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Best Colleges/ Universities to Study Early Childhood Education Courses in Malaysia

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The first several years of a baby is an extremely crucial time in their lives as it’s when they first learn how to interact with others, including peers, teachers, and parents, it’s also the time where their interest will start to develop and stay with them throughout their lives. 

It’s a common misperception that early childhood education is only about learning essential skills. But it is much more than that, it’s a time when children learn crucial social and emotional skills and a partnership is formed between the child, parents and teachers. When this is done successfully, it lays the groundwork for continuing growth throughout the child’s education. 

 

What is Early Childhood Education?

Early childhood, defined as the period from birth to eight years old, is a time of remarkable growth, especially with brain development at its peak. During this stage, children are highly influenced by the environment and the people that surround them.

Early childhood education (ECE) is more than just preparation for primary school. Still, it aims at the holistic development of a child’s social, emotional, cognitive and physical needs to build a stable and broad foundation of lifelong learning.

What are the Skills Needed in Early Childhood Education?

CreativityChildren are sponges at this early age, but they are also new to learning. Early childhood educators must be able to communicate with young learners on their level, including being able to break complex subjects into easily digestible pieces. They must be able offer details about classroom progress to parents so they are aware of their child’s performance and achievement level. Communication helps parents identify teachable moments in everyday situations and boost their child’s kindergarten readiness.

Communication Skills: Communication is vital as an early childhood educator. Not only on the basis of communicating the progress of children to their parents but they should also be able to understand and communicate with the children on their level

Organizational Skills: While it might look easy taking care of a bunch of kids, managing a classroom of young kids on sugar rush requires more organizational skills than you require. You’ll need to show up with your lessons planned with your props and always be on the lookout for the kids to in case something happens.

Patience: Children are the epitome of the energizer bunny, they’re full of energy and never seem to run out of it. They could be running even when the class is being conducted therefore being an early childhood educator requires a lot of patience.

 

Why Should You Study Early Childhood Education?

Being around young kids is definitely challenging, as they are not easy to manage. In Early Childhood Education, one has to have the patience as big as a mountain and the dedication and passion of teaching and moulding young minds of the future. 

You have a strong bond among children: If you’re someone who does not get tired of seeing children and you absolutely love to be around them every day even when they drive you up to the wall, then early childhood education might be the right path for you.

You want to be shaping young minds: Early childhood educators have a genuine opportunity to make a difference in young lives and influence the younger generation. They get to ensure that children get off a good start in their lives. 

You enjoy excellent job security: It’s a great time to consider a career in an early childhood education as it has strong growth and is one of the most in-demand professions among the others. 

Career opportunities are endless: There are various professional roles in the industry, so there’s always room for you to grow and challenge yourself in the industry.

What are the Major-Subjects Taught in Early Childhood Education?

Child Development: Refers to the studies of the mental, physical, emotional, social and intellectual development a child goes through from birth till adulthood. Students will learn about effective parenting, teaching and nurturing of children.

Learning and Play: Play-based learning helps a child develop holistically through social-emotional learning, developing confidence and motivation and practising cognitive skills. 

Children safety & Nutritional Skills: Early childhood is when children develop lifestyle habits that can lead to good health. Students would learn the importance of healthy eating and strategies to incorporate acceptable health practices into classroom activities.  

Language & Literacy: Covers literacy theories as well as strategies for encouraging literacy in young children. Students may also become skilled at identifying problems among children who have difficulty reading comprehension. 

Develop Age-Appropriate Curriculum: Learn how to develop lesson plans, activities, and learning objectives relevant to young children. They know methods used by children to organize, retain and recall information.

How Do I Become a Qualified EarlyChildhood Educator?

A degree in Early Childhood Education typically takes 3 years after completing Pre-University (e.g: A- Level, SACE, etc) or Foundation. However, students can choose to go into a Diploma program, which takes about 2 to 2.5 years to complete. Upon completing you can either choose to work or continue with a degree program in Early Childhood Education with a direct entry into Year 2.

General Entry Requirements for Early Childhood Education

Academic Requirement

SPM/ IGCSE

3 Credits for Diploma 

5 Credits for Foundation or other pre-university programs 

STPM

Minimum CGPA of 2.0 

A-Levels 

Minimum of 2 Pass

Diploma 

CGPA 2.0

*The requirements may vary among universities, for inquiries on other entry requirements, contact Excel Education.

Top Universities to Study Early Childhood Education in Malaysia

1. Methodist College Kuala Lumpur (MCKL)

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Programme 

Diploma in Early Childhood Education

Duration

2.5 Years 

Intakes 

January, May & August 

Indicative Fees (2021)  

RM 26, 980

2. University of Wollongong, KDU

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Programme 

Diploma in Early Childhood Education

Duration

2.5 Years

Intakes 

January, June & Sept 

Indicative Fees (2021) 

RM 25, 640

3. SEGi University

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Programme 

Diploma in Early Childhood Education 

Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood (Dual Award) 

Duration

2 ½ Years

3 Years

Intakes

Jan, Mar, May, Jun, Sept

Jan, Apr, June, Aug, Sept, Oct

Indicative Fees (2021) 

RM 38, 300

RM 63, 755

The Bachelor of  Education (Dual Award) provides students with two degrees at the end of their studies one from SEGi University and the other from University of Central Lancaster (UCLAN), UK. Throughout the course, students will be able to choose among Early Childhood Education, Special Needs Education, TESL, and Guidance & Counselling as majors for their specialization.

4. Help University

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Programme 

Diploma in Early Childhood Education 

Bachelor in Early Childhood Education

Duration

3 Years

3 Years

Intakes

January, May & August 

January, May & August 

Indicative Fees (2021) 

RM 19, 200

RM 59, 900

5. UCSI College

Image Credit: www.ucsiuniversity.edu.my

Programme

Diploma in Early Childhood Education

Duration

2 ½ Years 

Intakes

January, May & Sept

Indicative Fees (2021) 

RM 21, 382

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Scholarships for SPM, IGCSE, A-Level and UEC Students in Malaysia 2021

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Cost is a major factor in the student’s decisions when choosing a university. We understand that the cost of education can have a long-term impact on one’s life, therefore it is important to sort out the budget when making the decision. Scholarships can be a good financial aid option for students to get financial support in their studies, and the best part is they don’t have to be repaid! There are different scholarships provided by different private universities and colleges in Malaysia. 

If you have thought of applying for a scholarship but have no idea where to begin or how to apply, this article will give you some ideas and also some recommendations! 

Things to consider before applying for a scholarship

1. Do your research

After you have gotten your results, it is time for you to decide on which university to attend, what course to take, and not to forget to look for scholarships to ease your parents’ financial burden. There are various types of scholarships provided by the public sectors, private companies, and universities with their own specific scholarships. It is important to do your research and find out which type of scholarship suits you the best. Because different institutions have different requirements and offer different courses. Feel free to contact us for a free consultation!

2. Be mindful of the closing date

Just like the semester start date and application closing date, scholarship application also has its own deadlines, and it varies depending on the course and the institution. It is important to always be aware of the deadlines for the scholarships you are applying for. Institutions with a high volume of applications are likely to overlook late applications. Therefore it is important to mark the date, so that you will not miss it.

3. What they are looking for

It is essential to know exactly what the scholarship provider is looking for when considering who they will select as the recipient. Some universities require interviews before choosing the right scholarship holder, therefore it is important for you to showcase yourself and articulate why you think you are the best candidate for the scholarship. 

 

Different institutions might require different qualifications. The common ones would be SPM or IGCSE. This article will also talk about the types of scholarships available for different qualifications.

As mentioned above there are different types of scholarships provided by different sectors. In this article, we are giving you a list of scholarships available mainly provided by private universities/colleges.

List of universities and the scholarships they provide

Taylor’s University

Taylor’s College Merit Scholarship

Applicable for Cambridge A-Level, South Australian Certificate Education International, Foundation programmes.

Category

Requirements

Award

SPM

Minimum 45 points (A+ = 5 points, A = 4 points, A- = 3 points)

  • Full Scholarship
  • 70% Tuition Fee Waiver
  • 50% Tuition Fee Waiver

 (subject to online assessment) 

IGCSE

Minimum 40 points (A* = 5 points, A = 4 points, B = 3 points)

Taylor’s University Merit Scholarship

Applicable for Advance Diploma and Bachelor’s Degree programmes.

Category

Requirements

Award

SPM

Minimum 45 points (A+ = 5 points, A = 4 points, A- = 3 points)











70% Tuition Fee Waiver

50% Tuition Fee Waiver

(subject to interview performance) 

 

IGCSE

Minimum 40 points (A* = 5 points, A = 4 points, B = 3 points)

A-Levels

Minimum 15 points (A*/A = 5 points, B = 4 points, C = 3 points)

STPM

Minimum GPA 3.75 in 3 subjects

UEC

10 points and below in 5 subjects, and must include 5Bs with min. B4 in English or IELTS Band 6.0

Foundation / Diploma / Matriculation

Minimum CGPA 3.80

ATAR for 

Ausmat / SACE

Minimum 90

Ontario / MUFY

90% and above

IB

Minimum 30

Taylor’s Excellence Award Scholarship

Excellence Award is applicable for all Malaysian students or international students that holds the academic results from any institution in Malaysia.

Cambridge A-Level (CAL) & American Degree Transfer Programme (ADP) : Excellence Award

SPM

IGCSE

Ontario (OSSC)

UEC

2021 Quantum

8A+ / 9(A+,A,A-) and above

8A* / 9(A*,A) and above

95% and above

12 points & below

RM15,000

8(A+,A,A-)

8(A*,A)

90% – 94.99%

RM8,000

7(A+,A,A-)

7(A*,A)

88% – 89.99%

13 – 15 points

RM6,000

86% – 87.99%

6(A+,A,A-)

6(A*,A)

84% – 85.99%

RM5,000

5(A+,A,A-)

5(A*,A)

RM4,000

South Australian Certificate Education International (SACEi) & Foundation : Excellence Award

SPM

IGCSE

Ontario (OSSC)

UEC

2021 Quantum

8A+ / 9(A+,A,A-) and above

8A* / 9(A*,A) and above

95% and above

12 points & below

RM12,000

8(A+,A,A-)

8(A*,A)

90% – 94.99%

RM7,000

7(A+,A,A-)

7(A*,A)

88% – 89.99%

13 – 15 points

RM6,000

86% – 87.99%

RM5,000

6(A+,A,A-)

6(A*,A)

84% – 85.99%

RM4,000

5(A+,A,A-)

5(A*,A)

RM2,000

Diploma : Excellence Award

SPM

IGCSE

2021 Quantum

8A+ / 9(A+,A,A-) and above

8A* / 9(A*,A) and above

RM 10,000

8(A+,A,A-)

8(A*,A)

RM 8,000

7(A+,A,A-)

7(A*,A)

RM 7,000

6(A+,A,A-)

6(A*,A)

RM 6,000

5(A+,A,A-)

5(A*,A)

RM 5,000

4(A+,A,A-)

4(A*,A)

RM 4,000

3(A+,A,A-)

3(A*,A)

RM 3,000

Advanced Diploma : Excellence Award

Diploma

2021 Quantum

CGPA3.30

RM 6,000

CGPA3.70

RM 12,000

Degree : Excellence Award

STPM

UEC

Diploma / Foundation

A-Levels

ATAR / Ontario / MUFY

IB

2021 Quantum

CGPA3.00

13 – 20 points

CGPA3.30

BBB/ABC

70 (%)

