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  • The Department of Ethics Education aims to provide moral education to students. The curriculum includes theories of moral education, teaching tools for moral education, and understanding of philosophy and ethics, an understanding of the theories related to North Korea and a united nation, and an understanding of the theories and methodologies concerning human nature and social sciences. These courses include all-encompassing education areas related to education that promotes morality and character development. Through the programs, students will better understand the existence of morality in our society and gain the skills necessary to educated democratic citizens.
  • The objective of the Department of Korean Education is to nurture educators specializing in elementary Korean language education. To this end, students familiarize themselves with the academic knowledge and inquiry methods to teach listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills as well as grammar and literature to elementary school students to improve their thinking and learning skills, and apply their knowledge and skills in an actual elementary school setting. The intensive curriculum includes understanding and expression of the Korean language, grammar, literature, and use of the media. Through these courses, students develop the qualities required of professional teachers who can help elementary school students develop reading and writing skills, in addition to the ability to communicate in an accurate and creative manner.
  • The Department of Social Studies Education aims to nurture competent specialists in elementary social studies education, who can help elementary school students gain the knowledge and skills they need as members of society, accurately recognize social phenomena, and develop the qualities and competencies of democratic citizens. For this purpose, the curriculum has been designed to include three major areas: general social studies education, geography education, and history education. Students in this department get equipped with academic knowledge and inquiry methods across the three aforementioned areas, based on which they are taught how to apply the pedagogical theories and methods in an actual elementary education setting.
  • The objective of the Department of Mathematics Education is to foster self-directed and creative elementary mathematics educators who research and understand the basic concepts, principles, and rules of mathematics dealt with in elementary school settings. In addition to gaining the ability to solve diverse mathematical problems, students also gain a habit of considering various day-to-day events and phenomena from the mathematical perspective. At the same time, they gain a richer and more in-depth understanding of mathematical content and pedagogy, thereby becoming elementary school teachers with a firm view of teaching and excellent teaching competencies.
  • In the Department of Science Education, students learn the theories and skills pertaining to the elementary science education curriculum through hands-on experiences so that they can effectively teach science subjects in elementary schools. With a focus on scientific inquiry activities, students observe and manipulate specific objects and phenomena for in-depth learning of natural sciences. Also, they are taught to discover and solve day-to-day problems on their own, and they get to further improve their qualifications as elementary school teachers through the intensive courses.
  • In the Department of Physical Education, students are given in-depth theoretic education and practical training in order to better understand the essence of physical education and develop the qualifications they need to become competent elementary physical education teachers. Students are instructed to promote the value of physical activity through integrated teaching and learning activities and the use of efficient teaching and learning methods in the areas of health, competition, expression, and safety. The general curriculum consists of Physical Education Theory (Ⅰ&Ⅱ), Physical Education Practice (Ⅰ&Ⅱ), and Physical Expression Activities, while the intensive curriculum includes Physical Activity and Basic Skills, Physical Activity Instruction Methods, Elementary Dance Education, Physiology of Childhood Sports, Exercise and Health, Psychology of Childhood Sports, Sports and Social Sciences, Physical Education Curriculum, Elementary Physical Education Evaluation, and various practical training courses.
  • In the Department of Music Education, the curriculum consists of diverse courses that deal with the theories and practices of Western and Korean music as well as music pedagogy in depth for the purpose of equipping students with the necessary qualifications of elementary music teachers in addition to an understanding of music. Also, the department has specialized divisions focusing on wind instruments, string instruments, piano, gugak (traditional Korean music), vocal music, music composition, and music education, where students can receive professional training in the area of interest. This helps students further develop their practical skills in that specific area. They are also provided with guidance to write their graduation thesis or to prepare for the graduation performance.
  • The Department of Art Education aims to promote professional skills in art instruction and cultivate the general research skills in the area of fine art pedagogy. In order to cultivate research skills, a wide range of courses have been established, including Childhood Art Analysis and Research, Art Therapy, Cognitive Theories in Art Education, History of Art Education, Visual Culture and Art Education, and Art Education and Research Methodologies. Through these courses, students gain theoretical knowledge and skills that enable them to carry out academic and empirical research. In addition, their professional instruction skills are further reinforced through other courses on Korean painting, Western painting, sculpture, craft, design, and calligraphy.
  • The aim of the Department of Practice Science Education is to nurture elementary practical science education experts through inquiry-based theory education as well as practical application of the theories concerning practical science pedagogy. Through actual experiences and the acquisition of problem-solving skills, students learn and teach various aspects of practical sciences, home education, technical studies, information science, career education, environmental education, as well as Practical Arts education in relation to curriculum, teaching and learning methods, evaluation, and research methodologies.
  • The Department of Computer Education aims to nurture experts in the area of elementary software education in preparation for the Intelligent Information Society along with the advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. For this purpose, diverse courses for the development of computational thinking (CT) skills are offered. In addition to practical education in the computer lab on software coding, physical computing, and digital education equipment and materials (e.g. 3D printers, drones, etc.), theoretical education is provided in parallel for the students to understand the core concepts of computer science and become better prepared for the future.
  • The objective of the Department of Education is to nurture competent elementary school teachers who can contribute to the development of education by equipping them with the basic knowledge and skills related to the educational phenomena in elementary schools and research on the issues with education. For this purpose, the department offers a curriculum that helps students understand the phenomena and issues in the current education system and solve the problems; Courses include theories of character education, education for gifted children, special lectures on elementary pedagogy, teaching and learning methodologies, education research and statics, education measurement and evaluation, society, culture and education, theory of education reform, theories and actuality of education administration, inquiries on the issues of elementary education, history of elementary education, and contemporary trends in education. Students get to broaden their educational view, gain a deeper understanding of education, and acquire the skills to resolve educational issues in the field and contribute to the development of the education sector.
  • The Department of Special (Inclusive) Education was newly established in 2012, with the aim of fostering professional teachers who can proactively deal with the numerous issues that have been arising at schools in recent years. The focus is on children with mental or pathological issues who may potentially cause school violence, special children such as gifted children and children with disabilities, children with low basic-academic skills and all other children with various abilities and unique characteristics. The department produces leading teachers, who can administer classes taking into account individual differences among children from diverse groups by employing various teaching methods including the multilevel inclusive instruction.
  • The Department of Early Childhood Education aims to deal with the theories and practices of instructing elementary school students in the lower grades, with a focus on bridging kindergarten and elementary school education more efficiently. An intensive program pertaining to early childhood education is in place to help prospective elementary school teachers improve their qualifications to teach students in the lower grades. The curriculum includes a child-oriented education course, kindergarten and elementary school education linking methodology, developmental theory, early childhood language instruction, early childhood education method, infant creativity education, early childhood social studies education, parental education, and early childhood art education.
  • The Department of English Education was established in 1994 around the time when elementary English education became compulsory. Based on a mission to nurture competent teachers who can provide elementary English instruction and lead the advancement of elementary English education in Korea, the department has been educating and researching the theories and practices of elementary English education. The curriculum aims to help students gain basic knowledge about English subject. Courses such as basic theories in English linguistics, English and American literature, and children’s literature provide a foundation of English language studies. Students are also offered opportunities to learn theories and teaching methods in the field of English education, and explore the possibility of applying them in the actual field through various courses.