Ya-Fang Cheng


Assistant Professor, Education & Leadership

| chengy@wou.edu

Why I chose WOU

WOU has outstanding faculty and staff who promote quality and equitable early childhood education and teacher education. WOU creates strong and supportive learning communities where I enjoy learning together with students and everyone at WOU.

At WOU since


Fun fact

I have a cat named Sweet Potato.


Taipei, Taiwan

Course schedule

Fall 2022
10040 ED443 SUPPORTING LANG, LIT & CULTURE S 1300-1550 RWEC 105
11287 ED422 CLINICAL EXP-1 EC STUDIES INTR S 1200-1250 RWEC 105
11286 ED422 CLINICAL EXP-1 EC STUDIES S 1200-1250 RWEC 105


Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, Early Childhood Education and Early Literacy focus, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI   

M.S. in Early Childhood Education, National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan   

B.S. in Early Childhood Education, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan   


Teaching focus

Early Childhood Education, Early Literacy 


Research areas

Early Literacy; Professional Identity And Development; Teacher Education; Teacher Beliefs; Early Learning Standards; Online Learning; Equity; Program Quality, Teaching Quality     


2020- Present 

Project: Building Equity in Online Learning in Educator Preparation Courses

Project: Syllabus as a tool toward an equitable and inclusive teacher education

Western Oregon University, Monmouth, OR


Project: Wisconsin Model of Early Learning Standards (WMELS)--Revision and Teacher Training

Project: Four-year-old Kindergarten Community Approaches History Project

Wisconsin Collaborative Education Research Network Fellow

UW-Madison, Madison, WI & Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction & Waisman Center, Madison, WI 


Project: Dual Language Learners in the Preschool Classrooms

Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA), UW-Madison, Madison, WI


Grants and funding

2020  Western Oregon University Foundation Competitive Grants Program ($1000), Western Oregon University 

2020   Faculty Development Funds: Research ($3500), Western Oregon University                     

2019   Faculty Development Funds: Professional Travel to Conference: Serving in Official Capacity ($1200), Western Oregon University     


Professional experience

2018-2019  Assistant Professor, Education Department, Marian University, Fond du Lac, WI

2017-2018  Instructor, Department of Curriculum and Instructor, UW-Madison, Madison, WI 

2015-2018  Graduate Student Consultant/Portfolio Project Liaison/edTPA consultant, Professional Identity Development Office, Teacher Education Center, UW-Madison, Madison, WI 

2010-2015  Mandarin Language Teacher, Madison Chinese School, Madison, WI    

2013-2014  Preschool Assistant Director and Preschool Teacher,  Einstein Preschool-American Chinese School, Madison, WI


Undergraduate courses taught

ED 220 Introduction to Early Childhood Education

ED 224 Creative Arts in Early Childhood Settings

ED 232 Health & Safety Practices for the Early Childhood Environment

ED 345 Designing Early Childhood Environments

ED 369 Critical Issues in Early Childhood

ED 443 Supporting Language, Literacy & Culture

ED 448 Curriculum in Early Childhood Education (birth-4th grade)

ED 485 Contemporary Development in ECE Leadership


Publications and Presentations

Cheng, Y.-F. (2020, February 7). What is in your syllabus? Negotiating course structure and policies, teacher education instructors’ beliefs, and teacher candidates’ diverse needs [Roundtable session]. Oregon Association of Teacher Educators (ORATE) 23rd Annual Conference, Monmouth, OR.

Cheng, Y.-F. (2019, December 5). Early Childhood Teachers' Literacy Beliefs of Literacy Learning Standards: Multidimensional Scaling [Conference session]. 69th Literacy Research Association (LRA) Annual Conference, Tampa, FL.                             

Cheng, Y.-F. (2019, November 4). Implementing literacy learning standards: Program factors' influences on early childhood teachers' development of profession capital [Conference session]. 27th International RECE (Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education) Conference, Las Cruces, NM.

Cheng, Y.-F. & Ramberg, E. (2019, February 24). Supervisor constructions of feedback for preservice teacher lesson plans: Reflections on social justice and teacher educator Professional Growth [Roundtable session]. Paper presented at American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) 71st Annual Meeting, Louisville, KY.

Cheng, Y.-F. (2017, December 1). Early literacy learning standards: A survey study of teachers' perspectives and classroom instruction [Roundtable session]. 67th Literacy Research Association (LRA) Annual Conference, Tampa, FL.

Cheng, Y.-F. (2017, November 16). Early childhood educators' professional capital and implementation of learning standards: Literacy Beliefs and challenges in classroom practices [Conference session]. 2017 National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Cheng, Y.-F. & Hsu, L.-A. (2017, November 17). The image of the child among early childhood educators in China and its relation to teaching practices [Poster presentation]. 2017 National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.

Meng, C., & Cheng, Y.-F. (2016, July 11). Parent language skills, hyperactivity, and literacy skills: Child gender differences [Poster presentation]. The Administration for Children and Families' (ACF) National Research Conference on Early Childhood (NRCEC), Washington, DC.Meng, C. & Cheng, Y.-F. (2017). A dyadic analysis of Head Start parents’ depressive symptoms and parent involvement: sense of mastery as a mediator. Early Child Development and Care, 187(11), 1718-1731.

Compton-Lilly, C., Zamzow, L., Cheng, Y.-F., Yu, M., Durón, A., Goralski-Cumbajin, B., Hagerman, D., and Quast, E. (2015). Qualitative research: An introduction to methods and designs. Educational Action Research, 23(1), 116-120.

Meng, C., & Cheng, Y.-F. (2016, July). Effects of social-behavioral skills and parents’ language skills on Spanish dual language learners’ literacy skills [Poster presentation]. The Society for the Scientific Study of Reading, Porto, Portugal. 

Cheng, Y.-F. (2016, May 15). Wisconsin early childhood educators’ perspectives on and classroom implementation of literacy learning standards: Initial results [Conference session]. Paper presented at 2016 Century Forum and the International Symposium on Early Childhood Education. Symposium conducted at the meeting of 2016 Annual Academic Conference, Taipei, Taiwan.

Cheng, Y.-F. & Meng, C. (2016, April 12). A dyadic analysis of Head Start parent involvement: Sense of mastery as a mediator [Roundtable session]. 2016 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.

Cheng, Y.-F. & Kim, J. (2016, February 7). Autoethnographic research for improving at-risk students’ literacy skills: The professional development of two Asian teachers through a teacher learning community [Conference session]. NCTEAR (National Council of Teachers of English, the Assembly for Research) conference, Ypsilanti, MI.

Cheng, Y.-F. & Tu, I.-J. (2015, April 17). Anything wrong? Anything missing? An analysis of Common Core State Standards for kindergarten in early literacy using the lens of developmentally appropriate practice [Roundtable session]. 2015 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.

Cheng, Y.-F., Hsu, L.-A., & Quast, E. (2014, June 9). Improving school readiness: Research on using standards-based assessment in preschool classrooms [Conference session]. 2014 National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Professional Development, Minneapolis, MN.


Professional memberships

Literacy Research Association (LRA)                                                   

International Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education (RECE)

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)

Oregon Association for the Education of Young Children (ORAEYC)

American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)

American Educational Research Association (AERA)  

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