25

RM6,000 per year

CGPA3.22

10 – 12 points

CGPA3.50

ABB/AAC

80 (%)

29

RM10,000 per year

CGPA3.55

9 points

CGPA3.70

AAA/AAB

90 (%)

33

RM15,000 per year

ACCA : Excellence Award

STPM

CAT

UEC

Diploma / Foundation

A-Levels

ATAR / Ontario / MUFY

IB

2021 Quantum

CGPA3.55

90

9 points

CGPA3.60

AAA/AAB

85 (%)

33

35% (RM8,400)

CGPA3.22

80

10 – 12 points

CGPA3.40

ABB/AAC

80 (%)

29

25% (RM6,000)

CGPA3.00

70

13 – 20 points

CGPA3.20

BBB/ABC

70 (%)

25

15% (RM3,600)

Asia Pacific University (APU)

APU Malaysian Scholarships & Merit Awards 2021

APU provides Merit Scholarships for students with remarkable academic performance and excellent leadership qualities. This scholarship is only available for Malaysian students.

Qualifications

Requirements

Award

Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) 


*please note that Grade A, A+, A- are all considered as A’s for scholarships

10 A+

100% Full Tuition Fee Waiver (Interview Required)

 

9 A’s

50% Discount

 

8 A’s

40% Discount

 

7 A’s

30% Discount

 

6 A’s

20% Discount

 

4 – 5 A’s

10% Discount

IGCSE / O-Levels

9 A’s

50% Discount

 

8 A’s

35% Discount

 

7 A’s

20% Discount

 

4 – 6 A’s

10% Discount

UEC

12 points & below in 6 subjects

50% Discount

 

13 – 18 points in 6 subjects

35% Discount

 

19 – 24 points in 6 subjects

20% Discount

A-Levels

AAA

50% Discount

 

AAB

35% Discount

 

ABB / AAC

20% Discount

 

BBC

10% Discount

STPM

3.7 and above in 3 subjects

50% Discount

 

3.4 and above in 3 subjects

35% Discount

 

3.0 and above in 3 subjects

20% Discount

International Baccalaureate (IB)

37 points

30% Discount

 

26 – 36 points

20% Discount

APU International Students Scholarships & Merit Awards

This scholarship is available to new international students from all countries. 

Qualifications

Minimum Score in 2020/2021 Final Results

Entry to:

APU Merit Awards

A-Levels

AAA

Degree Only

30% Discount

AAB

20% Discount

ABB/AAC

10% Discount

O-Levels / IGCSE

9 A’s

Foundation Only

30% Discount

8 A’s

20% Discount

6 – 7 A’s

10% Discount

International Baccalaureate (IB)

37 points

Degree Only

30% Discount

31 – 36 points

20% Discount

26 – 30 points

10% Discount

Curtin University

Curtin Malaysia Merit Scholarship for Domestic Students

Curtin Malaysia Merit Scholarship is applicable for all Malaysian students who hold Curtin Malaysia’s Letter-of-Offer to pursue foundation or Undergraduate.

Qualification

Requirements

Value of Scholarship

SPM 

10As or more

RM 10,000 tuition fee waiver for Foundation Studies

9As

RM 6,000 tuition fee waiver for Foundation Studies

7As – 8As

RM 3,000 tuition fee waiver for Foundation Studies

O-Level / IGCSE

8As or more

RM 10,000 tuition fee waiver for Foundation Studies

7As

RM 6,000 tuition fee waiver for Foundation Studies

6As

RM 3,000 tuition fee waiver for Foundation Studies

STPM 

(not inclusive of Pengajian Am)

3As

RM 10,000 tuition fee waiver for first year

2As

RM 5,000 tuition fee waiver for first year

A-Level

(not inclusive of General Paper)

