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Department of Early Childhood Education, University of Taipei

:: Department of Early Childhood Education :: University of Taipei

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I. Introduction II. Faculty III. Core Curriculum IV. Prospects V. Admission

I. Introduction

A. History

 Once a provincial women’s normal school, the university founded Program for Early Childhood Teacher Education in 1947, a three-year program recruiting female junior high graduates . In 1964, the university underwent a name change to become Taiwan Provincial Taipei Girl Teachers’ Junior College; a year later Continuing Education Program for Early Childhood Education was founded, replacing Program for Early Childhood Teacher Education. In 1983, the university established a program for early childhood education and began recruitment of high school and vocational school graduates for a two-year program in early childhood education (currently discontinued).
 In 1990, Department of Early Childhood Education was founded (the first such department in Taiwan), which began recruiting high school graduates for a four-year pre-service teacher education program. Since 1990, the department started summer and night school program for in-service early childhood teachers (available in summer or night courses). The summer program discontinued in 2001; The night program also ended in 2003; The last students from these two programs graduated in 2005.
 Beginning in 1999, the department began accepting kindergarten teachers into the Continuing Education Master Program in Early Childhood Education every other year. To this day, there are seven years of graduates from this in-service teacher education program. In 2002, the Graduate Institute of Child Development was founded. In 2004, Master Program in Early Childhood Education was founded. In 2006, Graduate Institute of Child Development was placed under Master Program in Early Childhood Education as Child Development Group. In 2011, Master Program in Early Childhood Education was renamed Early Childhood Group under Master Division of the Department of Early Childhood Education.
  In August 2005, the university became Taipei Municipal University of Education, and since that time the department has kept its original name and was placed under School of Education. In August 2013, Taipei Municipal University of Education merged with Taipei Physical Education College to become University of Taipei. The department keeps its name and still belongs to College of Education.

B. Features
   Department of Early Childhood Education defines childhood education in a broad, encompassing sense. This can be seen in 2006 when it underwent a large-scale revision of its curriculum. With child study as its core element, the department organizes its curriculum with four areas of specialties: early childhood education, child and media studies, child and family studies, and child welfare studies.
C. Visions and Goals
 Providing teacher and non-teacher education programs in parallel, the department is focused on Child Study, and its application in the fields of Early Childhood Education, Children and Media, and Child Welfare and Family services.
The aims of the programs are to:
(1). Establish the basic knowledge for practitioners working with children.
(2). Provide professional training for early childhood education teachers.
(3). Educate outstanding practitioners in the early childhood education field.
(4). Educate outstanding manpower providing professional children’s service.

2. Master Program: Early Childhood Education /Child Development
 (Including the Early Childhood Education Program and Child Development Program)
The aims of the programs are to:
(1). Develop theories of early childhood and child development. Cultivate outstanding researchers.
(2). Educate talent for planning, evaluation and research of administration and policies of early childhood education.
(3). Educate talent for development, formulation, evaluation and selection of curriculum.
(4). Educate “Child-Centered” practitioners.
D. Core Abilities
 (1)Knowledge in childhood studies and profession
 (2)Ability in early childhood education
 (3)Ability to apply knowledge in early childhood educational practices.
 (4)Ability to think creatively and reflectively in early childhood education
 (5)Competence in media literacy
 (6)Proficiency with application and administration in media
 (7)Capability of child welfare services
 (8)Capability of resource allocation and application in child welfare services
 (1)Basic knowledge of theory in child studies and education
 (2)Competence in research and analysis
 (3)Competence in program development and evaluation in early childhood education.
 (4)Competence in educational administration; ability to plan, analyze, and evaluate early childhood educational policies.
 (5)Ability to apply and execute.

