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Your guide to studying Early Childhood Education in Malaysia

Course Duration

2.5 - 3 Years

Average Fees

MYR 24,000 - 40,000

Average Salary

MYR 7,000 - 86,000

Job Demand

What is Early Childhood Education?

Early Childhood Education is teaching young children and helping them improve their development and academic achievements.

Do you absolutely go off the rails when you visit a relative’s house and your eyes meet those of their child, just wanting to pinch their cheeks off? Do you know that most kids can speak up to 20 words by the age of 18 (months of course, not years!), and 50 by the age of 2? Do other people compliment you on how patient you are, even in the face of the ultimate irritation? (Think small baby screaming his/her guts out right in your face). If so, you might want to consider a career in ...

Do you absolutely go off the rails when you visit a relative’s house and your eyes meet those of their child, just wanting to pinch their cheeks off? Do you know that most kids can speak up to 20 words by the age of 18 (months of course, not years!), and 50 by the age of 2? Do other people compliment you on how patient you are, even in the face of the ultimate irritation? (Think small baby screaming his/her guts out right in your face). If so, you might want to consider a career in early childhood education.

An early childhood education degree is a chance to learn about the specific tools that help a young child begin to learn and establish an educational foundation for the rest of their lives. The first five years of a person’s life are pivotal to their long-term success. The learning foundation that is established will help them move on to elementary school and subsequently higher education. An early childhood education student will learn how to teach children in this specific age group so that they can go on to lead successful lives.

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What are the subjects covered under Early Childhood Education?

Pendidikan Moral

English

Bahasa Malaysia

Introduction to Education: Educational Philosophy, History and Policies

Communication and Thinking Skills

Sociology and Development of Children and Adolescents

Environmental Management and Technology

What you need to get on a Early Childhood Education course?

Diploma in Early Childhood Education

SPM : 3 credits

O-Levels : 3 credits

Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) : 3 credits

Degree in Early Childhood Education

STPM : Passed with at least 3 principles (or its equivalent)

A-Levels : Passed with at least 3 principles (or its equivalent)

SAM / AUSMAT : Minimum of ATAR 50%

Canadian Pre-U : At least an average of 50%

Diploma in Science or Arts : CGPA of 2.0

Master in Early Childhood Education

Master’s Degree : Related Bachelor's Degree with Honours Any equivalent qualification in a related field of study

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) : English proficiency with either 600 in TOEFL or with a minimum score of 6 in IELTS Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field of study with a first class honours Completed Master of Education or * Master’s degree in a relevant field of study Any equivalent qualifications in a related field of study recognised by the Malaysian Government and University’s Senate.

How does your education pathway look like?

What skills do you need for a Early Childhood Education course?

Patient

You’ve always been the one to keep calm when a stressful situation arises, whether it’s during exams, or an issue with friends, you’ve kept a cool head. You’ll need it with the age group of kids you’ll have to deal with. They’re still growing up, and may throw tantrums, cry for no reason and the such. While many will snap and cringe at the very thought, you’re fine, so long as you get to pinch their cheeks afterwards!

Knowledgeable

You’ll be handling kids at their most vital stage, where everything around them could potentially influence how they will grow up. No pressure! o you need to know how to handle them, what characteristics kids of different age groups have, helping you determine if there are any red flags in their behaviour so it could be checked up on. Plus you’ll be a teacher, how will you ever teach someone else something, if you yourself don’t know anything!

Caring

You’ll be given the huge responsibility of caring for other individual’s children. Can you imagine how much trust they would be entailing to you? It’s up to you to treat each and everyone one of them with the love and care you would show your own flesh and blood.

Good communicator

You’ll need to simplify a bunch of information and assimilate it down to bite size pieces for the little ones to digest. Teaching is already difficult enough. Teaching kids at an age where they’re easily distracted is near impossible. You’ll need to get creative to turn your lessons into fun time for everyone.

Where can you study Early Childhood Education in Malaysia?

For a start, here are some of the most popular Early Childhood Education schools in Malaysia.

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