Teaching Courseteaching course
Kyushu University has established its own teaching curriculum with the re-accreditation of the program in 2019. The Teaching Curriculum of Kyushu University offers nine unique subjects, such as how to respond to globalization of school education, how to respond to gender social disparity and inclusive education, how to provide career guidance based on the developing cutting-edge science, how to understand test evaluation, and how to gain educational experience other than educational practice. However, subjects that are not included as statutory subjects in the Teaching Curriculum are necessary in the actual field of education. While some of these subjects are linked to core education subjects, it is now possible for students to take the necessary subjects from the first year of their teaching career. In addition, it is possible to take courses from practicing teachers to prepare for the teaching employment examinations (such as preparation for the second round of interviews and essays).
Credits Required to Obtain Certification
Due to the re-accreditation of the teaching course at Kyushu University, the number of credits and subjects to be acquired have changed for students that are enrolling in the 2019 academic year. In order to obtain a license, students must acquire the required number of credits for “subjects related to subjects and teaching” and “subjects specified in Article 66-6 of the License Enforcement Regulations.” As a general rule, credit requirement is as shown in the table below; for more details, please refer to the Faculty of Education’s Student Handbook.[Enrollees after 2019]
- School Internship I & II
- Special Lecture on Pedagogy
- Special Lecture on Educational Psychology (Education and School Psychology)
- Educational Test Theory
- Academic Frontiers I & II
- Gender Studies I & II
- Universal Design Research
- Introduction to Basic Pedagogy
- Introduction to Contemporary Pedagogy
- Introduction to Lifelong Learning
- Introduction to Lifelong Learning Seminar
- Critical Education
- Critical Education Seminar
- Teaching Strategy Theories
- Teaching Strategy Theories Seminar
- Sociology of Teaching Methods
- Sociology of Teaching Methods Seminar
- Educational Organization Sociology
- Educational Organization Sociology Seminar
- Comparative Developmental Psychology Lecture I (Developmental Psychology)
- Developmental Clinical Science Lecture II (Welfare Psychology)
- Developmental Psychology Seminar (Psychology of Persons with Disabilities and Children with Disabilities)
- Developmental Psychology I Seminar (Developmental Psychology)
- Moral Education Guidance Methods I & II
About Educational Practice
At Kyushu University, Educational Practice as a teaching subject consists of “Educational Practice Guidance,” “Practice at Training School,” and “Practical Training for Teaching.” Since Kyushu University does not have an affiliated school, the practical training, which can be regarded as an internship to become a teacher, is conducted at the alma mater of the student taking the teaching subject. In principle, the internship takes place for two weeks from June to July of the fourth year (three weeks or more for junior high schools), so it is necessary to select a school for internship and prepare to obtain informal consent around May of the third year.
Students who wish to obtain a junior high school educational staff certification are required to have “nursing care experience.” Specifically, students are required to spend seven days at a special needs school or social welfare facility to provide care to the disabled or elderly, and to interact with them. Briefing sessions on the care experience are held in mid-February for 2nd year students, and advance guidance on the care experience is held in late May for 3rd year students.
About School Internship
The school internship programs at Kyushu University are a system in which students in the teaching course provide support and assistance for general school activities such as educational activities, school affairs, and club activities at elementary, junior high, and senior high schools, which are applicable for obtaining a teaching license. This experience will enhance practical leadership skills and include short-term (about one week) and long-term (every weekday for three months) programs that seek to relativize one’s view of education by acquiring a wide range of educational skills from schools that differ from the base school. Students may also participate in internships at a school type that is different from their educational training, or an overseas educational institution.