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About Us

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Introduction

History

In August 1953, the Department of Human Development and Family Studies was founded under the name of Home Economics. It was later renamed the Department of Home Economics Education in 1966 with the goal of offering society numerous teachers in the field. In 1982, the Master’s degree program was set up, and the doctoral program was established afterwards in 1996. The undergraduate program is divided into three tracks, including Family Life Education, Early Childhood Development and Education, and Nutritional Science and Education. The graduate program also offers specializations in Family Life Education, Early Childhood Development and Education, and Nutritional Science and Education.
 

Features

From a life course perspective, our department examines every aspect of the quality of life. Our professional domains include Family Life Education, Early Childhood Development and Education, and Nutritional Science and Education. In order to respond to the urgent demands sought by the development of society, we actively cultivate talents in three career directions according to each professional domain, respectively: teaching, communication and promotion, and research and management.

Educational Goals

Undergraduate Programs

Family Life Education Program
1. Allow students to cultivate professional knowledge of and skill in diverse families and family life education.
2. Allow students to cultivate knowledge and skill while being ethical in implementing family life education among diverse populations.
3. Allow students to cultivate innovative ability and be able to conduct basic research on diverse families.
4. Allow students to develop better respect and care for diverse families.

Early Childhood Development and Education Program
1. Allow students to establish solid professional knowledge in the fields of family education and early childhood development and education.
2. Allow students to broaden and diversify their perspective and develop sensitivity toward children and families of diverse cultures.
3. Allow students to cultivate innovative ability and be able to conduct research on family and early childhood development and education.
4. Allow students to develop better professional ethics and enhanced skills in collaboration and interpersonal communication.

Nutritional Science and Education Program
1. Allow students to cultivate professional knowledge and skill in nutritional science.
2. Allow students to practice and promote clinical and community nutrition and food service management.
3. Allow students to develop better professional ethics in nutrition care.

Master/Ph.D. Programs

Family Life Education Program
1. Allow students to cultivate knowledge of and skill in family science research with diverse populations.
2. Allow students to cultivate abilities in promoting and managing related fields in family life education with diverse populations.
3. Allow students to cultivate research and innovative abilities.
4. Allow students to strengthen commitment to promoting family well-being.

Early Childhood Development and Education Program
1. Allow students to demonstrate extensive and comprehensive knowledge of child development and education, as well as of children and their family.
2. Allow students to broaden and diversify their perspective and develop sensitivity toward diverse cultures.
3. Allow students to strengthen their ability to engage in innovative research.
4. Allow students to bolster abilities in discerning current trends and providing leadership.
5. Allow students to cultivate professional and research ethics and foster skills in collaboration and interpersonal communication.

Nutritional Science and Education Program
1. Allow students to cultivate knowledge of and skill in nutritional science research.
2. Allow students to enhance their knowledge and skill in advanced-level nutrition practice.
3. Allow students to broaden and diversify their perspective and improve their leadership skills.
Department Objectives
1. To integrate academic research from each professional field in the department.
2. To develop theories, practical knowledge and policies that give consideration to both local and international characteristics.
3. To provide college graduates and full-time employees with on-the-job training; to promote diversity in job markets; and to cultivate talents in education, scholarship, administration and management.
4. To train teachers for departments related to family, early childhood education, and nutrition.

Curriculum

The undergraduate program requires the completion of a minimum of 128 credits to graduate, while a minimum of 30 credits is required to graduate for both the Master’s degree and doctoral programs. Those interested in becoming teachers at the secondary education level must register for the required classes in accordance with the guideline.

Course Curriculum for Undergraduate, Master’s Degree and Doctoral Program
Undergraduate Program
Academic Year
Required Common Courses (Credits)
Educational Program (Credits)
Required Credits for Each Department/Track
Elective Credits
Minimum Credits for Graduation is 128
(credits from minor study are not included)
Minimum Elective Credits for Each Department/Track
Elective Credits Allowed for Other Departments
102
Academic Year 2013
Educational Program (Yes)
28
26
Family Life Education: 39
Early Childhood Development and Education: 44 Nutritional Science and Education: 50
Family Life Education: 36
Early Childhood Development and Education: 30
Nutritional Science and Education: 25
Family Life Education: 25
Early Childhood Development and Education: 26
Nutritional Science and Education: 25
154
Educational Program (No)
28
0
Family Life Education: 39
Early Childhood Development and Education: 44 Nutritional Science and Education: 50
Family Life Education: 36
Early Childhood Development and Education: 30 Nutritional Science and Education: 25
Family Life Education: 25
Early Childhood Development and Education: 26
Nutritional Science and Education: 25
128
After 103 Academic Year 2014
Educational Program (Yes)
28
26
Family Life Education: 39
Early Childhood Development and Education: 47 Nutritional Science and Education: 50
Family Life Education: 36
Early Childhood Development and Education: 27 Nutritional Science and Education: 25
Family Life Education: 25
Early Childhood Development and Education: 26
Nutritional Science and Education: 25
154
Educational Program (No)
28
0
Family Life Education: 39
Early Childhood Development and Education: 47
Nutritional Science and Education: 50
Family Life Education: 36
Early Childhood Development and Education: 27 Nutritional Science and Education: 25
Family Life Education: 25
Early Childhood Development and Education: 26
Nutritional Science and Education: 25
128

Master’s Degree and Doctoral Program

1. Master’s degree program: To receive a master’s degree, a student must earn a minimum of 30 credits and complete a Master’s thesis. Besides the required courses for each track, at least three-fourths of the elective credits must be chosen from the approved courses offered by other tracks in the department while fulfilling course requirements.
2. Doctoral program: Students must earn a minimum of 30 credits and fulfill the requirements of each track.

Program
 
Track/Type of Course
Course Requirements for Master’s Degree Program
Course Requirements for Doctoral Program
Family Life Education
Basic Courses
Research Method
At least 3 credits
At least 3 credits
Thesis and Discussion
4 credits
4 credits
Developmental Courses
Family
At least 3 courses
At least 3 courses
Education, Promotion and Communication
At least 3 courses
At least 3 courses
Early Childhood Development and Education
Basic Courses
Research Method
At least 3 credits
At least 3 credits
Thesis and Discussion
4 credits
4 credits
Developmental Courses
Child Development
At least 1 course
At least 3 courses offered by the major
At least 1 course offered by other departments
Courses and Teaching
At least 1 course
Administration, Family, Society
At least 1 course
Nutritional Science and Education
Basic Courses
Research Method
At least 2 courses
At least 3 credits
Thesis and Discussion
4 credits
4 credits
Developmental Courses
Basic Nutrition
At least 2 courses
At least 4 courses
Applied Nutrition
At least 2 courses
 
Faculty
Our department currently has 21 full-time faculty members, with Family Life Education, Early Childhood Development and Education and Nutritional Science and Education each having 7 members.

Family Life Education

Name
Highest Level of Education
Expertise
Primary Course Subjects
Ph.D. Philosophy, Southern Illinois University
Home economics education, family education, parent education, children’s literature
Studies in Family Life Education and Communication, Studies in Professional Development of Family Life Education, Studies in Family Life Education in School System, Studies in Family Life Educational Philosophy, Studies in Children Literature
Ph.D. Agriculture, National Taiwan University
Intergenerational relationships, the elderly and the family, marriage education, program design for Family Life Education
Family Development, Program Design of Family Life Education, Studies in Family Development, Studies in Marriage
Ph.D. Agriculture, National Taiwan University
Gender education, family education, home economics education, adult education
Introduction to Home Economics, Adult Education, Gender Education, Human Resource Management, Studies in Gender and Family
Ph.D. Philosophy, Pennsylvania State University
Family education, work and family, family theory, research methods
Research Method, Introduction to Family Life Education, Family Theories, Special Topics in Family Issues, Studies in Family Stress, Family Research Design
Ph.D. Philosophy, National Taiwan Normal University
Home economics education, family resources and management, parent education
Interpersonal Relationship, Consumer Behavior and Education, Creative Life Design, Family Resources and Management, Parent Education, Research Method
Ph.D. in Philosophy, University at Buffalo, the State University of New York
Sociology of family, adolescence research, social psychology
Sociology of Family, Community and Family, The Elderly and Family, Social Psychology, Studies in Teenager and Family
Ph.D. Philosophy, Iowa State University
Clothing apparel culture, consumer culture
Textiles and Clothing, Clothing Structure and Manufacturing, Fabric Science, Merchandise Planning, Social Science Research Method

