Seoul National University of Education
|Established||May 22, 1946|
|President||Song Kwang-yong (14th)|
|Location||Seocho, Seoul, South Korea|
|Seoul National University of Education|
|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.
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|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)|
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
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
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
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 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.
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". He later stated  that the quote was fabricated by the journalist, Kang Shin-who, who has been repeatedly criticised for similar behaviour.
- http://www.snue.ac.kr/snue_english/curriculum.html SNUE Homepage, Curriculum Section