At the Department of Education and Child Development, students pursue ways to resolve the psychological and developmental issues faced by children. Through our “Education and Child Development” program that integrates three related research areas; psychology, pedagogy (elementary education), and disability science, we aim to educate our students to become teachers and personnel that understand the psychology of school-age children, and will help support youths in their mental and emotional development while also dedicating themselves to solving the issues and challenges faced in education today.
The solution of psychological issues that are children are facing in the world today requires a comprehensive approach that takes into account the whole of the child’s lifestyle, with an understanding of the mechanisms of development and disability. The Department of Education and Child Development promotes deeper study of children and ways to support them, and develop personnel who can “nurture and support for the spirits of children” with the ability to (1) prevent issues from arising, or solve them if they arise, (2) provide children with individual support and group instruction by applying the PDCA cycle, and (3) provide both academic teaching and guidance in an integrated manner.
In their first year, students focus on learning the foundation for understanding children. From second year, students select one of three courses according to their specialization and desired career path. A range of paths open up for students when they develop the ability to provide the diverse support that is demanded in classrooms.
* It is possible to obtain Type-I elementary teaching certificates, school librarian qualifications*1, and social welfare officer qualifications*3 in all courses.
Students’ studies focus on learning and comprehension processes, learning difficulties, teaching and learning psychology, life-span development psychology, pedagogy, preschool education, and school education.
Graduates aim to become kindergarten teachers or elementary school teachers, or work in education-related companies or parenting support facilities, etc.
Type-1 Kindergarten teaching certificate.
Students’ studies focus on special needs education, psychology of children with disabilities, medicine for children with disabilities, employment support, career support, and carer support.
Graduates aim to find work as teachers in special needs schools, special needs teachers in elementary schools, special support teachers, and instructors for children in care facilities, etc.
Type-I special needs teaching certificate*1
Students’ studies focus on multicultural education, multicultural support psychology, multicultural society education planning, and practical English communication.
Graduates aim to find work as elementary school teachers that may be responsible for foreign children or children that have returned from overseas, multicultural coordinators, or in the international communication and foreign exchange sector.
Type-II lower secondary teaching certificate (English) *1 *2
Social education officer qualifications*3
*1 Must be obtained in conjunction with type-1 elementary teaching certificate.
*2 Lower secondary certificate obtained through completion of study in other departments. There are five to ten students that elect to take this option in each year’s group.
*3 This qualification may be obtained by students of courses other than the International Education Course if they have completed the subjects required for their chosen course and completed the required subjects.
In the first and second years, full-time members of the Department’s educational staff act as class advisors, with each advisor providing support to about 10 students. Class advisors are available to consult with students regarding issues related to study and career options. From the third year, students are divided into small seminar groups, and tackle academic topics under the guidance of supervisors from within the Department.
In the third and fourth years, students form teams and gain practical experience in the provision of support for children with special needs. Students develop their basic abilities by gaining an understanding of children’s needs and their actual situations, and by repeating the process of keeping records and conducting evaluations based on support plans.
In the second year, all students gain practical experience in the educational environment by acting as teaching assistants at an elementary school for one day per week. By interacting with the same children over the course of a year, students gain a real sense of their growth. Students seek their own answers to the issues that arise in the classroom while discussing them with their fellow students in the Department.
Students initially learn about the foundations of understanding children through introductory subjects on education and child development. Students take “Outline of Education and Child Development,” which covers issues related to children’s education, psychology, development, and disabilities, as well as learning about special needs education for children with disabilities.
In their second year, students are divided into three courses, where they deepen their knowledge in their areas of specialization. The students take in knowledge and achieve a strong understanding of their specialties by alternating between theory and practice as well as valuing hands-on experience.
From their third year, students mainly study a curriculum of “support for children”, through which specific theories and methods for providing support for the development of children. Students develop practical abilities through seminars that promote self-directed learning.
Students that aim to become teachers take a course in “Teaching Practice.” In the “Education and Child Development Seminar,” students are also able to bring together the results of their four years of study through a “Graduation Research Project,” which is based on literature and practical training.
Graduates of the Department of Education and Child Development are able to obtain (1) Type-1 elementary teaching certificates (2) Type-1 kindergarten teaching certificates, (3) combined Type-1 elementary teaching certificate and Type-1 kindergarten teaching certificates, and (4) combined Type-1 elementary teaching certificate and type-1 special needs teaching certificates. Furthermore, graduates are able to obtain school librarian qualifications, social education officer qualifications, and social welfare officer qualifications. Using those qualifications, graduates go on to work in a range of fields, focusing on school education and disability care, etc.