Academic Programmes
 


Academic Programmes

Advanced Diploma in Human Development: Early Child Development:

The Advanced Diploma is an in-service, multi-disciplinary, postgraduate programme. It is designed to prepare professionals engaged in health, education and social developm​​​ent sectors for the development of ECD strategies through a critical examination of current knowledge and practices.

Learning Objectives:

  •  To apply the understanding that early experiences, determined by the social context, give shape to the brain and biological development, and set life long trajectories for learning, behaviour and health.
  • To plan for sustainable, community-based integrated ECD services that can make a difference in the survival, growth and development prospects of children, create equitable opportunities for women, contribute to community mobilisation and social change and improve the human capital of the population.
  • To work in a team and collaborate with professionals in several disciplines, donors and organisations   in promoting effective ECD services that are grounded in community realities.
  • To demonstrate how ECD programmes can promote the human rights of all children.

To develop self-awareness of personal values, critical thinking skills and the ability to reflect on and analyse immediate environments within a larger societal context.

Selection Criteria:

  • A Bachelors degree or professional qualification requiring at least three years of education and training.
  • Experience in service for atleast two years related to child care, health, education or development.
  • Employer’s endorsement and Support for in service education and attendance at seminars held at AKU.
  • Sufficient funds for tuition, travel to AKU and subsistence.

Modes of Study:

Each course extends over approximately five to six months and requires the following modes of study:

  • Self-study (six weeks)
  • Face-to-face seminar at AKU in Karachi (two weeks)
  • Early Child Development project (twelve weeks)

The Self Study component is facilitated by a Virtual Learning Environment that allows an interactive process.

Advanced Diploma comprises of following three courses

Course I:  From Early Child Development to Human Development: Integrating Perspectives

For more details about the course, please download the Course Brochure, Application Form and Sample Test Paper.

Course II: Early Child Development Practice, Programmes and Policies

Course III: An Introduction to Research in Early Child Development: Methodology, Analysis and Reporting

Modes of Study

Each course extends over approximately five to six months and requires the following modes of study:

  • Self-study
  • Seminars at AKU in Karachi
  • Early Child Development project

The Self-study component is facilitated by a Virtual Learning Environment that allows an interactive process.

Entry Requirements

Participants should have a four-year Bachelors degree or a two-year Bachelors degree with two years of ECD-related experience, fluency in English, familiarity with computer applications including accessing, information via the Internet and the ability to understand smile data analysis.​​