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Childcare, Elderly and Community Services Discipline
Self-financed Programmes

Higher Diploma in Special Child Care and Inclusive Education

Programme code CE124305

The following section presents the programme information offered in September 2018. Information of programmes to be offered in academic year 2019/20 will be announced in late November 2018.
Duration of Study
2 Years
Mode of Study
Offering Campus(es) / Venue(s)
IVE (Sha Tin)
Entrance Requirements
Five HKDSE subjects at Level 2 or above, including English Language and Chinese Language; OR VTC Foundation Diploma (Level 3) / Diploma of Foundation Studies; OR Yi Jin Diploma / Diploma Yi Jin; OR Equivalent.
Remarks :
  1. An "Attained", "Attained with Distinction (I)" and "Attained with Distinction (II)" in an HKDSE Applied Learning (ApL) subject (Category B subjects) are regarded as equivalent to an HKDSE subject at "Level 2", "Level 3" and "Level 4" respectively, and a maximum of two ApL subjects (excluding ApL(C)) can be counted for admission purpose.
  2. A "Grade D or E" and a "Grade C or above" in an HKDSE Other Language subject (Category C subjects) are regarded as equivalent to an HKDSE subject at "Level 2" and "Level 3" respectively, and one Other Language subject can be counted for admission purpose.
  3. This programme is NOT applicable to VTC Diploma in Vocational Education / Diploma of Vocational Education graduates.
  4. Applicants should note the HKSAR Government's requirement of academic qualifications for registration as a qualified kindergarten teacher in Hong Kong.
  5. Applicants may be required to attend an interview.
Programme Aims
With an emphasis on the integration of theory and practice, the programme aims to equip students with the professional knowledge, transferable skills and professional attitude as a good foundation for the future career in the field of special child care and inclusive education. Fieldwork placement opportunities are provided for the comprehensive learning of students to become professional special child care educators.
This programme is designed with an emphasis on professional knowledge of special child care and inclusive education as well as on generic and language training, whole-person development and workplace experience to better prepare students for further studies and employment.
Career Prospects
Graduates can serve as special child care workers. The programme is also recognized by the Education Bureau and Social Welfare Department. Graduates are eligible for registration as kindergarten teachers, child care workers and child care supervisors to serve children with and without special educational needs and non-Chinese speaking children in kindergartens and child care centres.
Graduates can apply for admission to full-time / part-time bachelor degree programmes at various local universities as well as other overseas universities.
Professional Recognition
The programme is recognised by the Education Bureau (EDB) and the Social Welfare Department (SWD) of the HKSAR Government. Graduates will be considered as having acquired training on special child care work recognized by the Social Welfare Department. In addition, graduates of the programme will also be registered as Qualified Kindergarten Teachers with the equivalence of Certificate in Early Childhood Education requirement under the Education Ordinance and as Child Care Workers and Child Care Supervisors under the Child Care Services Regulations.
VTC reserves the right to cancel any programme, revise programme title, content or change the offering institute(s) / campus(es) / class venue(s) if circumstances so warrant.