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Center for Teacher Education
Welcome to Center for Teacher Education
Introduction
History
 
To provide students interested in becoming educators opportunities to gain real-world teaching experience, in 1995 the University established a teacher education program and admitted the first class of students. In 1997, the Center for Teacher Education was formally established to administer the program. Each year, the teacher education program is made available to a total of 100 of the University’s undergraduate and graduate students. In 2000, the Center set up the Elementary School Education Program, with spaces available for 45 of the University’s students. The Center was commissioned by the Hsinchu City Government to offer the Training Program for prospective principals in Hsinchu City Elementary and Junior High Schools, in the 1998 and 2000 academic years, and the Post-Baccalaureate Secondary School Teacher (In-Service Training) Program during the 1999 academic year, through which a total of 78 substitute teachers successfully obtained teaching qualifications. During the 2000 academic year, the Center offered the Post-Baccalaureate Secondary School Teacher (Pre-Service) Accreditation Program, enrolling 90 students. On August 1, 2006 in accordance with legal regulations governing teacher education, the Center was renamed the Center for Teacher Education. In 2007, the teacher education program for elementary schools was ended.
 
Overview
 
The Center places great importance on incorporating real-world practices in all its tasks, whether teacher appointments, curriculum design, teaching materials research, or educational activities. It aims to draw on the University’s existing academic resources to nurture high-quality secondary school teachers with professional skills, the ability to thoroughly investigate Taiwan’s education problems, and a willingness to participate in educational reform. Besides providing University students with the opportunity to study education for credit, in order to obtain qualifications to serve as secondary school teachers, the Center also regularly holds education seminars and continuing education events for teachers, as well as various types of experiments in teaching. At present, students trained in the Center’s program have been well-received when screened by different schools, and graduates are employed as teachers at high schools, vocational schools, technical schools, and junior high schools throughout Taiwan. The Center’s instructors have conducted numerous research projects, and achieved outstanding academic results. The quality of the Center’s teaching, research, and services are well regarded by educators, and they have been recognized with a rating of excellent by the Ministry of Education. In the future, the Center will devote its efforts to organizing events that facilitate international academic exchanges and domestic education research, while continuing to contribute to education reform initiatives.
 
Teacher education objectives
 
A. Solid educational expertise and mastery of teaching techniques
B. Rich cultural and informational grounding
C. Broad educational perspectives and respect for diverse values
D. Ability to think critically and reflect on education issues
E. High level of social concern and passion for active engagement
 
Organizational structure
 
The Center for Teacher Education is headed by the chairperson, who guides overall development and supervises operational planning. The Center’s administrative operations use a committee system, with a curriculum committee, internship committee, student counseling committee, and recruitment committee to take charge of planning and handling curriculum, teaching internship, counseling, and recruitment matters. The main members of each committee are three of the Center’s full-time faculty members, with one of them serving as convener. An expense auditing committee comprising two faculty members oversees handling of the Center’s budget. The Center also holds the Center Meeting every month, with the Center’s chairperson and appointed faculty members the main participants. In addition, the Center’s Teacher Evaluation Meeting, which is attended by full-time and appointed faculty members at the associate professor level or higher, is used to handle promotions and new appointments.
 
Vision of future development
 
Refine teacher education
Broaden the educational perspectives of prospective teachers
Strengthen partnerships with nearby community educational institutions
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