About Us

The College of Education was established on June 5, 1955, the same year that the Provincial Taiwan Normal College became what is currently the National Taiwan Normal University. The College of Education initially had five core departments: Education, Social Education, Physical and Health Education, Home Economics Education, and Industrial Education. Today it has seven departments, all of which have graduate schools offering Master’s and PhD degrees. It has also continuing education Master’s program.

The College of Education at National Taiwan Normal University, being the oldest national education institute in the country, is exceptional in size, faculty and student performance. Many of our alumni are contributing to a better learning environment in Taiwan, whether as officials in governmental agencies, presidents at universities, academic researchers in the field of education, or teachers in both the public education system and private institutes. In addition, the college has earned an international reputation in academic research by issuing four journals listed in the Taiwan Social Sciences Citation Index (TSSCI). The College of Education ranked in the top 22 institutions of its kind in 2015, according to the QS World University Rankings, beating out all other education universities in Asia.

Vision and Mission

We spare no effort in improving the country’s educational policy and administration, nurturing academic researchers, and training teachers for middle and high schools. The college has pioneered the idea of education reform and emphasizes the importance of administration management. It has also promoted education in ethics, health and parenting; created a digital learning environment and a distant learning platform; and supported continuing education and special education. The aims of the College of Education are as follows:
  1. Nurture academic researchers in the study of education
  2. Train outstanding teachers for middle and high schools
  3. Nurture talents in the social, educational and cultural spheres
  4. Emphasize education, training and development in both the public and private sectors
In order to train well-rounded educators, we offer courses that cultivate general skills and professional competencies. We focus on honing four general skills – language ability, cultural awareness, technology competency and knowledge of the arts. In addition, we emphasize critical thinking, ethics, communication, innovation, and the integration and application of ideas. Professional competency implies not only acquiring knowledge and vocational skills, but also embracing and appreciating differences, staying motivated, and caring for fellow members of our society.

I. Excellent Performance in Teaching and Research

The College of Education has an outstanding and diversified faculty. As the leading education college in Taiwan, we have collaborated on many research projects with the National Science Council and other governmental agencies. The instructional practices of the college are not only valued by our students but are also recognized by the academic community and governmental agencies such as the National Science Council and the Ministry of Education.

II. The Ideal Learning Environment for Career Development

All departments in the college have passed the government supervised higher education evaluation. A survey also shows that many of our first-year graduates find the skills learned at school applicable to their jobs, evidence that the College of Education is the ideal learning environment for career development.

III. International Opportunities in Courses and Research

Going international has been a major focus of the college. We have international exchange programs with many prestigious universities worldwide. Our departments stay closely connected to the international academic community by sending delegates to participate in seminars, joining international academic societies, and forming research teams with scholars from abroad. We have recently started offering distance learning programs, dual degree programs with universities from abroad, and intensive classes in overseas institutions during the summer and winter breaks. The students and faculty have much greater access to international opportunities thanks to these programs.

IV. Academic Journals as Platforms for Interdisciplinary Dialogue

The journals published by the college, which serve as platforms for scholars and researchers to exchange ideas, are all either listed in the Taiwan Social Sciences Citation Index (TSSCI) or ranked as first and second tier journals. We are also applying to be incorporated in the Scopus and SSCI databases so that our research can be seen on the international stage, and education in Taiwan can be better understood worldwide.
Future Developments
Technology and economic developments pose great challenges to educational systems around the world. The ways students learn are changing and, as educators, we need to reconsider the functions and roles of education in this new millennium. Bearing these considerations in mind, we are devoting ourselves to promoting innovative research in education, training researchers and educators, and improving the quality of education. The prospects of the college are as follows:

I. Increase the Effectiveness of Learning and Train Future Leaders

To prepare students for the job market, we not only cultivate professional skills, but also make great efforts in shaping their personalities, teaching them to be responsible, and emphasizing the importance of teamwork and helping others. The college is planning a series of integrated courses that provide students the opportunity to learn hands-on and work together in teams, with the goal of ultimately training future leaders. Knowing that learning is not limited to academic settings, we hope that our students will seek life-long learning opportunities in their careers as well.

II. Apply Research to Real-World Situations

It is essential that a university give back to its community. By means of agenda setting, the college constantly re-examines its educational policies, so as to identify problems and arrive at solutions that will bring changes and benefits to society. Furthermore, we encourage our students to pay attention to social issues, develop their analytical abilities and critical thinking skills, and solve complex problems on their own.

