Educational Philosophy, Goals, and the Ideal Student
The Kyushu University School of Education aims to develop human resources that can creatively solve problems in various areas of society based on deep insight and an empathetic attitude toward others.
In the School of Education, teaching is designed to develop the following five types of human resources through a system that is based on the theory and practice of pedagogy and psychology. To this end, the field is treated as a broad and comprehensive human science, and the education at this institution focuses on human formation and development, as well as technical training.
- Professional researchers engaged in education and research at institutions of higher education and research in Japan and abroad (after having completed an integrated education from undergraduate to graduate schools, such as the School of Education followed by the University’s Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies).
- Professionals and leaders involved in practical activities in education and welfare at various educational and welfare organizations (after having completed their undergraduate and graduate education).
- Professional researchers engaged in practical human resource development and capacity building, or practical activities in the field of education and psychology in governments and private companies.
- Experts and leaders involved in educational and welfare volunteer activities in local and international communities.
- Experts and leaders involved in professional activities such as psychological counselors engaged in psychological consultation and care.
The School of Education aims to provide an education in comprehensive human sciences with a focus on human development and growth, founded in pedagogy and educational psychology. The program takes a comprehensive approach to the study of these fields, deepening expertise as the academic year progresses. It is broadly divided into Educational Psychology and Education, with the International Education and Culture Course and the Education and Social Planning Course offered under Education, and the Human Behavior Course and the Clinical Psychology Course offered under Education and Psychology.
Please refer to pages 8–11 for details about each course.
There are various types of classes, including lectures, seminars, experiments, and surveys. Some seminars involve reading Japanese as well as foreign literature, selecting one research theme and having all participants of the seminar investigate it together. By the end of the first semester of the third year, students select a faculty advisor and join their laboratory. Students will learn the basics of their field of specialization under the guidance of the faculty advisor, and find their own research topic. They will then conduct a series of surveys and experiments, and write their graduation thesis.
The School’s curriculum aims to focus on specific areas of education and educational psychology covering a wide range of knowledge and academic fields from basic to specialized levels. Students will learn the fundamentals of pedagogy and educational psychology in the first year, specializing further as the academic year progresses. They will also be instructed in comprehensive human sciences with a focus on human development and growth, and benefit from the advantages of education in small groups—one of the major strengths of this School—while striving to integrate the two fields of pedagogy and educational psychology in their specialized fields. The specializations are organized according to their respective departments and courses, the contents and evaluation criteria of which are clearly stated in the syllabus. In addition to theoretical learning, the specialization stage also consists of seminars, fieldwork, experiments, and practical training in research methods and skills so that students can learn independently and practically while maintaining close contact with society.
The School of Education is designed to provide students with a broad perspective and basic knowledge of both education and psychology, as well as theoretical and practical expertise. As such, students are provided with (1) knowledge and skills as practitioners or experts in each specialized area of education and psychology (that is, fostering the ability to analyze, explore, and solve problems in each field); and (2) basic knowledge and skills to become researchers in each specialized area of education and psychology (that is, fostering the ability to conduct surveys and research related to discussions, presentations, reading foreign language papers, and writing academic papers).
Ideal students (Abilities, Aptitude, etc.)
The School of Education is a place to study comprehensive human sciences with a focus on human development and growth. Possessing a high level of interest in human beings is an important requirement.
After enrollment, students will continue to study social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences related to human beings. In this light, the following is expected of students.
- Being interested in and willing to think scientifically about human education and growth from an academic perspective.
- Being able to discuss and consider issues from various perspectives (views, ideas, and values) and points of view (cross-cultural and international viewpoints).
- Possessing sufficient basic academic ability, even after enrollment, and being able to work steadily on acquiring specialized knowledge and skills.
- Having the ability to deepen their knowledge, broaden their perspectives, and build their own ideas and arguments based on facts, summarize them, and present them continuously.
Basic Policy for Selection of Students (Admission Requirements, Selection Methods, Selection Criteria, etc.)
Selection will be made after confirming that students meet the aforementioned requirements.
he General Entrance Examinations place importance on overall academic ability in all major high school subjects. The selection of applicants is based on the results of the Common Test for University Admissions and the Individual Achievement Test (Japanese, mathematics, and foreign languages) in the first semester, as well as students’ academic record. The School of Education does not conduct an Achievement Test in the second semester. The point-allotment for the Common Test of University Admissions and the School of Education Individual Achievement Test are as follows.
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(Source: “Admission Overview” published by Kyushu University’s Academic Affairs Department, 2019 Edition)
In Comprehensive Selection (formerly known as AO Entrance Examination), students will be exempted from taking the Common Test for University Admissions, and will be selected through a first and second round of selection. In the first round, applicants will be selected based on the comprehensive evaluation of (1) an essay test and (2) a submitted research report or documents in lieu of a research report. In the second round, applicants who pass the first round will be required to give a presentation on a designated topic, and have an interview based on the presentation. The designated topic will be assigned on the day of the examination.
The examination will focus on the applicant’s fundamental academic skills, the ability to set tasks independently, their interest in various events, and the ability to construct clear arguments and actively communicate them with others.
The application period is approximately a week long and takes place in late September; the first round of selection takes place in October and the second in December.
The International Entrance Examination emphasizes the ability to understand diverse societies and cultures from multiple perspectives and favors students that have a strong interest in interacting with people from different cultures.
High school students from Japan and overseas, returnee students, and privately financed international students will be surveyed based on their school record, academic transcripts (for returnee students and privately financed international students), language proficiency certification for Japanese (for privately financed international students), essays, presentations, and interviews.
For more information about the entrance examinations, please contact the Admissions Office.
* As a general rule, telephone enquiries should be made by the applicant.