Academic Programs

Department of Child Education

The Department of Child Education develops human resources that are able to provide education with open and accessible attitudes to children younger than one year old up to students in the sixth grade of elementary school, by which, they can maximize each child’s full potential, aspire children to have hope for the future and help develop good human relationship skills in them.
Almost all of this department’s teachers have experience teaching at day care centers, kindergartens, elementary schools and special needs schools and are very familiar with the realities of teaching in each education field. Students are able to acquire not only knowledge, but wisdom and skills which are useful at actual educational scenes. Excellent support is also provided through practical classes and employment search support.
Moreover, the system we provide is based on small classes with a teacher who is in charge of each class. With this, we aim to foster a good relationship where students help improve each other through the interactions with fellow students and their teachers.

Three Major Courses of Study

Early Childhood Education Course
(Kindergarten and Nursery Education)


The Early Childhood 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.

Elementary and Special Needs Education Course

The goal of students in the Elementary and Special Needs Education Course is to become elementary school teachers and special needs school teachers. By learning about special needs education, students acquire the capabilities necessary to teach children even in regular classes with careful consideration of their abilities, characteristics and the development of their bodies and minds. Kindergarten teacher qualifications can also be acquired. Among the children enrolled in regular classes, there are children with disabilities and those with other educational needs, including those who are often absent from school. The expectations for human resources with a Certificate for Special Needs Education School Teacher, who have acquired knowledge and skills required for understanding those children, is high. They are in high demand in a wide range of schools and other educational institutions.

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