The Department of Human Development & Family Studies, formerly the Department of Home Economics Education, was founded in 1953 with the objective of training secondary school teachers. The Master and Doctoral Programs were established in 1982 and 1996 respectively. The Undergraduate, Master and Doctoral Programs all encompass two major fields-- Family Life Education, Early Childhood Development & Education.



The focus of our department is to explore the quality of human life in life course perspective. Professional domains include Family Life Education & Early Childhood Development and Education. In an effort to meet urgent societal development needs, our department offers three career tracks for each professional domain: teaching, research, extension & management.

Instructional Objectives

1. To integrate academic research from each professional field in the department.
2. To promote theories, practical knowledge and policies with international and local perspectives.
3. To provide college graduates and full-time employees with on-the-job training; to promote diversity in job market; and to cultivate talents in education, scholarship, administration and management.
4. To bring up teachers of college for the departments of family, early childhood education.


The Undergraduate Program requires the completion of a minimum of 128 credits of study. The Master’s Degree Program requires the completion of a minimum of 30 credits of study. The Doctoral Program requires the completion of a minimum of 30 credits of study.

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