The Department of Special Education at Chung Yuan Christian University was established in 1997. The master’s program was launched in 2006. The department aims to produce excellent special education teachers and researchers who are dedicated, innovative, possess adequate professional knowledge, and have an international perspective. The department also established the Special Education Center as well as the Early Intervention Center to provide social services for people in the local community. The Special Education Center was founded in 1997. It has been providing in-service training for teachers, offering assistance in student assessment and placement at schools, providing consultations through hot lines for the general public, and publishing newsletters to disseminate knowledge of special education. The Early Intervention Center was founded in 2004. It provides consultation services for families of young children with special needs. The Early Intervention Center also conducts research on early intervention and related fields by actively collaborating with local hospitals and institutes.
The curriculum of the Department of Special Education was designed to prepare students to be competent and professional special education administrators and teachers. The main emphasis is on preschool, elementary, and secondary education. The undergraduate program provides five sub-fields: education for mild disabilities, multiple and severe disabilities, emotional and behavioral disorders, early childhood, and giftedness.
The master’s program is designed to increase students’ knowledge, refine their teaching strategies, and develop their research abilities. The program especially focuses on the intervention and research for young children and students with emotional and behavioral disorders. The master’s program curriculum contains research method courses, core courses, specialized courses, and a thesis requirement. The master’s degree is awarded to graduate students who have earned a minimum of 30 credits with the completion of a thesis.