Traning competent secondary school educators for the nation's future
Founded in 1965 in an effort to train talented individuals who will carry on the future of Korean education, The college of Education has adoptedits ducaional purpse to nurture love-practicing, dedicated, and competent secondary teachers. To do this, The College of Education conducts intensive training through on-site practicum with complete facilities including high-tech educational materials and tools. It also diagnoses school and society educational problems by acquiring the principles and skills necessary to solve those problems.
By Gileun Lee, Graduate Student Editor
"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops”. This quotation from a well-known American historian and author, Henry Brooks Adams, tells us that teachers can have a major influence on our lives. Educators discover student’s aptitude and guide them onto the right path. The College of Education breeds those who envision becoming an educator.
Established in 1965, the College of Education at Hanyang University is composed of six departments after several rounds of reorganization: Education, Educational Technology, Korean Language Education, English Language Education, Mathematics Education and Applied Art Education. The College of Education has adopted purposes to nurture love-practicing, committed, cultured and insightful secondary teachers with an intimate knowledge. In order to do this, the college operates a variety of international programs including practicum abroad and runs the Center for Teaching and Learning, which was to build up digital infrastructures in the Information Society in 1977. The College of Education has been affiliated with local schools such as Hanyang Elementary School, Hanyang University Middle School, Hanyang University High School so it has served as an excellent teacher training institute.
The curriculum of the College of Education segments into a major subject and teaching training courses. After students complete the given credits in those two parts, they can acquire a secondary teacher’s certificate at graduation, which qualifies for taking teacher certification exam. The Department of Education teaches educational philosophy, psychology, sociology, administration and history, all appertaining to education. The graduates have been working in schools, educational research institutes and educational administrative organs, and participating in government offices and businesses as educationalists as well.
The Department of Educational Technology tries to maximize the educational efficiency as our public education expands. It primarily focuses on two parts: instructional systems― e-learning design, graphics development, HCI design and web contents development; and human potential― originality, leadership development.
English language education is positioned as a core subject in the school to enhance national competitiveness around the globe. It promotes not only a new communicative competence but also enables students to obtain a wide and systematic knowledge and cultivate the understanding of cultural diversity. The Department of English Language Education trains students about English literatures, writing and reading, English Curriculum and educational materials development.
The Department of Mathematics Education contributes to the nationwide development of mathematics and mathematics education. Its curriculum covers core and advanced mathematics and emphasizes that students understand the essentials of mathematics and general education.
With high growth of the Korean economy, the demand is increasing for art professionals who can work in the fields of plastic arts and commercial graphic design. The Department of Applied Art Education aims to raise both competent art secondary teachers and professionals with an aesthetic sense. Accordingly, the curriculum contains fine art, design and education.
The College of Education, in one word, is a specialized school for those who hope to become a teacher in middle or high schools. When the goal is set, it is usually easier to act accordingly. With this mutual goal set, the college is concentrating all its efforts and putting its utmost efforts in guiding its students towards that goal. The united efforts will help students turn out to be global minded, caring, yet professional teachers of the future generation.
The studies in the College of Education can be further advanced in the Graduate School and some of the departments are connected with the College of Humanities and the Graduate School of Education. There are several relevant research centers in the university. These include, among others: the Hanyang Counseling Center, the Center or Multi-Cultural Education & Research, the Institute for Educational Technology, the BK21 Emerging E-Learning R&D Team, the Media Language Lab, and the Language Analysis Lab.
By Seongun Jeon, Student Reporter
Photo by Hyeonjung Kim, Student Photographer
Internet Hanyang News (IHN) had a conversation with the Dean of the College of Education to hear about the strength and the vision of the College of Education in detail.
Q. Could you briefly introduce the College of Education?
A. The College of Education was founded in 1965 in an effort to cultivate talented students who will be the driving force of the future education industry. Our ultimate goal is to share our love of education based on a deep understanding of humans and an upright sense of values, and to nurture educational professionals who will lead the development of the future education industry. At the same time, we highly value the students who are willing to venture out into different fields utilizing their own expertise. Presently, there are six departments: Education, Educational Technology, Korean Language Education, English Language Education, Mathematics Education, and Applied Art Education.
Q. What special programs does the college offer to promote better education for the students?
A. First of all, since last year we have held an annual career path consulting event in order to guide our students towards promising jobs. It is true that students coming to the College of Education generally wish to become teachers, but in reality that is not always the case. Accordingly, we try to provide them with practical programs to encourage them to pursue their own career path regardless of whether it is a ‘teaching’ path or not. Students are provided with a vivid description of promising careers they can pursue from recent graduates working in all kinds of fields including publishing, fashion, e-learning, and even the hospital industry. In line with these diverse consulting opportunities, students can take special lectures given by well-known celebrities as well.
