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Post Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education (ECE) is a two-semester program. The first semester of the program has six courses while the second semester has four courses including one course of practicum. The Diploma program offered each year in Spring semester.

This program is designed to develop the skills needed to work with children in different settings including preschools, daycare centers, kindergartens and after-school programs. It gives a knowledge which helps to understand how early childhood education and care affect children’s development. A diploma in early childhood education and care also provides extensive knowledge and understanding of the children, families and parenting. The importance of early childhood care and education can be realized as the children grow up with a positive mental setup therefore this diploma program has such courses which enlighten the professionals of ECE for a careful development of children not only in preschools but also at home as parents and family members. The course targets to transform the ECE teachers into trainers who take care of the kids in a personified manner. The practicum course comprises teaching practice in ECE schools with a component of observation of ECE environment which develops the analytical ability of students and provide exposure to learn as a teacher from their supervisors at ECE setup. The teachers are trained to direct the children in achieving an integrated development while focusing on their personal capabilities.

Students to work with

Those students who want to become ECE teachers, administrators or who are already working in ECE setup, those who want to establish ECE care centers or those who want to enhance their knowledge about ECE as parents. 

Eligibility Criteria

Entry requirement for the PGD ECE is Bachelor Degree with 45% marks.

Selection Process

The students apply through online system on AIOU portal and those who have 45% marks are informed about their admission confirmation through online system of Allama Iqbal Open University.


One year (Two semesters)

Medium of Instruction


Teaching Methodology


AIOU Credits Required

30 Credit hours

1. Introduction to Early Childhood Education-1624
2. Early Childhood Curriculum-1625
3. Child Development-1626
4. Classroom Assessment-1627
5. Teaching Literacy-1628
6. Language Learning in Early Childhood-1629

1. Practicum-1630
2. Classroom Management-6403
3. Arts, craft & Calligraphy-6410
4. Introduction to Inclusive Education-6413





Two semesters




The practicum course (1630) consists of the following components:

  • Two weeks teaching in ECE schools
  • Professional Portfolio
  • Observation Report
  • One-week Workshop
  • Three Days Seminar at AIOU


Those institutions who offer Early Childhood Education, early years settings or classes, the students approach to them for course of practicum. There is no such formal/official collaboration for this program.


The Allama Iqbal Open University was established in May, 1974, with the main objectives of providing educational opportunities to masses and to those who cannot leave their homes and jobs. During all these past years, the University has more than fulfilled this promise.