Looking for a rewarding career as an Early Childhood teacher? We offer the very best way to get there! The Diploma in Early Childhood Education programme at MAHSA University, prepares students who will be highly qualified early childhood professionals and practitioners, proficient in the field of early childhood education in line with the government’s aspiration of upgrading the early childhood profession. Graduates will have a strong foundation of educational philosophies and theory and will be competent in current pedagogical approaches and practical skills. They will have the ability to create a learning environment that facilitates learning and the total development of the child. By laying a strong foundation of theoretical and practical knowledge in the field of early childhood education, this programme equips students to become resourceful and reflective professionals.

Upon completion of the programme, students will be able to:

  • apply knowledge of early childhood education, learning, and development theories and approaches
  • promote learning by implementing the early childhood curriculum framework
  • engage in reflective practice in an early childhood setting
  • provide a healthy, safe, and inclusive environment

Our classes are fun and interactive, and we include over 200 hours of placement in Early Childhood centres for you to learn hands-on and create connections for possible future employment. This programme offers a student the opportunity for a fulfilling and rewarding career. It is for a wide range of individuals who have an interest in children’s growth and well-being and the quality-of-care children receive.

Programme Structure

Y1 S1 ECE 4113 Child Growth and Development
ECE 4123 Early Childhood Guidance Behaviour
ECE 4133 Curriculum Planning and Development of ECE
ENG 4112 English For Academic Purposes (EAP)
Y1 S2 MPU 2163 / MPU 2133 Pengajian Malaysia 2 / Bahasa Melayu Komunikasi 1
ECE 4143 Early Childhood Curriculum in Malaysia (*KAP)
ECE4153 Administration and Management of ECE
ECE 4163 Language, Communication and Literacy in ECE
ECE 4173 Numeracy Skills and Early Mathematics in ECE
ECE 4183 Early Science and Technology in ECE
Y1 S3 MPU 2222 Creative and Critical Thinking
ECE 4193 Play in ECE
ECE 4103 Management of Learning Environments and Resources
ECE 4213 Social Studies and Diversity Education
ECE 4223 Spiritual and Moral Aspects in ECE
ECE 4233 Safety, Health and Nutrition in ECE
Y2 S1 ECE 4283 Special Needs in ECE
ELEC 201 Public Speaking
ECE 4253 Observation and Assessment of Young Children
Y2 S2 MPU 2312 Time Management
ECE 4263 Working in Partnership with Families
ECE 4273 Working in Partnership with the Community
ECE 4294 First Aid and Basic Life Support
FSC PPD 113 Professional Development
Y2 S3 ECE 4295 Music and Movement in ECE
ECE 4215 Educator of ECE
ENG 4212 English For Academic Writing (EAW)
MPU 2412 Co-curricular Project
Y3 S1 ECE 4313 Practicum (Taska)
Y3 S2 ECE 4323 Internship (Tadika)

Entry Requirement

i. A pass in Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM/SPMV) with a minimum of credits in 3 subjects


ii. A pass in Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) with a minimum of a Grade B in 3 subjects


iii. A pass in O-Levels with a minimum of a Grade C in 3 subjects


v. A pass in Sijil Kemahiran Malaysia (SKM), level 3 in a related field and a pass in SPM with a minimum of a credit in 1 subject.


vi. A pass in Level 3, MQF Certificate in a related field with a minimum of a Grade C with CGPA 2.00


vii. A pass in (STPM) or equivalent with a minimum of a Grade C with GPA 2.00 in any subject


viii. A Higher Certificate in STAM with a minimum Grade Maqbul


ix. Any other qualifications that are recognized by the University Senate or the Malaysian Government that can be benchmarked to a related field.

English Language Proficiency of International Students: Candidates should have at least an IELTS 5.0, TOEFL 500 and MUET Band 3 as an exit requirement.

Career Opportunity

Individuals who work in the early childhood field, may work:

  • Directly with children from infancy to age six in groups or individually

  • Work with families

  • Work with other professionals

  • Work in a range of settings including family child care, licensed early childhood centres, children’s homes, and other settings.

Early childhood practitioners also work for a variety of employers such as:

  • Head Start

  • Parent Child Center or Family Center

  • Private for-profit or not-for-profit early childhood program

  • Public school system or private school

  • Community agency or organization


The Diploma in Early Childhood Education (ECE) aspires to produce ECE teachers who are equipped with professional knowledge and excellent teaching skills in the field of early childhood. By promoting quality early child care and education, graduates in this field will ensure that children develop to their full potential. The ECE courses are taught by highly competent, qualified and dedicated lecturers with profound experience in the field of ECE.
Tuition fees for the Diploma in Early Childhood Education programme are kept at an affordable level, to ensure that the programme is made accessible to all those interested in pursuing a good quality education in ECE.
The Diploma in Early Childhood Education has attained the provisional accreditation by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency and Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia.
Study Pathway
A collaboration is being pursued with the University of Canterbury and the University of Auckland in terms of developing pathways to a New Zealand degree.
MOA: MAHSA University and MISKL
An MOA was signed between MAHSA University and MAHSA International School (MISKL) on the 1st of July 2109. The MOA is for the purpose of establishing pathways to enable the students of MAHSA University pursuing ECE, to use the facilities and to intern at MISKL which offers nursery and pre-school programmes following the British Curriculum Standards.
Integrated ECE Simulation Laboratories
Four ECE laboratories will be built, namely:
  1. Early Integration Lab/Nursery
  2. Pre School Room
  3. Safety and Health Care
  4. Sensory Room/ Sensory Integration Room (Special Needs) – Visual and Auditory, Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia