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Guide to Undergraduate Courses

The College of Education provides variety of academic programs related to learning and education in three wide contexts, “at home”, “at school” and “in society”, from a perspective that integrates theory and practice. The college offers a comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach to “education”, from the individual to the national and international levels. Students learn about various social and cultural aspects of educational issues and phenomena and acquire a comprehensive understanding of the human society, to become competent specialists involved in the various and wide-range educational issues of the present society. In order to achieve the goal, the college provides a curriculum subdivided into four areas: personality formation, school education development, educational planning and design, and regional and international education.

Welcome to the College of Education

Do you have any impressions about the College of Education, School of Human Sciences of the University of Tsukuba? If listing the features of our college by keywords, they can be put into the 5 points of “historicalness”, “diverseness”, “academicness”, “interdiscipline”, and “internationalness”.

“Historicalness” means the long tradition of the College of Education. The predecessor of the University of Tsukuba is the Tokyo University of Education (from 1949 to 1978) which was in the present Tokyo Campus. The College of Education took over the School of Education, Department of Education of the Tokyo University of Education and if going all the way back to the Tokyo Normal School (1872), Tokyo Higher Normal School (1902), Tokyo University of Literature and Science (1929), it has nearly 150 years of history. It was hardly surprising that this period produced many teaching staff and graduates who led the Japanese education community both in terms of research and actual practice, spreading the phrase “Education’s Tsukuba” even now.

“Diverseness” is to see the study of education from a higher perspective and pursue the whole concept of education as personality formation. Various specialized fields including philosophy of education, educational system and administration, school administration, comparative and international education, sociology of education, lifelong learning, educational method, clinical education, subject pedagogy, moral, extracurricular, and career education should impart the depth of the study of education more than someone can imagine. The same applies to career options, graduates follow diverse paths such as elementary, junior and senior high school teachers, public employees including the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and Board of Education, and private enterprises related to education.

“Academicness” represents a deepening of a subject of interest with the consciousness of a researcher individually. The University of Tsukuba has the best graduate schools and exchanges with graduate students who belong to the Master’s/Doctoral Program in Education are also actively carried out. The university is also characterized by a high number of students who focus on reading literature and research, complete high-quality graduation studies under the guidance of a faculty member and aim to be a teacher in a university by going on to graduate school.

“Interdiscipline” is aimed at finding a wide-ranging education and comprehensive knowledge by learning different areas and out-of-the-box themes. This is the school philosophy of the University of Tsukuba and its commitment to interdisciplinary activities is apparent in the idea of not using names specified as departments. The School of Human Sciences has the environment to respond to the intellectual desire of students while actively taking courses in the neighboring College of Psychology and College of Disability Sciences.

“Internationalness” means the improved qualifications as an internationally minded person while accumulating overseas experience. Through various overseas study programs and exchanges with international students from around the world, it is expected for students to be exposed to a global perspective and mindset and educate oneself about research trends and the state of overseas education and schools while reading English-language literature in studying.

Beyond learning, the ability to freely carry out activities on one’s own responsibility is a major draw for the university. Along with everyone, we look forward to the day when you will study at the College of Education.