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Teacher Education Course (Graduate School for the Teaching Profession)

The Gifu University Graduate School for the Teaching Profession is a special graduate school that practically trains students with advanced pedagogical skills for immediate application in the development of educational programming and its use. Established in 2008, it partners with education committees and has pursued the training of school leaders in Gifu Prefecture. On this occasion, two new courses, the school administrator course and the educational development and praxis course, have been created in order to meet the needs of the region and local schools.

Study at a graduate school focusing on pedagogy is intended to foster the skills needed to resolve pedagogical issues to be addressed by schools and the local region. To that end, we offer an educational system that works in partnership with the education committee and schools in Gifu Prefecture. Through theoretical and practical coursework at the university, a plan is crafted to solve specific local issues. These are then employed in practice at schools towards the development of new programming. This is then summarized in a report which contributes to improvements for these schools and the region itself.

School Administrators Prepare Course

The School Administrator Preparation Course trains leaders poised to contribute to the creation of new schools and lead Gifu Prefecture itself in the future. It is intended for current educational personnel seeking to develop school management skills they can use to autonomously and cooperatively manage education facilities. Through coursework and practical training in educational policy and school management, they can thus develop skills in school administration, school improvement, school evaluation, and crisis management, to form the skillset they will need for administration of schools.

  • TANANO Katsunori, Professor
  • SAKAMOTO Yutaka, Professor
  • AKUTAGAWA Masayuki, Assistant Professor
  • ADACHI Shinichi, Specially-Appointed Professor
  • HARA Hisashi, Specially-Appointed Professor
  • DEGUCHI Kazuhiro, Specially-Appointed Professor
  • TAKEICHI Yasuhiko, Specially-Appointed Professor
  • SHINOHARA Kiyoaki, Specially-Appointed Professor

Education Practice Development

The Education Practice Development Course trains persons poised to become "middle leaders" to play a pivotal role in schools and the region. It is intended for current educational personnel seeking to develop a skillset in course development, clinical pedagogy, and special support of schooling, as well as new educational personnel who will be working in schools. It seeks graduates of the pedagogy department who wish to develop more advanced practical skills than the formative body of training they received in their undergraduate training. Through these courses, practical training at schools, and special research that draw on the latest findings in course development, clinical pedagogy, and special support of schooling, the students may enhance their pedagogic skillset.

  • ISHIKAWA Hideshi, Professor
  • HIRASAWA Noriko, Professor
  • YAGINUMA Ryota, Professor
  • MISHIMA Koyo, Associate Professor
  • NAGAKURA Mamoru, Associate Professor
  • YOSHIZAWA Hiroyuki, Associate Professor
  • SHIBAZAKI Naoto, Associate Professor
  • TAKEICHI Yasuhiko, Specially-Appointed Professor

Supporting Psychological Development Course

Clinical Psychology

This course is aimed to train graduate students to be certified clinical psychologists in Japan, who are able to be candidate for school counselor and expert counselor in various settings. We welcome students who have completed an undergraduate course of psychology and want to be a counselor / psychotherapist as a profession. As clinical practicums take place in Japan, applicants need profound ability of listening and speaking of Japanese language.

  • BEPPU Satoshi, Professor
  • OGA Satoshi, Professor
  • ITOH Munechika, Professor
  • MATSUMOTO Takuma, Associate Professor
  • ITAKURA Norimasa, Associate Professor

School Psychology

This course is aimed to produce and train experts to apply the psychological knowledge and skills to the research per se and the various social issues such as supporting school students. We welcome (a) in-service teachers that want to learn psychology for the psychological solutions for a variety of school problems and/or to qualify as a so-called school counselor, (b) students that intend to become a teacher having a more profound knowledge of psychology, and also (c) students that just want to devote themselves to psychological research of cognition, development, and so on.

  • TSUKIMOTO Takashi, Associate Professor

Special Needs Education

The curriculum is based on research on special needs education, and mental and physical disabilities, with the purpose of providing students with the requisite technical knowledge and practical skills to directly provide insights and improvements in the welfare system and special needs education. Students are expected to design a clear research topic and pursue it in a highly motivated, positive, and professional manner.

