Faculty of Education
The Faculty of Education consists of four main programs (Teacher Training, Information Technology, Continuing Education, and Human Development) and the Postgraduate Program in Special Education. The Faculty also has one attached facility called the Integrated Center for Educational Research and Practice and four attached schools (Elementary School, Junior High School, School for Children with Special Needs, and Kindergarten).
- Teacher Training
- Human Development
Program in Teacher Training
The basic objective of this program is educating prospective teachers who will gain a deep knowledge of compulsory education, primary and junior high school education, and have practical teaching ability to keep positively abreast of the rapid changes of society. The students in this program are required to study and acquire the extensive knowledge and skills necessary to obtain at least two teaching licenses, selected among qualifications in teaching primary school, junior high school, school for children with special needs and kindergarten. They are also required to obtain practical knowledge, computer skills and other technical knowledge useful in teaching. Each field of specialization offers a curriculum rich enough to not only obtain a teaching license, but also to enhance professional knowledge and technical skills.
The department of Japanese aims primarily to train students to be schoolteachers with a deep understanding and a rich sense of the Japanese language through a comprehensive and practical study of the nature and linguistic functions of the Japanese language, Japanese expressions, Japanese literature and Japanese language teaching.
The department of Social Studies gives students opportunities to study various fields of knowledge that form the basis of social studies at primary and junior high school, and geography, history and civics at senior high school. Students are required to develop a general knowledge in all categories and then specialize in one major field. This department aims to cultivate students to become schoolteachers with a deep understanding and good leadership ability by providing them with experiences and proficiency in the instruction of various subjects.
The goal of the department of Mathematics is to cultivate schoolteachers who are equipped with a logical way of thinking, an intuitive way of looking at things in their everyday life, and a practical way of understanding the significance of arithmetic and mathematics as a subject taught at school.
The department of Science is a teacher-training course which includes the study of science at primary and junior high school, and physics, chemistry, biology, earth science and astronomy at senior high school. This department aims at cultivating creative teachers and good leaders, equipped with a sense of wonder vis-a-vis Nature and recognition of the importance of the environment, who possess a solid knowledge of Natural Science from its fundamentals to more recent developments through experiments and practical work.
The department of Music focuses on cultivating able teachers who have a rich sensibility based on a deep technical knowledge as well as a broad general perspective and a scientific understanding of music. The students are trained to become accomplished teachers who support continuing education, which is strongly demanded by modern society, and who likewise develop a creative, enthusiastic and flexible approach to teaching.
The objective of the department of Fine Arts is to cultivate leaders who have a strong grasp of various theories and activities of art through a comprehensive approach to both the practice of artistic expression and its theoretical basis, while pursuing a specialty and gaining a high degree of practical ability which will, in turn, be strongly demanded in both school and society in the future.
Health and Physical Education
The department of Health and Physical Education aims to educate scholarly and scientific professionals in health and physical education, sports, kinesiology, as well as health education, and to cultivate prospective teachers who will gain a high degree of practical and professional proficiency after they have acquired the basic knowledge and skills of the discipline.
The department of Technology cultivates prospective teachers who have a broad background in the many professional, social, and domestic aspects of technology. Another aim is to foster professionals who possess a breadth of perspective concerning technology through a comprehensive education in both the fundamentals of technology and the theoretical knowledge which supports it in practice.
Home Economics is an academic discipline that aims to help solve the problems of the environment we live in and improve contemporary society. Students are educated as prospective Home Economics teachers through practical and theoretical studies concerning family life and community.
The basic aim of the department of English is to educate students to become competent and skilled English teachers in an era of globalization. Students in this department will develop English proficiency, language awareness, and international sensibility through the comprehensive study of historical and social aspects of the English language, British and American literature, linguistics, cultures of English-speaking countries and areas, and methodologies of English teaching.
Education for Children with Special Needs
While working toward obtaining a license to teach at either primary or junior high school, the students in this department are educated in order to become outstanding qualified teachers for special support education who can meet the social and educational requirements of different kinds of people with special needs.
Early Childhood Education
Young children experience the most dramatic human development in their lives through playing, shaping and creating, listening to music, and many other everyday activities. The students in this department will study and analyze the world of infancy in order to become competent kindergarten teachers with sufficient practical knowledge.
This department aims to familiarize students with issues concerning education in general, not only in Japan, but in foreign countries as well, examining past, present and future developments in the fields of methodology and educational psychology. It also aims to foster an understanding of educational philosophy by providing theoretical and practical techniques to address various issues in education.
Program in Information Technology
Established in 1990, the program in Information Technology aims at providing students with professional knowledge and skills in computer science and its related fields. Though not required, students can obtain teachering licenses, especially in High School Information (Computing) and Math.
Program in Human Development
Human Developmental Sciences
The program in Human Development was founded in 1999. In 2006, the new department of Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language was established in this program. The key phrase for this program is ''cultivating the ability to solve actual educational problems.'' Our goal is to train capable educators who are rooted in their regional communities. Graduates of this program will not only have their own ideas concerning development and education, but they will also acquire the theory and skills to coordinate the activities of various people who are trying to solve problems in education, and nurture their own ability to work together with these people. Since education takes place not only in schools but also in the home and society, the program aims to create human resources for educational activities in this wider sense.
Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language
Our aim is to train teachers who teach Japanese to non-native speakers. Students are required to obtain knowledge and skills necessary for teaching Japanese to people from various backgrounds. Students study the language, culture and society of Japan and other countries. We train talented people who have both an international viewpoint and the ability of cross-cultural communication, and who play an active role in teaching Japanese not only in Japan but also in other countries.
The Graduate School of Education has been renewed in 2012 to keep up with the needs of the times. In today's educational environment, teaching staff in educational institutions face a great variety of problems that are brought about by rapid changes of social environments. These may include, for example, the influences due to the declining birthrate, social bipolarization, globalization and progress of technology. Under these conditions, for supporting students and managing their educational institutions, teachers need a broad outlook and flexible thinking based on wide-ranging knowledge and skill, rather than a specific approach that was once regarded as important in conventional education at universities. Our graduate school employs a new style organization that is formed by a synthesis of professionals across the disciplines. This organization style is expected to realize education for cultivating the above mentioned abilities that are now needed. The Graduate School of Education consists of the one graduate program named ``Major in Educational Science''. It encompasses the five education areas that are ``Area of School Education'', ``Area of Special Needs Education'', ``Area of Humanities and Social Studies Education'' and ``Area of Arts and Physical Education''. Each area integrates several old style departments for merging their professional knowledge and skill under the area-dependent purpose.
Area of School Education
``Area of School Education'' consists of the three fields that are ``education'', ``educational psychology'' and ``early childhood education''. This area picks up current problems in each field as the research themes. The students in this area have a chance to analyze those themes from various points of view under the guidance of the teaching staff that have high level knowledge and skill in each field. The staff in this area also open classes for students in the other educational areas. The classes are related to important current issues in education and may help all students in our graduate school to obtain a broad outlook and flexible thinking for teaching in educational institutions.
Area of Special Needs Education
Recently, the problems concerning the education and guidance of children with special needs have become particularly important in the whole field of education. ``Area of Special Needs Education'' aims to make wider and deeper studies of both theoretical and practical aspects of those problems by combining theories and practical methods of pedagogy and educational psychology. The studies are based on the viewpoints of the psychological and medical characteristics of children with special needs. The classes opened by this area are helpful for both students hoping to become teachers and those currently teaching in special needs schools and in other educational institutions.
Area of Humanities and Social Studies Education
Under the recent globalization, comparative culture, social thinking, communication and international understanding are important concepts for understanding society and culture. Appropriate consideration based on correct knowledge and understanding about these concepts is needed for teaching in educational institutions. ``Area of Humanities and Social Studies Education'' approaches these concepts from different viewpoints that are given in Japanese, Social Studies and English. Interaction and cooperation among these professional fields in understanding the above concepts are expected to be effective for cultivating flexible and globally aware graduate students who aspire to a career in education.
Area of Science, Mathematics and Living Sciences Education
``Area of Science, Mathematics and Living Sciences Education'' provides educational programs from the viewpoint of STS (Science-Technology-Society) education. In STS education, students in educational institutions acquire correct understanding for interaction among science, technology and society, especially, contribution of science and technology to society, enabling them to make responsible decisions in their lives. The importance of STS education has been widely accepted in today’s advanced world because science, technology and society cannot be separately considered. STS education is included in the educational plan of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in Japan. This area consists of staff whose professionals extend into ``Science'', ``Technology'' and ``Home Economics'', in which we regard ``Society'' in STS as everyday life that is mainly treated in ``Home Economics''. In addition to these three disciplines, this area also includes staff in ``Mathematics'' which is a basis of science and technology. Deep and wide-ranging knowledge accumulated in this area can form reasonable programs for who will execute STS education in educational institutions.
Area of Arts and Physical Education
``Expression'' is an underlying key word for Music, Fine Art and Sports. These fields are needed for keeping mental and physical health, and also for forming well-balanced human relationships and society. ``Area of Arts and Physical Education'' synthetically embraces Music, Fine Art and Sports from the viewpoint of ``Expression'', in which we execute theoretical and practical studies of education for promoting the human ability of ``Expression'' common in Music, Fine Art and Sports.
Integrated Center for Educational Research and Practice
This Center was originally founded as the Center for Educational Technology in April, 1977, and was promoted to the present Integrated Center for Educational Research and Practice in April, 1999. The objective of this Center is to conduct comprehensive research about educational practice and, as a result, to contribute to the development and advancement of education. At present, the Center concentrates its major efforts on:
holding practical training, lectures, and open classes in which media technology, such as personal computers for information science education (about 40 computers) and DVD players, are used in order to meet basic educational necessities in a highly developed information society, holding study meetings with current schoolteachers and accepting teachers officially sent for study and training by the prefectural or municipal government in order to conduct joint research between the university and local schools, and participating in joint projects with similar centers of other universities.
- Elementary School
- Junior High School
- School for Children with Special Needs