Higher Diploma in Psychology of Education (Special Educational Needs)

Key Features

  • Equipping students with professional knowledge in educational psychology to prepare them in helping others to learn

  • Equipping students with knowledge and skills to assist students with Special Educational Needs (SEN)

  • Providing a 100-hour practicum in kindergartens, primary schools, secondary schools or related organizations

Programme Objectives

  • Equips students' knowledge of major concepts and theories in educational psychology

  • Prepares students' employment through training in leading discussions and planning activities

  • Develops students’ ability in analysing learning related issues in daily life

Programme Learning Outcomes

Upon completion, students will be able to:​
  • explain the relevant psychological concepts and theories about human development;
  • develop and implement appropriate programme and intervention strategies for students with special educational needs after identifying their characteristics and needs;
  • analyze the relationship between motivation and learning in group;
  • apply theoretical knowledge in educational psychology, education policy and administration in educational setting;
  • demonstrate proficiency in the use of English and Chinese languages and communicate effectively for further studies or work; and
  • apply creative problem-solving, IT applications, and critical thinking skills for handling further studies or career pursuits.


General Education (24 Credits)

  • General English

  • English for Academic Purposes I

  • Business Communication

  • Chinese Language for Communication I

  • Chinese Language for Communication II

  • Introduction to Information Literacy

  • Free Elective (Details​)

  • Free Elective (Details​)


Programme Specific Courses (36 Credits)

  • Introduction to Psychology

  • Understanding Sociology

  • Life-span Development

  • Communication and Interpersonal Relations

  • Programme Planning and Management

  • Introduction to Students with Special Educational Needs

  • Motivation and Learning

  • Inclusive Education in Hong Kong

  • Fieldwork Practicum

  • Strategies and Skills for Supporting Students with Special Educational Needs

  • Exploring Social Psychology


Apart from Chinese courses and courses which require students to have working knowledge of Chinese, all courses are normally taught in English.

Articulation Prospects

Graduates are eligible to apply for admission to the local or overseas Bachelor’s Degree programmes, such as:
  • Bachelor of Social Sciences in Psychology, City University of Hong Kong

  • Bachelor of Social Sciences in Social Work, City University of Hong Kong

Career Prospects

  • Teaching Assistant (Inclusive Education)

  • Social Work Assistant

  • Student Service Officers

  • Programme Assistant (Special Educational Needs)

  • Playgroup Tutor


The following scholarships were available for students with outstanding performance in academic studies, great achievement in extra-curricular activities and/or valuable contribution to the College/University/Community:

  • Lingnan Club Scholarship
  • Lingnan Education Organization Scholarship
  • Lingnan University Alumni Association (Hong Kong) Scholarship

Continued Education Fund (CEF)

This course has been included in the list of reimbursable courses under the Continuing Education Fund.
This course/ The mother course (Title of Qualification) of this module is recognised under the Qualifications Framework (QF Level [4]).

For details, please refer to "Continued Education Fund (CEF)" in our website.