School of EducationWaseda University

Educational Policy

The School of Education has two educational objectives. Firstly, ever since its time as the Higher Normal School, the School of Education has sought to pass on the traditions of its numerous teaching instructors in their respective fields with the goal of producing outstanding educational professionals. Secondly, it has sought to foster talented human resources capable of working in a variety of fields outside the world of academia. These two goals are not separate. In fact, whichever of these paths pursued, the ultimate goal is the development of broadminded individuals with wide-ranging knowledge and a rich education.  It goes without saying that the educational policy of the School of Education is also focused on the development of broadminded individuals.

Three Policies

Diploma Policy

In order to foster human resources capable of making an independent contribution to the global community, we will utilize the broad scope and unique characteristics of Waseda University to encourage exchange between diverse academic fields, cultures, languages and values, supported by systematic education courses and a university-wide teaching and student life environment.
The School of Education has seven departments across the arts and sciences, with two majors and seven specializations.  For this reason, it awards the following eight types of degree in accordance with the department, major and specialization.

  1. Bachelor of Education: Specialization in Education; Specialization in Adult and Community Education; Major in Primary Education
  2. Bachelor of Arts in Psychology: Specialization in Educational Psychology
  3. Bachelor of Arts in Literature: Japanese Language and Literature Department;  English Language and Literature Department
  4. Bachelor of Arts in Geography: Social Studies Department, Specialization in Geography and History
  5. Bachelor of Arts in History: Social Studies Department, Specialization in Geography and History
  6. Bachelor of Arts in Civil Society and Citizenship Studies: Social Studies Department, Specialization in Civil Society and Citizenship Studies
  7. Bachelor of Science: Department of Science; Department of Mathematics
  8. Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies: Cultural Sciences Department

Compulsory specialized subjects have been designated as appropriate for each department and specialization, and a compulsory number of credits has been established for cross-faculty subjects, foreign language subjects and specialist subjects. The School does everything to ensure that its graduates have acquired highly developed specialist skills, broad knowledge, a rich education and outstanding communication skills.

Curriculum Policy

The main educational objectives of the School of Education are: “To produce outstanding education professionals”; “To foster talented human resources capable of working in a variety of fields outside the world of academia”; and (as the foundation to the above) “To develop individuals with excellent communication skills, wide-ranging knowledge and a rich education”. In order to achieve these objectives, the School of Education has set out and implemented its education courses based on the following policy.

  1. From the first year, students are affiliated to a department, major and specialization. They receive specialized education throughout their four years at university, helping to foster human resources with a high level of specialist knowledge.
  2. Students who want to become teachers are given a full curriculum of teacher training from the first year on the Teacher Education Program, helping to produce school teachers of the highest quality.
  3. By sitting cross-faculty courses, minor courses, major and specialization courses offered by other departments, and courses offered at external organizations, students go beyond their specialist field to acquire wide-ranging knowledge and a rich education.
  4. They also acquire outstanding communication skills by sitting well-developed courses in foreign languages and attending small group practical courses.

Admission Policy

As part of its educational philosophy “Independence of Learning”, Waseda University welcomes numerous students from Japan and around the world who possess a certain level of basic academic ability, a strong intellectual curiosity, a richly progressive spirit in accordance with the University’s philosophy, and a passion to learn.
The School of Education has two educational objectives. Firstly, it aims to produce outstanding educational professionals by passing on over a century of tradition from the numerous teaching instructors in many different fields that have passed through the School since its time as the Higher Normal School. Secondly, it aims to foster talented human resources capable of working in a variety of fields outside the world of academia. These two goals are not separate. In fact, whichever of these paths pursued, the ultimate goal is the development of individuals with excellent communication skills, wide-ranging knowledge and a rich education. The School of Education has seven departments across the arts and sciences, with two majors and seven specializations. The University encourages admission by students who possess a certain level of basic academic ability that will allow them to cope with specialist study in their respective fields, and who have a desire to obtain broad knowledge, a rich education and excellent communication skills.

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