Human Life Sciences
The Department of Child Studies
Faculty of Human Life Sciences
Here, while deepening your understanding of children's personality development, child rearing and various meetings surrounding children (with adults, nature, culture, etc.), you acquire specialized knowledge and skills to promote children's healthy mental and physical growth. Additionally, students study pedology comprehensively through developing their social knowledge and practical skills of supporting people involved with children's growth and vitalizing child-rearing functions.
Department of Child Studies
Welcome to 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 child's 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. 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 today's ever evolving dynamic society.
An Innovative and Challenging Professional Study Program in Early Childhood Education and Care
Nowadays, Early Childhood Education and Care professionals in Japan play important social roles 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 TCU prepares prospective Kindergarten and Preschool teachers to develop practical and specialized knowledge and skills in order to nurture a healthier environment for children at a time of great need and great challenge.
Professional Career Development
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. TCU offers one of the most innovative and unique curriculums in regards to understanding a child's growth and development.
TCU offers a highly effective curriculum to meet the individual student's need. The curriculum is designed to enhance students' 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 TCU offers unique and original outside the classroom experiences. The campus Theater Studio provides drama and dance workshops for students, as well as theatre for children. This would include child-rearing support at "PIPPI", 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. TCU also offers a study abroad program in cooperation with the University of Canterbury in New Zealand and University of Wollongong in Australia.
TCU Bachelor of Child Studies offers the students 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.
The Bachelor of Child Studies offers students a wide variety of professional career opportunities in early childhood education and care, including public and private child care institutions, national and local governments, child publications, toy manufacturers, children clothing design and manufacturing and international and domestic academic institutions. In addition, early childhood career professionals are critical in the new global economies such as NGO's, agencies of the United Nations, CARE and JICA.