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Message from the President

Developmental Disorder Education


Professors and Lecturers in Charge

Professor: UEKIDA Jun

Appointed Professor: SEKIGUCHI Hirohisa (Child Psychiatry)

Associate Professor: NOZAKI Yoshikazu

Course Description

In this course, while learning Special Needs Education in general, students learn and research phenomena such as hypophrenia, autism, LD(Learning Disorder), ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder), Disturbance of Cerebral Function, together with issues of truant and child-abuse, which are deeply related to the disorders listed above.


There are about twenty students per class, which is considered rather large for this university. In their first year, students prepare for studies of specialized areas in the following year, through courses such as 'Practical Training for Developmental Disorder Education' and 'Introduction to Special Needs Education'. In the second year, they start taking courses in specific areas of Special Needs Education, with Developmental Disorder as the central concern. They are expected to study their specialized areas in order to be able to teach at Special Needs Schools, along with studies for Teacher's License in elementary schools or junior high schools. In the third year, they are to be engaged in Third Year Practice Teaching in an elementary school or a junior high school. 'Educational Support Training for Hypophrenia' constitutes an important subject, for it is also preparation for their graduation theses. Although there are not many classes, their final year will be quite a busy one, with numerous activities such as Fourth Year Practice Teaching, Practice Teaching in a Special Needs Schools, graduation thesis, Teacher's Employment Tests, Employment Tests for Public Servants, Job Hunting and Preparation for MA (for those who wish to).
Therefore it is crucial that they organize themselves in learning from the first year.

Licenses and Certificates

In order to graduate, students have to fulfill requirements for Teacher's License in Elementary School: Category 1 or in Junior High School: Category 1 (in one chosen subject), in addition to Teacher's License in Special Needs Education School: Category 1.

Employment Situation and Career Opportunities

Although many students naturally choose to become teachers, a variety of careers are available, as some students choose to work at companies or special needs/welfare institutions. There are students who go on to do their Master's degree as well.