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Division of Science Education

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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)

Physics: NISHIYAMA Shogo

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 qualities and skills junior high school and high school teachers are desired to possess through broad yet profound learning of natural science. Students take core subjects such as physics, chemistry, biology, and geology as well as learn teaching methods and material preparations. Specialized courses offer laboratory, practice teach, and training as well as lectures so that students gain first-hand experience.
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 well equipped with apparatuses and instruments.

Curriculum

Outline of the four-year education-specialized course 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 "introductory science course" that teaches some parts of high school science that students may not have completed. In the second half of the first year, specialized lectures "physics 1," "chemistry 1," and "introductory science laboratory" begin. In the second year, students take specialized lectures "biology 1," "geology 1," and "laboratory 1 from each of physics, chemistry, biology, and geology" (all of them compulsory).
From the second to third years, students take required courses from "lecture 2 A~C" of each of the subjects. In the third year, students take steps leading to the fourth year by learning "laboratory 2" and "training" of each of the areas. In the fourth year, students start their graduation research in the laboratory of the professor that they choose to learn under. Students perform experiments, practice, and train over 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 learn "science education practical participatory training (secondary)" in the first year, "science education practical research A" in the second year, "science education practical research B" in the third year, "third-year junior high school practice teach" at affiliated junior high school, and "fourth-year junior high school practice teach" at other schools in Sendai or neighboring cities.

Licenses and Certificates

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

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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