To align with the government's policy of promoting English education in elementary schools and respond to the public's call for cultivating excellent English teachers for young learners, our university (formerly known as the National Taipei Teachers College) established the "Graduate Institute of Children English Education" in the academic year 1998-1999, which was approved by the Ministry of Education. Subsequently, in the academic year 1999-2000, we officially started admitting students to the institute.
In the following year (the academic year 2000-2001), to build a high-quality and stable teacher training force, we were authorized to establish the "Department of Children English Education," becoming the first institution in the country dedicated to training professionals in "Teaching English to Young Learners" and "Academic Research in the field of Children English." Since then, our department's faculty and students have been devoted to English education and research in Taiwan, while continuously providing professional advice and services to government and educational institutions.
In August of 2005, in response to the university's name change to "National Taipei University of Education" and the policy of integrating departments, the original "Graduate Institute of Children English Education" was renamed as the "Master's Program in Children English Education." Later, due to the expansion of research topics within the department, in the academic year 2019-2010, the "Master's Program in Children English Education" was renamed once again as the "Master's Program in English Education at the Department of Children English Education" to align with the academic research development of the department.
Furthermore, to align with the Ministry of Education's initiative for in-service teachers' continuing education, we began offering a summer master's program from the academic year 2000-2001 to the academic year 2004-2005, welcoming in-service elementary and kindergarten teachers to participate in related professional courses with the aim of enhancing their teaching abilities and stimulating their research potential. Subsequently, considering the needs regarding the length of study and class schedules for in-service teachers, in the academic year 2005-2006, the summer master's program was renamed as the "Master's Program in Teaching English to Children (Evening Program)," with classes held during evenings and Saturdays, still catering to in-service elementary and kindergarten teachers. Additionally, to provide opportunities for individuals working in private or government organizations to pursue further studies, in the academic year 2009-2010, we established the "In-service Master's Program in English Education (Evening Program) at the Department of Children English Education" to admit professionals from the community, offering high-quality courses to enhance their teaching and research capabilities.
The following table provides an overview of the historical development and administrative changes in our department: