECE. At the same time, the programme will also increase access to university education in many countries.
High demand for qualified ECE personnel has been exacerbated by the ever changing socio-economic conditions around the globe. An increasing number of parents and guardians are pursuing life supporting activities and therefore spend less time with their children when such children require parental care and guidance.
There is therefore, a definite need to prepare ECE personnel who can play the roles of educators and surrogate parents. Indeed, many of pre-school teachers are untrained. Such manpower will play a pivotal role in meeting the educational and developmental needs of children. This programme will provide prospective ECE personnel with the requisite knowledge, values, skills, attitudes and competencies that will enable them to effectively carry out the roles.
A pass in Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM)/A Level with at least 2 full passes and a minimum CGPA of 2.00; OR
A pass in Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) with at least a grade B in 5 subjects including English Language; AND
A pass in a recognised Matriculation/Foundation certificate with a minimum CGPA of 2.00;OR
A pass in a recognised Diploma (Level 4) in the related field from any local institution with a minimum CGPA of 2.00;OR
Other relevant or equivalent qualifications accepted by the Government of Malaysia;AND
At least a Band 1 in the MUET examination