Center for University-wide Education
In addition to the five departments, SPU also has the Department of Liberal Arts. While students do not major here, the department offers a liberal arts program that creates basis for thinking about human dignity and educates the foundations of health, medicine and welfare, based on SPU's philosophy and embracement of "Collaboration and Integration." In terms of research, faculty from various fields endeavor on activities in the interdisciplinary field in addition to proactively progressing on their research in their specialized areas.
The Department of Liberal Arts constitutes the following:
(1) Liberal arts subjects (Natural science, languages, art and social sciences)
(2) Specialty fundamental subjects (Basic medical science, clinical medical science, laboratory medical science)
(3) Faculty responsible for teaching-related subjects
The Department plays an important role in facilitating education of liberal arts, English, medical science that are the basis of SPU's other departments, and teaching-related subjects needed to obtain teaching licenses.
SPU's curriculums are structured with "common subjects" and "special subjects." Common subjects are further categorized into "liberal arts subjects," "freshman year subjects," "health and social services subjects," and special subjects divided into "special introductory subjects" "special basic subjects" and "special subjects."
Teaching licenses can be obtained through enrolling in the following departments and divisions. The type of applicable licenses varies depending on the department and major.
Transfer students in the Department of Health Sciences (Behavioral Sciences) are eligible to apply for a Type I license if they already obtained a Type II license.
All teaching license applications will be processed at SPU. In addition, if students graduated the Department of Nursing and obtained Public Health Nurse qualification, they may apply individually for a School Nurse Type II license.
Teaching licenses may be applied after earning the required number of credits at SPU. The subjects required are broadly categorized into the following: (1) Liberal arts, (2) Teaching-related subjects (including teaching and nursing practicums), and (3) subjects pertaining to teaching or nursing. "Nursing care fieldwork" is also necessary in addition to the above for Middle School/High School Teacher licenses.
Of the above subjects, "(2) Teaching-related subjects" are not counted in the credits required for graduation. Students will take subjects in "(1)" from liberal arts subjects, and "3" from special subjects in their respective departments and divisions.
Many SPU alumni are now active members of elementary schools, middle schools and high schools as teachers and school nurses. While they are specialists of health and social services, they are anticipated to be professionals in education for childhood development and are highly praised for their work.
*See the "Qualifications applicable by department" for a list of qualifications and licenses applicable at SPU.
Qualifications applicable by department (Japanese)