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Message from the Chairman of Faculty of Education and Human Studies

SATO Shuji:Chairman of Faculty of Education

SATO Shuji:
Chairman of Faculty of Education
and Human Studies

The Faculty of Education and Human Studies was reborn as a new Faculty in April 2014. The new Faculty of Education and Human Studies consists of two major departments: the Department of School Education, intended to cultivate future teachers, and the Department of Regional Studies and Humanities, which aims to cultivate human resources, people who can contribute to local revitalization.

The Department of School Education includes the following five courses: the Course for Compulsory School Teachers, the Course for English Language Teachers, the Course for Science and Mathematics Teachers, the Course for Special Needs Education Teachers, and the Course for Child Development and Education. In addition to the conventional teaching practice, hands-on activities where students can actually interact with children are positioned systematically in the curriculum, beginning soon after entering the University, and aim to deepen the understanding of children and also to improve the practical skills of students. It is often said "teachers have a lot to learn from children." This is certainly true, so we enriched the coaching system for our students to have more chances to learn from children. We strongly believe that the students who entered this University will surely become teachers who love children when they graduate four year later.

Department of Regional Studies and Humanities consists of two courses: The Program in Regional Studies, which mainly treats the field of social science, and the Program in Humanities, which mainly treats the field of human sciences. In this Department, projects and seminars of special region studies which link to local communities are systematically provided. Also, the following eight areas of studies are provided, from which the students can freely select: public policy, life science, local environment, information communication, psychological practice, Japanese culture, international culture and art culture. What is needed now, among other things, are communication skills and team work. These provide the ability to help comprehend other people in different situations and of different generations, to find points of contact and to link people together. The Department of Regional Studies and Humanities respects and puts importance on the diversity of knowledge, and enhances those abilities through fieldwork and seminars. We welcome you to join us to study together.