II. Faculty
 There are 15 faculty members in our department, including 2 professors, 8 associate professors, and 5 assistant professors. In addition, several part-time lecturers, including an Emeritus Professor from the UK, with expertise in media and family service, provide various courses for our students. all of the faculty receive doctoral degrees and are leading scholars in various fields, such as early childhood curriculum, child cognitive development, child social development and child welfare.
Title Name Ext. Degree

Associate Professor and Chair

Ying-shi Chang



Ph.D., National Changhua University of Education


Pei-ling Wang


Ph.D., Education, National Chengchi University


Jui-chih Chin


Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Associate Professor

Pei-jung Lin


Ph.D., University of Georgia

Associate Professor

Jeng-chyan Chen


Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Associate Professor

Yin-ying Chen


Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Associate Professor

Yu-ling Su


Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institution and State University

Associate Professor

Mei-hua Hsiao


Ph.D., University of Taipei

Associate Professor

Yu-ting Chen


Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Assistant Professor

Wen-yueh Lu


Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Assistant Professor

Shiou-yuan Chen


Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Assistant Professor

Ya-hui Chung


Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Assistant Professor

Shiou-ping Shiu


Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara

Assistant Professor

Chia-hui Chiu


Ph.D., Education, National Chengchi University

Assistant Professor

Ya-lin Ko


Ph.D., University of Taipei


III. Core Curriculum

1.Undergraduate Program
 The department provides compulsory and elective courses in the following fields: Early Childhood Education, Children and Media, Children and Family, and Welfare Education.
 *Required Courses
  Introduction to Psychology
  Introduction to Sociology
  Introduction to Early Childhood Education
  Introduction of Child Welfare
  Child Development
  Observation of Young Children
  Principles in Guidance
  Health and Safety in Early Childhood Education
  Children’s Play
  Teaching Materials & Methods in Early Childhood Education(I)(II)
  Practicum in Early Childhood Education (I)(II)
  Curriculum Design of Preschool
  Introduction to Special Education in Young Children
  Classroom Management in Preschool
  Research Methods in Social Science
  Educational Models in Early Childhood Education
  Practicum in Early Childhood Education
  Assessment in Early Childhood Education
  Language Arts for Young Children
  Theories and Practice of Inclusive Education
  Independent Study
  Ethics for Early Childhood Education
  Preschools, Families, and Communities
  Cultural Anthropology
  Physiological Development
  Social Investigation and Emotional Expression of Young Children
  Family Sociology
  Language Development
  Introduction to Social Policies
  Introduction to Education
  Literacy Development
  Social and Personality Development
  Educational Psychology
  Social Psychology
  Parent Education
  Philosophy of Education
  Cognitive Psychology
  Philosophy for Children
  Methodology of Qualitative Research
  Sociology of Education
  Curriculum Development in Preschool
  Instructional Psychology
  Education Practicum in Preschool
  Practicum in Media Institutions for Children
  Practicum in Institutional Services of Children
 *Elective Courses
  Specialty: Early Childhood Education
   Young Children’s Drawing and painting
   Meals Design and Nutrition in Early Childhood Education
   Health and Medical Care for Infants & Young Children
   The Formative Arts for Young Children
   Creative Thinking for Children
   Education Policies & Laws in Early Childhood Education
   Principles of Teaching
   Exploring Math and Science through Play
   Design of Learning Environment for Young Children
   Music Education for Children
   Physical and Movement Education for Children
   Bilingual Education for Young Children
   Emotional Development & Emotional Education
   Classroom Discourse
   Administration of Kindergarten
   Project Approach
   History of Early Childhood Education
   Design & Construction of Institution for Children
   Multicultural Education for Young Children
   Comparative Studies in Early Childhood Education
   Evaluation & Application of Learning Materials
   Waldorf Education
   Studies in Montessori Method
   Instruction Measurement and Evaluation
   Evaluation & Guidance of Institution for Young Children
   Selective Readings in Early Childhood Education
   Design & Production for Children’s Learning Materials
   Gender Education for Children
   Indoor Play Center Programming and Management
  Specialty: Children and Media
   Children’s Literature
   Children’s Drama
   Media & Education for Children
   Children’s Books Critique
   Art in Early Childhood
   Introduction to Educational Technology
   Reading & Evaluation of Classical Picture Books
   Production and Instruction of Puppets in Early Childhood Education
   Compilation & Production of Children's Electric Books
   Evaluation of Children’s Programs
   Planning and Production in Children's Books
   Planning in Radio and T.V. Program for Children (I) (II)
   Production and Design of Toys
   Media Literacy for Children
   Specialty: Children and Family Services
   The Training of Human Relationship and Communication
   Child Welfare Services
   Leisure Studies for Young Children
   Care and Service for Children
   Early Intervention
   Theories and Techniques of Counseling
   Development Assessment for Children
   Behavior Guidance for Young Children
   Marriage and Family
   Behavior Modification
   Policies & Laws in Child Welfare
   Issues on Child Guidance
   Play Therapy
   Selected Readings for Children Welfare
   Art Therapy
   Program Planning and Evaluation in Parent Education
   Comparative Studies for Child Welfare
   Selected Readings in Parent Education

