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Graduate School of Education

Graduate school of Education (Master course) is set up in the Faculty of education.  The aim is to enhance existing qualifications and abilities as a teacher by building up the theory of education and research capabilities in practical education. Therefore, we have in-service teachers as students and graduates of the faculty of education who want to study more.   This course is divided into the Educational Practices and the School Subjects Methods and Practices.  It is possible to be awarded a master’s degree if you have the required basic qualification and pass master’s thesis.  Students with a qualification of school teacher special-needs school teacher or nursing teacher can obtain the qualification after earning the required credits.

Educational Practices Major

The aim of this major is to nurture high level practical, academic and general leadership related to school education, special needs education and nursing education.  Students learn how to organize school management and practical activities.

The school education concentration emphasizes the connection between school activities and the child and applies relevant research to school management.

In special-need education concentration students conduct educational research combining theory and practice to develop the special-needs program in schools and local communities to meet the various needs of children with disabilities.

In school health concentration, students can gain the professional knowledge to deal with  various types of educational and health issues  and do educational research on practical nursing skills to maintain children’s health at school.

School Subjects Methods and Practices Major

This major consists of five concentrations: language education (Japanese and English) mathematics and science education, social science education (social studies), domestic science education (technical education and home economics), arts sports education (music, art, health and physical education).

These five concentrations integrate theory and practice. Examples include: Language skills needed in modern society (language education); Applying scienfic approaches to natural phenomena (science and mathematics education); Using various measures of social phenomena (social science education); Basic skills for living, such as skills for information management, technical skills as well as key information on safety, security and environment (domestic science education); self-expression, creativity and artistic sensibility (arts and sports education).

The aim of this major is to develop the practical teaching skills related to these 5 concentrations.  Students include not only graduates of the faculty of education but also in-service teachers.  They communicate with each other, and conduct studies together to better meet the needs of schools.