Acquisition of Qualificationscertification
Students can obtain Teaching Certification through the School of Education. In addition to the credits required for graduation, students are required to earn credits for the classes offered for teacher certification. There are two types of licenses that can be acquired at the School of Education: junior high school (social studies) and senior high school (geography, history, and civics). Students can also obtain a full-time license at the graduate school after completing various procedures. In addition, it is also possible to obtain Japanese and English licenses if students take courses in other departments.
②Social Education Supervisor
This is an appointment qualification issued to educational administrators who provide professional and technical advice and guidance to those who conduct social education. It can be used as a qualification when becoming a public servant or a teacher. For civil servants, if they are assigned to the Social Education Division, those with this qualification are eligible to be appointed as a Chief Social Education Officer, and teachers with this qualification have the option to be transferred to the Board of Education to work as a Chief Social Education Officer in the prefecture. From 2021, Kyushu University plans to start granting qualifications as “social educators” that can be used in a variety of workplaces, in addition to social education officers.
Examples of courses required for certification
Students need to acquire 24 credits from six subject categories.
(Subject categories are scheduled to change in 2021)
Introduction to Lifelong Learning 4 Credits
Introduction to Lifelong Learning, Social Education Administration, History of Social Education, etc.
Social Education Planning Theory 4 Credits
Social Education Methodology, Social Education Organization Theory
Social Education Facility Theory, etc.
Social Education Seminar, Social Education Practical
Or 4 Credits from Social Education Subject Research
Pedagogical Fieldwork I Seminar
Pedagogical Fieldwork II Practical, Other
Social Education Special Lecture I, II, III 12 Credits
Basic Theory of City Planning, Mass Communication I, II
A social researcher is a qualified “social research specialist,” who has learned professional methodologies of carrying out surveys—interviews and questionnaires—and possesses requisite abilities in the field of social research, such as critically examining the results of statistics and opinion polls, as well as conducting the actual surveys. By obtaining the requisite qualifications for a social researcher, students will be able to apply their specialized skills for utilizing the data and information to benefit society, and become experts in research.
Further, those who acquire this qualification by going to graduate school and learning about more advanced analysis methods will be able to become qualified professional social researchers.
To obtain the qualification
Students need to earn 14 credits in the following 7 subject categories:
A. Basics of social research
・ Introduction to field research in education
B. Design and method of conducting research
・ Education research method I
C. Analysis of basic materials and data
・ Processing educational information
D. Statistics required for social research
・ Educational statistics
E. Method of analyzing quantitative data
・ Psychometric statistical method
F. Qualitative analysis method
・ Educational research method II
G. Practical training in social research
・ Exercise for educational research method I
・ Exercise for educational research method II
For details, please refer to the website of the Japanese Association for Social Research (https://jasr.or.jp/).