Early Childhood Development and Education

Name
Highest Level of Education
Expertise
Primary Course Subjects
Ph.D. Education, Harvard University
Language acquisition, literacy development in young children, child development
Studies in Language Development in Infancy and Early Childhood, Studies in Literacy in Infancy and Early Childhood, Studies in Reading and Writing of Young Children
Ph.D. Philosophy, Ohio State University
Early childhood development, curriculum and teaching in early childhood education
Curriculum of Early Childhood Education, Studies in Psychology and Behavior of Play of Infancy and Early Childhood, Studies in Cognitive Development in Infancy and Early Childhood, Studies in History and Philosophy of Early Childhood Education
Ph.D. Philosophy, University of Bonn
Early childhood education, family education, parent education
Parent Education, Studies in Sociology of Childhood, Philosophy of Early Childhood Education, Physical Fitness and Play of Infancy and Early Childhood, Studies in Sociology of Early Childhood Education
Ph.D. Education, University of Michigan
Early childhood education assessment, early childhood education administration, early childhood education research methods, early childhood education curriculum
Development and Learning Assessment of Infancy and Early Childhood, Studies in Young Children and Family, Research Design for Studies in Children, Administration in Early Childhood Education, Practicum in Early Childhood Education
Ph.D. Philosophy, Iowa State University
Early childhood education, child development, consumer education
Human Development, Introduction to Early Childhood Education, Studies in Development of Social Perception in Infancy and Early Childhood, Health and Safety in Infancy and Early Childhood, Social and Personality Development in Infancy and Early Childhood, Studies in Social and Personality Development in Infancy and Early Childhood
Ph.D. Education, Boston University
Early literacy development, early childhood education in diverse cultures, cross-culture children development
Multicultural Early Childhood Education, Teaching Material and Methods of Early Childhood Education, Cross-Cultural Studies in Child Development, Studies in Multicultural Early Childhood Education, Special Topics on Multicultural Early Childhood Education
Ph.D. Psychology, University of York
Cognitive development, word acquisition, bilingual development
Principles of Child Guidance, Bilingual Education in Infancy and Early Childhood, Observation and Practicum in Early Childhood Education

Nutritional Science and Education

Name
Highest Level of Education
Expertise
Primary Course Subjects
Ph.D. in Philosophy, Rutgers University
Nutritional science, exercise nutrition, nutritional biochemistry, geriatric nutrition
Nutritional Science and Experiment, Nutritional Biochemistry (I), Nutritional Biochemistry (II), Studies in Geriatric Nutrition, Exercise and Nutrition, Nutrition for Life Cycles, Studies in Exercise Nutrition
Ph.D. Philosophy, Tufts University
Nutritional epidemiology, food composition database, dietary assessment methodology, public health and international nutrition research
Community Nutrition, Methodology for Dietary Survey, Dietary Plan and Experiment, Nutrition Counseling and Education, Special Topic Discussion on Nutrition (I)
Ph.D. Philosophy, National Taiwan University
Biochemistry, lipid metabolism, food and nutrition, dietary therapy, functional foods research
Dietary Therapy and Experiment (I), Nutrition Assessment, Introduction to Nutritional Science
Ph.D. Philosophy, Cornell University
Anti-tumor mechanism of natural compounds, signaling transduction, cell and molecular biology, immunology
Nutritional Science, Nutritional Physiology and Biochemistry, Molecular Nutrition
Ph.D. in Physiology, National Taiwan University
Biochemistry, molecular biology, functional foods research, nutrition and immunity
Food Science and Laboratory, Food Sanitation and Safety, Introduction to Food Science
Ph.D. Physiology, National Taiwan University
Functional foods assessment, diabetes and metabolism, nutrition, metabolism and dementia
Food Culture, Principles of Food Preparation and Food Preparation, Studies in Therapeutic Nutrition, Group Meal Preparation and Management
Ph.D. Physiology, National Taiwan University
Nutrition biochemistry, nutrition and immunology, nutrition and cancer
Nutrition Education, Design for Nutrition Research, Special Topics in Nutrition and Immunology, Basic Practice in Nutrition,, Nutrition and Immunology, Studies in Infant and Children's Nutrition and Diet
 
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