2.Master Programs

(1)Early Childhood Education Program
 The department provides compulsory and elective courses in the following fields: Fundamental Theories, Quantitative Research, Qualitative Research, Curriculum and Instruction, and Administration & Policy Development.
 *Required courses
  Research Methods in Social and Behavioral Science
  Seminars on Influential Thoughts and Trends in Early Childhood Education
  Theories of Child Development
  Advanced Educational Statistics
  Qualitative Research
  Seminars on Sociology of Education
  Seminars on Philosophy of Education
  Independent Study
  Seminars (I)(II)
  Master’s Thesis 
  Seminars on Educational Anthropology
 *Elective courses
  Seminars on Inclusive Education
  Seminars on Curriculum Theories of Early Childhood Education
  Seminars on Administration in Early Childhood Education
  Seminars on Interpersonal Relationships and Communication Skills
  Seminars on Laws and Regulations of Early Childhood Education
  Research Evaluation
  Seminars on Children’s Play
  Seminars on Social and Personality Development
  Seminars on Approaches to Childhood Education
  Seminars on Early Childhood Education
  Seminars on Educational Evaluation in Early Childhood Education
  Seminars on Early Childhood Policy
  Seminars on Comparative Early Childhood Education
  Qualitative Data Analysis
  Essays Writing
  Seminars on Literacy Development
  Seminars on Cognitive Development
  Seminars on Emotional Development
  Seminars on Learning and  Instruction in Different Domains for Young Children
  Social Justice and Early Childhood Education
  Seminars on Parent Education
  Seminars on Culture of Organization in Early Childhood Education
  Seminars on Teacher Education for Early Childhood
  Seminars on Social Justice and Early Childhood Education
  Seminars on Portfolio Assessment
  Seminars on History of Early Childhood Education
  Seminars on Institution Management in Early Childhood Education
  Parent-Child Center Planning and Management
  Seminars on social Changes and Early Childhood Education
  Seminars on Models of Policy-making for Early Childhood Education

(2)Child Development Program
 The department provides compulsory and elective courses in the following fields: Development in varied fields, Methodology, Development Context, Problem Diagnosis & Counseling, and Child Welfare.
 *Required courses
  Research on Social and Behavioral Science
  Theories of Child Development
  Advanced Educational Statistics
  Independent Study
  Seminars (I)(II)
  Master’s Thesis
 *Elective courses
  Special Topics in Temperament
  Seminars on Culture Psychology
  Special Topics in Interpersonal Relationship and Communication
  Seminars on Child Welfare
  Theories and Techniques on Child Counseling
  Assessment on Child Developmental
  Comment and Critique on Research
  Qualitative Research
  Essays Writing
  Studies of Child’s Play
  Studies of Memory Development
  Studies of social & Personality Development
  Ecological Issues in Child Development
  Studies of Cognitive Development
  Studies of Literacy Development
  Studies of Emotional Development
  Studies of Children’s Narrative Development
  Parent -Child Relationship and Child Development
  Seminars on Behavior Modification
  Play Therapy
  Studies of Conception Development
  Mass Communication Issues in Child Development
  Clinical Guidance of Children
  Policy Issues in Child Welfare

IV. Prospects

1.Undergraduate Program
  a. Professionals in the early childhood education industry
  b. Professionals in the child-related industries
  c. Professionals providing children’s service

2.Master Program
 (1)Early Childhood Education Program
  a.Professionals in the early childhood education
  b. Administrative personnel for early childhood education
  b. Researchers in early childhood education
  d. Professionals in research and development of early childhood education institutes
  e. Supervisors of early childhood education curriculum
 (2)Child Development Program
  a. Educators of early childhood and child education
  b. Researchers in child development
  c. Practitioners in child welfare fields
  d. Practitioners in child counseling

V. Admission
 Please visit our admissions webpage for further information:
  International Student Application Announcement