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The College of Education

Department of Early Childhood Education

Introduction

Early childhood education is a field that has had the fastest development and highest demand for manpower in both social and academic sectors. During this period in which early childhood education is being promoted by the government, preparing outstanding early childhood educators who will determine the quality of education has become particularly urgent. In order to meet these demands, the Department of Early Childhood Education was approved by the Ministry of Education and Human Resources in 2001 and established in the same year. Through in-depth theoretical exploration and through on-site work experience, students will gain knowledge of the development characteristics of young children and of their education. We prepare outstanding early childhood educators to provide the professional manpower in this field. In this way, these educators can contribute to the development of the local early childhood education sector.

History

The Department of Child Studies was approved in October 1987. Male students were eligible to enroll when the department became co-ed in March 1993. In addition, masters degree courses were offered. From March 1994, a new curriculum was drawn up and four major subjects commenced (Child Development, Child Education, Child Disabilities, and Child Welfare) to accommodate various career paths and to respond effectively to social needs.

In August 2001, we received approval from the Ministry of Education and Human Resources to establish the Department of Early Childhood Education and our first students were accepted in 2002. Our objective was to prepare a leading professional workforce in the childhood education sector and other sectors related to child education by focusing on effective and practical first hand experience and in-depth theoretical research of childhood education.

Job Prospects

Students can acquire kindergarten level 2 licenses to work as teachers, principals or commissioners for kindergartens or acquire a welfare educator level 2 license to work as teachers or administrators at welfare institutions. There are also employment opportunities as teachers and administrators in special education institutes, as administrators in specialized academies (such as for Art and English), and as researchers for education companies and those which manufacture goods for children.

Faculty

※ sorted by the position and Korean name

Curriculum

Department Of Early Childhood Education

Curriculum
1-1
INTRODUCTION TO MUSICAL
This course is designed to help students understand the basics of musicals, an important part of the local cultural industry, and appreciate musicals. Being acquainted with musicals is a way to understand the brand value of the region as well as the local culture and its cultural industry. We will review the history and characteristics of musicals and then analyze major licensing musicals. The complementary relationship between creation and production of musicals will be examined; and how the dramatic elements of plot and character are intertwined with the musical element(numbers) will be investigated. The creation of musicals in Korea will be examined with other related topics: comparative analysis of novels and films; social issues and musical creation; and overseas imports of domestic musicals and expansion of cultural industries. Through these activities, students are expected to have cultural literacy and artistic sensitivity which can in turn help them appreciate the value of performing arts throughout their lifetime.
1-1
PRACTICAL CHINESE(I)
This course is for students just beginning to learn Chinese. The most difficult aspect of learning Chinese is pronunciation. So, first of all, in this course students will learn how to pronounce Chinese correctly. Then, through topics of daily life conversation, students will learn the basic communication skills Chinese as well as basic grammar.
1-1
PROFESSIONAL ENGLISH
The aim of the course is to help students develop basic English verbal skills in real life situations. The course will be co-taught by Korean and Native English instructors. Korean instructors will provide students with basic English structure, vocabulary, and expressions, and students will be encouraged to practice speaking English utilizing basic English structures. Students will further practice expressing themselves in English with native English instructors.
1-1
SEMINAR FOR ACADEMIC LIFE
1. Summary of the course This course is to assist university freshmen in CRM designing to adapt university life well through the instruction and counselling of supervising professor. (This course is composed of self analysis, personality type test, career research, instruction for the success of university life, career plan and direction setting, CRM designing method and CRM designing. The course should be teaching in classes of the students by supervising professor.) 2. Course objectives This course is to motivate the students before the mid term exam and provide students with self analysis, personality type test (MBTI or TCI) and career research (YAT test). Also, this course shall has a plan to instruct the students to enhance the efficiency of university life through career and time management. In addition, this course is to make a chance for the students to have practical assistance to university life by providing study method, report designing strategy and the information on academic system and various kinds of internal programs of the university. After the mid term exam, the students will be instructed to set the direction of career designing through continuous counselling of supervising professor and the students will be able to establish CRM designing and execution plan.
1-1
UNDERSTANDING OF PSYCHOLOGY
The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the scientific understanding of human behavior and mind. Topics will include the biological basis of behavior, learning and memory, social behavior, human development, and individual differences. Throughout the course, we will examine both the basic concepts and major findings of contemporary psychology. This course is designed to help students both understand their own thinking and behavior.
1-1
DEVELOPMENT OF YOUNG CHILDREN1
This course explores physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development during preschool years on the basis of developmental theories and principles.
1-1
THEORIES OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
This course is to understand theoretical bases and overall grounding of early childhood education. Specifically, students learn about the concept and characteristics of early childhood education, types of childhood institutions, histories and philosophical developments of early childhood education, curriculum for and evaluation of early childhood, and management of an early childhood institution.
1-2
ACADEMIC ENGLISH
The aim of the course is to help students increase their fluency and accuracy in English. The course will be co-taught by Korean and Native English instructors. Korean instructors will provide students with an opportunity to practice English structure, vocabulary, and expressions, and students will be encouraged to enhance their verbal skills by actively participating in classroom activities. Students will further practice expressing themselves in English with native English instructors.
1-2
CONVERGENCE- AND INTEGRATION-BASED THINKING AND WRITING
The ability of analyzing and solving problems is emphasized as one of the conditions for survival in the 21st century and one of the core elements of creative capabilities. This course was designed to cultivate convergence- and integration-based creative capabilities, which are integrated problem-solving capabilities to collect, analyze and process knowledge and information by reinforcing the ability of analyzing and solving problems, recreate it in a synthetic fashion, and express it effectively through speech and writing. The course will help the students cultivate their synesthesia thinking and communication skills based on sympathy with other human beings, understanding of the community, and positivity or Gongseong that is sought after by Yeungnam University. Its ultimate goals are to promote the students' creative knowledge development and reinforce their writing capabilities consistently through "convergence- and integration-based thinking and writing as a problem-solving approach."
1-2
PRACTICAL CHINESE(II)
This course is for students who successfully completed Practical Chinese(I). Students should be aware of basic Chines grammar and can speak a little Chinese. This course will focus on a little more advanced grammar and expressions. Utilizing a variety of common everyday situations, students will practice what they have learned in Practical Chinese (I)
1-2
PRACTICAL SINO-KOREAN
This is distinguished from the general Chinese course, focusing on learning of Chinese required in a daily life. Presently, most undergraduate students are not good at reading and writing the elementary Chinese characters, so this course aims at mastering Chinese which is available in an actual life. By teaching Chinese for the beginner and the intermediate level of student, this course will be helpful to their speech act, culture, and even an employment examination.
1-2
INTRODUCTION TO EDUCATION
This course is an introductory course in Education for prospective teachers, regardless of their major and/or special subjects. This is one of the necessary requirements for teacher candidates being educated in colleges other than the college of education in Korea. The course is to study the various paradigms and concepts of education, representing different views on aim, content and method of education. A particular emphasis is given to identifying theoretical questions of education in order to grasp the problems of Korean education and find out their solutions.
1-2
GUIDANCE OF CHILDHOOD PLAY
This course is to teach students to recognize the importance of children's play, and understand the theories and practice of play in relation to social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development of children. Students are expected to develop play techniques and play materials for early childhood.
1-2
DEVELOPMENT OF YOUNG CHILDREN2
This course explores physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development during infancy on the basis of developmental theories and principles.

Contact

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