Seoul National University of Education

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Seoul National University of Education
Logo of Seoul National University of Education.jpg
Type National
Established May 22, 1946
President Song Kwang-yong (14th)
Location Seocho, Seoul, South Korea
Seoul National University of Education
Hanja 서울
Revised Romanization Seoul Gyoyuk Daehakgyo
McCune–Reischauer Sŏul Kyoyuk Taehakkyo

The Seoul National University of Education (SNUE) is a government-run institution which provides training for future public elementary school teachers in South Korea. Founded in May 1946 under the name of Kyunggi Public Regular School, the university is the first national university that specializes in elementary school teacher training.

The campus is located in the Seocho-gu district of Seoul, the capital of South Korea. The university offers graduate and undergraduate programs, and has an attached elementary school.


May 22, 1946 Kyunggi Public Normal School (경기공립사범학교) founded.
Oct 10th, 1949 Renamed to Seoul National Teachers School (국립 서울 사범학교).
Mar 1st, 1953 The Elementary School attached to SNTS(서울사범부속국민학교) established.
Mar 1st, 1962 Reorganized as the Teacher's College annex of Seoul National University; the First Dean, Mr. Cho Jae Ho, inaugurated.
Mar 1st, 1963 Renamed Seoul National Teachers Junior College, Elementary School Teacher in Service Training Center established.
Oct 10th, 1968 Teacher Training Center Attached to SNUE established.
Jun 16th, 1969 The 201st RNTC established.
Sep 1st, 1969 Students Guidance Center established.
Sep 29th, 1973 Science Education Center established in accordance with the decree of the establishment of the national school. (Presidential decree, Number 6881)
Feb 23rd, 1977 Moved to the new campus at 636 Seocho Dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul.
Mar 1st, 1981 Promoted to 4-year Curriculum Seoul National Teachers College in accordance with the educational law (number 3370).
Feb 1st, 1983 Compulsory Education Research Center established.
Mar 5th, 1986 Elementary Education Research Center established.
Jan 21st, 1988 The dormitory became a legal organization in accordance with the decree of the establishment of the national school article number 29).
Feb 24th, 1988 Renaming of 'Student Guidance Center' to 'Student Service Center' in accordance with the decree of the establishment of the national school, Elementary Education Research Center became a legal research center, Computer Center established
Sep 1st, 1992 The 175 ROTC established
Mar 1st, 1993 Renamed to Seoul National University of Education
Mar 2nd, 1995 Social Education Center Attached to SNUE established
Nov 10th, 1995 SNUE Graduate School of Education established
Aug 26th, 1996 Online SNUE opened in Hitel, Korean PC communication network.
Mar 1st, 1997 Added more majors to the Graduate School curriculum. (Major in Elementary Ethics Education, Music Education, Education Methods, English Education)
Mar 1st, 1998 Added more majors to the Graduate School curriculum. (Major in Elementary Mathematics Education, Fine Arts Education, Computer Education)
Mar 1st, 2001 Added more majors to the Graduate School curriculum. (Major in Elementary Unification Education, Early Childhood Education, Global & Cultural Studies Education)


Undergraduate college[edit]

Due to the university's specialized purpose, undergraduate college only offers one major, Elementary Education.

But students do have some choices in Specialized Courses, which covers deeper educational techniques in various areas such as English Education, Korean Language Education, Music Education, etc.

  • Department of Ethics Education
  • Department of Korean Language Education
  • Department of Social Studies Education
  • Department of Mathematics Education
  • Department of Science Education
  • Department of Physical Education
  • Department of Music Education
  • Department of Fine Arts Education
  • Department of Practical Arts Education
  • Department of Elementary Education
  • Department of English Education
  • Department of Computer Education
  • Department of Early Childhood and Special Education

Graduate School[edit]

The SNUE Graduate School aims to train talented teachers specializing in elementary education. It also contributes to the promotion of various fields and specialties, the provision of continuing education, and the improvement of academic abilities for elementary school teachers. It offers the following majors:

  • Major in Elementary Ethics Education
  • Major in Elementary Korean Language Education
  • Major in Elementary Social Studies Education
  • Major in Elementary Mathematics Education
  • Major in Elementary Science Education
  • Major in Elementary Physical Education
  • Major in Elementary Music Education
  • Major in Elementary Fine Arts Education
  • Major in Elementary Education Methods
  • Major in Elementary English Education
  • Major in Elementary Computer Education
  • Major in Elementary Practical Arts Education
  • Major in Elementary Educational Administration
  • Major in Elementary Counseling Education
  • Major in Elementary Environmental Education
  • Major in Elementary Unified Education
  • Major in Global & Cultural Studies Education
  • Major in Early childhood Education


SNUE is located at Seocho-dong, Seocho-gu, in southern part of Seoul. While this part of Seoul was a newly developing area with scarce population and lower land value back in '77 (back when the campus was established), the place is quite the opposite after rapid development of southern-Seoul area in the 70-80s.


The dormitory is for students from provincial areas. It helps its students to experience a successful group life by encouraging autonomy and discipline. It has many convenient facilities such as a lobby, a reading room, bathrooms, cooking facilities, a seminar room, a physical exercise room, a water purifier, some pianos, and more. Freshmen generally are given a priority admission to the dormitory (50% of the total capacity). Dormitory members are arranged according to the year and personal preferences.

Attached Elementary School[edit]

This is a front-runner in elementary education as an experimental research school for effective teaching practices and performance policy for the Ministry of Education. It offers compulsory elementary education, substantial studies, and activities that provide guidance for Intern Teachers, analysis and application of experimental textbooks, experimental application and generalization of the curriculum, experimental research of various educational policies, and workshops for teachers to reform the classroom. This school strengthens the special educational support programs, such as the operation of classes for Korean students from other countries, active education of folk art, education for special aptitude with varied learning through hands-on experience and ICT (information, communication & technology) education.

Public transit access[edit]

The campus is served by Seoul Nat'l Univ. of Education Station, a transit station between Seoul Subway Line 2 and 3.

Seoul Express Bus Terminal, and Seoul Nambu Bus Terminal is only a station away from the campus, so it can be conveniently accessed from students from outer-Seoul area.

Student life[edit]

Student life in SNUE is quite different from that of other universities. Due to the university's specialized purpose. They don't have much freedom in choosing classes. For example, freshmen students only get to choose 3 classes out of 10 classes they attend their first semester.[1]

Students who share the same specialized course form a Class, and the Class remains the same until they graduate. Students in a Class usually attend the same lecture (except few selective ones), participate in other activities together for 4 years.

While this has some disadvantage such as limited opportunity for broader social experiences, students can form a tight friendship within the Class, and the friendship can grow into a formidable relationship as the students usually go for same carrier (elementary school teacher).


SNUE President Song Kwang-yong in an interview printed in the October 28, 2009 edition of The Korea Times daily newspaper claimed teachers from Western nations "are not qualified and are often involved in sexual harassment and drugs".[2] He later stated [3] that the quote was fabricated by the journalist, Kang Shin-who, who has been repeatedly criticised for similar behaviour.[4]


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Coordinates: 37°29′24.00″N 127°00′59.00″E / 37.4900000°N 127.0163889°E / 37.4900000; 127.0163889