The School of Education aims to train people who can tackle a variety of challenges in school education proactively and with great expertise.
In the School of Education, we have two courses. The Primary Education Course trains teachers for elementary schools, special education schools and kindergartens. The Secondary Education Course trains teachers for middle schools and high schools. Each of the two courses aims to help teaches learners cross-disciplinarily and systematically gain expertise in their subject or field, deepen their expert understanding of how learners grow and study, and contribute broadly to the development of society by cultivating teachers with the skills to work together with the community.
Message from the dean｜Overview of the School of Education
In April 2016, the Faculty of Education and Regional Studies began a new life as the School of Education with the goal of training teachers to provide a school education that was reflective of changes in society. With its teacher education program comprising a primary education course and secondary education course, it is a small but unique and energized faculty. The school’s history spans 70 years. During that time, it has consistently provided the local community with human resources such as teachers.
The School of Education’s mission is to leverage the results of its interdisciplinary and comprehensive research in educational science to made a wide-ranging contribution to the development of society. To this end, its objective is to train school teachers who have acquired both expertise and hands-on practical ability. The focuses of its curriculum include the formation of broad cross-curricular perspectives, the cultivation of organizational and practical skills for independent and co-operative learning, the development of expertise and practical skills for special needs education, ICT education, and the development of skills required for the introduction of English as a subject in elementary school curricula. Particular focuses are the formation of an independent attitude to learning as well as the cultivation of practical problem-solving skills. One example is “Life Partner” work, through which students come to understand the reality and difficulties of inclusive education at an actual school. Meanwhile, “Investigation Network” provides an opportunity for students to experience the nature of a “team school” that works together with schools and people from the community. The Core Science Teacher Training Program is a place for learning through intergenerational exchange with in-service teachers and experts, and plays a central role in local science education. The school is also expanding opportunities for international language study in several regions, including the US.
In today’s rapidly changing society, superior human resources are required even in elementary and junior high schools. Such human resources combine higher-level expertise and practical skills, and are able to uncover and solve problems independently, in cooperation with others. The Graduate School of Education has been established in order to train up such human resources (The Graduate School of Education is scheduled to be integrated into a teaching postgraduate school from 2020). To acquire higher-level specialized knowledge and practical skills as a teacher, we recommend considering further study in the postgraduate school.
Furthermore, the faculty’s Affiliated Schools (kindergarten, compulsory education school, and special school), cooperate with the school and graduate school, acting as further bases for the training of teaching staff and for teacher development in the community. In addition, affiliated centers for educational practice and natural education are deeply involved in the education and research activities of the school and graduate school and give meaning to the studies and practical work of the students.
The staff of the School of Education and Graduate School of Education will work as one to support the individual development of everyone studying in the school so that they are enabled to discover and solve problems independently in the school classroom.
Dean of the School of Education