Master of Early Childhood Education (MECHE)

Master of Early Childhood Education (N/143/7/0097 (MQA/PA 4916) 12/19)

Programme Synopsis

MECHE programme is designed to prepare working adults for high level academic study in early childhood and to conduct research in the area of early childhood education. The research project conducted by students will help them to learn basic research skills in early childhood education as well as to prepare them for graduate study at the doctoral level. Students who wish to progress in academia are exposed to academic journal writing and they are encouraged to publish their own research paper.

During the duration of programme, students will be provided with specific information on child care and preschool that includes innovative teaching pedagogies, quality early childhood environment, children with special needs and child development theories to enhance the practice of early childhood education. Graduating students with MECHE have high possibilities for very rewarding careers such as early childhood teacher, subject matter expert, consultant, programme designer, author of children’s book, early childhood tutor and early childhood education trainer.

On top of that, students are also taught to design their own early childhood programme or curriculum and learn how to run their own early childhood centre based on the curriculum they have designed. They are also taught on how branches and early childhood education franchise system can help them expand their business.

Programme Structure

This is a two (2) years or six (6) semester master’s degree by coursework programme. Students will be exposed to 11 core modules which cover all the five (5) core area of knowledge included courses in theory and research methodology. Students can only register for a maximum of three (3) courses per semester. At the end of the programme students are required to conduct a research project and produce a project report of not exceed 15,000 words.

A face-to-face seminars of two (2) hours will be conducted four (4) times per semester only on weekends. Besides face-to-face seminars, students are encourage to actively involved in on-line discussion forums through the myINSPIRE.

Assessment for every course based on 60% coursework and 40% final examination.

Programme Director

Name : Dr Aliza Ali
Tel (Office) : 603 5520 5526
Email :

Normal Entry

Bachelor’s degree with a minimum CGPA of 2.50 or equivalent as accepted by Senate; OR
Bachelor’s degree with CGPA less than 2.50, can be accepted with a minimum of 5 years working experience in the relevant field.


APEL Entry (Only for Malaysians)

The candidate should be more than 30 years of age in the year of application; AND
STPM / Recognised Diploma / A-Levels / Equivalent; AND
Relevant work experience / prior experiential learning; AND
Pass the APEL Assessment (Aptitude Test, Portfolio & Interview) conducted by OUM
  1. The provisional offer of admission will be revoked if the candidate:
    1. Fails to submit evidence of qualification within the stipulated date; or
    2. Does not meet the entry requirements of the University.
  2. Entry requirements are subject to change as stipulated by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency.
  Year 1 Year 2
Sem 1 RM4,752 RM3,150
Sem 2 RM4,752 RM2,100
Sem 3 RM3,150 RM3,150
Total RM21,000
* Fees applicable to Malaysians and Permanent Residents only.
* International students are required to pay registration fees of RM1,000 and an additional 20% for the tuition fees.
* The University reserves the right to revise the fees without prior notice.

Discount for the Physically Challenged Learners (OKU) and Senior Citizens

The University offers 50% discount for:

  • Senior citizens aged 60 and above on registration date; and
  • Physically challenged learners – a valid Orang Kelainan Upaya (OKU) is required.

These discounts are for subject fees only and are not applicable for research and other fees. The discounts are also not valid for second time registration and repeating of subjects.

Learners who receive this discount are not entitled to other discounts and promotions.


♦ Processing fee:

  • RM50 (Malaysian) & RM100 (International Students)

♦ Re-registration fee of RM220 per semester is chargeable for extension of Masters Projects

♦ Financial options:

  • EPF (Account 2); or
  • Education or Personal Loan from commercial banks; or
  • HRDF (subject to employer’s eligibility); or

♦ Payment Mode:

  • JomPAY; or
  • Internet Banking; or
  • Debit/Credit Card.

This is a two (2) years or six (6) semester Master’s Degree by Coursework programme. Candidates will be exposed to 11 Core Modules which cover all the five (5) Core Area of Knowledge included courses in theory and research methodology as proposed in the Programme Standards: Early Childhood Education by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (2014). Candidates can only register for a maximum of three (3) courses per semester. At the end of the programme candidates are required to conduct a research project and produce a project report of not exceed 15,000 words.

A seminar of three (3) hours per courses will be conducted at the main campus on weekends every fortnightly. Candidates will be provided with Learning Kits instead of Modules as the learning materials which to be used and discussed during the scheduled seminars. Besides face-to-face seminars, presentations, problem-based learning, case study and Webinar, candidates are encourage to actively involved in on-line discussion forums for each courses through the my Virtual Learning Environment or myVLE regarding any issues or concern that they have.

Assessment for every course based on 60% assignment and 40% final examination.

* For May and September Semester 2015, programme is only offered in Kuala Lumpur.

Coursework with Master´s Project
Subject Name Credit Hours
Child Development Theories 3
Quality of Educational Environment for Young Children 3
Comparing Early Childhood Curriculum Programmes 3
Early Childhood Curriculum Planning and Assessment 3
Managing Learning and Development in Early Childhood Organisation 3
Pedagogical Approaches to Early Childhood Settings 3
Counselling and Guiding in Early Childhood 3
Early Intervention: Theory and Practice 3
Issues and Trends in Early Childhood 3
Home School and Community Partnership in Early Childhood Education and Care 3
Educational Research Methods in Early Childhood 4
Master’s Project 6
Total 40

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