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College of Human Science and Technology
Department of Early Childhood Caring and Education

 

Introduction


The Department of Early Childhood Caring and Education was established in 1996 as a two-year certificate program in junior college. At the beginning the name is "Department of Early childhood caring and Education, recruited two classes of two-year junior college program (daytime and night school).

In 2001 we set up an on-campus day-nursery affiliated with our department to provide students actual teaching experiences in open environment, and to increase the quality of preschools throughout Southern Taiwan.

In order to cultivate early childhood professionals to have more complete knowledge of early childhood education and humanities, our department was restructured to offer four-year undergraduate programs in 2002.

We also set up a Five-year program in junior college to meet the demands of younger labor in the child care service market.

At present there are about 400 students in all, twenty one classes (including Five-year junior college program ,two-year baccalaureate program 4,four-year baccalaureate program in daytime school and two-year baccalaureate program 2,four-year baccalaureate program in night school )

  • 1996, founded both day- and night-time programs for the two-year junior college degree 
  • 2000, founded the department of early childhood caring and education
  • 2001, started day and part-time programs for the two-year college degree, and founded the affiliated daycare center
  • 2002, started day and part-time programs for the four-year college degree
  • 2003, started the part-time two-year continuing education program
  • 2004,stopped the night-time two-year college program
  • 2007, stopped the part-time two-year continuing education program
  • 2012, founded the day-time five-year junior college program, and stopped the day-time two-year college program. The affiliated daycare center was renamed Affiliated Private Tainan Kindergarten of Chung Hwa University of Medical Technology.
  • 2014, Granted by the Department of Education, graduates in the day-time and part-times programs of four- and two-year colleges and five-year junior college will receive the qualification as kindergarten teachers.
  • 2015, stopped the day-time two-year college program
A scene in classes.

 

Educational Objectives and Curriculum

The goal of the department is to prepare modern professionals dedicated to early childhood services to be equipped with excellent expertise, humanism, social care, and motivation for lifelong learning.

Followings are the goals for each of our four- and two-year undergraduate programs, as well as the five-year junior college program:

  • Four-year college program:
    1. To prepare childhood providers from learn-and-practice
    2. To prepare professional kindergarten teachers
    3. To prepare high-quality after school care providers
    4. To prepare management professionals in the early caring and education industry
  • Two-year college program:
    1. To prepare childhood providers from learn-and-practice
    2. To prepare professional kindergarten teachers
    3. To prepare high-quality after school care providers
    4. To prepare management professionals in the early caring and education industry
  • Five-year junior college program:
    1. To prepare childhood providers from learn-and-practice
    2. To prepare professional kindergarten teachers
    3. To prepare high-quality after school care providers

The department offers both four-year and two-year college programs, and a five-year junior college program. To obtain a degree, according to related school and department policies, a student must complete all required courses and credits and achieve the minimum passing scores. In addition, there are two graduation requirements: university-wide threshold and department threshold.

The details for both the university-wide threshold and department threshold are as follows:

  • University-wide threshold

According to Chung Hwa University of Medical Technology’s policy on testing of students’ fundamental competencies, each student admitted after 2009 must pass all following competencies tests before graduation:

    1. Chinese proficiency test: Each student in four-and two-year college programs must pass the Chinese competency test before graduation (including common sense of Chinese culture, common sense of Chinese language, reading and writing abilities)
    2. English proficiency test: Each student in day-time programs (five-year junior program and four-year college program) must pass one of the following exams with respective minimum level or score before graduation: GEPT Elementary Level, GET Level A2, TOEFL with a score above 390, TOEIC with a score above 350, IELTS Level 3, CSEPT with a score above 170, and NETPAW Elementary Level. Those who fail the above will have to participate in the university’s English Proficiency Exam, and the combined exam scores with scores from the current semester’s English course will have to pass the minimum level. Otherwise, the student will be required to repeat this semester’s English courses.
    3. Service abilities test: Each student in day-time programs including four-year college, two-year college, five-year junior college and two-year junior college must complete required hours of volunteering or social service study before graduation.
    4. Computer skills test: Each student admitted after 2009 in day-time programs must pass the computer skills test before graduation. Any one of the following qualification will be deemed satisfactory for graduation: Level C Technician or above for Computer Software Application by Council of Labor Affairs, TQC R1 or above Level by Computer Skills Foundation, or the qualification obtained through the exam held by the university’s Computer and Network Center.
    5. Physical fitness competency test: Each new student admitted after 2009 in day time programs including four-year college and five-year junior college must complete the physical competency test by the end of the first semester. According to Taiwan Junior College Student Physical Fitness Standard, for the BMI (Body Mass Index) category, the score should be between 10% and 90%; for other categories, the scores should be 10% or above. Students who fail the test will receive additional trainings, and will be granted graduation until after the test is passed.
  • Department Threshold
    1. Professional license threshold: Under the policy of the university’s Student Professional License Testing and Advisory Guidelines, each student in day time four-year college program admitted after 2009 should receive at least two professional licenses adopted by the department before graduation. Students who fail to pass the department’s own tutorial courses by the end of the 7th semester must attend dedicated professional licenses training courses in the last semester. Only students who have passed the courses can obtain qualifications that meet the requirements of the professional license threshold.
    2. Professional capabilities test: According to the department policy, students should pass professional capabilities test of Infants Cardiac Life Support and Storytelling before graduation.

