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Faculty of Education, Art and Science Yamagata University

Message from the Dean

Faculty Dean

“I hope students will truly feel the allure of Yamagata and study glocally.”

Katsura Omori

Dean of Faculty of Education, Art and Science


I became the first female dean at Yamagata University in April 2019.

The Faculty of Education, Art and Science, formerly the prefecture’s normal school, has existed as a faculty of Yamagata University since the university was established as a national university under the new system in 1949. In 2005, the faculty was reorganized from the Faculty of Education to the Faculty of Education, Art and Science, and has continued to produce enthusiastic teachers for more than 140 years, including its years as a normal school.

In 2017, the Faculty was restructured into a 2-course system: Primary Education Course and Cultural Innovation Course, thus emphasizing its human resource development function. The Primary Education Course aims to train “teachers as members of team schools” that support child rearing for the entire region. The Cultural Innovation Course trains “specialists who will solve regional problems” to support local culture and the health of the local people. Both courses include a “Challenge Program” by which students receive integrated education for six years including admission fee exemption to graduate school, on the premise that they will attend graduate school after completely 4 years undergraduate study.

Yamagata University has campuses in the cities of Yamagata, Tsuruoka and Yonezawa. Students in the Faculty of Education, Art and Science study at the Kojirakawa Campus in Yamagata City, continuously from their freshman year until they graduate. Also located in Yamagata City are a nursery school, elementary school, junior high school and special education school attached to the university, and the General Center for the Study of the Teaching, where students of our faculty receive practical training in teaching with the cooperation of these auxiliary facilities and public schools in the region. In “field projects”, our students choose a theme such as art and culture, sports, food, etc., to travel to places in the prefecture for practical training throughout the year. Through agreements with overseas universities focusing on Asia, students also participate in international exchange in education and research, including opportunities to study abroad. Rather than being restricted to education on campus, the faculty believes that one of its important missions is to further promote glocal education and research throughout the region and the world in the future.

We hope that you will join your colleagues from Japan and overseas to come in contact with the local people and the rich natural surroundings and culture of the region, while actively experiencing various things to have a fulfilling life at a leading university of Eastern Japan. We on the faculty are here to help you realize your dreams to enable you to play an active role in various areas in the future as capable people who will foster local innovation in the future.

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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