Faculty of Human Sciences
Department of Early Childhood Education and Care
There are four fundamental policies:
1. "Reverence and Service" and Liberal Arts
The department aims at developing childcare professionals and others who
have a sound foundation in the liberal arts, and who will strive to realize the
school motto of "Reverence and Service." Understanding and respect for all
human beings is fostered in students, as well as the capacity to provide a
learning environment in which all children will thrive, regardless of physical
or mental differences.
2. Child Care Professionals with a Balance of Knowledge and Practical Skills
The department aims to prepare childcare professionals and other workers
for the community that have the necessary knowledge and also the practical
skills that enable them to foster children's well-being and education.
Students develop this especially during their required preschool and
child care center teaching practice experiences.
3. Experiential Learning Format
The department provides a learning format that integrates students'
experiences, their reflection on those experiences and cooperation with
others, which has been favorably acknowledged as Good Practice by the
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Students
are required to participate in service learning and/or fieldwork programs in
Japan and abroad.
4. Creating Child Care Professionals that Contribute to the Local Community
By taking the newly-introduced Community-Forming Classes, students are
expected to become childcare professionals and people who can contribute
to the formation and development of local communities of support.