4As and above

RM10,000 tuition fee waiver for first year

2As – 3As

RM 5,000 tuition fee waiver for first year

UEC

7As and above

RM 10,000 tuition fee waiver for first year

5As – 6As

RM 5,000 tuition fee waiver for first year

Accredited External Foundation 

CGPA 3.75

30% tuition fee waiver for first year

CGPA 3.5

25% tuition fee waiver for first year

Accredited Diploma 

CGPA 4.0

30% tuition fee waiver for first year

CGPA 3.75

25% tuition fee waiver for first year

Malaysian Matriculation 

CGPA 4.0

30% tuition fee waiver for first year

CGPA 3.75

25% tuition fee waiver for first year

IB 

38 points

30% tuition fee waiver for first year

35 points

25% tuition fee waiver for first year

AUSMAT / SACE / SAM

ATAR 90

30% tuition fee waiver for first year

ATAR 85

25% tuition fee waiver for first year

UCSI University

UCSI University Trust Scholarship

This scholarship is open to students who enrolled in any of the foundation programmes leading to a degree programme or any diploma or degree programmes at UCSI College. The scholarship is offered to students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievements, leadership attributed and participate actively in extracurricular activities and community involvements.

 

Up to Full Tuition Fee Waiver

Partial Tuition Fee Waiver

SPM

10 A+/A in the relevant subjects, including English Language

7 A+/A in the relevant subjects, including English Language

IGCSE O-Levels

8 A*/As in the relevant subjects, including English Language

6 A*/As in the relevant subjects, including English Language

STPM / Diploma / Foundation

CGPA 3.80, with relevant subjects taken into consideration

CGPA 3.50, with relevant subjects taken into consideration

A-Levels

AAA in the relevant subjects

ABB in the relevant subjects

UEC

8 As in the relevant subjects, including English Language

5 As in the relevant subjects, including English Language

SACE / AUSMAT

ATAR 90 

ATAR 85

IB

40

36

UCSI University Trust Pre-U Scholarship

This scholarship is offered to new intake Malaysian students pursuing the Foundation programme at UCSI College. 

 

Foundation in Science

Foundation in Business

SPM

IGCSE O-Levels

Scholarship Amount (RM)

9 A+/A and above (Min 8A+)

8 A*/A and above (Min 6A*)

13,000

12,920

9 A+/A and above (Min 6A+)

7 A*+/A and above (Min 4A*)

6,500

6,500

9 A+/A/A-

7 A*/A

5,500

5,500

8 A+/A/A-

6 A*/A

4,500

4,500

7 A+/A/A-

5 A*/A

3,500

3,500

6 A+/A/A-

4 A*/A

2,500

2,500

5 A+/A/A-

3 A*/A

1,500

1,500

UCSI University Trust SACE International Scholarship

This scholarship is offered to new intake students pursuing the South Australian Certificate Education International programme conducted by UCSI College.

SPM Achievements

IGCSE O-Levels Achievement

Scholarship Amount (RM)

9 A+/A and above (Min 8A+)

8 A*/A and above (Min 6A*)

16,000

9 A+/A and above (Min 6A+)

7 A*+/A and above (Min 4A*)

7,500

9 A+/A/A-

7 A*/A

6,000

8 A+/A/A-

6 A*/A

5,000

7 A+/A/A-

5 A*/A

4,000

6 A+/A/A-

4 A*/A

3,000

5 A+/A/A-

3 A*/A

2,500

UCSI University Trust A-Level Scholarship

This scholarship is offered to new intake students pursuing Cambridge GCE A-Levels programme conducted by UCSI College. 

