Department of Childhood Development and Education

Department Overview

A Comprehensive New Approach to the Study of Children.

Childhood studies is a field that seeks to shed light on issues related to children by combining several disciplines such as education, childcare, medicine and psychology. It examines childhood from a variety of perspectives to provide deeper insights.

Teaching Aims

The Department's practical, interdisciplinary coursework is oriented toward discovery and solutions to childhood problems. It brings a diversified approach to childhood on its examination of childcare and childhood education.

Teaching Aims

Why the Department of Childhood Development and Education?

It prepares graduates to qualify as childcare workers or licensed kindergarten / elementary school teachers.
Students can select from among three programs: (1) Human Education Studies Program, (2) Childhood Studies Program, and (3) Seminar Program. These programs give students a solid foundation and teach practical and specialist skills that will help them to become qualified or licensed professionals.
It entails comprehensive coursework on education and society, and the coverage of childhood issues.
The Human Education Studies Program starts by examining the fundamental nature of humans and education in order to lay the groundwork for a study of educational issues, methods and technology. The Childhood Studies Program tackles the problems facing today's children by approaching the study of childhood growth and development from a wide range of fields such as psychology, sociology, education, medicine and philosophy.
Small seminars start from the freshman year.
Whether a first / second year Basic Seminar or a third / fourth year Specialist Seminar, each course in the Seminar Program are of limited class size. These classes ensure that instructors give each student individual attention and ample opportunity to participate, helping provide a better understanding of the broad field of childhood development and education.


A wide range of knowledge and solid practical skills give graduates a greater range of job opportunities.

Major Accreditations and Licenses Open to Graduates

  • Childcare worker (limited to 100 students)
  • Kindergarten Teacher's License Type 1
  • Elementary School Teacher's License Type 1
  • Librarian
  • Curator
  • Qualification to work as children's program directors
Some qualifications cannot be combined.

Typical Careers and Employment Chosen by Graduates

  • Childcare worker
  • Kindergarten teacher
  • Elementary school teacher
  • Preschool / daycare center worker
  • Kindergarten Staff
  • Infant / child welfare facilities
  • Education-related government agencies, schools, libraries, museums, night schools
  • Corporate human resources development / planning departments, companies related to education and children
  • Broadcasting, mass-media, journalism
  • Specialist careers, research (after graduate school)

Time and Credits Needed to Graduate

Four years, at least 124 credits.

Degree Received by Graduates

Bachelor's Degree (Education).

Faculties and Graduate Schools

  • Faculty of Letters
  • Faculty of Human Sciences
    • Department of Psychology
    • Department of Childhood Development and Education
    • Department of Cultural Sociology
    • Department of Human Life Environments
  • Faculty of Nursing and Rehabilitation
Graduate Schools
  • Graduate School of Humanities and Human Sciences
  • Graduate School of Nursing
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