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Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs


We offer interdisciplinary graduate programs encompassing Music Education, Home Economics Education, Fine Arts Education, Special Education, Environmental Education, Global Education Cooperation and Early Childhood Education.
This graduate program is supervised by the College of Education and lectures are given by professors from individual departments (e.g., Dept. of Music, or Fine Arts). While a great number of our graduates are secondary teachers, many others have pursued their careers in a variety of research institutes such as the Korean Educational Development Institute and the Korean Institute of Curriculum and Evaluation.

Music Education

Tel: 02-880-9052, FAX: 02-882-0710 / http://hyup.snu.ac.kr

The Music Education is the field that explains various phenomenons of human society and educates people by utilizing music which includes all educational theories and practices. It is significant that the music education contributes to development of many areas as a cognitive, affective and psychomotor domain. Therefore, the music education becomes the requisite academic field in the contemporary society and its better understanding is essential.
The Department of Music Education will be the center of both research and dissemination of modern music education.

Fine Arts Education  

Tel: 02-880-9052, FAX: 02-882-0710 / http://hyup.snu.ac.kr

Since 1974, the Interdisciplinary Program of Art Education at Seoul National University has developed excellent master and doctoral degree programs to provide students the professional background. The mission of our program is to critically engage cultural meaning through excellence in research, policy, teaching, and leadership that fosters social change and advances the public interest through the arts and visual culture.
Our programs promote understanding of the arts and visual culture for all students through a curriculum that is research-based, interdisciplinary, and intent on collaboration with communities both within and outside the University, nation, and world. This content is explored through the following: pedagogical theory and practices; critical inquiry of historical and contemporary artworks; the analysis of public and educational policy in the arts and cultures; assessment of art education; awareness of comparative international practice; and inquiry in the philosophical, historical, and policy foundations of art education and cultural policy.
The Interdisciplinary Program of Art Education prepares educators, researchers, administrators and policy makers for research and practice in the interdisciplinary field of art education through its integrated, multifaceted programs and collaborations within and outside the University. Key goals are to prepare students to lead through the arts, to function as a critical and informed citizenry, to advance the public interest with regard to opportunity, diversity, effective public policy, social justice, and creativity.

Home Economics Education  

Tel: 02-880-9052, FAX: 02-882-0710 / http://hyup.snu.ac.kr


Home Economics, otherwise known as household management education or family and consumer science, is the profession and field of study that deals with the economics and management of the home and community. Home economics teaches students how to properly run a family environment and make the world a better place for generations to come.
The mission of the Department of Home Economics Education is to foster ethical and independent individuals, and to play a major role in supporting young people to participate effectively in changing social, cultural and economic times.
In order to capitalize on this potential, the Department of Home Economics Education offers curriculum that uses contemporary educational research as a guide to influence and develop policy to advocate for individuals, families and communities to achieve empowerment and wellbeing, to utilize transformative practices, and to facilitate sustainable futures.
Our academic discipline is to educate new scholars, to conduct research and to create new knowledge and ways of thinking for professionals and for society. Students will discover and further develop their own resources and capabilities to be used in their personal life, by directing their professional decisions and actions or preparing them for life, in the arena of Home Economics and Education are closely connected.
Our graduates have their careers in school teaching, school education specialist and make their way to a further research in graduate school. For future students, researchers in Home Economics or Home Economics Education, incumbent school teachers who have abundant experience and critical mind are encouraged are preferred.

Early Childhood Education

Tel: 02-880-9052, FAX: 02-882-0710 / http://hyup.snu.ac.kr

The Interdisciplinary Program in Early Childhood Education is committed to excellence in research and teacher education for educating master and doctoral students in the field of early childhood education. The philosophy of the Interdisciplinary Program in Early Childhood Education is embedded in the child-centered, culturally sensitive, and innovative practices and research-based teaching and learning.
Students in the Interdisciplinary Program in Early Childhood Education are prepared to teach in diverse early childhood education or child care settings, which serve young children and their families. We aim to teach both masters and doctoral students to become outstanding early childhood education teachers, teacher educators, researchers, and caring leaders who honor the importance of understanding child development and the role of education in raising our future generations.

Special Education

Tel: 02-880-7631 / FAX: 02-878-1665 / http://sped.snu.ac.kr

The Special Education major was established as an interdisciplinary academic program including course work from the Department of Education, the Department of Social Welfare and the Department of Psychology. Our goal is to foster educational specialists who will spearhead the field of special education in Korea including its teacher training system.
In order to achieve this goal, the curriculum provides opportunities for understanding the students with diverse special needs (Teaching Children with Mental Retardation, Teaching Children with Learning Disabilities, Teaching Children with Behaviour Disorders, etc.), practicing special education teaching methods (Instructional Materials and Methods in Special Education, Seminar in Counseling with Special Children, etc.), understanding practical issues in special education (Seminar in Inclusion, Practicum and Supervision, etc.), and familiarizing with both the administrative and technological support systems (Current Issues in Special Education, Research in Special Education Policy, etc.). The courses in the curriculum comprehensively cover diverse aspects of the academic field, from practical issues in both research and practice to the future role of special education in our society.
Our graduates have taken an active part primarily in research and professional development as researchers, professors and K-12 teachers. Some have expanded their professional career to social welfare and counseling services associated with disabilities.

Environmental Education

Tel: 02-880-7717 / FAX: 02-882-9873 / http://enviroed.snu.ac.kr

Our graduate program aims to educate professionals in environmental education. The Interdisciplinary Program of Environmental Education at College of Education was established under agreements and supports from many department at College of Education, Graduate School of Environment Studies, and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
The professors in this program are experts from various academic disciplines such as geography, ecology, environmental planning, education, earth science and so on. The graduate students are able to develop their capabilities of environmental educators based upon interdisciplinary academic activities.
Since the first freshmen accepted in 1999, graduate students in this program have continued to build qualifications required to be environmental educators by raising their capacities based on academic training and research. Master's and doctoral degree recipients have diverse careers including teachers at primary and secondary schools, professors at universities, researchers and experts in environmental research or education institutes.

Global Education Cooperation

Tel: 02-885-7631 / FAX: 02-889-0131 / http://learning.snu.ac.kr

The Global Education Cooperation program prepares professionals in the field of international development studies with the focus on education. Their expertise will be focused on achieving quality education for all (EFA) and employing learning networks to help mitigate global poverty. These foci align with key UN Millennium Development Goals. This program will provide educated specialists who embody social, moral, and cultural attitudes toward the global development and local communities. The program also acknowledges the critical role education plays in economic, social and political development of less-developed and developing countries around the world. Korea's own spectacular economic growth and development was heavily indebted to its focus on education. The lessons and experiences of Korean modern education system and its impact on the Korean economic development may serve as a global model. The program seeks to impart and to globalize the Korean educational development model for diverse learning environments in differing cultures, especially in less-developed and developing countries. The curriculum emphasizes the analytical review of theoretical perspectives and research and actual participation in field works and internships. The program brings together diverse disciplines and experts to develop knowledge and skills to design and to implement educational programs to meet the varying needs around the world. International education scholars, advocates, and specialists will be part of the program to support and to provide invaluable insights and experiences to our prospective students. Upon graduation from the program, prospective students may pursue a career with international agencies such as UN and its affiliated organizations, the World Bank, ADB, AfDB, OECD, and ADEA. Or they may pursue careers with NGOs and Civil Society domains. Whatever career path the student chooses, student will emerge from the program as a specialist and a leader in international development in education with social, moral, and cultural understanding and its global implications.

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