Curriculum Organization

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Curriculum Organization

  • 1) The entire curriculum is composed of the General Studies Program and Specialized Studies Program.
        The General Studies Program is again divided into required and elective courses.
  • 2) The undergraduate program of GNUE requires at least 145 credits for completion, distributed amongst General Studies
        courses (36 credits), Specialized Studies courses (105 credits), and practicum (4 credits).
  • 3) The General Studies Program is made up of courses that impart leadership and a variety of cultural skills for a
        teacher. It provides broad comprehension of human, society, and the universe as well as a firm basis for the
        Specialized Studies Program that follows.
  • 4) The Specialized Studies Program is for acquiring philosophy of national education and practical applications as a
        teacher. It consists of Pedagogics, Subject Education, Special Activities, Specialization Program, Practicum,
        Volunteering Work and Graduation Thesis.
    • a) Pedagogics courses deal with basic knowledge, skills and methods required for professional understanding of the school environment for the teachers.
    • b) Required and elective courses in Subject Education and Special Activities deal with teaching principles, materials, methods and textbook research in elementary school subject education and special activities. Extra-curricular activities and Special Aptitude Education consist of subjects that are part of an elementary school curriculum’s “Extra Curricular Activity Time” and ”Special Activities.“ These courses offer diverse and individualized subjects to enable each student to have one special activity.
    • c) Specialization courses prepare teacher trainees for specialized subject teaching in the elementary school curriculum and deepens professional understanding of elementary school education. They consist of subjects that can be directly used for student teaching in a real school setting.
    • d) Practicum is conducted for 10 weeks in total and is divided into Class Observation (1 week), Class Observation in Rural Villages, Islands and Isolated Areas (1 week), Work Practice (2 weeks), Teaching Practice (6 weeks) and Volunteer Teaching for the teacher trainees to acquire hands-on experience in a real school setting. Class Observation, Work Practice and Teaching Practice are carried out in affiliated elementary schools and Practice Substitute Schools. Class Observation in Rural Villages, Islands and Isolated Areas is done in Jeollanamdo areas in conjunction with Volunteer teaching (revised Oct. 28. 2009).
    • e) Volunteer Teaching (Pass/Fail basis) follows Volunteer Teaching Guidelines.
    • f) Teaching Practice Skill Certification (Pass/Fail basis) follows detailed guidelines.
    • g) The Graduation Thesis bears no credit but must be passed in order to graduate.


