Nakamura Gakuen University

Nakamura Gakuen University


Junior College

Junior College
Division of Early Childhood Care and Education

The Division trains childcare workers who acquire knowledge, skills, and behavior related to childhood care and education and who, as childcare professionals, support the healthy physical and mental growth of children.


11 Nearly all students obtain licenses and qualifications as both kindergarten teachers and childcare workers, and find professional employment

Every year, nearly all students obtain both a category 2 kindergarten teacher’s license and a nursery teacher’s license. A feature of the Division is the ability to learn a wide range of knowledge and skills necessary for education and childcare, including plastic arts, music, developmental psychology, and principles of education.

2Students gain on-site experience through training at kindergartens, nursery schools, and facilities for a total of 50 days while attending school

Students try out their knowledge and skills related to the understanding and guidance of children in practical settings, to discover their own learning issues.

3Production of nursery teachers with practical ability
Strong trust from the childcare field

Every year, the Division send out about 200 students into the childcare field. Active work by graduates has earned the Division deep trust from the childcare field, and the Division receives many job offer notices every year.

4Assured practical training with solid pre- and post-guidance

Students first make preparations and utilize the knowledge and skills they have acquired so far, in order to confidently engage in practical training at nursery schools, facilities, kindergartens, certified centers for early childhood education and care, etc. They also perform careful review after the training to discover issues and goals.

Employment and career support

Stages for active roles

  • Fields for kindergarten teachers and other education professionals
  • Fields for education and child welfare professionals to serve as nursery teachers at certified centers for early childhood education and care
  • Fields of child welfare for nursery teachers at nursery schools and welfare facilities
  • Occupations that contribute to society on the basis of professional backgrounds in childcare and education
  • Transfer to the Faculty of Education or to related faculties of other 4-year universities

Licenses and qualifications that can be earned

  • Category 2 Kindergarten Teacher’s License
  • Nursery Teacher’s License (National Qualification)

Educational objectives

The Division of Early Childhood Care and Education trains childcare workers who are equipped with wide-ranging expertise in childhood care and education, abundant human qualities, and the ability for self-learning, and who possess the practical capabilities to play active roles in the fields of education and welfare.

Three policies

Admission Policy

The Division seeks persons who are equipped with knowledge, skills, capabilities, sense of purpose, and ambition as follows.

  1. Persons who possess the ability to think and to take action, and basic academic ability at the high school graduation level
  2. Persons who are interested in interacting with other persons
  3. Persons who value the perspectives of children
  4. Persons who want to develop children’s potential
  5. Dynamic and motivated persons

Studies prior to admission

  1. Kindergarten teachers and nursery teachers require knowledge and skills in diverse fields. Accordingly, studying a wide range of subjects in high school, without bias toward specific subjects, is advisable.
  2. Actively engage in varied pre-admission education offered by the Department.

Curriculum Policy

This Division systematically organizes and offers the following liberal arts subjects, specialized subjects, etc.

  1. The Division offers subjects related to the “Basic Field” to cultivate basics for an Associate degree (Early Childhood Care and Education) and the “Liberal Arts Field” for the acquisition of rich general education.
  2. The Division offers subjects related to the “Childcare Basics Field” that cultivates the basic knowledge, skills, and behaviors required of childcare workers.
  3. The Division offers subjects related to the “Childcare Applied/Practical Field” and “Practical Field” for further applied and practical enhancement of learning in the “Childcare Basics Field.”

Diploma Policy

The Division awards an Associate degree (Early Childhood Care and Education) to persons who have completed the prescribed course and who have acquired qualities and abilities as follows.

  1. Have mastered the founding spirit of the University and have acquired manners, general education, and common sense appropriate to an Associate degree (Early Childhood Care and Education), and are able to contribute to society with an affection for academia, cooperativeness, and a sense of responsibility.
  2. Understand the societal significance of childcare and possess the basic knowledge, skills, and professional ethics required of childcare workers.
  3. Are able to think independently about issues in childcare, understand the minds and bodies of children from broad perspectives, and note children’s latent abilities, and are equipped with the capability to adapt to households and communities and can actively communicate information and provide support for childcare.