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Faculty of Education (Undergraduate)

 

Training Division for Elementary School Teachers

 
In the information age, a time of rapid change, the role of education in elementary school is becoming more and more important. The Training Division for Elementary School Teachers is designed to prepare students for teaching all the subjects in elementary school and responding effectively to the complex challenges of today’s school classrooms. Our division seeks applicants who have interest and wide-ranging basic academic ability in elementary school education, and are eager for independent solution of problems and cooperative realization of goals.The division consists of 12 subdivisions for specialized subjects. Students enroll in one of the subdivisions. 
  • Japanese Language
  • Social Studies
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Music
  • Drawing and Handicraft
  • Physical Education
  • Home Economics
  • Educational Science
  • Educational Psychology
  • Craft and Technology
  • English
 

Training Division for Junior High School Teachers

 
The Training Division for Junior High School Teachers comprises thirteen fields, as listed below.Training teaching specialists in the respective fields is the main purpose of this division.On graduation, all students will be awarded a junior-high school teacher's certificate attributed to their majoring fields as primary certification. In addition, they are obliged to study one of the other fields to obtain the certification as a secondary license. Therefore, the graduates have two kinds of teacher’s licenses on their working schools. This is a particular characteristic of this division's system.
  • Japanese Language Education
  • Social Studies Education
  • Mathematics Education
  • Science Education
  • Music Education
  • Figurative Arts Education
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Technology Education
  • Home Economics Education
  • English Education
  • Educational Science                     (No more applications accepted)
  • Educational Psychology                (No more applications accepted)
  • Information Technology Education  (No more applications accepted)
 

Training Division for the Education of Children with Special Needs

 
This division is mainly for students who want to become teachers in special schools, special classes, or resource units for children with mental and other developmental disabilities. We also provide a training course for mainstream class teachers. In these courses, students take lessons mainly concerning psychology, education, instructional methods for teaching children with disabilities and various teaching programs. In this division, it is important to understand the psychology and practical teaching programs concerning children with handicaps, and to become aware of the educational system and services.

Each year we accept twenty undergraduate students. Five distinguished professors give lectures and seminars in various areas of special education. Most of our students have mainly focused their research on the experimental, practical and clinical study of children with developmental disabilities. When students complete their studies, they can apply for either of two professional qualifications. One is the teaching qualification to be a teacher at special schools, and the other is to be a teacher at mainstream primary or junior high schools.

Many graduates became teachers at special schools.Some became care officers in educational or welfare facilities for people with handicaps, while others enter graduate school.
 

Training Division for Kindergarten Teachers

 
Early childhood education emphasizes the following 3 areas; revealing how young children (primarily 3-5 years) develop physically, cognitively, socially, and emotionally in varied environments; developing curricula and teaching methods which will help children's optimal development; and research into the effects of education. Because the quality of a child's experience at school is dependent on the quality of teachers, the issue of teacher training is vital in this field.

Students who graduate from this division are granted the professional qualifications necessary to become kindergarten teachers. They can also acquire the level one teaching certificate to become elementary school teachers by gaining credits in several additional subjects. The academic staff consists of five professors for the 20 students in each grade. Many part-time lecturers, who are experts in varied areas (e.g., writers in juvenile literature), also provide a variety of lectures, seminars and practical knowledge.

Students are expected to acquire not only practical but also widely applicable knowledge.They are also expected to be able to relate theories to practice.
 

Training Division for School Health Nursing (Yogo) Teachers

 
The main areas of this division are the theories and practices of health sciences, and school medicine & nursing education. The aim is to enhance school health nursing (yogo) teachers activities and to equip school health nursing (yogo) teachers with the ability to solve comprehensive school health problems.

Health assessment, health promotion, health counseling, related cognitive & behavioral sciences as well as pediatrics, psychiatry and other related clinical & fundamental medical issues are all introduced in this program.

This course was introduced into the Faculty of Education in 1976. The number of students in each year is 35, with 140 in total. Certification necessary to become school health nursing (yogo) teachers at junior and senior high schools is awarded upon completion of the course. Most graduates work as school health nursing (yogo) teachers.
 

Training Division for Sports Sciences  (No more applications accepted)

 
The Department of Sports Sciences focuses on the interdisciplinary study of the human body, society and sports.The following three areas of study are offered in order to train sports instructors, coaches and research scholars: 1) Human Body and Exercise 2) Theory and Methodology in Coaching 3) Sports Management and Sociology.
 

Training Division for Lifelong Education  (No more applications accepted)

 
This division started in 1999 and currently has seven full-time faculty members (who specialize in methodology of education, adult education, sociology of education, youth work, gender, philosophy, arts, and so on), and about 90 undergraduate students.
Lifelong Education majors explore and learn about cultural, regional and social development of people and their community by engaging in a wide range of field experiences (field surveys, research and training) as well as attending lectures and seminars.

The division offers certified qualification as a Social Education Director and a museum curator to individuals who complete the required course work and an internship.
Though the division does not focus on training teachers, individuals who complete the required coursework and internship are eligible to apply for first or second class certification to teach social studies in junior high schools and/or geography, history and civics in high schools.