 

Faculty

There are fourteen full-time teachers in the Department, including three Associate Professors, eight Assistant Professor, four lecturers. Seventy five percent of the faculty received P.H.D. degree.  

All faculty member are accredited by the Ministry of Education to teach professional course in early childhood education.

 

Equipment and Facilities

To successfully complete the department’s mission, we are equipped with 9 professional classrooms, 1 multimedia center, 1 conference room, 1 theater space, a kindergarten, and 9 research rooms, with a total space of 4300 square meters.

All facilities are located in one building for the convenience of students and faculties.

Our department also has 4 testing facilities for child care provider related exams, completely renovated and certified in 2007.

 

The future Trends and Development (Vision and Mission)

According to world child care education and trend, along with goals set out by the ministry of education and our university motto, we set out 4 visions and 6 targets:

(一)4 Visions:

    1. Humanities:emphasis on elevation of self quality and social awareness and achieve lifelong learning. 
    2. Divsersification:our curriculum focuses on multi-learning and multi-development to prepare future professionals for their tasks. 
    3. Practicality:Our department thrives to connect and collaborate with industry to create projects and opportunities for students to obtain hands on experiences.
    4. Innovation: Our courses are continually updated and incorporate latest technology in education to prepare students for the industry challenges ahead.

(二)Six Targets:

    1. Refine base curriculum to nurture well-rounded professionals.Curriculum construction, execution, and updates should consider the need of society, characteristics of each individual student, suggestions from current students, alumni, industry, and experts. There are three modules in the curriculum: infant home care, kindergarten care, after-school care. Students can choose one to develop further specialized skills.
    2. Enhance professor qualifications for better teaching.Professor’s contract renewal is based on achieving department’s goal. Professor’s degree, research and further education are tightly linked to department’s plan and vision. Professors are highly encouraged to take advanced classes and training and also set out projects with government programs and industry firms.
    3. Have abundance of educational resources to ensure education quality.Department equipment purchase should align with curriculum need and to enhance learning experience. Modern digital technology should be incorporated to aid learning experience. Teaching methods and learning evaluation should vary based on individual student’s quality. All these to ensure students get the best out of the curriculum.
    4. Prioritize students obtaining industry-accepted licenses for better job placement.Curriculum should focus on delivering solid fundamental knowledge and real life application. Department works towards creating classes specifically for obtaining industry licenses to elevate student’s competitiveness.
    5. Team up with industry for more feedback.Increase cooperation with industry and explore new project ideas. Encourage students to participate to put knowledge into practice. Using the whole project experience as feedback to enhance curriculum development. At the same time, invite industry professionals to give guest lectures at school.
    6. Prioritize academic research. Dissemination of professional knowledge:Professors are encouraged to form social groups and to further explore academic research topics that are relevant to today’s trend, such as low birth rate. Continue organizing various seminars to share research results to wider audience, while forming stronger bond with industry and explore internship opportunity for students.

 

 

Course Description

The curriculum is designed according to the No.11 Rule of University Regulation. Each student should earn no less than 16 and no more than 25 credits in each semester during the first three years, and earn no less than 9 and no more than 25 credit in each semester in the fourth year.

The curriculum is divided into two main parts:
(1) Fundamentals
(2) Practice

Three modules:
(1) Infants caring module
(2) Kindergarten caring and education practice module
(3) After-school caring module

 

Employment Prospect and Outstanding Alumni

The job market has been stable for students in our department. The employment rate averaged around 90% for the academic year of 2011-2012. Among the outstanding alumni in the academic field, Jiahua Lin (admitted in 1997) serves at Private Dong Wu Senior Industrial Home Economics Vocational High School in Jiayi, and carries on our tradition of preparing teachers for early childhood caring.

In the professional field, we have alumni serving as principals of kindergartens and nursery schools, and even government officials.

Since 2011, impacted by the macro environment and a saturated domestic market, students start to seek jobs in Singapore, and currently we have 5 alumni working there. We also have a good track record in the government education and caring system.


Course

http://www.hwai.edu.tw/child/pub/LIT_8.asp

Contact Information

TEL:886-6-2671214 ext 900,901
FAX:886-6-2607516 Email:child@mail.cju.edu.tw
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