Criteria Subjects Credit
General Studies Program Required Tool Subjects Speech and Composition3, Practical English 5, Knowledge & Information Society and Computer 2, Health and Sports 3 13 28
Forms of Knowledge World of Philosophy 2, Modern Society and Ethics 3, Understanding Economics 2, Understanding Korean History 2, Mathematics 2, Understanding Natural Sciences 4 15
Electives Foreign Language and Literature French, German, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, Chinese Characters, Understanding Literature, Children’s Literature, Classical Literature Appreciation, Literature and Language (Choose one of the above) 2 8
Humanities & Social Sciences Logic, Modern Society and Leadership, Korean Ideologies, Philosophical Anthropology, Dialogue between Religions, Women's Studies, Politics, Sociology, Understanding Modern Geography, Cultural Anthropology, Introduction to History, Psychology, Interesting Journey into Law, Theory and Practice of Volunteer Social Work (Choose one of the above) 2
Natural Sciences History of Mathematics, Life and Mathematics, Practical Application of Statistics, History of Science, Understanding Sex, Multicultural Society and Family, Practical Invention Education, Wild Flowers of Korea, Internet and UCC, Multimedia and Cyber Education, Flash and Computer Games, Life Sports (Bowling), Lifelong Sports (Golf) (Choose one of the above) 2
Arts Understanding Drama, Understanding Dance, World of Korean Dance, Journey into World Music, Understanding Pansori, Reading the World through Music, Composing on Computer, Singing Method for Children, Plastic Arts, Art Culture and Life. Understanding Traditional Art, Understanding Image Art, Understanding Children’s Art (Choose one of the above) 2
Specialization Studies Program Teaching Theory Required Understanding Education History and Philosophy 3, Sociological Understanding of Education 2, Education Psychology 2, 1, Curriculum Development 2, Education Administration and Management 2, Instruction and Educational Technology 2 14 20
Electives Education Classics, Education Counseling, Understanding Multiculture in Elementary School, Education Research and Statistics, Education Evaluation, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education Administration (Choose one of the above) 2
General Knowledge of Teaching Profession Required Understanding Special Children 2, Teacher and Elementary Education 2 4
Subject Education and Special Activities Required Subject Education Moral Education4, Korean Education 6, Social Studies Education 6, Math Education 5, Science Education 4 (6), Physical Education (6) 1, Music Education 4 (6), Art Education 4 (6), Practical Skills Education 4(6), Integrated Subjects 2, Special Activities 1, English Education 4, Computer Education 2 50 (60) 50 (60)
Subject Education Electives Modern Society and Etiquette, Recitation and Oral Narration Activity, Education for International Understanding, Mathematical Operant Learning, Community Field Trip Methodology, Environment Education, Taekwondo, Creation of Children Songs, Industrial Development and Career Education, Extra-curricular Activites Development and Management, Practical English for Children, Gifted Children in Computer, Military EducationⅢ,English Teaching Practice2 (Choose one of the above) 2 6
Extra-curricular Activities and Special Aptitude Education Teaching Chinese Characters, Creative Mathematical Games, Experiment for Scientific Inquiry, Horticulture & Caring for Pets, Sign Language, Drama in Education, Dance Sports(Beginner Level), Personality Development Education, Kendo, Skating, Recorder Ensemble, Recreation, First Aid and Saving Lives, Play Therapy, Samulnori, Literary Art Painting(Beginner Level), Comics Making(Beginner Level), Caligraphy(Beginner), Photography(Beginner), Gayageum(Beginner), Web-based Multimedia Production(Beginner), Military EducationⅠ (Choose one of the above) 2
Teaching Children Literary Arts, Visiting Cultural Heritage Sites, Science Project Guidance, Living Environment Interior Designing, Mask Dance, Baduk, Dance Sports(Intermediate), Meditation and Brain Development, Education Using Newspaper, Badminton, Story Book Narration Activity in English, Music Therapy, Teaching Chorus, Traditional Plastic Arts Games, Safety Education, Paintings in the Literary Artist's Style(Intermediate), Comics Creation(Intermediate), Calligraphy(Intermediate), Photography(Intermediate), Gayageum(Intermediate), Web-based Multimedia Production(Intermediate), Military EducationⅡ,English Teaching Practice1 (Choose one of the above) 2
Arts and Physical Education Practice Required: Practical Skills in MusicⅠ2(3), Practical Skills in Physical EducationⅠ2(3), Practical Skills in Fine ArtⅠ2(3) 8 (12) 8 (12)
Electives: Volleyball, Hiking, Tennis, Soft Ball, Basketball, Nanta(Traditional Percussion) Practical Skills, Traditional Nursery Rhyme and Folk Music Practice, Musical Instruments, Song-writing, Digital Piano Ensemble, Practical Skills in Traditional Korean Paintings, Practical Skills in Western Painting, Print Art Practice, Formen and Color Expression, Drawing in Lines, In-Class English Practice (Choose one of the above)
Specialization Course Individual Specialization Courses  21
Practicum Class Observation(1 week: P/F), class observation in farming and fishing villages, islands and isolated areas (1 week: P/F), Work Practice (2 weeks), Teaching Practice (6 weeks), Volunteer Teaching Practice (P/F, For 1-3 year students) 4
Certification Volunteer Activity(P/F), Teaching Practice Skills(P/F) P/F
Graduation Thesis Graduation Thesis P/F
Total Credits 145