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Faculty of Education, Art and Science Yamagata University

Faculty Dean

Message from the Dean

A Faculty Rooted in the Local Community

Faculty Dean  Takeshi Deguchi


The current Faculty of Education, Art and Science at Yamagata University has an extensive history that dates back to 1878. At that time, the institution was known as the Yamagata Normal School, a training school for teachers. In 1949, educational reforms took place and our department name was changed to the Faculty of Education. For close to 140 years our school has played a vital role in the community by producing a large number of teachers who serve in the compulsory education system. Throughout the 1980s the faculty continued to expand its curriculum. Since the 1990s, the faculty has undergone a series of reorganization efforts. In 2005, we evolved into our present form in which we have expanded our role in cultivating competent graduates who invigorate the surrounding area in the fields of culture and education. In addition to several positive reforms, we have also taken the initiative to establish master’s courses in a new graduate school of education. Further, a comprehensive teacher-training center has been set up to carry out sophisticated educational research. Our dedication to improvement will continue to provide a foundation for intellectual and artistic achievement.

The purpose of our faculty, with regard to the local area, is to cultivate graduates who will foster connectedness among young people and their community and promote a life that is rich in culture. Our programs strive to produce individuals who are well-rounded, intertwined with various people and organizations, and capable of facing the unique challenges of the region. To meet this aim our faculty had previously been organized into one department with 8 courses and 23 programs. However, from April 2017 our faculty has been transformed into one department with two courses in order to better cultivate human resources through a strongly integrated program. Through the ideal of developing individuals who advance and revitalize society, successful candidates to our faculty will choose their own program based on the course they have entered. The newly created courses are the Primary Education Course and the Cultural Innovation Course. For those seeking graduate school education, we have designed a special six-year Challenge Program in which students can work toward undergraduate and graduate degrees simultaneously. In all of our courses we strive to cultivate specialists who can work independently in their respective fields.

As members of a modern world, we prepare students to meet the needs of the future. Along with the cooperation of family and the local community, we help our students succeed. Some graduates will become part of a team at local schools through the Primary Education Course. Others, in the Cultural Innovation Course, will make social contributions in the realms of the arts and health, and help to create and maintain high standards of living. The young people we educate will face the challenges of tomorrow with a spirit of cooperation and ingenuity, using their special skills to build a brighter future. And it is this faculty that will instill them with the tools they need to succeed.

As a faculty which has historically emphasized a thorough grounding in core subjects and specialized knowledge, a commitment to fostering talented school teachers, and a student body that will meet future challenges head on, we endeavor to give our learners ever more effective tools through our conducting of educational research. Additionally, our two graduate schools, the Professional School of Education and the Graduate School of Regional Education, Art and Science, along with an integrated Special Course for School Nurses will likewise support the dreams and future of all students in whatever field they choose.

With strong ties to the local community, a dedication to the pursuit of academic excellence for specialists in regional education and culture, and a strong bond linking knowledge and practice, we are the Faculty of Education, Art and Science at Yamagata University.

Faculty Outline

The Faculty of Education, Art and Science, formerly the Faculty of Education, was restructured in April 2005 to better meet the needs of students in the 21st century. In 2012, three departments were merged into one in order to train individuals with the practical skills necessary to succeed in the modern world. Students in this faculty not only develop technical skills, they also strive to create a better living environment for society. Further, each of our two courses (Primary Education and Cultural Innovation) attempts to cultivate well-rounded individuals.

Educational Policy

The Faculty of Education, Art and Science plays a crucial role in the local region by providing higher learning in the fields of education, health, culture, and the arts. The Faculty has a strong commitment to the social sciences and through its education and research strives to instill graduates with a broad perspective, integrity, a spirit of inquiry, and humanity.
The Faculty also stresses originality and flexibility, with the aim of fostering practical human resources that will contribute to the autonomous development of local communities.

Department of Education, Art, and Science

Department Outline

In our department we strive to meet the challenges of improving education, refining cultural pursuits, and creating optimal lifestyles. In order to best serve students so that they can become highly productive members of society, the department is made up of 2 courses with 5 specialized programs. In addition to providing students with specialized knowledge, they are also given ample practical training and application.

The curriculum of this department is in principle structured as follows. First, students begin with general studies. Next, they progress to the core program of their chosen field. Finally, learners conclude with the advanced program.

Every program is designed so that students can acquire much general knowledge in addition to their chosen field of expertise. An overview of each program is given below.

Primary Education

In this course, students build a strong foundation in educational theory and teaching methods. We develop the skills of future teachers who will become part of a team at their respective schools. These teachers will support the learning of schoolchildren through the cooperation of school counselors, school social workers, families and the local community.

Students in this course share one or more of the following attributes:

  • Those aiming to become elementary school teachers.
  • Individuals who will acquire an elementary school teaching license along with a license to teach junior or senior high school subjects (Japanese, Social Studies, Math, Science, English, or senior high school Geography/History), or kindergarten, or special needs education.
  • Men and women with a strong base of knowledge across subjects and a spirit of inquisitiveness.
  • Individuals eager to work in the community and support local education initiatives with the cooperation of families and the general public.
  • People who work well with children, exhibiting both patience and open-mindedness.

Cultural Innovation

This course caters to a diverse group of students. Here, students can study in disciplines related to physical and psychological well-being such as sports, mental health, and food coordinating. Others can engage in cultural enrichment pursuits such as music, design, or other artistic endeavors. The underlying theme of this course is to create a better society through knowledge and practical application of skills. We develop graduates who play active roles in their local community.

Students in this course share one or more of the following attributes:

  • Individuals interested in supporting health or culture related activities in regional areas.
  • Those who want to contribute to the health of body and mind in the fields of psychology, food culture, or sports science.
  • People who have a keen interest in music, design, or other fine arts.
  • Those who wish to obtain a junior or senior high school teaching license in the subject of health and physical education, music, or art.
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