Diploma in Special Education (Early Years)

Be a Professional Educator in Special Education & Get Overseas Working Experience


  • Acquire Diploma certification from Dika College (one of the pioneer of early childhood education)

  • 28 Months Programme

  • You can choose to study this part time or full time.

  • Experience  industry-based learning in each study modules. 

  • Further your studies in TRINE University (most employable university in USA) for 1 year to obtain a Degree.

  • Multiple financing options available (PTPTN, EPF Withdrawal, Instalment) - For DIKA's Diploma ONLY

  • Get a 1-year paid internship in the USA.

  • We provide accommodation for you.

How It Works

  • Complete the Diploma in Special Education at Dika College, Malaysia. 
  • You can choose to further 1 year of study in Trine University, USA, to obtain Dual Degree Major in Elementary Education and Special Education/ Mild Intervention K-6.
  • Upon graduation, you are secured for 1-year paid internship for a teaching position for elementary school in the USA.

About Dika College

Dika is one of the pioneers of early childhood education in Malaysia, offering Early Childhood Education and Special Needs Education academic programmes. It has set a benchmark in the industry for its quality Early Childhood Education programmes that is recognised in Malaysia and abroad. The college places great importance on industry-based-learning (IBL) coupled with research and activity-intensive modules, producing highly employable graduates.

The unique partnership between Dika College and Trine University is based on the shared vision of both institutions to intensify and internationalise  education. This collaboration is a first-of-its-kind for an Early Childhood and Special Needs Educational institution in Malaysia, which creates the pathway for students to not only earn a globally-recognised qualification but also attain a guaranteed internship placement in the Unites States of America.

Trine University, United States of America

The academic partnership with Dika College Malaysia signifies an important milestone for Trine University, United States in the sector of Early Childhood Education and Special Education on a global front.

Dika College is Trine University’s first international partner in ECE. Our shared vision in ensuring our graduates are employable with real-world industry insights is aligned. At Trine University, we continue to chart high employment rate. 99.3% of 2016 Trine University graduates are employed or continuing their education within six-months of graduation.

Through this arrangement, Dika College students will benefit from the guaranteed internship placements in elementary schools in the United States. Dika College students can be assured of support to explore their options and are ready to progress into a rewarding career.

What Does Dika's Alumni Say

Lee Pei Yan

"Experienced and dedicated lecturers..."

"The dedicated lecturers here are top notch mentors who gave me the guidance and support I need and they were always willing to help students to be high-achievers.."

 Tan Lee Yin

"The holistic programme..."

"Pursuing my Diploma here has enabled me to better understand a child’s development, thus, I was trained to creatively think, design and plan developmental appropriate activities for children."

Ong Tan Tan

"Academic peers from diverse ethnic background and experience..."

"This diversity not only helped us during team projects, but also taught us to respect and appreciate cultural and stylistic differences in ECCE, which is particularly important in our multi-cultural society."

Jacinta Joseph Achamby

"Accommodating timetable for working students..."

"I chose Dika College because of its flexible timing which gave me better time management options between by family, work and studies."

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Award-Winning University

  • Trine earned the 22nd spot among Midwestern baccalaureate colleges in the 2017 edition of “America’s Best Colleges” from U.S. News & World Report. 

  • Trine also earned # 88 in the National Best Engineering program in 2017 (non-doctorate).

  • Trine ranked top among Midwestern baccalaureate colleges as selected by The Princeton Review.

  • Trine is identified as a College of Distinction, which recognizes top schools based on engaged students, great teaching, a vibrant community and successful outcome.

Accreditation & Recognition of Dika's Diploma

The Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Diploma in Special Education (Early Years) programmes are accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) and the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).

These diploma programmes are also recognised by the Public Services Department of Malaysia providing Dika College students with the opportunity to work with the government.

Courses Outline

Courses delivered by Dika College

Diploma in Special Education (Early Years)

  • Understanding Young Children
  • Educating Special Needs Children
  • Personal & Professional Development
  • Family & Community Module
  • 2 Practicum
  • And other general education modules 

*For more information about our full listing of our education courses, please fill up our contact us form at the end of the page.

*Information is subject to change.

Courses delivered by Trine University

Professional Studies Requirement (Grades K-6)

  • Introduction to Teaching Practicum
  • Teaching of Reading Practicum
  • Teaching of Reading 
  • Methods of Teaching Math/ Science
  • Educational Measurement 
  • Methods of Teaching Language Arts/ Social Studies
  • Supervised Student Teaching 
  • Student Teaching Seminar

Professional Studies Requirement (Special Education / Mild Intervention Grades K-6)

Professional Studies Requirement (Special Education / Mild Intervention Grades K-6)

  • Foundation of SPED
  • Developmental Need SPED
  • Behavioral Analysis SPED 
  • Individual Planning and Assessment SPED
  • Methods of Teaching SPED 
  • Student Teaching SPED 

Learning In Action

(Dika College)

(Trine University)

Entry Requirements

  • SPM Leavers with 3 Credits in SPM / O-Levels or equivalent.
  • SPM holders must have obtained a Pass in Bahasa Melayu and Sejarah. 
  • International Students must obtain at least a score of 500 for TOEFL, 5.0 for IELTS or equivalent, prior to graduation.
  • Working Adults who are passionate in children education & want to have a career change.

Career Path

  • Author of Children’s Books
  • Applied Behaviour Analyst
  • Curriculum Developer / Trainer
  • Consultant / Counselor
  • Child Life & Care Specialist
  • Educator
  • School Principal
  • Parenting Coach
  • Special Needs Educator
  • Behavioral Specialist

Our Facilities



Where is Dika College?

B-3-05 & B​-3A-05

(Block B, 3rd & 4th Floor), 

IOI Boulevard, 

Jalan Kenari 5, Bandar Puchong Jaya,

47170 Puchong, Selangor, Malaysia.

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