With a long history, Department of Pre-school Education under the School for Early-childhood Education, is one of the dominant and key departments in Nanjing Xiaozhuang University. It has been rated as “Key Department in the 12th Five Year Plan of Jiangsu Province”, “Comprehensive Reform Department” rated by Chinese Ministry of Education, “Special Department in Adult Higher Education in Jiangsu Province”, and “Key Discipline in Nanjing City” successively in recent years.
In 2014, with discussion and consultation made by Nanjing Municipal Party Committee and Municipal Government, Nanjing Higher Vocational School for Pre-school Education merged with Department of Pre-school Education in Xiaozhuang University, thus forming a new secondary school in Xiaozhuang University – the School for Pre-school Education (School for Early-childhood Education). It has more than 1,500 students and 70 teachers. This is a vibrant new school with a group of professional faculty, in which there is one “Famous Teaching Master in Jiangsu Province”, two experts in “333 High Level Talents Project”, two academic leaders in “Jiangsu Qing-lan Project”(Young Academic Leader Training Project), and three Outstanding Teachers in “Jiangsu Qing-lan Project”.
With the principal of “Teach-Learn-Do”, we emphasize on the training of professional capability of students. We have been awarded “Second Prize of National Higher Education Teaching Achievement Award”, “Grand Prize in Jiangsu Higher Education”, “Outstanding Kindergarten Teacher Training Program in Jiangsu Province”, “Key Project in Jiangsu Higher Education Reform” and six national projected teaching textbooks. Our school promotes the internationalization of talent training and establishes a joint talent training system with overseas high-level universities. We have cooperatively built talent training programs with universities in America, Australia, South Korea, etc. Every year, students (15 to 20) are selected to have a study and research overseas. In recent years, 11 students have been admitted as postgraduates by world-class universities as UCL, UBC, Monash University of Australia and Ewha Women’s University of South Korea.
Our students have achieved fruitful results. They won the Second Prize in “the 13th National College Students Challenge Cup”. In the series of “Jiangsu Teaching Basic Skills Contest”, we have won the First Prize for six times, the Second Prize for seventeen times, and the Third Prize for eight times. Besides, in the chorus and dance contests of “Jiangsu College Students Art Exhibition”, we have won the First Prize and Second Prize for many times. Over the years, our students have maintained a high passing rate in Nanjing public teachers’ examinations. Employment rate perennially remains at 100%. Our graduates are all over the major kindergartens in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province and China. Their professional quality and working ability have achieved a universal recognition and praise from employers and built a good reputation in the society.
In recent years, our school is focusing on the academic construction. We have carried on a variety of scientific projects, among which 25 of them have won funds from National Social Science Foundation of China, Humanities and Social Sciences Foundation under Chinese Ministry of Education, Social Sciences Foundation in Jiangsu Province, Education and Science Programming Foundation in Jiangsu Province and Jiangsu Higher Colleges Social Sciences Foundation. We have won the Outstanding Achievement Award in Higher Colleges Scientific Research (Humanities and Social Science), Outstanding Achievement Award in Jiangsu Philosophy and Social Science Research, Outstanding Achievement Award in Jiangsu Social Science Research and Application Project, Outstanding Achievement Award in Jiangsu Higher Colleges Philosophy and Social Science Research and two Outstanding Achievement Awards in Nanjing Philosophy and Social Science Research.
We inheritand develop the spirit of Xingzhi and pay close attention to people's livelihood in our actions. Doctor Shi Aihua founded the first research group to look into the problem of “Disadvantaged Children in Jiangsu Province”, and went down to the countryside to provide help for the children “left in the urban areas”. The group compiled original course resources “Inclusive Pre-school Education Readers” (volumes 1-6) for left-behind children. The group guided by Shi has now interviewed with more than 10,000 farmer-worker families, with more than 24,000 service hours and a 40,000-word research report. “Guangming Daily” reported this project with compliments, and called it the “Model” of “Education for Caring for Left-behind Children”.
Our school actively promotes the internationalization of talent training. We have established a joint talent training system with overseas high-level universities, from America, Australia, South Korea, Japan, etc. At present, we are cooperating with Woosong University of South Korea to hold undergraduate education programs of preschool education, and with the University of Delaware of the United States to hold graduate training programs. We introduce high-level curriculum teaching system, teaching philosophy and teaching materials, and aims to promote the internationalization of main courses.