Department of Human Developmental Science

Our department considers the childcare and the education of infants and children crucially important in human developmental science. We aim to train educational experts who can understand and support children’s development. Students, as they become sophomores, choose either elementary education track or preschool education, seeking a teaching license in elementary school and kindergarten in the former, kindergarten and nursery in the latter.
One of the characteristics of the department is that students are given opportunities to go out in the nursing and education field in the freshman year, getting firsthand experiences. Not only through the experiences at the affiliated schools but many others, would students become a teacher with practical leadership.
Another characteristic is our curriculum which enables students to flexibly deal with new needs at worksites. For example, many schools are starting English education. We set up a program in “Teaching English to Children.” Also, there is phenomenon called “grade one problem” caused by the environmental gap between preschools and elementary schools. We provide psychology courses to understand the issues, to train teachers to understand the transition.
The third characteristic is that we train students meticulously so that they would be able to provide meticulous service. In the freshman year, we have courses such as “Introductory Seminar on University Education” or “Comprehensive Seminar on Children,” whose class size is less than ten, and students are given rudimentary learning skills as well as counseling in them. Preparation for teacher employment exams and career improvement are also provided. Those who enjoy working with children, who are willing to get involved in the development of children, will find this department the best choice.

Experts in Child Education and Childcare

We have specialists on primary education, preschool education, psychology, linguistics, and literature. We take a multidisciplinary approach to the understanding and education of children, which is reflected in our curriculum.

Educational Purpose

Based on Christian love, which is our foundational principle, we seek understanding of human developmental science from early childhood to old age through psychology, education, sociology, etc. and bring up teachers who understand and support others, contributing to the society.

Under the major in Child Development, there are two tracks: Elementary Education Track and Preschool Education Track.

Elementary Education Track

Teaching license in elementary school is aimed at. Meticulous teaching is sought after these days. Through psychological and developmental studies, deep understanding of children is expected. Through many practicums, teachers with practical skills are raised.

Preschool Education Track

Good understanding of child development is required. Courses such as Developmental Psychology or Developmental Disorder will be useful for the purpose. There will be opportunities to get in touch with children starting in the freshman year. We raise teachers who have practical experience and can understand a child’s mind.

Curriculum Policy

  1. Courses are set so that professionals in nursing and education who can understand and support children’s --especially infants and small children--development.
  2. There are foundational courses of the department, foundational courses for teaching, courses on the methods of teaching, practicum and internship, related courses and expansive courses.
  3. Students will choose between the Elementary Education Track and Preschool Education Track, selecting a program in nursery, kindergarten, or elementary school.
  4. We raise nursery teachers and educators with broad knowledge and cultural understanding through courses on children’s psychology and development or children’s English.

Diploma Policy

Those who obtain the predetermined number of credits and the following conditions are entitled to degree.

  1. Knowledge on children’s development and the skills to support them.
  2. Strong interest in children’s development and passion for their support.
  3. Practical leadership ability in the field or child care and education, and social contribution through it.