Welcome to the Tokyo City University, Faculty of Human Life Sciences, Department of Child Studies. The Department of Child Studies provides students comprehensive academic coursework and fieldwork necessary to acquire a deep understanding of a childfs growth and development. In successive academic terms, students will explore methodologies to assist children develop critical social skills and qualities, such as independency, intellectual curiosity, and social responsibilities. The Department of Child Studies prepares students to succeed in a career dedicated to assisting young families develop their children to become responsible citizens in Japan and the World. Classroom teaching methodologies will enable the successful student to stimulate interest among young children and their parents thus adding quality to the overall well-being of children in todayfs ever evolving dynamic society.
Nowadays, Early Childhood Education and Care professionals in Japan play an important social role in assisting families with young children. In the context of diminishing social solidarity, young parents have been increasingly isolated in the child-rearing process. In order to provide appropriate services in response to social needs, Early Childhood Education and Care professionals need to improve their capabilities beyond basic certification requirements. The Department of Child Studies at Tokyo City University prepares prospective Kindergarten and Preschool teachers to develop practical and specialized knowledge and skills in order to nurture a healthy environment for children at a time of great need and great challenge.
The Department of Child Studies offers students an invigorating and challenging curriculum. A leading edge curriculum consists of a wide range of interdisciplinary subjects including Child Culture, Communication, and Expression. These subjects are offered in addition to the core curriculum requirements for kindergarten and preschool teacher certification. Tokyo City University offers one of the most innovative and unique curriculums in Japan in regards to understanding a childfs growth and development.
Tokyo City University offers a highly effective curriculum to meet the individual studentfs need. The program offers a low teacher to student ratio which enhances the ability of the student to truly master the four year course sequence. For example, students will take a seminar each year, starting with a focus on fundamentals the first year. Seminars in subsequent years include applied content the second year, a special research topic the third year, and a thesis presentation the final year. The curriculum is designed to enhance studentsf knowledge, skills and confidence in a progressive manner over successive terms, as seminars build upon and expand what students have already learned. Focusing on specific topics in successive terms, students will gradually develop their capability as prospective professionals.
In addition to the above, the Department of Child Studies at Tokyo City University offers unique and original outside the classroom experiences. This would include child-rearing support at gPIPPIh which is a community based support center for families with young children. Students also will participate in the local Tokyo municipality neighborhood gardening initiative as well as field excursions to natural settings such as gSense of Wonder in Natureh at the Yatsugatake Highland Villa of Tokyo City University. The University offers a study abroad program in cooperation with the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. The campus Theater Studio provides drama and dance workshops for students as well as theatre for children.
The Tokyo City University Department of Child Studies combines an exceptional faculty and outstanding facilities to offer students truly unique experiences. Located in the center of Japan, the campus provides a setting that enables the serious student to acquire the applied methodologies ideally suited to not only to work with children but todayfs society as well. The student will develop skills such as human interaction, flexibility, creative thinking based on acquired experiences.
The Tokyo City University Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education and Care offers the student many career options. For example, successful completion of the program will enable the student to gain official Government of Japan kindergarten and preschool teacher certification. A Bachelor of Science degree offers students a wide variety of professional career opportunities in early childhood education and care including public and private child care institutions, federal and municipal governments, child publications, toy manufacturers, children clothing design and manufacturing and foreign and domestic academic institutions. In addition, early childhood career professionals are critical in the new global economies such as NGOfs, agencies of the United Nations, CARE and JICA.