Post Graduate Diploma in
Early Childhood Development

Only PGD course available in ECD affiliated to the University


1 Year Course

This Preschool Teacher Training is a unique programme to upgrade the competence of preschool teachers in Nepal through a one year accredited course. It has been established through the joint effort of three educational institutions.

Early Childhood Education Centre Pvt.Ltd. (ECEC), Kathmandu University (KU) and the NLA University College, Bergen Norway. ECEC, since opening in 2001, has the vision to improve the quality of preschool teaching in Nepal through a training programme that emphasizes developmentally appropriate and child centred education. For this,besides short courses- since 2009 ECEC has been conducting the one year course.

After the training the preschool teachers have a thorough understanding of child development philosophies and theories on early childhood education and they are able to use this knowledge in teaching young children.

The strength of this programme lies in the integration of theory and practice: lessons learnt in the classrooms are practised in the field and the experience leads to exploring new areas of knowledge.

Throughout the course close individual supervision and support of a mentor is provided. Special attention is given to create a “lifelong learning attitude” in order to maintain professional quality after the course.

What You Will Learn

Child Development

Learning/ Teaching/ Assessing

Learning Environment


Families/ Communities

Professional Development.

and Others.

Candidates Certification

This course is offered to two kinds of candidates: Those who have a 10+2 degree and those with a bachelor’s degree. Preschool Teacher Training Certificate is offered to all. Candidates having a bachelor’s degree in any discipline can obtain PGD in ECD after a fourth term of 4 months in Kathmandu University (KU).


Term one : 4 months (March - June)

Term two : 4 months (July - October)

Term three : 4 months (November - February)


Classes: 3:00 - 6:00 pm on Monday, till Thursday Mentoring meetings: Included Teaching practice and class observation: 3 - 5 days a week in cooperating preschools.


There will be an intake interview.

For teachers, a recommendation letter from the school principal is required.

Payments are made in advance monthly


Supervised Teaching

Placement in Cooperating Preschools

Preschools within Kathmandu Valley are cooperating Preschools and partners in this programme. These schools provide the classrooms where trainees practice what they learn in theory classes. In some cases, when candidates are teaching in a school already, they may do the practical work at their own school.

The practical teaching consists of 9, 12 and 16 hours a week for term 1, 2 and 3 respectively.Periods of observation in model schools are also a part of this programme.

Individual Meeting with Mentor

The trainee meets the mentor on an individual basis when needed. This is the time to discuss individual issues, which the trainee and/ or the mentor feels are important. It is here that the mentor is able to tailor the programme to the needs of the individual trainee

Mentoring Group

A maximum of six trainees are assigned to one ECEC mentor, who is their supervisor and mentor for the year. The group meets every week for two hours to discuss teaching and learning and to put together theory and practice.

Job Placement

There will be an interview at ECEC

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