In the Division of Professional Development for Teachers and School Leaders, the "Professional Development Program for Teachers and School Leaders" is provided as an Professional Degree Program to develop high-level professionals who are engaged in the creation of new schools.
○ The Professional Development Program for Teachers and School Leaders
This Program develops professionals who have comprehensive and practical capabilities required for creating new types of schools that aim to provide "learning based on exploration, creation, and cooperation" while being conscious of their noble mission. Those professionals are educated to be capable of working as a high-level expert with expertise and rich humanity for exercising leadership widely based on structural and comprehensive understanding regarding current problems in schools and areas that are highly complicated and diversified. Also they are required to have sophisticated expertise and skills, the capability for conducting education practices, and the capacity for insight. They are required to have superior practical response capabilities and the research ability for solving problems in schools and similar areas while considering the needs of stakeholders of the demand side such as the board of education.
The Professional Development Program for Teachers and School Leaders is provided based on close liaison and cooperation with such educational boards as the Hiroshima Prefectural Board of Education, the Hiroshima City Board of Education, and the Higashi Hiroshima City Board of Education to address the expectation for improvement of teacher training in the future while taking the mission of Hiroshima University as a provider of teacher training based in Hiroshima into consideration. This Program aims to provide early teachers the training for students who have acquired appropriate characteristics and abilities in the undergraduate school to allow them to acquire further their practical leadership to become a contributing member toward the creation of new schools. Also this Program provides incumbent teachers to develop school leaders who have a substantial leadership theory and the practical response capability and research ability required for teachers working as a leader in a school.
This Program provides two study courses:
< The School Management Course>
While taking the needs of stakeholders of the demand side such as the board of education, this course develops school leaders (e.g. candidates for a managerial position in a school and a educational administration staff such as a school education supervisor) who have characteristics and capabilities required for the managerial position and are capable of promoting the creation of schools in the future and taking a leading role by exercising his/her leadership according to the vision for management of the school.
This course aims to "develop school leaders who explore his/her own and the organization's 'mission' and is capable of exercising managerial ability to promote learning based on exploration, creation, and cooperation'". Detailed targets to be achieved are as follows:
① Has acquired basic knowledge regarding each job in school management.
② Has motivation for the exploration of his/her own and the organization's "mission" and "knowledge regarding education and the school system" which should be the basis of the motivation.
③ Able to continuously ask himself/herself "why and for what" and to study reflectively.
④ Able to exercise leadership to promote "learning based on exploration, creation, and cooperation."
⑤ Capable of conducting active research, e.g. ‘on site’, for purposes such as the creation and the improvement of schools.
< The Education Practice Development Course>
While taking the needs of stakeholders of the demand side such as the board of education, this course trains beginning teachers who will be a favorable member for creation of new schools. This course also develops middle leaders who can take the core role in creation of new schools. Those professionals are expected to have characteristics and capabilities required for teacher and the knowledge and skills as a professional and are capable of exercising management and other abilities as a member of the organization to create and promote education practices for new styles of learning and problem solving.
This course aims to "develop a teacher who can promote reform towards “learning based on exploration, creation, and cooperation'". Detailed targets to be achieved are as follows:
① Able to advance reform towards "learning based on exploration, creation, and cooperation."
② Capable of comprehensively solving problems related to such topics as subject teaching, student counseling, and management.
③ Capable of conducting active research, e.g. ‘on site’, for purposes such as the development of education practice.
④ Able to autonomously take part in the creation of new schools.
⑤ Able to continuously study reflectively.
This course provides common subjects, elective subjects, and exercise subjects of this division to educate students to be a "teacher who is constantly studying while being conscious of his/her own noble mission" and capable of contributing toward the creation of schools in the future by identifying the core specialization for their career as a teacher (career anchor). Incumbent teachers are trained to become capable of working in a core role toward the creation of new schools while reflecting upon their past practices. Students who have graduated from the undergraduate school are trained to be a teacher with practical response capabilities and research abilities based on the education provided in the undergraduate school.