Academic Programs

Department of English Language

The Department of Child Education nurtures childcare workers, kindergarten and primary school teachers, and the teachers for special needs education, who are able to understand the individuality and the mind of each child, based on the surrounding environment and problems. The Department offers three major courses of study. The “Kindergarten and Nursery Education Course” offers the program to acquire the “First Class Certificate for Kindergarten Teacher” and the “Qualification for Childcare Worker”. The “Kindergarten and Primary School Education Course” offers the program to acquire the “First Class Certificate for Kindergarten Teacher” and the “First Class Certificate for Primary School Teacher”. The “Primary and Special Needs Education Course” offers the program to acquire the “First Class Certificate for Special Needs Education School Teacher (for students with intellectual disability, physically handicapped, or valetudinarian) as well as the “First Class Certificate for Primary School Teacher”.

Three Major Courses of Study

Kindergarten and Nursery Education Course

The Kindergarten and Nursery Education Course aims at the acquisition of the “First Class Certificate for Kindergarten Teacher” and of the “Qualification for Childcare Worker”. The new comprehensive support system for children and child-rearing called the “Centers for Early Childhood Education and Care (Nintei Kodomo-en)”, which combine kindergartens and day care centers, were introduced and have been spread throughout Japan for eliminating children on waiting lists of childcare facilities, as well as for supporting childcare in the local community. The Centers for Early Childhood Education and Care are gaining attention as workplaces for “Nursery Teachers”, who have both licenses in kindergarten education and qualifications for childcare workers. In addition, childcare workers can work in a variety of child welfare institutions such as infant homes and orphanages.

Kindergarten and Primary Education Course

The Kindergarten and Primary Education Course aims at the acquisition of the “First Class Certificate for Kindergarten Teacher” and the “First Class Certificate for Primary School Teacher”. By studying in the courses and by participating in the practical trainings for both licenses, students are able to find their interests and aptitudes, and to determine for themselves whether they are suited to become primary school teachers, kindergarten teachers, or both. The knowledge and skills as kindergarten teachers for the early childhood care and education will also be useful for primary school teacher, especially when providing guidance for lower grade students.

Primary and Special Needs Education Course

The Primary and Special Needs Education Course aims at the acquisition of the “First Class Certificate for Primary School Teacher” and the “First Class Certificate for Special Needs Education School Teacher (for students with intellectual disability, physically handicapped, or valetudinarian)”. Since the number of children requiring the special needs education has been currently increasing, there are growing needs for nurturing teachers in this area. Potential workplaces are expanding not only in special needs schools and classes but also in schools for developing occupational skills, vocational aid centers, and private enterprises. The teaching skills for special needs education, such as teaching according to the level of each child’s handicap, can also be applied when providing guidance to children in normal classes.

Unique Classes

Child Care and Education

The course provides practical learning including fieldwork of playing with children by observing their development and of teaching methods suitable for group works Students will develop the knowledge and skills required as childcare professionals who are able to draw out the abilities of children.

Theory of Expressive Activities in Primary School

This course provides learning of expressive activities for developing communication skills such as discussion, creation and expression through theatrical performance. We will consider the impact of theatrical performance, and methods of guidance, etc. according to stages of development.

General Education Theory of Learning Disabilities

In addition to providing a deeper understanding of developmental disorders such as learning disability (LD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), the course provides more specific learning on dealing with parents, education and support methods, and guidance plans.

Three Distinctive Points in the Department of Child Education

①Students can obtain multiple teachers licenses and qualifications during their four year study.
②The professors have much experiences in teaching in kindergartens and in primary schools. It is possible     to receive the thorough guidance and support from the professors who are well aware of classes.
③The teaching staff in special needs education are the professors who take initiatives in supporting     children with disabilities by helping them to become more independent or to participate in social     activities.Kyoto Notre Dame University is the only women’s university in Kyoto where students can     obtain the “First Class Certificate for Special Needs Education School Teacher (for students with     intellectual disability, physically handicapped, or valetudinarian).”

Elective Certificate Programs

  • Qualification for Childcare Worker
  • First Class Certificate for Kindergarten Teacher
  • First Class Certificate for Primary School Teacher
  • First Class Certificate for Special Needs Education School Teacher
    (people with intellectual disability, physically handicapped, or valetudinarian)
  • Librarian Certificate
  • Teacher Librarian Certificate
  • Qualification for Child Guidance Worker
  • Qualification for Social Work Officer
  • Qualification for Child Welfare Officer
  • Data Processing Specialist Certificate