  • IKETANI Naotake, Professor
  • MURASE Shinobu, Professor
  • JINNO Yukio, Associate Professor
  • SUZUKI Yoshitaka, Assistant Professor

Major in Subject-Integrated Education

Language & Social Studies

National Language

The curriculum has been designed to provide a deep understanding on a wide perspective on topics not solely related to Japanese education, but also related to other fields such as Japanese literature, Japanese linguistics, and Chinese classics. Highly motivated students who develop a clear grasp of this curriculum are expected to continue their studies into effective ways to promote Japanese education and encourage promising younger students.

  • SATO Takahiro, Professor
  • YASU Naoya, Professor
  • YAMADA Toshihiro, Professor
  • KOBAYASHI Kazutaka, Professor
  • YOSHIKAWA Satoshi, Associate Professor
  • OGAWA Yoko, Associate Professor

Social Studies

This course has a twofold purpose. One is to conduct further research and studies into the practical and theoretical aspects of social studies education in elementary and junior high school, and on education of geography, history, and civics in high school. The other is to provide a solid foundation in the study of such social/human sciences as geography, history, philosophy, ethics, sociology, politics, economics, and law which form the basis of social studies. Prospective students, having a wide perspective of school education and human relations and wishing to deepen and broaden their knowledge to become expert in their field regarding social studies education, are encouraged to apply.

  • YABASE Toru, Professor
  • TAZAWA Haruko, Associate Professor
  • TSUJIMOTO Satoshi, Associate Professor
  • OHZEKI Yasuhiro,Professor
  • SAKAUCHI Shigeo, Professor
  • SUMOTO Yoshio, Professor
  • SAKAMOTO Kazuya, Professor
  • KAMINO Tomoya, Associate Professor
  • TANAKA Noboru, Associate Professor
  • HASHIMOTO Misao, Associate Professor
  • HARADA Shumpei, Assistant Professor


In order to provide English educators with the tools to be able to cope in the information age, it is necessary to make them become familiar with multimedia, including the internet, various kinds of CD-ROMs, and so on, for them to be more effective in the classroom. Graduate students will be required to compose and submit their reports and thesis in multimedia format or E-mail, and therefore, it is highly desirable that applicants have the appropriate computer knowledge and skills prior to applying to the department.

  • TATSUMI Toru, Professor
  • TAKIZAWA Hiroto, Associate Professor
  • David Barker, Associate Professor
  • NAKA Kiyoshi, Associate Professor
  • IIDA Yasuhiro, Assistant Professor
  • HAYASHI Hikari, Assistant Professor



Students with a strong desire to pursue further research in mathematics and mathematics education are encouraged to become graduate students. Historically, research in mathematics has been conducted in the East and the West, and recent developments have seen this field becoming a separate, independent field of study separate from the general field of science. In addition, mathematics education has become an important topic of research. With increased use of computers, it appears mathematics will increase in importance outside of the education field. Therefore, entering students will be encouraged to work at their own pace until they can develop a taste for doing mathematics. Then, those who acquire the requisite skills and learn to enjoy doing calculations or demonstrating theorems will be asked to challenge themselves to develop the necessary tools to be able to use and practice their mathematical skills in all facets of their life, and not just in education.

  • YAMADA Masahiro, Professor
  • KAWASAKI Tetsushi, Associate Professor
  • TANAKA Toshifumi, Associate Professor
  • TSUGE Naoki, Associate Professor
  • HANAKI Ryo, Associate Professor
  • HISHIKAWA Yosuke, Associate Professor


At the present time in school education, the lack of natural science as a part of young children's and student's learning experience is becoming more widespread. It is the aim of this course to train instructors to counterbalance this problem by providing them with the knowledge and skills to teach young people natura1 sciences that can show them the beauty and joy of the natural world. Applicants with open and flexible minds are encouraged to apply.

