Level 9 Micro Credential (6 Credits)

Child Development and Play-Based Learning

EDUECE1 Child Development across Contexts (0-8 years) (3 Credits, 45 Hours)

This course aims to develop in-depth practical and theoretical knowledge related to child development, exploring the meanings and usefulness for practice of different concepts IN-SERVICE POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA IN EDUCATION 14 GRADUATE CATALOG 2022-2023 of child development and growth. There is a focus on critically reflecting on the significance of concepts of child development and growth for understanding and explaining children’s learning, and on implications for teachers in supporting children’s learning in different contexts. Students will be supported in examining, evaluating, and applying links between the developing child and the environment, taking into account influences of physical, cognitive, language, emotional, and socio-cultural factors. The course encourages students to develop theoretical and practical, knowledge and understandings of research-informed, leading edge approaches for supporting children’s holistic growth in early childhood settings, where typical and atypical development are considered a part of diversity. The course addresses how best to understand and support child development across contexts, including the roles of parents, families, the school, and broader societal factors, along with an emphasis on advocacy for the developing child.

EDUECE2 Early Childhood Curricula and Play-based Learning Design (3 Credits, 45 Hours)

This course will develop students’ in-depth conceptual knowledge of various curriculum models and underlying play based theories used in designing early childhood curriculum. Students will develop theoretical and practical knowledge and research-and curriculum-informed understandings of play as an effective and complex pedagogical tool. They will also design and critically evaluate play-based experiences that support children’s learning and development. Students will develop advanced strategies for observing and assessing children’s learning as a basis for planning. These play-based pedagogies and assessment practices will be explored across a range of contexts, curriculum disciplines, and developmental stages, while emphasizing the influence of culture, community, family, and individual children’s characteristics on pedagogic practice in early years settings.

Admission Requirements

Admission to this Micro Credential is open to interested individuals provided they meet the following criteria:

  • A minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0-point scale.
  • A current International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 5.5 or equivalent (TOEFL IBT or Pearson PTE Academic or EmSAT)

Contact Graduate Admission Office:

Recruitment Office:

Email: Student.Recruitment@ecae.ac.ae

Office: (+971) 02 5099838

Admissions Office:

Email: admissions@ecae.ac.ae

Office: (+971) 02 5099 833

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Program Structure


EDUECE1 Child Development across Contexts (0-8 years) (3 Credits, 45 Hours)

EDUECE2 Early Childhood Curricula and Play-based Learning Design (3 Credits, 45 Hours)