Faculty of Child Educare and
Child Development

Department of Child Educate and Child Development,
Child Educare and Child Development Major

Cultivating Highly-Talented Childcare Professionals who Have Deep Insight and the Ability to Act in a Manner that Facilitates a Bright Future for Children and Society.

Today's world requires the continuous support of childcare in society as a whole and much emphasis is being placed on the significance of having "day care" facilities that have the ability to raise the precious children of society's future. The aim is to nurture children so that they can have a bright and happy future. The Children's Future Course provided by the Children's Future Department provides students with the opportunity to acquire Childcare Worker Certification and a Kindergarten Teacher's License, while cultivating the students to become childcare workers who have the insight to integrate both nursing and education. The course nurtures an inquiring mind in the students so that they can obtain the skills to respond to the changes of our generation, wherein childcare workers are not only required to work with children and families, but also need to have the human relationship skills to cooperate with and coordinate in the activities of the professionals and administrative bodies in local and regional communities, while providing the extensive care expected of childcare workers. Students acquire the foundational skills needed to be successful childcare workers, while learning and cooperating with others through practical training. Students will acquire this type of specialization as childcare workers in their 4 years of study, and students who obtain the required amount of credits to graduate are granted degrees (bachelor's degree in childcare studies).

Features of the Child Educare and Child Development Major

"Learning Process that Circulates Harmoniously"
- For cultivating the power to continuously develop one's skills as a childcare worker -

The distinguishing features of the curriculum of the Children's Future Course of the Children's Future Department are the three pillars of its foundation, namely, "Learning for Children", "Learning from Children", and "Learning with Peers". Subjects in the course are mutually related to and arranged according to each pillar, allowing students to aim toward the achievement of a "Learning Process that Circulates Harmoniously", while they continuously and steadily gain experience in their pursuit to learn about themselves.
More specifically, subjects related to general knowledge and education, as well as the pursuit to understand human beings, are arranged according to the "Learning for Children" pillar, while subjects that provide the practical skills to acquire specialization as childcare workers are arranged according to the "Learning from Children" pillar. Furthermore, in order to guarantee that students master the content of these subjects, they take other specialized subjects in which they communicate, think, and act together, providing a basis for the "Learning with Peers" pillar. The result is a systematic approach to learning that ties the pillars together. In particular, subjects related to the "Learning from Children" pillar aim to provide substantial practical experience working at childcare facilities in order to foster talented young people who can meet the diverse needs of childcare. Therefore, students take subjects that provide training to help them obtain certification.
The above mentioned childcare facilities include two integrated kindergarten and childcare centers, operated by the same company, as well as other facilities related to childcare support services and administrative agencies. These facilities are utilized to provide the students with a rich arrangement of subjects such as "Childcare Mind Practice Course", "Introduction to Childcare Practice", "Childcare Internship", and "Childcare Support Training".

Academic characteristics

1.Based on a Refined System for Supporting Learning All students aim to acquire Childcare Worker Certification and a Kindergarten Teacher's License.

Students and instructors work closely to create a deep relationship of trust, and in order to help the students cultivate a diverse understanding of humanity and improve their ability to communicate with others, students are appointed to small adviser groups in their 1st and 2nd years with instructors taking charge as advisers. Furthermore, from the 3rd year onward, students obtain the opportunity to attend small group seminars. In addition, since great emphasis is placed on "Learning with Peers" in order to acquire similar certifications, students often work together in compulsory subjects and courses to foster real-life experience, training in groups and doing research in groups.

2.A Place of Learning that Connects the "Practice" and "Philosophy" of Childcare Opportunity to acquire diverse and continuous real-life childcare experiences.

In addition to training that helps students obtain certifications and licenses, students get practical training for the future by participating in nursery school and local childcare support programs, providing the students with a 4-year curriculum in which they can continually interact with children. Students get the benefit of relating their own experiences interacting with children during their time at university, allowing them the chance to reflect on their experiences with other fellow students. Students collaborate to deepen their thinking about the professional skills required in childcare and as childcare workers, thus enabling them to increase their expertise for future practice and work.

3.Taking Advantage of Your Strengths in Fields such as Psychology, Language, and Sports Chance to acquire a rich variety of certifications, increasing your future possibilities.

In addition to acquiring both Childcare Worker Certification and a Kindergarten Teacher's License at the time of graduation, students can also obtain certification in a rich variety of other fields. In recent years, childcare needs have been diversifying, and this trend provides students who possess certifications the opportunity to be active in a variety of fields after graduating, including not only nursery schools and kindergartens, but also child welfare facilities and childcare support facilities.

Curriculum of the Child Educare and Child Development Major

Learning for Children

  • • Japanese Language Expression
  • • Principles of Childcare
  • • Principles of Education
  • • Children's Health
  • • Content of Childcare
  • • Child Psychology
  • • Childcare for Disabled Children
  • • Children's English
  • • Childcare Support

Learning from Children

  • • Introduction to Childcare Practice
  • • Childcare Mind Practice Course
  • • Kindergarten Teaching Practice
  • • Nursery School Practice
  • • Practice at Facilities
  • • Childcare Support Training
  • • Overseas Training

Learning with Peers

  • • Children at Play
  • • Exercising with Children
  • • Formative Expression with Children
  • • Physical Expression with Children
  • • General Practice
  • • Practical Music
  • • Graduation Research

List of Certifications

  • • Childcare Worker
  • • Kindergarten Teacher's License
  • • Social Welfare Officer Appointment Certification
  • • Child Instructor Appointment Certification
  • • Certified Psychologist
  • • Peer Helper(examination based certification)
  • • Children's English Teacher (examination based strategies)
  • • Junior Sports Instructor (examination based certification)
  • • Camp Instructor

Career Opportunities

  • • Nursery Schools(public and private)
  • • Kindergartens(public and private)
  • • Civil Servant(childcare and welfare organizations)
  • • Child Welfare Facilities(nurseries, orphanages, facilities for disabled children, etc.)
  • • Children's Recreational Facilities(children centers, etc.)
  • • Childcare Support Facilities
  • • Child-related Companies
  • • Child-related NGOs,NPOs