Programme Overview and Aims
The BEd [Early Childhood Education and Special Education (ECE&SE)] Programme prepares students for dual certification as both early childhood teachers and teachers of children with special educational needs in early childhood (birth–6 years). It includes (i) engaging academic courses; (ii) supervised practicum placements in multiple early childhood settings; and (iii) independent research experiences to help students facilitate the development and learning of children from birth to six years. Students will be guided by faculty members who have extensive practical and research experience in local and international early childhood settings. They will be supported to gain the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes to work in both integrated early childhood settings and special child care centres. Students will be competent in meeting the diverse developmental and educational needs of young children with typical development, children with developmental delays and children with developmental disabilities and they can apply for registration as Qualified Kindergarten Teachers, Child Care Workers, Child Care Supervisors, and Special Child Care Workers. They will also meet the academic requirements to serve as kindergarten principals.
Graduates of the programme can:
(i) apply for registration as Qualified Kindergarten Teachers;
(ii) apply for registration as Child Care Worker and Child Care Supervisor under the Child Care Services Regulations;
(iii) be considered as having acquired training on the One-year In-service Course in Special Child Care Work recognized by the Social Welfare Department;
(iv) meet the academic qualifications required as kindergarten principals.
The programme includes three Professional Practicum courses which provide students with the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge to practice in child care centres, special child care centres and integrated kindergarten settings.
In the final year, students are required to complete an independent research project under the supervision of a Faculty mentor in a self-selected area of interest.
HKU iMonth 2020 - Online Admissions Talk
By Dr Diana Lee, Programme Director of BED(ECE&SE)