III. Provide Innovative Instructional Practices

Thanks to technology, knowledge is no longer the exclusive province of a small minority. We live in an era in which all who are eager to learn can benefit from various media. The College of Education aims to provide a platform for all walks of life to communicate and learn. In addition, we hope to improve teaching methods and grading criteria; work with the Center for Teaching and Learning Development to train TAs; and create a sustainable learning environment.

IV. Enhance Interdisciplinary Communications and Competitiveness

The problems stemming from increasingly complex social structures can only be solved by academic cooperation between disciplines and countries. Interdisciplinary and international cooperation generates insights from different perspectives. In order to gain more international prominence, departments within the college are encouraged to come up with integrated programs, facilitate cross-departmental dialogues, and sign exchange agreements with universities around the world.


Taiwan Provincial University of Education period (June 1955 - June 1967)
  1. Department of Education (1946)
  2. Department of Adult and Continuing Education (1955)
  3. Department of Industrial Education (1955)
  4. Department of Physical Education and Health (1955)
  5. Department of Physical Education (1958)
  6. Department of Health Education (1958)
  7. Department of Home Economics (1955)

Graduate Institutes
  1. Graduate Institute of Education (1955)
Natioanl Taiwan Normal University period (July 1967 - 1993)


  1. Department of Education
  2. Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling (1968)
  3. Department of Adult and Continuing Education
  4. Department of Industrial Education
  5. Department of Physical Education
  6. Department of Health Education
  7. Department of Home Economics
  8. Department of Civic and Moral Education (1968)
  9. Department of Information and Computer Education (1985)
  10. Department of Special Education (1990)

Graduate Institutes

  1. Graduate Institute of the Three Principles of the People(1968)
  2. Graduate Institute of Physical Education(1970)
  3. Graduate Institute of Industrial Education(1976)
  4. Graduate Institute of Counseling(1979)
  5. Graduate Institute of Home Economics(1982)
  6. Graduate Institute of Adult and Continuing Education(1985)
  7. Graduate Institute of Special Education(1986)
  8. Graduate Institute of Civic and Moral Education(1990)
  9. Graduate Institute of Information and Computer Education(1991)
Transformation into a comprehensive university period (from 1994 onward)


  1. Department of Education
  2. Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling
  3. Department of Adult and Continuing Education
  4. Department of Health Promotion and Health Education (2007) – formerly Department of Health Education
  5. Department of Human Development and Family Studies (2002) – formerly Department of Home Economics
  6. Department of Civic Education and Leadership (2002) – formerly Department of Civic and Moral Education
  7. Department of Special Education
  8. Department of Industrial Education – transferred to the College of Technology in 1998
  9. Department of Physical Education – transferred to the College of Sports and Recreations in 2001
  10. Department of Graphics Art Communication Technology (1996) – transferred to the College of Technology in 1998

Graduate Institutes

  1. Graduate Institute of Mass Communication (1997) – transferred to the College of Social Sciences in 2009
  2. Graduate Institute of Information and Computer Education
  3. Graduate Institute of Sports and Leisure Management (1999) – transferred to the College of Sports and Recreations in 2001
  4. Graduate Institute of Library and Information Studies (2002)
  5. Graduate Institute of Educational Policy and Administration (2003)
  6. Graduate Institute of Political Science (2003) – formerly Graduate Institute of the Three Principles of the People; transferred to the College of Social Sciences in 2009
  7. Graduate Institute of Counseling Rehabilitation (2004)
  8. Graduate Institute of Social Work (2005) – transferred to the College of Social Sciences in 2009
  9. Graduate Institute of Hospitality Management (2008) – transferred to the College of Management in 2010
  10. Graduate Institute of Curriculum and Instruction (2010)


There are around 160 full-time faculty and 3500 students in the seven departments (all of them offer undergraduate, Master's and doctoral programs) and five graduate institutes in the College of Education. As one of the largest and most established national education institutes in Taiwan, the College of Education boasts its excellence in terms of academic performances and social contributions made by its faculty, students, and alumnus.

Emeritus Faculty
2013 COE Faculty Statistics
2013 COE Student Statistics (*including students enrolled in the In-service Master Programs)

Faculty and Academic Staff

There are up to 161 faculty members in the college of Education. The quality of faculty, the academic performance and the contribution and influence to the society are all top-ranked in Taiwan.

Professor Emeritus

Statistics (total number of professors in 2015, College of Education)


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