  • NAKAZAWA Kazuma, Professor
  • SUMIHAMA Mizuki, Associate Professor
  • NAKAMURA Taku, Associate Professor
  • YOSHIMATSU Mitsuhiro, Professor
  • UTSUMI Yukinori, Associate Professor
  • HAGIWARA Hiroaki, Associate Professor
  • KOYA Yasunori, Professor
  • MIYAKE Takashi, Professor
  • SUYAMA Chika, Associate Professor
  • KATSUTA Nagayoshi, Associate Professor
  • MORIMOTO Maki, Associate Professor


The purpose of this course is to provide junior high school technology education instructors further training to gain expert knowledge and practical skills in technology education. To achieve this goal, students will receive a fundamental education that will instill high-level research skills in such fields as electricity, mechanics, information technology, woodworking, and so on. Students will then utilize these skills to conduct practical and theoretical research in technology education.

  • ODAKA Hiroaki, Professor
  • KOHARA Mitsuhiro, Professor
  • FUKUOKA Daisuke, Associate Professor
  • FUNAKOSHI Hisatoshi, Associate Professor
  • NAKATA Toshiya, Associate Professor

Home Economics

Students will carry out research and studies on domestic science education involving basic research in such fields as clothing, foods, housing, home management,, child rearing, and so on. In particular, close attention will be paid to distinctive features of lifestyle and environment, on a regional basis, with the aim of developing, comprehensive, systematic studies of lifestyles.

  • FUMA Kayoko, Professor
  • OYABU Chiho, Professor
  • IMAMURA Mitsuyuki, Professor
  • KUBO Kazuhiro, Professor
  • SUGIYAMA Mao, Associate Professor
  • SHIBATA Naomi, Assistant Professor

Arts & Physical


The curriculum is designed to provide students with the ability to discover and nurture future talents and introduce them into the wonderful world of music. This task is accomplished through an integrated, theoretical, and practical approach to how music education should be conducted. By studying the intimate interrelationships among the diverse fields of singing, musical instruments, composition, conducting, musicology, and so on, graduate students will gain better insights into the field of music education.

  • MATSUNAGA Yosuke, Professor
  • MATSUURA Mitsuo, Associate Professor
  • AOYAGI Takahiro, Associate Professor
  • NAKADA Kumiko, Associate Professor
  • NISHIO Yo, Associate Professor
  • KONNO Kenichi, Associate Professor


Postgraduate study is directed into the chosen area of fine arts or art education. Students are expected to further develop their creative abilities and to advance their understanding of art education. Further experience in teaching art as an acting teacher is also encouraged.

  • NOMURA Yukihiro, Professor
  • KASAI Eiji, Professor
  • YAMAMOTO Masayuki, Professor
  • HAYASE Daisuke, Associate Professor

Health & Physical

Research in health and physical education is conducted in such areas as exercise, sports, and health, and all of these fields can be integrated into various other fields as well. This course has been designed to provide students with distinctive attributes to be able to pursue deeper research of these areas in related fields such as school physical education, lifelong education, and so on. Prospective students should have prior knowledge of the practical aspects of health and physical education in order to be able to pursue their chosen research topic in a positive, confident manner.

  • IMAI Hajime, Professor
  • YAMAWAKI Kyoji, Professor
  • SUGIMORI Hiroyuki, Professor
  • KUMAGAI Kayo, Professor
  • KASUGA Kosyo, Professor
  • UEDA Shinya, Associate Professor
  • HAYASHI Ryohei, Assistant Professor

Curriculum Development

Learning knowledge and skills about curriculum development, especially, (1) Designing students' rich learning processes, (2) Improvement Teachers' activity and school systems, (3) New literacies about language, environment, information. Based on these knowledge and skills, graduate students promote thier own practical researches. For graduate students who are working school at distance locations, lectures and semiars are delivered through interactive video conference systems.

  • MURASE Koichiro, Professor
  • KATO Naoki, Professor
  • MASHIKO Norifumi, Professor
  • MATSUBARA Masaya, professor
  • MASUKAWA Koichi, Professor
  • IMAI Ako, Associate Professor
  • HASEGAWA Tetsuya, Associate Professor
  • OKIDO Ritsuko, Assistant Professor
  • GOTOH Seiichi, Assistant Professor

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