Another special career-building program is the system of ‘Academic Advisors’ which offers freshmen and sophomores great opportunities to build their own career paths with the support of passionate professors. Academic advisors and professors of each department, meet their own group of students at least three times a semester, providing them with useful life lessons and practical information. Then, they submit a final report of the process and outcomes which later reflects on the management of the system in the following semester.
Lastly, we also welcome freshmen with parties which is usually organized by the student union from other universities or colleges. This is to provide our freshmen with practical information on college life and a great opportunity to have quality time with their professors and seniors. Considering that most of the other freshmen orientations are full of drinking, singing, and dancing, this attempt is quite successful in leading our freshmen to have a positive image of their college life and adapt well to the new environment.
Q. International students are not eligible for the teacher exam. What job path lies ahead for these students?
A. We do have some international students wishing to become teachers. Some Chinese students choose to acquire Korean citizenship and become teachers in Korea. We also have over 30 international graduate students in the ‘Korean Language Teacher Program’ hoping to become Korean language teachers back in their countries. Otherwise, they make use of their own major and become professionals in different fields. For example, those majoring in Mathematics Education may become accountants, and those in Applied Art may become designers. Although the College of Education has its main focus on breeding teachers, the job path is not restricted to only one field, but is wide open to those who put their utmost efforts in what they are truly good at.
Q. Could you elaborate on the vision of the College of Education?
A. I also acknowledge, what others say in that, the future of the education industry is getting worse as time goes by. The birth rate is decreasing and the demand for a school teacher should decline accordingly. However, we plan to utilize the merit that we are a big university and accomplish the integration of academic disciplines. We will actively support those who want to double-major or take applied courses related to their major in order for them to be able to pursue numerous career opportunities aside from being a teacher. In this way, our students are expected to grow up to be outstanding professionals in diverse fields.
Q. Do you have any last words to the international students applying for the College of Education?
A. I know how hard it is for international students to live in a totally different environment and adapt to an unfamiliar culture since I myself studied overseas for my Ph.D. degree. This is why I eagerly encourage professors, administrative staff, and students to take good care of foreign students and provide ample support for them.We are ready to do our best in supporting students from overseas. We recently held a dinner party with international students to hear about their hardships and provide them with useful tips. This type of event will continue to be held every year. If you come to our college, we will surely make you bloom like a flower.
By Joowon Lee, Student Reporter
Photo by Dongjin Lee, Student Photographer/Editor
Q. Would you please introduce yourself?
A. I am in charge of the administrative tasks and overall management of the College of Education. I have been working in this college for three and a half years. I have worked in Hanyang University for 30 years. Mostly, I worked at the accounting department about 20 years. I worked as the president of the labor union for a few years, helped the university museum open, and also worked at the Office of Industry-University Cooperation.
Q. Let us move on to the academics of the College of Education. The Department of Education and Educational Technology might sound unfamiliar to some. Do students from these departments prepare for the teacher exam as well?
A. No, as a matter of fact, these two departments are unrelated to the teacher exam. These students usually take jobs in the personnel division or employee training departments in major enterprises after graduating. Some choose to have a double major in Korean Language Education or English Language Education in order to become a teacher with these subjects.
Q. Could you explain what Educational Study Hall is on the fifth floor?
A. The college prepared a place where students or graduates of the College of Education can study for the teacher appointment exam. There are 95 designated seats. 85 are for the undergraduates and 10 for the graduate students. The number of seats is restricted, and according to the students, the intense atmosphere inside the hall motivates them. So we select 95 students according to their GPA and only these students can come and study here. Students who studied in the Educational Study Hall are actually showing great results.
Q. I’d like to know more about practicum sessions. How does this work?
A. When students reach the fourth year, they go to a middle school or a high school for four weeks around the midterm period to practice real teaching. Students can choose which school they want to go to. There are about 15 schools they can choose from, but usually, we send many of them to Hanyang foundation schools. Students do not come to school during these four weeks. There is also an educational volunteer program. This is also an obligation, and 60 hours for this is required. Students volunteer as a mentor for younger kids and help them out with their studies. During the vacation, some are sent overseas, specifically Nagasaki University in Japan, as a part of this volunteer program.
Q. Could you explain about taking teaching courses for non education majors?
A. Those who would like to take teaching courses may apply during the second year and start learning from the third year. There are departments that do not allow this, but for those that do, as much as ten percent of the total students in that department are selected to take teaching courses. Those who entered Hanyang University after the year 2009 need to earn more than 50 credits from their major and 22 from the teaching courses. These students can participate in any kind of education related programs held at the College of Education. They are required to participate in the teaching practice sessions and teaching volunteer program as well.
Q. Your last words as the department manager?
A. We are in the process of organizing an overseas internship program right now. Please take interest and participate!
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