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The course offers an overview of language and literacy development in young children, introducing students to a critical examination of significant theories and research. Factors influencing language and literacy for children 0 - 4 and 4 – 6 years old are explored, and their implication for planning and instruction are addressed. Students will be introduced to literacy indicators and behaviours as well as assessment of progress. Goals of a literacy curriculum are identified. Literacy principles, practices and processes are explored as well as implementation and evaluation strategies. Students will acquire the necessary skills to translate theory and research into practice by developing appropriate experience and programmes for different settings. 

Programme Fee

Awarding Body: 

This programme is designed, delivered, assessed and awarded by SEGi University through the Africa Open Learning Platform. 

Endorsement & Recognition: 

This programme is recognized and endorsed by the Seychelles Qualifications Authority (SQA), established under the Seychelles Qualifications Authority Act of 2005. 

Entry Requirements: 
  • Entry Requirements - No 
  • Age Experience - 19 Years Above 
  • Language Proficiency - Yes 
  • Numeracy Proficiency - No 
  • Pre-requisites - No
  1. The spoken word - the nature of and factors affecting oral language
  2. The relationship between oral language, adult-child interaction and literacy development
  3. Teacher talk & Strategies for promoting oral language
  4. Children’s literature and impact on language and literacy development
  5. Literacy experiences - Approaches, Strategies and activities
  6. The written word - the nature of and factors influencing reading and writing
  7. Planning and designing language and literacy-rich environment
  8. Integrating language and literacy in early years curriculum
  9. Bilingual and multilingual children - supporting their language & literacy learning needs
  10. Difference and diversity in language and literacy development
  11. Fostering multi-literacies in early childhood
  12. Language and literacy behaviours and assessment



Coursework 1 - 30%
Coursework 2 - 30%
Report - 40%

Credit Transfer: 

Upon successful completion of this Micro-credential certification in Language and Literacy for Young Children (DECE), students will be able to transfer grades and credits into the following programme(s):

  1. Diploma in Early Childhood Education
Continuing Education: 
Upon successful completion of this Diploma in Early Childhood Education programme and meeting the necessary entry requirements, students will be able to progress into the following programme(s):
  1. Bachelor of Education (Honours) 
Career Opportunities: 

School leavers who want to get a head start before joining an academic programme or a working adults who want to upskill or learn a specific skill; work with rapidly changing technology; and/or acquire specialised skills sought after by employers.