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Science Course

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Professors and Lecturers in Charge

Physics: FUKUDA Yoshiyuki (particle physics, cosmic-ray physics)

Physics: UCHIYAMA Tetsuji (physicality, membrane・surface-interface physicality)

Chemistry: IKEYAMA Takeshi (physicochemistry)

Chemistry: SAWATARI Hideyuki (analytic chemistry, geochemistry)

Chemistry: KASAI Kayoko (organic chemistry, complex chemistry)

Biology: DEGUCHI Ryusaku (zoological embryology)

Biology: KOBAYASHI Yasushi

Biology: MUNAKATA Arimune (behavioral physiology)

Geoscience: KAWAMURA Toshio (geology)

Geoscience: TAKATA Toshiko (planetary science)

Geoscience: SUGAWARA Satoshi (atmospheric physics)

Science Education: TABATA Kenichi (science pedagogy)

Science Education: WATANABE Naoshi (science pedagogy)

Science Education: MISHINA Keiko

Course Description

The Division of Science Education aims to cultivate in its students firm knowledge in broad areas of science. Students are also expected to acquire laboratory techniques that form the basis for academic understanding in physics, chemistry, biology, and geoscience so that they can play a major role in teaching science at elementary schools. In laboratories, students perform outdoor observations and fieldwork utilizing the nature of Aobayama, which is adjacent to the university, as well as various experiments in the laboratory building which is well equipped with apparatuses and instruments.

Curriculum

In this course, students learn "Subject-Related Courses" (which correspond to elementary school subjects such as Japanese, mathematics, social studies, science, etc) and "Teaching Material Research Methodology" in all subjects. Outline of the learning in specialized courses related to science is as follows:
In the first year, students acquire knowledge and solution methods that form the basis for university level science as well as take "Basic Science Lecture" that encompasses high school science that students may not have completed. Specialized lectures "Science Lectures A~D" also begin in the first year.
In the second year, students continue with specialized lectures "Science Lectures A~D" and also take "physics, chemistry, biology, and geology" (all of them compulsory).
In the third year, students take steps leading to graduation research in the fourth year by learning "Science Training."
In the fourth year, students start their graduation research in laboratory of the professor that they choose to learn under. Students perform experiments, practice, and training for almost a year on topics that deal with the contents of each of the subjects or on those that relate to science teaching materials or pedagogy. These experiments, practice, and training are summarized in students' graduation theses.
Moreover, students simultaneously take "Practical Participatory Training in Science Education (primary)" in the first year, "Practical Research on Science Teaching Material A" in the second year, "Practical Research on Science Teaching Material B" in the third year, "Third-Year Elementary School Practice Teach" at affiliated school, and "Fourth-Year Elementary School Practice Teach" at other schools in Sendai or neighboring cities.

Licenses and Certificates

License can be obtained with the completion of graduation requirements: Elementary School Teacher's License: Category 1
License can be obtained with the completion of additional courses: Junior High School Teacher's License: Category 1 (science) and High School Teacher's License: Category 1 (science)

Employment Situation and Career Opportunities

We are yet to have graduation of any students since it is a new course that started in 2007. Career paths of the students who graduated from former Teacher Training Course are shown below for reference:
[Teachers (part-time teachers included): 48%]
Elementary school (Miyagi, Kanagawa), junior high school (Miyagi, Yamagata), junior and senior high school (Kanagawa)
[Graduate school: 35%]
Research Division of Education at Miyagi University of Education, Science Research Course at Tohoku University Graduate School, Life Science Research Course at Tohoku University Graduate School
[Government officials: 4%]
Natori municipal office
[Others: 13%]

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