Diploma in ECCD (Full-time)

Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Development (Full Time)

General Aims 


The Diploma in ECCD aims to address the need to  prepare knowledgeable, skilled and competent ECCD facilitators capable of providing care, early stimulation and learning opportunities in different ECCD programme and services in the country. Specifically, the programme will address the need for qualified and professionally trained facilitators in the ECCD sector.




The specific objectives of this programme are to prepare ECCD facilitators who will be able to:

  • demonstrate a sound understanding of child development while working with young children;
  • make an informed decision of their daily practices using knowledge of contemporary early childhood theories;
  • organize developmentally and culturally relevant learning environments in the ECCD centre;
  • organize relevant learning activities for children informed by knowledge of child development, strengths and interests of the , and the social cultural context they live in; 
  • observe and document children’s learning regularly and make informed curriculum decisions;
  • develop responsive and reciprocal relationships with children, families and communities they work with; Page 3 of 156
  • respect and value local funds of knowledge when working with families and communities; 
  • establish mutually beneficial relationship with families and communities; 
  • exhibit knowledge of health care, safety principles, nutritional and physical needs of young children;
  •  apply appropriate practices to ensure that a child is healthy, nourished and protected; 
  • advocate the benefits of play in the holistic development of a child; 
  • plan appropriate play activities for children; 
  • use different teaching methods and strategies to support children achieve learning goals in Bhutan Early Learning and Development Standards; 
  • possess knowledge about different kinds of disabilities and liaise with relevant agencies to support children with disabilities; 
  • apply basic skills in programme management and operations within an ECCD centre and use leadership skills to advocate for quality education in ECCD centre; and  
  • exhibit sound knowledge of both global and national early childhood education policies, practices and regulations.



Programme Structure



SemesterCodeModulesCreditsTotal Credits
IEAS101Early Childhood Academic Studies(EAS)
Enhancing Children’s Development (embedded
Practicum 24 hours)
ACS101Personal Development Studies
Academic Skills
EPR101Early Childhood Professional Development
Studies (EPR)
Family and Community ‘Funds of Knowledge’ (Embedded practicum 36 hours)
IIFIT101Personal Development Studies
Functional Information Technology
EPD101Early Childhood Pedagogy (EPD)
Learning Environment (embedded practicum 33
EPD102Early Childhood Pedagogy (EPD)
Learning through play (embedded practicum 30


SemesterCodeModulesCreditTotal Credits
IIIEAS202Early Childhood Academic Studies(EAS)
Supporting mathematical thinking (embedded practicum 32 hours)
EPD203Early Childhood Pedagogy (EPD)
Observation and assessment for learning (embedded practicum 33hours)
EAS203Early Childhood Academic Studies(EAS)
Supporting language and literacy
development (embedded practicum 30 hours)
EPR202Early Childhood Professional
Development Studies (EPR)
Curriculum and programming(embedded
practicum 30 hours)
IVEAS204Early Childhood Academic Studies(EAS) Supporting young children’s scientific thinking (embedded practicum 30 hours)12
EPR203Early Childhood Professional
Development Studies (EPR)
Guiding responsive and reciprocal
relationships (embedded practicum 30 hours)
EPD204Early Childhood Pedagogy (EPD)
Creative Arts in Early Childhood Education (embedded practicum 30 hours)


SemesterCodeModulesCreditsTotal Credits
VEPD305Early Childhood Pedagogy (EPD)
The Project Approach in Early Childhood Education (Embedded Practicum 30 hours)
EPD306Early Childhood Pedagogy (EPD)
Movement and Safety Education (embedded practicum 30 hours)
EAS305Early Childhood Academic Studies(EAS) Inclusive Education (Embedded practicum 36 hours)12
EAS306Early Childhood Academic Studies(EAS) Health and Nutrition (embedded practicum 30 hours)12
VIEPR304Early Childhood Professional
Development Studies (EPR)
Leadership and Management (embedded Practicum 33 hours)
EAS307Early Childhood Academic Studies(EAS) Foundationin Early Childhood (embedded practicum 12 hours)12
DZG101Personal Development Studies
Dzongkha for Communication

Admission Criteria

Entrance requirement
The programme proposes for the following entrance requirements:
An applicant aspiring to enrol in this programme should have a minimum academic qualification of class XII passed withminimum of 40% in English and Dzongkha. The applicant must be employed in one of the ECCD centres and should have aminimum2 years work experience in an ECCD centre at the time of seeking enrolment.The applicant will be merit ranked using the following ability rating points:

SubjectAbility rating point
English 5
Dzongkha 5
3 other subjects 1

The selection of the candidate will be based on the merit ranking of the ability rating points.



For Inquiries , you may contact:

Ms. Chimi Dema                                                                                                                         Mr. Karma Yeshey

Programme Leader                                                                                                                     Dean of Academic Affairs

Early Childhood Care Development                                                                                        Email: karmayeshey.pce@rub.edu.bt

Email: chimidema.pce@rub.edu.bt                                                                                           Phone # +975-8-271870

Phone # +975-8-271487


Fee Structure 

Inquires about tuition fees may be directed to tsheringtenzin.pce@rub.edu.bt at phone number +975-8-271497