Diploma in Early Childhood Education

Building a strong foundation for the holistic development of children in school education. 

Introduction

Early childhood education plays a critical role in the holistic development of young children and in building a strong foundation for their school education. The National Education Policy, 2020 has proposed several measures to achieve universal provisioning of quality early childhood development, care, and education.

There is an acute shortage of well-trained preschool teachers and functionaries of early childhood education who can fulfil the promise of delivering high quality services to the very large population of children in the 3 – 8 years age group in the country.

Our diploma aims to fulfil the need for good quality professional development programmes in early childhood education in India.

What we offer

We offer a comprehensive, holistic and engaging curriculum that covers all important aspects of the domain of early childhood education. This programme will help practitioners build perspective, sensitivity, and acquire the knowledge, skills and capabilities to work with children in the age group of 3– 8 years. The programme is taught by highly experienced academics and practitioners.

Deepen understanding

We will help you deepen your understanding of the domain of early childhood education and its important concepts and theories relevant to practice.

Building capacity

We help you build the capability to design and implement suitable learning experiences for children in early years and interactions with families and the community. You will be able to set up and manage small scale ECE programmes.

Develop capabilities

We aid you in developing capabilities to identify young children with different learning needs and adopt and implement inclusive practices in early childhood education settings.

Encourage self-motivated practice

We enable you to become self-motivated and reflective practitioners.

Our programme is designed for teachers working with children in the age group of 3 – 8 years and professionals in early childhood education who are looking to make a meaningful contribution in their specialised domain. 

We look for a proven interest in working with young children and/​or relevant work experience of 2 years or more.

You can apply if: 

  • You have an undergraduate degree in any discipline (this is preferred)
  • You have working knowledge of English (reading, writing, and speaking)

Application process

Step 1

Submit your online application form with statement of purpose

Step 2

Personal Interview conducted online

Fees

The total fees are INR 30,000.

Diploma programme

Before commencement of first programme: INR 15,000

Before commencement of third programme: INR 15,000 to be paid before the third certificate programme commencement

Certificate programme

Before the commencement of the programme: INR 8500*

*No refund

Duration and location

This is a year long programme with a blend of contact classes and online learning. 

The Diploma comprises four certificate programmes of 12 weeks duration covering key aspects of early childhood education. 

Calendar

  • - Early Childhood Education: Development and Learning in the Early Years
  • - Curriculum and Pedagogy in Early Childhood Education
  • - Early Identification, Intervention and Inclusion
  • - Programme Management and Professional Development in Early Childhood Education

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Course structure

Our programme offers you a comprehensive, holistic and engaging curriculum covering all important aspects of the domain of early childhood education. You will be able to build perspective, sensitivity, and acquire the knowledge, skills and capabilities necessary for working with children in the age group of 3 – 8 years. Courses are designed to provide strong theoretical foundations and opportunities for field practice to establish strong theory-practice linkages.

You will have the flexibility to join the programme or take one or more certificate programmes. If you complete all four diploma programmes, you will be awarded the diploma. 

  • You can complete the diploma within the maximum time period of two years.
  • You can complete single Certificate Programmes of 12 weeks duration individually. 

Pedagogy

Online

This includes synchronous and asynchronous interaction conducted through direct lectures, group work, workshops, presentations, readings, participation in discussion forums on LMS. You will watch audio​video material posted by the instructors and regular assignments.

Face to face interaction

Each Certificate Programme will have one week face to face component, to be held at the Azim Premji University campus, Bengaluru. 

Over 12 weeks, this certificate programme will have 11 week of online learning combined with 1 weeks of in-person class work.

Over 12 weeks, this certificate programme will have 11 week of online learning combined with 1 weeks of in-person class work.

Over 12 weeks, this certificate programme will have 11 week of online learning combined with 1 weeks of in-person class work.

Over 12 weeks, this certificate programme will have 11 week of online learning combined with 1 weeks of in-person class work.

Total 24 credits