Project Description

Master of Early Childhood Education

(R/143/7/0097 (MQA/FA 4916) 12/24)

Programme Synopsis

The MECHE programme has been designed to prepare working adults for higher level academic study in early childhood and to conduct research in the area of early childhood education. The research project conducted by students will enable them to learn basic research skills in early childhood education and prepare them for doctoral level study. Students wishing to progress into the academic world are exposed to academic journal writing where they are encouraged to publish their own research paper.

Students taking the programme 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. The prospects for graduates of MECHE are promising as they can embark on careers as early childhood teacher, subject matter expert, consultant, programme designer, author of children’s book, early childhood tutor, trainers and lecturer.

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 to expand their business using the franchise system so that their early childhood education centres can be replicated in other locations.

Programme Structure

This is a two (2) year or six (6) semester master’s degree programme by coursework.
Assessment is based on the ratio of 60% coursework and 40% final examination.
The programme is delivered through blended pedagogy of self-managed learning, online forum and face-to-face tutorials. Students can opt for the fully online mode where the face-to-face tutorials will be replaced with e forums and e lessons which will guide their learning.

Kemasukan Biasa
i. Ijazah Sarjana Muda (Tahap 6, KKM) dengan PNGK minimum 2.50 atau yang setara dengannya seperti yang diterima oleh Senat; atau
ii. Ijazah Sarjana Muda (Tahap 6, KKM) atau yang setara dengannya tetapi tidak mencapai PNGK 2.50, boleh diterima masuk tertakluk kepada minimum 5 tahun pengalaman bekerja dalam bidang yang relevan.


Kemasukan APEL

  1. Warganegara Malaysia; DAN
  2. Calon hendaklah berumur 30 tahun dan ke atas pada tahun permohonan dibuat; DAN
  3. Mempunyai pengalaman bekerja/pengalaman pembelajaran terdahulu yang berkaitan; DAN
  4. Lulus Penilaian APEL bagi Sarjana (yang dikendalikan oleh OUM); DAN
  5. Memiliki kelayakan seperti berikut:
    • STPM / Diploma yang diiktiraf; Atau
    • Matrikulasi / Asasi / Foundation (nilai kredit 50-52 kredit ; nilai gred PNGK 2.00 dan ke atas ; tempoh pengajian sekurang-kurangnya setahun) ; Atau
    • A-Level (jumlah kursus minimum 3 ; nilai gred minimum E ; tempoh pengajian sekurang-kurangnya 18 bulan) ; Atau
    • International Baccalaureate Diploma (jumlah kursus minimum 6 kumpulan kursus dan 3 elemen wajib ; nilai gred minimum 24 point dan ke atas ; tempoh pengajian sekurang-kurangnya 2 tahun).

Normal Entry
i. Bachelor degree (MQF Level 6) with a minimum CGPA of 2.50 or its equivalent as accepted by Senate; or
ii. Bachelor degree (MQF Level 6) or its equivalent with CGPA below 2.50, is acceptable subject to a minimum of 5 years working experience in related field.


APEL entry

  1. Malaysian; AND
  2. The candidate should be more than 30 years of age in the year of application; AND
  3. Relevant work experience / prior experiential learning; AND
  4. Pass the APEL Assessment (Aptitude Test, Portfolio & Interview) conducted by OUM; AND
  5. Possess the following qualification:
    • STPM / Recognised Diploma; Or
    • Matriculation / Foundation (credit score 50-52 credits; CGPA grade 2.00 and above; minimum study period of one year); Or
    • A-Level (minimum of 3 courses; minimum grade E; duration of study at least 18 months); Or
    • International Baccalaureate Diploma (minimum of 6 courses and 3 required elements; minimum grade of 24 points and above; duration of study at least 2 years).


  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 RM4,725 RM3,150
Sem 2 RM4,725 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 and research programme. Candidates will be exposed to 11 core courses which included courses in theory and research methodology as proposed in the Programme Standards: Early Childhood Education by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (2014). Candidates can 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 two hours per course will be conducted on weekends every fortnightly. Candidates will be provided with Learning Kits as the learning materials which to be used and discussed during the scheduled seminars. Besides face-to-face seminars and presentation, candidates are encourage to actively involved in on-line discussion forums for each course through the MyINSPIRE regarding any issues or concern that they have.

Assessment for every 11 core course is based on 60% coursework and 40% final examination.

Coursework with Master´s Project
Subject Name Credit Hours
Child Development Theories 3
Quality of Educational Environment for Young Children 3
Academic Writing 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 Education 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
Dr Aliza Ali
Dr Aliza AliProgramme Director
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