SPM Achievements

IGCSE O-Levels Achievement

Scholarship Amount (RM)

9 A+/A and above (Min 8A+)

8 A*/A and above (Min 6A*)

25,020

9 A+/A and above (Min 6A+)

7 A*+/A and above (Min 4A*)

15,000

9 A+/A/A-

7 A*/A

12,500

8 A+/A/A-

6 A*/A

8,000

7 A+/A/A-

5 A*/A

7,000

6 A+/A/A-

4 A*/A

6,000

5 A+/A/A-

3 A*/A

5,000

SEGi University

Category

Requirements

Award

SPM/O-Levels

10 As and above

100%

 

9 As

75%

 

8 As

50%

STPM/A-Levels/

Local Matriculation/Foundation/Diploma

CGPA 4.00/ 4As

100%

 

CGPA 3.75/3As

75%

 

CGPA 3.50/2As

50%

UEC (Points of 5 Best Subjects)

7As or 5 points

100%

 

6As or 7 points

75%

 

5As or 10 points

50%

 

4As or 15 points

25%

Australian Matriculation (SACE, WACE, MUFY, SAM, AUSMAT) / International Baccalaureate (IB)

ATAR 95 – 100 / IB: 40 – 42

100%

 

ATAR 90 – 94 / IB: 36 – 39

75%

 

ATAR 85 – 89 / IB: 34 – 35

50%

Methodist College Kuala Lumpur (MCKL)

The course fee in MCKL is relatively affordable compared to other colleges offering the same course and they also offer generous scholarship schemes.

100% Merit Scholarship (inclusive of interview)

Qualifications

Requirements

Entry to:

Award

  • SPM

  • IGCSE / O-Level

9A* / 10A (must include 9A+)

  • Cambridge A-Level (CAL)
  • Australian Matriculation (AUSMAT)
  • Certified Accounting Technician (CAT)
  • Diploma in Early Childhood Education (DECE)
  • American Degree Transfer Programme (ADTP)

 

 

 

 

 

 

100% 

A-Level

4As

  • American Degree Transfer Programme (ADTP)
  • Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)

STPM

CGPA 4.00

AUSMAT

ATAR 98

UEC


(based on the top 5 subjects)

5 points

Other Merit Scholarships

Qualifications

Requirements

Amount (RM)

Entry to:

  • American Degree Transfer Program (ADTP)
  • Cambridge A-Level (CAL)
  • Australian Matriculation (AUSMAT)
  • SPM 
  • IGCSE / O-Level

8A* / 9A & Above (must include 8A+)

12,000

 

9A & Above (must include 7A+ / A*)

9,500

 

8A & Above (must include 6A+ / A*)

7,000

 

8A & Above

4,500

 

6A & Above

3,000

 

5A & Above

1,000

UEC

 

(based on the top 5 subjects)

7 points

12,000

 

9 points

9,500

 

11 points

7,000

 

13 points

4,500

 

15 points

3,000

Diploma in Early Childhood Education (DECE)

  • SPM 
  • IGCSE / O-Level

8A & Above

12,000

 

7A & Above

9,500

 

6A- / A & Above

7,000

 

5A- / A & Above

4,500

 

3A- / A & Above

3,000

ACCA Foundation in Accountancy (ACCA FIA)

  • SPM
  • IGCSE / O-Level

8A & Above

6,000

 

7A & Above

5,000

 

6A- / A & Above

4,000

 

5A- / A & Above

3,000

 

3A- / A & Above

2,000

American Degree Transfer Program (ADTP)

A-Level

3As

12,000

2As 1B

7,000

1A 1B

3,000

STPM

CGPA 3.75

12,000

CGPA 3.50

7,000

CGPA 3.25

3,000

AUSMAT

ATAR 90

12,000

ATAR 85

7,000

ATAR 80

3,000

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

A-Level

3As

2,250

2As 1B

1,500

1A 1B

750

STPM

CGPA 3.75

2,250

CGPA 3.50

1,500

CGPA 3.25

750

AUSMAT

ATAR 90

2,250

ATAR 85

1,500

ATAR 80

750

UEC

 

(based on the top 5 subjects)

8 points

2,250

12 points

1,500

15 points

750

There you go – a comprehensive list of scholarships provided by private universities/colleges in Malaysia. Hopefully, it will help you to gain more useful insights. If you feel too overwhelmed after reading the article, don’t worry we are here to help! We will help you to look for the right scholarships depending on your situation. Don’t be afraid to reach out to us, feel free to contact us for a free consultation!

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