Department of Early Childhood and Family Education

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT

The department was founded in August 1992. In 1995, we expanded our undergraduate school to two classes; in 2000 we began our master program; in 2002 we began our evening master program; in 2006 our undergraduate became one class; and in 2007 the department changed its name to “Department of Early Childhood and Family Education”.

The mission of the department are

I. To discover students’ potential, to encourage creative thinking and to create positive learning environment

II. To obtain the essence of humanity, in the aspect of humanity, such as respectability and kindness, communication and share, and team oriented

III. To develop and integrate students’ professional competence

PROGRAM GOALS

I. Undergraduate Program

The goals of the undergraduate program are

a. To prepare students’ creativity, positivity in learning, and self motivation

b. To prepare students to be trained professionals in early childhood and family education (abbreviated later as ECFE)

c. To develop students’ interest and ability in ECFE

d. To open up career opportunity for students to understand and practice in ECFE related business

II. Master Program

The goals of the master program are to prepare students’ ability

a. To complete the research independently

b. To cooperate with others in the process of learning and developing researches

c. To plan and evaluate ECFE related curriculum

d. To deepen research-based analysis of ECFE related theories and practices

CURRICULUM OBJECTIVES

I. Undergraduate Program

a. The undergraduate programs include: teacher licensure program and general bachelor program.

b. The courses are designed not only to prepare students for educational careers but also for working in a diversity of settings- kindergartens, day care centers, family and community resource/ social settings, nonprofit organizations and corporates.

c. The courses enhance students’ professional skills, develop their talents and individual strengths through various field experiences- curriculum and teaching area, industry and service area, family and child care area, preschool special education area, and soon.

d. Through developing students’ research ability and interest, we want to prepare our students to be professionals with practical knowledge and skills in the working contexts.

II. Master Program

A. Instruction Goals:

The goals of the master program are to prepare professionals in the ECFE field and develop students’ research ability. The courses are focused on the relations and synopsis between theories and practices. We provide various ways of teaching and discussion among students and faculty. Besides examined ECFE related issues, our faculty and students participate actively in conferences or professional events in order to broaden and deepen our field knowledge. Besides field research issues, the program includes five following areas and each area will address the importance and awareness of domestic issues and studies.

a.Young Children’s Development and Life

b. Administration and Policies of Early Childhood Education

c.  Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction

d.  Development and Career Plan of Early Childhood Educators

e. Family Education

B. Research Requirements

(REF to “Graduate School Student Handbook” under the chapter title “Methods to increase graduate students’ academic research ability”)

All graduate students must complete the following diplomatic requirements:

a. Attend at least six academic conferences

b. Before graduation, all master degree candidates must complete at lease one of the two followings:

(a)Publish at least one article in educational academic related publications

(b)Besides proposal oral examination and final thesis, all master degree candidates must hold a presentation of their theses either on-campus or off-campus

COURSE STRUCTURE

I.  Undergraduate Program

    The course information are shown as below:

Course   Types

 

Credit

Hours

General Courses

Areas of Specialization

Optional Courses

Educational Specialization

Minimum Req.

Common courses

Fundamental courses

Other College Courses

Req.

Elect.

General Program

Req.

Elect.

Req.

Elect.

Elect.

42

38

20

0

128

0

0

12

4

12

Teacher Training Program

0

0

12

4

12

42

38

20

20

148

Footnote:

1、   General Courses includes common courses (such as Physical Education, Service related courses and English proficiency improvement) for zero credit hour, 16 credit hours of fundamental courses and 12 credit hours of other college provided courses. For required credit hours in other college courses, students should select courses that are provided from other colleges to meet this requirement.

2、   Optional Courses

a.   Related courses provided by this department

b.  Areas of specialization related courses provided by other Educational departments

c. Courses provided by other departments, other domestic universities or international universities

d.  Courses offered in professional module

Note: the credit hours from common courses will not be awarded in Elective courses.

3、   To obtain the kindergarten teacher certification, students need to take 20 credit hours of educational Specialization courses in addition to their department required credit hours. For students who would obtain preschool special education certificate, they are required to take additional 30 credit hours from special education courses. Before taking those special educational courses, students should have completed 48 credit hours from the department of ECFE and kindergarten teacher certification. Besides this requirement, students must apply for and receive the department’s admission prior to select special education courses. 

4、   The department also offers courses related to “Educational Specialists in Family education” and “Practicum in Childhood Literatures.” Students require to take at least 20 credit hours to accomplish these two programs, the courses credits also count into their optional courses. Other related information state in the students’ degree handbook.

5、   Prior to graduation, students will have to take advance practicum courses from one of the areas of specialization. Required options are described as follow:

a.       Area of Curriculum and Teaching: Educational Practicum for Kindergarten Teaching (I) and (II) (Courses of Teacher Licensure Program)

b.      Area of Preschool Special Education: Practicum on Special Education (I) and (II) (prerequisite: Instructional Materials and Methods for Students with Disabilities (I) and (II) )

c.       Area of Industry and Service: Practicum of Children's Industry (prerequisite: Introduction and Practice of Culture Industry for Children)

d.      Area of Family and Child Care: Family Life Education Program Planning, Family Life Education Practice

iUndergraduate Course List

II. Master Program

The course structure of our master program are as following:

1. The required courses include three areas of studies:

1) Research Methods

2) History and Philosophy

3) Core Studies on Early Childhood Education

2. The elective courses include five areas of studies:

1) Young Children’s Development and Life

2) Administration and Policy of Early Childhood Education

3) Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction

4) Development and Career Plan of Early Childhood Educators

5) Family Education

A minimum of 33 credit hours is required for all master’s degree candidates. The overall credit hours includes 0 credit hour in thesis, 3 credit hours for required courses, 12 credit hours for required elective courses, and 18 credit hours for optional elective courses. Within elective courses, credit hours for elective courses provided from other department are limit to 9 credit hours. Credit hours taken from evening master program shall not exceed 4.

The following is the summary for master students regarding the limit of credit hours: (Note: the limit of credit hours per semester includes a maximum of 21 credit hours from Educational Curriculum Courses)

The first semester: 9 to 15 credit hours

The second semester: 9 to 15 credit hours

The third semester: 6 to 15 credit hours

The forth semester: 0 to 15 credit hours

iMaster program Course List

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